ASUS A53U-EB11 Review (Laptop)

The ASUS A53U-EB11 laptop was launched in late June of this year (2012), and at the time of this review it’s the cheapest laptop I could find on Amazon (with condition new, and 15.6-inch display size). The list price was $399, but at the present time (09.09.2012) the price is around $300 (almost 25% discount for ASUS A53U-EB11 today). As an entry-level type laptop, in my opinion this model is best suited for casual users and students who’re looking for basic computing power and doesn’t want to break the bank. At the current price point, the ASUS A53U-EB11 is a steal no matter how you look at it.

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Student
    This laptop offers basic computing power. As a student, you will probably appreciate the affordable price, the portability, and its ability to run typical Office-type applications.

  • Casual User
    ASUS A53U-EB11 is capable for day-to-day routine tasks, such as web, email or word processing, as well as high-def media playback. This model is very affordable, portable and I think it will be a good fit for casual users looking for basic computing power and mobility.

  • Power User
    I wouldn't recommend ASUS A53U-EB11 to any power user. With only 2GB of RAM and 1GHz processor, this model wasn't designed for heavy multitasking and computing power.

  • Business User
    This laptop should perform well for light business use. It features a wireless b/g/n WLAN, LAN connection, 320GB of HDD storage (plenty), 2 GB of RAM (upgradable to 8GB), 1 GHz Processor, web camera, microphone and almost everything you'll need in you're daily business activity that I could think of. One thing I noticed... the Bluetooth connection is missing, but you can always add an external USB dongle to it if you really want it. I think the ASUS A53U-EB11 will run most business app that I could think of.

  • Gaming
    This laptop wan't built for gaming. It has a basic processor, only 2GB of RAM and there's no dedicated video card included. Try looking for a laptop with better specs that can handle your gaming requirements. You will find far better models than ASUS A53U-EB11 for gaming out there. Good luck!

PROs Vs. CONs

At the time of this review, this model is the only NEW laptop with 15.6-inch display size priced around $300. So it's pretty affordable, making it a good fit for budget-minded buyers looking for basic computing power.

If I we're to buy this model, the first thing I'd do is to upgrade the RAM, from 2GB to 8GB. On my home laptop (it's not the ASUS A53U-EB11, as I don't own one) I used to run Win7-64 Bit on 2GB and it was kinda slow. I remember that while I was browsing the web with more than 6-7 tabs in Google Chrome browser (plus with other 3-4 tabs opened in Thunderbird Mail plus maybe Winamp and some local HDD folders opened) I would constantly get that Windows alert "running low on memory" or something like that. Also, I checked on CPUBenchmark.net the score for this processor and it's 558 (if I'm not wrong). On my home laptop, I'm running on a Intel Core2 Duo T7250 @ 2.00GHz which scores almost twice as much (and I bought my laptop in 2006). I consider mine to be ok for day to day tasks, but if I we're to judge the ASUS A53U-EB11 solely by the CPU benchmark score I'd say that it's a very basic processor. But the price is a steal so.... you decide. At this price point, there really isn’t a whole lot of room to complain. More details about the AMD C-60 processor here: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+C-60

User Reviews: what others think?

While the reviews for ASUS A53U-EB11 were mixed, some of that can be attributed to how people were using this laptop. Everyone has their own environment and set of needs. I read the reviews from Amazon.com and I saw that some customers we're pretty happy with this laptop, while other complained about it being too slow. I highly recommend you to read them as well before making the purchase, and then decide based on your needs.

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Summary

If you are on a budget and require basic computing power, the ASUS A53U-EB11 might be something to consider.
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Technical Details

Processor AMD Brazos C-60 1.33 GHz (2 Cores)
Video Card AMD Radeon HD 6290
RAM Memory 2GB DDR3
Audio SRS Premium Sound with SRS Premium Sound
Operating System Windows 8
Display 15.6-inch 1366 x 768px
Storage Drive 320 GB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 2.0 Ports 3
USB 3.0 Ports None
Built-in Camera 0.3 MP
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive DVD±RW
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth -
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out Yes
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Mocha
Width 15.12 in.
Depth 10.12 in.
Height 1.4 in.
Weight 5.72 lbs. lbs.
Battery Life up to 4 hours
Warranty 1 Year

Updated on December 16th, 2012

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