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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4.3 out of 5 stars (1494 customer reviews)
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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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