The ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 Gaming Laptop is among one of those outstanding entry-level gaming laptops you can lay your hands on for much less than the rivals despite its well-built, snappy SSD storage as well as full HD display. It delivers top-quality performance on both gaming as well as general use than you’d imagine.
PROS AND CONS IN A NUTSHELL
PROS: Sleek build plus design. Back-lit keyboard. Devoted graphics card. Excellent overall performance.
CONS: Middling battery life.
Most often, getting a good gaming laptop that offers excellent performance at an affordable price is not easily get by, but the ASUS ZX53VW-AH58, along with a few others, do come with inspiring features affordably. With these amazing features, ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 Gaming Laptop is powerful enough to offer a smooth gaming experience on all but the maximum settings with its full HD display in addition to discrete NVidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics car. Also when not playing, it can competently perform daily work as well as media tasks. The powerful configuration puts it in line with our earlier top-picks in the gaming class– Dell i7559-763BLK, ASUS K501UX along with ASUS K501UW-AB78. The aforementioned powerful gaming laptops are at the very top of the category as recommended. They also offer a significant increase in all-round performance. But the latest ASUS ZX53VW adds diversity into the entry-level gaming laptop category.
On the other hand, the ASUS FX502VM-AH51 beats the rivalry on a feature-by-feature ground by including a Pascal-based Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card with 16GB memory along with 1TB storage. As a result, it remains our Editors’ Premium Choice of entry-level gaming laptop.
Design and Features
The ASUS ZX53VW packs a metallic plus slim chassis with F-22 stealth fighter-inspired lines that gives it an amazing stylish look that mimic the Asus’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) laptops. This system has imposing curves on the lid in conjunction with the ‘ASUS’ label on the lid, although the lines broaden to the keyboard deck making it look amazing. The metallic chassis of these gaming laptop measures 0.8 by 15.1 by 10 inches (HWD) also weighs 5.5 pounds making it tinier but heavier than its stablemate the ASUS FX502VM-AH51that measures 0.9 by 15.4 by 10.5 inch; 4.9 pounds. The 15.6-inch, matte-finish display offers you the advantage of both a wide viewing angle with reduced reflections from ambient lighting.
ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 Gaming Laptop has a brilliant screen with a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, which on primary flush can seem a little tiny when high-end ultraportables comes with 4K screens similar to the MSI VR Ready GS73VR Stealth Pro. However 1080p is better for mobile gaming techniques. For such a tiny machine, butter-smooth 3K or 4K animation would demand at least three GPUs, which is quite not practical on a laptop. Going by example, the GS60 GHOST PRO 3K-097 has difficulty keeping up with silky frame rates at its local resolution of resolution of 2,880 via 1,620. The FX502VM does a superior job at local resolution with all the eye candy switched on.
The awesome red, backlit, chiclet-style keyboard is very comfortable to work on. It blends well with the black chassis, also is among the comfortable keyboards I have come across lately (offering up to 1.8mm key travel distance), with sufficient space for a full numeric keypad. The touchpad is very quick to respond; also it features highlighted WASD keys that make it comfortable during lengthy gaming sessions. The speakers are loud and very clear. It also has a subwoofer for a little more low-end sound. This gaming laptop has double rear vents that allowed the heated air to be channeled away from the user.
Connectivity is outstanding. The sides are choked with I/O ports which include: an Ethernet port with a headset jack and an HDMI port, along with a line-out jack, plus one USB Type-C (Gen 2) port, as well as a D-Sub port. The wireless connectivity comes through Integrated 802.11 AC along with Bluetooth 4.0.So if you rarely binge on movies, relax, the Nvidia GeForce 960M can take up to three displays at the same time (the internal display, HDMI as well as D-Sub), allowing you to have decent game screens, coupled with instant messaging, along with Web browsing, as well as a movie all playing simultaneously.
Currently, our review unit has a sixth generation (Skylake) Intel i5-6300HQ (2.3GHz; turbo up to 3.1GHz) processor, with 8GB system memory and 512GB SSD plus NVidia GeForce GTX 960 discrete graphics. This harnessed combination is well suited for most work/college tasks as well as gaming needs. As a quad-core processor, the machine can easily deliver on anything thrown its way conveniently. So if you have some challenges, it certainly not be the processor. During our rundown tests, the system remained amazingly cool and quiet even after several hours of use.
The gaming laptop was able to complete media projects within the specified time. It also offers you the opportunity to edit some HD videos and as well process some spreadsheets at the same time without the machine faltering. This gaming laptop is something the office user as well as student who sometimes indulges in MS Office projects, but later delve into gaming will find so valuable for its multipurpose functions.
On the gaming aspect, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB isn’t the best gaming laptop in its category, neither is it the worst for an entry-gaming laptop. This device uses the same graphics card found in most entry-level gaming laptops like the ASUS K501UW-AB78; although we’ve seen others in the same class with powerful GPUs. For example, our Editors’ Premium Choice entry-level gaming laptop the ASUS FX502VM comes with the newest Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU with 3GB, while the ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 on the other hands comes with the more potent Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card. All of these are mid-range gaming rigs, however for an entry-level gaming laptop, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M is still up to standard.
During our diligent test for the capability of the system, the system has the capacity to produce playable frame rates of 50 frames per second (FPS) on well known games like GTA-V at the default 1920 thruogh1080 resolution. Further games such as cities along with Skylines, while on heavyweight titles the eye-candy began to falter, as a result we had to tone down the system’s settings to Medium-quality (1,366 by 768 resolution).
The gaming performance isn’t boring when compared with contenders that boast the more potent Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU akin to the ASUS FX502VM, which offers superior frame rates than what the ASUS ZX53VW produced. Put this side by side with the difference between the GTX 960M card that many steps at the rear of the Pascal-based GTX 1060, also the ASUS ZX53VW isn’t the best substitute for a hardcore gamer, but still good enough for up-and-coming gamer.
The Battery life is standard for a gaming laptop; it can serve you up to 3 hours 9 minutes on our battery durability test. That’s inside a few minutes of the 3 hours with change garnered by the Alienware 17 (2014) as well as the Origin EON 17-S. Moreover the outliers are the Origin EON17-SLX (1:13) as well as the battery champ Asus ROG G750JZ-XS72 (5:32). On the whole, all of these devices will work untethered for a little period of time. Gaming-oriented processors with large screens are liable to drain battery life speedily.
The ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 is an outstanding gaming laptop value, offering high-quality gaming as well as productivity performance at an affordable price. The gaming laptop scores close to more- costly systems during testing. It even beat most of them in some cases. Also, it sports a solid, metallic chassis as well as a full HD display.The gaming laptop manages to include extras similar to a backlit keyboard, with decent port options. When compared: it does eschew contenders with its snappier 512GB SSD, devoted graphics card along with backlit keyboard. All these features and many more make it an easy option to recommend for anyone in the market for an inexpensive gaming laptop that will take care of anything that comes across its way. Notwithstanding, the ASUS FX502VM-AH51 remain our Premium Editors’ Choice for entry-level gaming laptop as it eschews its competitors with its amazing features with exceptional features such as 16GB of system memory as well as the most up-to-date Pascal-based Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card that make it functional enough in terms of gaming performance as well as processing power.