The title says it all, really. However, this is only true with respect to the Philippines. The ASUS G53JW is one fine work of art that is both suave and powerful. It's hard to discount the fact that although this amazing gaming device is indeed a gem, it's virtually unheard of in the country.
Even the box looks good
I came to know of the G53JW when I was looking for laptops with superior performance, and with a decent package. It was not one that did not get extensive deliberation though; this laptop is far too pricey for its own good--but I still got one just to satisfy my wants.
Now, I won't go into detail since the ASUS website can give better technical description on the model so let me just share a few things that crossed my mind as I kept using the G53JW this past two days.
1. The design is definitely one that can make boys and men drool. You read that right, the G53JW was built to tease, and not just for playing cool, new games. As said by a close female friend, "It's (laptop) really meant to be a guy's laptop, huh?" My colleagues call it many names: The TV, The Lamborghini, The Spaceship. Bottomline is that once you pop it up on a table in public areas, you'll surely get attention so be forewarned!
ASUS G53: Strike in silence
Kappa mouse that came with the package
2. It's just too bulky. It's big alright, bigger than seen on the net. I didn't anticipate the exhaust to be very space-consuming, in reference to laptop bags. I already tried fitting it in two laptop backpacks (15" and 16") and still, it doesn't get the usual comfortable snug that most laptops should get from their containers. Even the free bag that came with the purchase (the one given by ASUS-Republic of Gamers) barely manages to hold it in. The edges protrude along the zipper track. What worries me is the big possibility of having unwanted scratches along the edges/rim of the laptop. I'm seriously hoping that someone from this model's design department gets to read this. They could have tossed in a free bag that WILL accommodate the bulky body of the G53JW.
It may look harmlessly mid-sized but in reality, it's monstrous!
This ROG backpack will eventually give up on the massiveness of the G53JW. They should've considered increasing the space allowance of the bag to accommodate bulky 15"-ers
3. Marking/Print magnet. The top cover of the laptop easily retains marks from fingers and hands. Although this is easy to manage, having to repetitively clean the cover can get annoying at times.
4. Whispering speakers. "I should've gone for those sub-woofer upgrades!" I keep telling myself that I should've stuck with my instincts and requested to improve the speakers of this laptop. My brother has been using his G51J for some time now and even that model has WHISPERING SPEAKERS. How I wish they built the model with Altec Lansing speakers; the HP laptops here at home all sound audible enough to listen to our favorite music whereas it's almost impossible for the G53JW.
I was trying to listen to a piece of music by this time and although the volume was set to 100%, the output wasn't loud enough to truly enjoy it
5. Cool back-lit keyboard. I chose not to customize the built-in back light of the keyboard since they already look too cool to be replaced. :)
6. Good exhaust location. What I love most about the G53JW is the exhaust design. I have had so many issues with dozing off while on bed and more often than not, I fail to properly set aside the laptop I am using. Conventional laptops have their exhaust fans blowing downwards, making it risky to leave the laptop laying flat on your bed (or any flat surface for that matter) without the use of an exhaust fan. The G53JW solved that by having the exhaust fans point towards the tail end of the laptop. Besides, the exhaust design made the laptop look a lot more macho.
Does it look more like a Lamborghini's rear or that of a stealth plane?
Overall, it's not hard to fall in-love immediately with the G53JW given the awesome specs line-up and slick, edgy design. If you're not too finicky, you'd want to take this toy with you wherever you go. Just make sure you're ready to bear the weight of a 4kg laptop, a 1kg charger, plus the weight of the bag you'd be using.
Now, I wonder how many owners of G53JW units there are in the Philippines at present. Leave a comment if you have one yourself :) Those from overseas are also free to comment.