There’s no doubt that the N53Jn is a huge machine. It sports a bright 15.6-inch screen and weighs a hefty 2.7kg. Definitely not very portable, but bear in mind it is designed primarily for multimedia entertainment, so this means you probably want to set it on your table and leave it there. Its exterior is brushed metallic which looks pleasing, though we wondered if one could get static from using the machine too much.
The palm rest is extremely spacious and the touchpad blends in well. Unlike some of the laptops with two buttons (for left and right click), this one is a single piece although it works the same when you click the left and right of it.
ASUS has put in some thoughts in the design, as you can see it has a distinct curve near the display hinge on either side. In terms of connectivity, the laptop offers a HDMI out, RJ45 LAN, card reader, E-SATA and USB3.0 (colored blue) on its left. Also note that there’s a huge air vent on this side and its advised not to place your hand or other items anywhere near there.
On the right is the Wireless LAN switch, DVD Super Multi Double Layer drive, two USB2.0, microphone in and headphone out jacks. At the rear is the VGA out and Kensington lock hole.
The manufacturer has chosen to place the audio speakers at both sides, close to the hinge, though the entire speaker grill runs the entire length of the screen. We played some songs – classical, rock and oldies, and the audio quality sounded a little enhanced though you can adjust the audio equalizers from the software accordingly, to make it better.
It looks like most manufacturers are adopting the full-size chiclet-style keyboard, and we see the same on the N53Jn. And perhaps there is a bit more space on the large laptop that ASUS has also incorporated the numeric pad on the right.
The 2-megapixel web camera is just above the display for making video calls to friends and family. Interestingly, there is a switch that lets you turn on/off the web camera as you like. When you slide to off mode, you also slide a cover over the camera to block it from capturing.
Taking apart the base, we found a Samsung 640GB 5400rpm SATA hard disk, 2GB Elpida and 2GB ASint DDR3-1333MHz memory. Its not common to see two different brands of memory modules in the laptop, as there may be compatibility issues. But its likely that the configuration is just for this review unit and not the retail version. The 6-cell lithium-ion battery shows a rating of +10.8V, 4400mAh, 48Whr.