After I recently enrolled in college classes, I quickly found that I needed a laptop to survive. So I did something I rarely do, especially with technology. I gathered what money I could, and went to the store only knowing what type of technology I wanted to buy, as opposed to having the specific brand and item already researched and selected. My search landed me at a local Bestbuy, I walked over the laptop section and found my new notebook: The ASUS K53E.
The K53E is a budget priced, user friendly laptop. So to start let’s go over the basic specs. It includes a 15.6” screen at a resolution of 1366 x 768. In addition, is has a VGA webcam, an HDMI port, 4 usb ports and the standard audio ports. Inside it has an Intel core i3 processor @ 2.3 GHz, 4 Gbs of RAM and includes the 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium. Not exactly mind blowing specs but definitely enough to work with.
In general I use my ASUS K53E for regular everyday applications like word processing, internet browsing, and basic multimedia. I have had no problems with the laptop so far. It has handled my school assignments well. For one class I have to run a virtual copy of Microsoft Office, while the virtual program itself is frustrating, it has ran very well. I have been able to run multiple different programs at once without any hiccups. The battery usually lasts me about 5 hours of normal use, and that is without changing any settings to get the most life out of it. I have been able to get everything I hoped for in this laptop.
On the hardware side, it has been great as well. The trackpad is easy to use and responsive. Typing on the keyboard is comfortable and efficient. I haven’t used the webcam much yet, but it has been decent. Pictures and video from it are not the best looking but definitely good enough. The speakers are actually pretty good, for built a built in set. However, I am picky with audio so I usually have the laptop hooked up to my sound system in my room.
I was actually worried a little, I hate purchasing technology without first researching it. However, this laptop has been wonderful. It is definitely low end, but that is expected at a price of $450. For a last minute, budget priced, no time to search around purchase I am very satisfied. Hopefully you aren’t expecting a review score, grade or number though. That won’t be happening.