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The ASUS K53E laptop recently landed on my doorstep. This light and budget-friendly notebook is aimed at users who want a machine that gets the job done without any extra frills or fancies. And the K53E appears to deliver just that.

Let’s start with the specs. The ASUS K53E has a second generation Intel Core processor – the i3 2310M running at 2.1GHz to be exact – and the Intel HM65 chipset. This dual core processor is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture and offers Hyperthreading and incorporates the Intel GMA HD graphics built in. This processor is specifically built for mobility and comes with an improved dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.

There’s 4GB of memory included with the option to upgrade to 8GB and a 320GB, 5400rpm hard drive. The K53E also boasts built-in Altec Lansing speakers, a microphone, a DVD drive, a webcam, a 4-in-1 card reader and Windows 7 Home Premium. The ASUS K53E has a 15.6in 1366×768 LED backlit monitor which seems to handle various light conditions fairly well. I’ll be testing this far more in-depth but so far it has handled low light and bright sunlight quite well.

This isn’t a bad specification at all for the price, especially when you look at the included ports (ASUS did not stint on these with the K53E) and the design of the chassis itself. The ASUS K53E is made from highly durable aluminium that look and feel very nice indeed.

I am going to be testing and tweaking the K53E over the next few weeks, really putting it through its paces and seeing what it can do and how it works in a real world situation. This includes taking it on a day trip to Windsor, challenging it to a working day, spending an evening gaming, and testing the battery life to the max.

So far I am impressed with the specs of the ASUS K53E, especially when a glance online placed the cost of this laptop at around £380 (some sites selling it for far more while others reducing it even further). This is a good entry-level machine that may not be able to handle hardcore gaming or multimedia processing but is ideal for someone who just wants a laptop to do its job without falling apart or costing a fortune.

What do you think? Have you nabbed one of these and have something to add? Please do, as I will include all your feedback in my future pieces.

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