Review Asus Pro P53E-SO102X Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 01/10/2012

Business for tight budgets. The case and screen both come with matt looks. Is that enough to call it "business"? Asus thinks so and even prints AsusPro on the minimalistic computer. How much "professional" is possible for €450?

Asus Pro P53E-SO102X: Modest office device or professional range for little money?
Asus Pro P53E-SO102X: Modest office device or professional range for little money?

When a device is tagged with the abbreviation "Pro", everyone knows that it is a downright business notebook: Long battery runtimes, a resistant case, plenty of interfaces, a bright and matt screen for outdoors and, of course, high computing power. 

Asus ends this delusion with the Pro P53E-SO102X (€450; approx. 10 alternatives of the Pro P53E on the market). The Core i3-2330M meets two gigabytes of RAM and the graphics is also integrated. Although it has a matt screen, the HD resolution is consumer style. Even the €600 "premium model" only has a Core i5 and 4 GB of RAM.

Will this be cause for disappointment? Or is a basic notebook simply enough for most office typists? Find out everything about the Asus Pro P53E-SO102X in this review.

Case

Brushed plastic case
Brushed plastic case
Tight, firmly pulled hinges
Tight, firmly pulled hinges
Accessible HDD, RAM & WLAN modules
Accessible HDD, RAM & WLAN modules

The Asus Pro P53E's build doesn't give any reasons for complaint. The matt, respectively lightly glittering surfaces (wrist rest) inside makes a work suitable impression. Despite the stable construction, we wouldn't say it looks or feels high-end. The plastic surfaces are an futile attempt to imitate high-quality, brushed aluminum

However, it is just right for distraction-free and serious office work. Scratches can't be prevented, but they aren't very visible. Nevertheless, the Asus Pro P53E isn't immune against unsightly smears. The smooth wrist rest lets them become evident.

The 15.6 inch laptop is comparatively heavy with 2593 grams plus 223 grams for the power adapter. Light office devices in this size weigh 2.3 to 2.4 kilograms. However, most users won't complain about the weight: The good rigidity of base unit, lid and hinges console and mellow the scales result. We can hardly twist the base unit with both hands. We can't depress the base plate anywhere with exception of the optical drive. As so often, the drive is the bottom's weak point. The base plate can be moved here.

The hinges have a tight grip on the lid and don't tend to teeter. The maximum opening angle of about 150 degrees is perfectly suitable for lap-top use. Only one hand is needed to open the lid. 

The wrist rest and touchpad are extremely firm and cool at the same time, despite the fact that they are not made of aluminum. Asus has installed the heat emitting components far away from this area and allows air to circulate through this region (IceCool Technology). The 2.5 inch hard disk and the 2 GB DDR3 RAM module (one occupied slot) are located beneath the big cover on the bottom.

Connectivity

Our Asus Pro P53E only has a limited scope of interfaces onboard and is therefore absolutely equal with a low-end consumer laptop. The connections are almost all accumulated on the case's left. We find a VGA (D-sub), a USB port, an Ethernet port, two audio jacks and an HDMI port besides the power socket here. The card reader is located on the front. 

When we imagine the P53E completely equipped with cables, the major drawbacks of positioning become obvious. A cable mess is created on the left and impairs mouse use here (only left-handed users). Then the aesthetic aspect should also be considered. Interfaces placed on the rear would have been more practical, but that is prevented by the sunken hinge design. The Asus Pro P53E doesn't have a docking port.

Front: SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro card reader
Front: SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro card reader
Left: AC, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0
Left: AC, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces
Right: 2 USB 2.0 ports, DVD multi-burner, Kensington lock
Right: 2 USB 2.0 ports, DVD multi-burner, Kensington lock

Communication

Asus makes even more cutbacks and doesn't install a wireless module with integrated Bluetooth. The P53SJ, in the same case, optionally includes that. The Atheros AR9285 wireless card complements the wired Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit controller. 

Security

While HP's ProBooks and Lenovo's ThinkPad's (partly) sport a TPM module, the low-cost Asus business range has to live without it. This feature isn't relevant for individuals or small companies. More important here are LoJack, BIOS Boot Password, HDD Password and Intel's Anti-Theft. The BIOS can conveniently be used with the touchpad. Every port (USB, card reader) and every device (camera, audio, network, DVD) can be made inaccessible under security. 

We can't say why the "shock resistant hard disk" is allegedly better than in every other laptop. As in every other device, the HDD is screwed directly to the chassis without rubber buffers. Only a rubber area absorbs shocks from the bottom. The HDD model, WDC WD3200BPVT, isn't any more shock resistant than any other notebook HDD.

Accessories / Software

Asus only includes a driver / software CD. The user has to burn recovery data carriers for Windows via AI Recovery himself. At least the system points this out to the inexperienced user. The scope of tools conveys a minor business feel. Secure Delete erases files completely, SmartLogon enables logging in via face detection and Software Manager manages programs and their updates. Asus Vibe is a kind of bundled media player that accesses various up to date websites, but shows everything in one window.

Warranty

24 month warranty is granted and includes a pick-up service. Upgrades to three years (WEP - Warranty Extension Package) are available for €70 - €80.

Security: Secure Delete
Security: Secure Delete
Security: SmartLogon (face detection)
Security: SmartLogon (face detection)
Maintenance: Software Manager
Maintenance: Software Manager
Maintenance: Synchronization
Maintenance: Synchronization
Entertainment: Asus Vibe
Entertainment: Asus Vibe
Productivity: Asus WebStorage
Productivity: Asus WebStorage
Webcam: 640x480 test picture
Webcam: 640x480 test picture
Webcam: 640x480, noise
Webcam: 640x480, noise

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys have a clear drop, but a somewhat unclear pressure point. The click noise is soft and inaudible. The stroke is just as quiet - as if it were padded. The surface is basically firm. However, a slight yielding is noticed above the DVD drive when taking a closer look. 

The numpad is just as much part of an office machine, as the battery in a laptop. The keys are a bit narrower than the others, but have the standard layout of a desktop keyboard. Enter is additionally mapped with the calculator. The arrow keys unfortunately have become victims of space limits and are squeezed under the arrow keys.

Touchpad

The big touchpad is on the same level as the wrist rest. It can occasionally be missed due to the same smooth feel of the wrist rest. The fingers then swipe in vain beside it. It's possible to work fast on the Synaptics Pad V7.5; our fingers glide quickly over the smooth surface. The multitouch pad detects two finger gestures, e. g. scrolling or zooming. The vertical and horizontal scroll bar (one finger scrolling) can be used alternatively. They aren't marked visibly, but can be enabled for classic use.

The pad's keys have a short pressure point and, depending on where pressure is placed, a muffled up to loud noise. The latter can get annoying after a few hours of use.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Big keys
Big keys
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Asus installs a 15.6 inch WXGA screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The 16:9 screen, from AUO (B156XW02 V3), is AR coated and thus prevents reflections from back light sources. The contrast of 173:1 is very low, but is typical for office laptops. We measure a black value of 0.96 cd/m2. The low contrast has an impact on the effects of colors as well as bright-dark distinction. Black isn't deep black; there is always a grayish cast. Colors don't look crisp and bright, but weak and pale.

166
cd/m²
172
cd/m²
167
cd/m²
164
cd/m²
166
cd/m²
159
cd/m²
165
cd/m²
164
cd/m²
164
cd/m²
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 172 cd/m²
Average: 165.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 166 cd/m²
Black: 0.96 cd/m²
Contrast: 173:1
Distribution of brightness

Professional image editors not only avoid the P53E's WXGA resolution, but also the small reproducible color spectrum. As expected from this price range, the coverage of AdobeRGB (t) and sRGB (t) is low. There is no comparison between the color spectrum of the P53E's screen and a good business display, as in Sony's Vaio SE1Z9EB (t). The Vaio also fails sRGB. But the SE1 has a higher contrast and a FHD resolution.

ICC Asus P53E vs AdobeRGB (t)
ICC Asus P53E vs AdobeRGB (t)
ICC Asus P53E vs sRGB (t)
ICC Asus P53E vs sRGB (t)
ICC Asus P53E vs Vaio SE1Z9EB (t)
ICC Asus P53E vs Vaio SE1Z9EB (t)

The Asus Pro P53E's screen is well suitable for outdoor use. There are no disturbing reflections. The comparatively low brightness however sometimes causes problems with legibility in direct sunlight (pictures in overcast conditions). The screen is then too dark to work comfortably.

Frontal view (cloudy)
Frontal view (cloudy)
Lateral view (cloudy)
Lateral view (cloudy)
Lateral view (direct sun)
Lateral view (direct sun)

The screen's narrow viewing angles lead to point deduction. Colors and brightness falsify in narrow angles (about 40 degreeshorizontally. 10 degrees are enough to cause image deviations vertically. A majority of laptops aren't better in this test. Larger horizontal angles would however be appreciated in an office notebook.

Viewing angles: Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
Viewing angles: Asus Pro P53E-SO102X

Performance

Asus' 15.6 inch device is equipped with an Intel Core i3-2330M (2x 2.2 GHz). The brand new dual core CPU has replaced the previous i3-2310M (2x 2.1 GHz). Although the CPU isn't capable of Turbo Boost in contrast to the Core i5 and i7, it at least has Hyper Threading. The CPU consumes 35 watts according to the TDP. 10 watts are needed by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 and internal DDR3 memory controller (2 GB bar installed, one slot empty).

The P53E is alternatively available with a Core i3-2350M (2x 2.30 GHz) or i5-2430M (2x 2.40 GHz), both with a 4 GB RAM. Thus, our test device is the smallest version in terms of technology. A 320 GB HDD from Western Digital with 5400 rpm is used as the hard disk.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ Intel HD 3000
PC Latency Checker Idle no latencies
DPC Latency Checker WLAN on/off slight latencies
System information: Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
Idle & Quiet Office mode: stable 800 MHz
Idle & Quiet Office mode: stable 800 MHz
High Performance: stress test @ 2.2 GHz
High Performance: stress test @ 2.2 GHz

Processor

Will the Core i3-2330M's processing power suffice, or should the buyer invest an additional €50 for the i5? We compare the pure processing performance in Cinebench R11.5 (multi CPU). The benchmark records 2.12 points. An i5-2430M manages 2.7 points at best; we don't yet have any rates for an i3-2350M (+27%).

The difference is bigger when computing on one core. The i5 benefits from Turbo Boost here (overclocking). Our test device reaches 3629 points in Cinebench R10 (single CPU); the 2430M achieves up to 4800 points (+33%). If this grain of more performance is important to the user, then the small surcharge should be paid.

The CPU's performance is kept upright on battery power (R11.5: 2.1 points). However, performance mode has to be selected for this. The clock is throttled to 800 MHz in Quiet Office mode, which reduces the performance drastically: R11.5: 0.75 points.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2891
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6476
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3940
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3629 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7944 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4025 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
7.3 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.12 Points
Help
PC Mark 7: Scores
PC Mark 7: Scores

System Performance

PCMark Vantage determines a score of 4810 points. That is significantly below i5-2430M systems, such as Dell's Inspiron 14z (N411z) or Fujitsu's LifeBook E751 vPro/UMTS: 6800 points (+41%). They are also only equipped with a HD 3000 and a HDD, which allows conclusions for the P53E's i5 version. PCMark 7 supplies a very similar picture: Both devices above are 28% faster than our test device with its 1768 points

3DMark2006, for rating the gaming suitability, reaches 2855 points. That is a drop in the ocean compared with current GPU's, such as Nvidia's Geforce GT 540M (approx. 7500 points), and deters gamers. The performance with the i5-2430M increases at low level. The Dell Inspiron 14z (N411z) supplies 3965 points (+39%) with its Intel HD. The data sheet of the HD Graphics 3000 shows how the gaming suitability typically turns out in detail.

4.5
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.5
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.5
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
3D Mark
3DMark 055211 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
2855 points
3DMark Vantage1386 points
Help
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4810 points
PCMark 71768 points
Help
PCMark 7 in comparison
Nokia Booklet 3G (min)
 Z530, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
457
   ...
Asus K53SK-SX021V
 2350M, Radeon HD 7610M
1766
Acer TravelMate 8473TG-2414G50Mnkk
 2410M, GeForce GT 540M
1766
Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
 2330M, HD Graphics 3000
1768
Asus U30SD-XA1
 2410M, GeForce GT 520M
1772
Dell Latitude 3330
 2375M, HD Graphics 3000
1774
   ...
Sony Vaio SV-Z1311Z9EX (max)
 3612QM, HD Graphics 4000
6624

Mass Memory

The 5400 rpm hard disk (320 GB) accomplishes good data throughputs. 70 MB/s are recorded in sequential read (HDTune). An above average rate for a 2.5 inch HDD with only 5400 rpm. The burst rate (reading of the HDD cache in one second) is pretty low: 70 MB/s. That probably leads to the even lower HDD score of 3143 points (PCMark Vantage sub score).

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 achieves 87 MB/s. This throughput is at the upper end of 5400 rpm HDDs (midfield of 7200 HDDs). More comparison data can be found in the HDD/SSD benchmark chart in FAQs.

WDC WD3200BPVT-80ZEST0 320GB 5400 rpm
WDC WD3200BPVT-80ZEST0 320GB 5400 rpm
HD Tune 70 MB/s seq. read
HD Tune 70 MB/s seq. read
CrystalDiskMark 86 MB/s seq. read
CrystalDiskMark 86 MB/s seq. read
WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80ZEST0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 3.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 89.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 69.5 MB/s
Access Time: 19.1 ms
Burst Rate: 70 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %
CyberLink's Power Director 10 exploits Intel QuickSync Video hardware support
CyberLink's Power Director 10 exploits Intel QuickSync Video hardware support

CPU load reduction due to the processor graphics?

Not only dedicated GPUs in multimedia notebooks are capable of hardware support by means of the graphics card. Even the Intel HD 3000 has something similar. Converting is accelerated via the QuickSync feature. But not the editing work. We run a high definition video (H.264 FHD 50i, 204 MB) on the P53E via CyberLink's Power Director 10, which only takes 3:27 minutes. Other tools with QuickSync support are: Arcsoft MediaConverter, MediaImpression, Badaboom, Corel Digital Studio, CyberLink MediaEspresso, Movavi Video Converter and MainConcept.

Emissions

System Noise 

The Asus Pro P53E is usually well-behaved. Although the fan runs permanently with a noise of at least 32.6 dB (A), it never get louder than 34.6 dB (A) in office use with little load and a lot of idle. We determined the latter rate during 3DMark 2006. The "Quiet Office" mode unfortunately doesn't silence the fan completely, although the clock and consequently the heat emissions are throttled to 800 MHz. The 15.6 inch laptop doesn't get too loud during load, either (stress test). The noise level increases to a maximum of 39.4 dB (A) and rotates consistently.

Noise Level

Idle 32.6 / 32.6 / 33 dB(A)
HDD 32.7 dB(A)
DVD 34.9 / dB(A)
Load 34.6 / 39.4 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

No matter what we do with the Asus Pro P53E, the case always stays cool. The consistently running fan permanently discharges waste heat out of the case. Thus, the temperature chart (idle) is an absolutely homogeneous bar. The temperatures are distributed very evenly, which is seldom the case. 

The temperatures only change marginally during maximum load. After the two hour stress test (Furmark and Prime95), the case's top only measures 29 degrees (selectively). The wrist rest doesn't exceed 28 degrees. This is ensured by a design that the manufacturer introduced as IceCool Technology a while ago. The heat generating components are placed far away from the wrist rest and airflow is sucked in over the front.

Max. Load
 26.6 °C26.8 °C24.1 °C 
 27 °C28.6 °C24.6 °C 
 24.8 °C26.6 °C27.8 °C 
 
21.7 °C26.1 °C35.6 °C
22.8 °C27.2 °C29.5 °C
26.2 °C25.6 °C24.8 °C
Maximum: 28.6 °C
Average: 26.3 °C
 Maximum: 35.6 °C
Average: 26.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47 °C | Room Temperature 19.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
Alters the sound: Sonic Focus
Alters the sound: Sonic Focus

Speakers

Where are the speakers? The sound seems to be emitted from the keyboard's right and left half. The loudspeakers are underneath it! The stereo loudspeakers' sound surprises: The undemanding office fan will even be spoiled by a bit of bass. The volume is very high for a 15.6 inch device and even fat techno beats are rendered clearly in full volume. Overall, the sound emphasizes the mids, but stands out a bit with signs of bass and lacks differentiated trebles.

We like the tool Sonic Focus, which changes the speech intelligibilitysurround effect and bass noticeably by means of three simple controls. The effect becomes even more evident with external speakers due to the wider frequencies.

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The Asus Pro P53E is moderate. A characteristic that we expect in view of the Core i3 system's low performance. When there's no work in idle and the saving options are enabled (incl. Quiet Office mode, brightness on minimum), the power consumption is 10.2 watts. An average of 13.6 watts in idle are realistic (Balanced profile, normal mode). We determine the maximum power consumption in the stress test (Prime95 & Furmark). The multimeter shows 42.5 watts here. The light and small 65 watt power adapter (223 grams) is also sufficiently sized.

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.5 / 0.5 Watt
Idle 10.2 / 13.6 / 15.3 Watt
Load 34.1 / 42.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Life 

The impressive battery life of about four hours is appropriate for a big 15.6 inch device (56 Wh battery). The WLAN test (surfing on Internet) ends after 4:12 hours; DVD movies run for 4:05 hours. The TFT's brightness was set to 130 cd/m2 in the WLAN/DVD test (second last level before max). The idle runtime, without user activities and disabled wifi as well as lowest brightness, is almost twice as long as the WLAN surf time. Depending on the activity, the frugal user can thus extract a long battery life from the P53E. 

The Dell Inspiron 14z (Intel HD 3000), comparable with the P53E's Core i5 version, manages seven hours in the WLAN test with its 65 Wh battery (idle: 10 hours). Thus, the i5 doesn't necessarily have a shorter, or possibly even a longer battery life.

Load: 109 min
Load: 109 min
WLAN surfing: 252 min
WLAN surfing: 252 min
DVD movie: 245 min
DVD movie: 245 min
Idle: 535 min
Idle: 535 min
Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 55min
WiFi Surfing
4h 12min
DVD
4h 05min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 49min

Verdict

Why buy an expensive ThinkPad or HP ProBook when an Asus can do the job? Users who aren't set on brands with a business tradition and are looking for a simple work laptop will get a rock solid work device for serious hours in front of the PC with the Asus Pro P53E. The manufacturer has focused on the basics: The base unit is bulky, but very rigid. The TFT has a below average brightness (sufficient indoors), but it is at least non-glare. The performance with the Core i3 is adequate, but there is no graphics card as a feature for an occasional game. In return, the system noise and temperatures stay low

Docking ports, battery slice option, integrated 3G module, TPM, fingerprint reader or display port aren't available on the Asus Pro P53E. The more expensive HP ProBooks, Samsung Series 4 & 6 and Lenovo ThinkPad L series would come in question for this. They have, depending on the configuration, a few real pro qualities. The Asus test device is basically a simple consumer in a matt case.

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Specifications

Asus Pro P53E-SO102X

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM65
:: Memory
2048 MB, PC3-10700 667MHz
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, AUO B156XW02 V3, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80ZEST0, 320 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line out, microphone, Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro,
:: Networking
Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n )
:: Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DS8A5SH
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 35 x 378 x 253
:: Weight
2.593 kg Power Supply: 0.223 kg
:: Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells 5200 mAh, 10.8 V A32-K53
:: Price
449 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.3MP 640x480, 24 Months Warranty

 

Take a good keyboard,
Take a good keyboard,
add a matt display
add a matt display
and finish it off with a small and energy efficient processor (Core i3).
and finish it off with a small and energy efficient processor (Core i3).
Is that enough to create an everyday suitable work device?
Is that enough to create an everyday suitable work device?
Asus thinks solid office hardware doesn't need much more.
Asus thinks solid office hardware doesn't need much more.
The Asus Pro range is thus comparatively basic.
The Asus Pro range is thus comparatively basic.
No dedicated graphics card, no speedy processor and no SSD.
No dedicated graphics card, no speedy processor and no SSD.
No docking port, no fingerprint reader and no HD+ screen.
No docking port, no fingerprint reader and no HD+ screen.
The few ports are cast in simple plastic.
The few ports are cast in simple plastic.
The ports' placement looks clumsy and purely functional.
The ports' placement looks clumsy and purely functional.
USB 3.0 would be luxury that's not available for €450.
USB 3.0 would be luxury that's not available for €450.
Instead, there is plenty of plastic feel in a brushed look.
Instead, there is plenty of plastic feel in a brushed look.
The webcam makes noisy pictures with its low 0.3 megapixels.
The webcam makes noisy pictures with its low 0.3 megapixels.
The display bezel is covered with big rubber pads.
The display bezel is covered with big rubber pads.
The feet on the bottom and the air vent on the front
The feet on the bottom and the air vent on the front
make the pure functional approach of this work device clear.
make the pure functional approach of this work device clear.
Matching to that, the keyboard proves to have a strong feedback.
Matching to that, the keyboard proves to have a strong feedback.
Big keys, a clear key drop and a usually firm stroke ensure good functional qualities.
Big keys, a clear key drop and a usually firm stroke ensure good functional qualities.
The hinges are mounted firmly to the base unit, but they aren't massive (plastic cover).
The hinges are mounted firmly to the base unit, but they aren't massive (plastic cover).
Apt for the target group, the screen is non-glare.
Apt for the target group, the screen is non-glare.
The power adapter unfortunately isn't plugged into the device's rear.
The power adapter unfortunately isn't plugged into the device's rear.
The bottom shows the removable battery.
The bottom shows the removable battery.
The battery doesn't have feet.
The battery doesn't have feet.
The Asus Pro P53E can therefore be used on the desk without the battery.
The Asus Pro P53E can therefore be used on the desk without the battery.
The battery has a capacity of 56 watt hours.
The battery has a capacity of 56 watt hours.
A cover on the bottom leads to both RAM slots (2 GB module).
A cover on the bottom leads to both RAM slots (2 GB module).
This rubber element is to ensure a better hard disk shock protection? We are skeptical.
This rubber element is to ensure a better hard disk shock protection? We are skeptical.
The WLAN module, HDD and RAM can be replaced.
The WLAN module, HDD and RAM can be replaced.
Practical: The owner's business card can be inserted here.
Practical: The owner's business card can be inserted here.
There aren't any recovery data carriers included in the box (tools & driver CD).
There aren't any recovery data carriers included in the box (tools & driver CD).

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Pro

+Stable base unit
+Matt surfaces
+Matt display
+Good keyboard
+Quiet, fast touchpad
+Low heat dissipation
+Good application performance
+Good speaker sound
 

Contra

-Few, adversely placed ports
-No fingerprint reader, no docking port
-Poor contrast and low brightness
-Plastic feel (lid)

Shortcut

What we like 

Very quiet, particularly in "Quiet Office" mode. 

What we'd like to see 

A better touchpad and a higher resolution. If focus is put on work efficiency, then at least properly. 

What surprises us  

Simple office devices are all right, but the "Pro" in the name seems exaggerated in view of the lack of pro qualities.

The competition 

Rating

Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
01/03/2012 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
60%
Weight
79%
Battery
88%
Display
72%
Games Performance
62%
Application Performance
86%
Temperature
95%
Noise
86%
Add Points
83%
Average
81%
83%
Office *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2012-01-10 (Update: 2013-06- 6)