To test out the performance of the ASUS K53E we’ll be comparing it to a Packard Bell notebook with the Intel Core-i7 2820QM processor.
The ASUS K53E-B1 notebook powered by the second generation Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core processor is no joke. This notebook might cost just $800, but it packs a serious punch and is a solid performer in the tests that we ran on the system. The ASUS K53E doesn’t look that hot in PCMark Vantage against the system that we compared it to, but that is because of the Seagate Momentus 640GB 5400RPM 16MB cache notebook hard drive that is being used in the system. It’s not really fair that to compare a budget friendly 5400RPM to an SSD, but that is how both of these notebooks were configured. If you installed an SSD and some faster Kingston HyperX 1866MHz Plug and Play memory into the ASUS K53E notebook you’ll find that it means a very good performer and still shouldn’t be hard on your wallet. Game testing showed that the Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core mobile processor was just a tad slower than the Core i7-2820QM quad-core mobile processor. Battery life was also very respectable on the ASUS K53E as we were able to play a DVD for 3 hours and 18 minutes with full screen brightness before the laptop automatically shut down to conserve power.