Refurbished ASUS K53E Notebook / 15.6" / Intel Core i7 2670QM / 4GB RAM / 320GB HDD - £392.99 @ ASUS
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Refurbished ASUS K53E Notebook / 15.6" / Intel Core i7 2670QM / 4GB RAM / 320GB HDD - £392.99 @ ASUS

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Found 11th Mar 2013
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Memory
DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM,4GB
Storage
2.5" SATA
320GB
Networking
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
10/100/1000 Base T
Graphic
Integrated Intel® GMA HD
Dimensions
37.8 x 25.3 x 2.83 ~3.49 cm (WxDxH)
Weight
2.60 kg
Interface
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
3 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
Power Adaptor
Output :
19 V DC, 4.74 A, 65 W
Input :
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Manufacturer Warranty
12 months limited hardware warranty
Display
15.6"
Chipset
Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
Audio
Built-in Speakers And Microphone
Altec Lansing® Speakers
Processor
Intel® Core™ i7 2670QM
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Premium 64bit
Optical Drive
Super-Multi DVD
Card Reader
4 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MS/ MS Pro/ MMC)
Camera
0.3 Mega Pixel Fixed web camera
Battery
6Cells

29 Comments

well that is a blinding spec for the money, this is hot hot hot

but beware, second gen core i7, but still very good!

If it was new, it would be hot. But 3 year old refurbished laptops tend to sell for less than this, so cold.

Integrated graphics (much worse than today's HD3000 and HD4000 chips)... previous gen processor... refurbished... for £400? Sorry, but not hot!

MSPreacher

Integrated graphics (much worse than today's HD3000 and HD4000 chips)... … Integrated graphics (much worse than today's HD3000 and HD4000 chips)... previous gen processor... refurbished... for £400? Sorry, but not hot!



With this being Sandy Bridge it does come with HD3000 graphics.

Not voting hot or cold because I think it's fairly average if not a little expensive for a refurb.

Nearly £400 for old refurbished kit - no USB3.0 - not a hot deal.

Add a mouse like this one for free: shop.asus.co.uk/sho…spx

The total price for the laptop AND the mouse will still be £392.99

i am in the market for a high spec laptop or desktop. The price and specs on this one don't really WOW me. Personally I would rather buy a newer 3rd gen i5 with usb 3.0 for similar price

Also if you intend to use this for games, don't expect to play much except for old stuff.. integrated are always very poor. I have a 5870M in my laptop and it still runs most newer games pretty well.

WelshJester

Also if you intend to use this for games, don't expect to play much … Also if you intend to use this for games, don't expect to play much except for old stuff.. integrated are always very poor. I have a 5870M in my laptop and it still runs most newer games pretty well.



Hey, do you have a G73JH like me?


These laptops have good build quality and a fast processor. You're not going to be able to play any very demanding games due to the lack of dedicated graphics.

The only thing I would say about this model is that the touchpad - certainly in the one that I've used - is quite finicky. The cursor seems to "jitter" if you leave your finger stationary on the touchpad. That could just be a defect on the particular laptop I used, though.

Banned

Bear in mind:
It says Intel® GMA HD, which means intel HD 3000
Very low ramm mhz. 1066 MHz
Intel® Core™ i7 2670QM is the very lowest performance i7 quad. But more than enough anyway.
hot for this price.

doesnt feel like a great deal ,for a refurb

Only if the Graphics were decent, the HD300 is horrible and out of date. New versions should be coming with Haswell soon.

Edit: Just realized its Refurbished!! COLD for that price am afraid
Edited by: "aky247s" 12th Mar 2013

Don't let the fact that it's "Intel Core i7" fool you. The processor speed is only 2.2 Ghz. Nothing special, especially for £400

It will 90% of the time, never give you up to 3.2Ghz either, these Turbo boost speeds are very situational...

bouncy99

but beware, second gen core i7, but still very good!



There's nothing wrong with 2nd generation propcessors in general. It's just that this particular model is basic.

Be careful with these, I bought the A53E in last years misprice on here from Currys and it's only lasted 12 months of light to medium use.

It's just out off warranty and it won't power up any more - tried all sorts but I'm guessing the mobo has gone as the lights come on and nothing else. I can sometimes get it to work but there are no errors so no clues as to why it doesn't work.

It's pretty much the same spec as a K53E, even the mobo is a K53E.

Very unhappy with my purchase as I thought Asus were good!!

I got this laptop last year (with a 500GB HD) from currys for £399 when it was mis-price from £599. Great laptop I've found, upgraded to windows 8 fine too. I started off by upgrading the RAM to 8GB though as I had that in my old Acer i5 one. I've also added the 128GB Kingston SSD that was £50 last year too and it's perfect. Tried Counter-Strike Source and that runs very well on it too, so all in all, good laptop.

Is it work £399 for a refurb? I don't think so...! A 3rd Gen i5 is as quick as a 2nd gen i7, so i'd be tempted to leave it... no vote for me. It's not a bad price, it's not great either

FocusST

Be careful with these, I bought the A53E in last years misprice on here … Be careful with these, I bought the A53E in last years misprice on here from Currys and it's only lasted 12 months of light to medium use. It's just out off warranty and it won't power up any more - tried all sorts but I'm guessing the mobo has gone as the lights come on and nothing else. I can sometimes get it to work but there are no errors so no clues as to why it doesn't work.It's pretty much the same spec as a K53E, even the mobo is a K53E.Very unhappy with my purchase as I thought Asus were good!!



It's a K53E according to ASUS, not an A53E despite what was labelled. Mine works fine still, not had any problems and it gets used every day. Have you tried connecting it via HDMI to a monitor/tv to see if a signal goes out to that?
Edited by: "Max-Power" 12th Mar 2013

aky247s

Only if the Graphics were decent, the HD300 is horrible and out of date. … Only if the Graphics were decent, the HD300 is horrible and out of date. New versions should be coming with Haswell soon.Edit: Just realized its Refurbished!! COLD for that price am afraid


HD3000 you mean I think, it's not horrible unless you wanted it for games..

FocusST

Be careful with these, I bought the A53E in last years misprice on here … Be careful with these, I bought the A53E in last years misprice on here from Currys and it's only lasted 12 months of light to medium use. It's just out off warranty and it won't power up any more - tried all sorts but I'm guessing the mobo has gone as the lights come on and nothing else. I can sometimes get it to work but there are no errors so no clues as to why it doesn't work.It's pretty much the same spec as a K53E, even the mobo is a K53E.Very unhappy with my purchase as I thought Asus were good!!



It may be nothing to do with Asus, it could be the memory which will be manufactured by another company. Have you tried replacing the DDR3 memory? What you describe can sometimes be a simple memory fault. Usually easy to do, flip the laptop over and unscrew the memory bay plastic door. If there's two sticks of ram, try one at a time. If it boots with one then try the other on its own. If you only have one then go to a local pc shop and ask them to swap it over, if they're decent they won't charge for diagnosis.

Neobrown

Don't let the fact that it's "Intel Core i7" fool you. The processor … Don't let the fact that it's "Intel Core i7" fool you. The processor speed is only 2.2 Ghz. Nothing special, especially for £400It will 90% of the time, never give you up to 3.2Ghz either, these Turbo boost speeds are very situational...



Yes let's not be fooled *sigh* If you know you need an i7 then fair comment, if you're a general user read below >

This CPU is way faster than most people would need. This CPU is a quad core! 4 physical and 4 logical cores. It really should be used for professional use if you want to get the most out of it. A home user certainly doesn't need this CPU for general use and couldn't utilise the power anyway.

ark.intel.com/pro…GHz

This is a waste of money for a general user. That is a fact, and you're also mistaken if you buy this for 'futureproofing'

This is some well meant advice for general home users, buy something £100 cheaper than this, you don't need to spend extra for an i7 you'll never use it and buy the time you do it will be a fair few years in the future by which time other hardware will exist for the same or most likely a lower price.

Here's a discussion I found, which gives various reasons for and against an i7 cpu, make your own minds up, this is my opinion. I sell and repair computers including i7's and yes I get people buying i7's even though I ask them why they need it. Most will buy one because it's just better they said. You can be sure they'll never use the computing power ever.

tomshardware.co.uk/for…hen

Edited by: "fishmaster" 12th Mar 2013

fishmaster

It may be nothing to do with Asus, it could be the memory which will be … It may be nothing to do with Asus, it could be the memory which will be manufactured by another company. Have you tried replacing the DDR3 memory? What you describe can sometimes be a simple memory fault. Usually easy to do, flip the laptop over and unscrew the memory bay plastic door. If there's two sticks of ram, try one at a time. If it boots with one then try the other on its own. If you only have one then go to a local pc shop and ask them to swap it over, if they're decent they won't charge for diagnosis.



I've tried various sticks of ram, I've even had the entire thing in bits down to the MOBO but can't spot anything out of the ordinary, no lifted joints etc.

When you switch on all the lights come on, the DVD drive makes it noise, the HDD spins up and then stops and then nothing. At first if I left it plugged into the mains for 4 days it would switch on and work for a few weeks without an issue but then suddenly it wouldn't switch on.

I've turned off all power management and sleep functions but still nothing. Wife is going mad as I bought this as the house computer rather than a desktop and now it's bricked!!

FocusST

I've tried various sticks of ram, I've even had the entire thing in bits … I've tried various sticks of ram, I've even had the entire thing in bits down to the MOBO but can't spot anything out of the ordinary, no lifted joints etc. :(When you switch on all the lights come on, the DVD drive makes it noise, the HDD spins up and then stops and then nothing. At first if I left it plugged into the mains for 4 days it would switch on and work for a few weeks without an issue but then suddenly it wouldn't switch on.I've turned off all power management and sleep functions but still nothing. Wife is going mad as I bought this as the house computer rather than a desktop and now it's bricked!!



OK you need to try the VGA output as already suggested, just to rule out any monitor problems and you need to disconnect the hard drive and optical drives, in case they're locking up the system. It's not likely to be the CMOS battery on the motherboard. The next thing to try is a CPU, if you swap CPU and it still doesn't work then probably your last resort is to reflow the motherboard using a hot air gun or baking it in the oven. I've had success doing that but it is completely random as you don't know where the problem is. The motherboards are multi layered PCBs and even if I had an oscilloscope I'd find it hard to track down the fault. I don't really get in to repairing motherboards, the labour for the customer would mean they could have changed the mobo anyway for the cost.

Summary :

Disconnect Hard drive and Optical Drive
Try VGA output (you can try HDMI too)
Swap out CPU if possible
If all else fails try a random motherboard reflow using hot air gun or oven bake

If you're getting lights on everytime you start the machine, then it won't be a dc jack socket or cable issue, and usually when the CMOS battery fails the laptop will still switch on, however it's cheap to change the CMOS battery.

It's not as hard as you think to strip down many laptops, there are difficult ones, there will be guides on the Internet.

Or take the computer to a local repairer with a good reputation that will diagnose for free.

K53E disassembly guide (not A53E)>

ifixit-guide-pdfs.s3.amazonaws.com/gui…pdf

It seems like a CPU or Motherboard fault, but I've seen everything, so changing the CMOS battery is worth a shot. For example I sold a laptop that appeared to work perfectly but the audio on Skype was screwed up, if I used sound recorder it worked properly. I ended up changing the CPU because there wasn't anything else I hadn't tried. That fixed the problem.

If you've changed the CPU and CMOS battery, and it doesn't work with the drives disconnected, and it still doesn't work then you should be pretty confident it's the motherboard.





Edited by: "fishmaster" 12th Mar 2013

fishmaster

Yes let's not be fooled *sigh* If you know you need an i7 then fair … Yes let's not be fooled *sigh* If you know you need an i7 then fair comment, if you're a general user read below >This CPU is way faster than most people would need. This CPU is a quad core! 4 physical and 4 logical cores. It really should be used for professional use if you want to get the most out of it. A home user certainly doesn't need this CPU for general use and couldn't utilise the power anyway.http://ark.intel.com/products/53469/Intel-Core-i7-2670QM-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_10-GHzThis is a waste of money for a general user. That is a fact, and you're also mistaken if you buy this for 'futureproofing' This is some well meant advice for general home users, buy something £100 cheaper than this, you don't need to spend extra for an i7 you'll never use it and buy the time you do it will be a fair few years in the future by which time other hardware will exist for the same or most likely a lower price. Here's a discussion I found, which gives various reasons for and against an i7 cpu, make your own minds up, this is my opinion. I sell and repair computers including i7's and yes I get people buying i7's even though I ask them why they need it. Most will buy one because it's just better they said. You can be sure they'll never use the computing power ever.http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/265323-28-when


Fair comment, but if you look at HUKD, most people always go for i7 just because... it is a lost cause to explain they do not need it.
As for the number of cores... AMD comes with 4 cores in £100 cheaper laptops, and 8 cores in desktops, so it is a trend, and it might be that software will be written soon to take more advantage of multiple cores then now. There are already some video encoding software that do that.

MaximusRo

Fair comment, but if you look at HUKD, most people always go for i7 just … Fair comment, but if you look at HUKD, most people always go for i7 just because... it is a lost cause to explain they do not need it.As for the number of cores... AMD comes with 4 cores in £100 cheaper laptops, and 8 cores in desktops, so it is a trend, and it might be that software will be written soon to take more advantage of multiple cores then now. There are already some video encoding software that do that.



Sure if you're doing video encoding, then the cpu power can be used. Just think before you buy that's all I'm saying. Do you actually need an i7, why not find out. Bigger is not always better or better value.

Bought one of these on eBay for £330. It was good, but bulky, and heavy for a 15 inch laptop. Didn't like it purely on aesthetics, but otherwise very good laptop.

fishmaster

OK you need to try the VGA output as already suggested, just to rule out … OK you need to try the VGA output as already suggested, just to rule out any monitor problems and you need to disconnect the hard drive and optical drives, in case they're locking up the system. It's not likely to be the CMOS battery on the motherboard. The next thing to try is a CPU, if you swap CPU and it still doesn't work then probably your last resort is to reflow the motherboard using a hot air gun or baking it in the oven. I've had success doing that but it is completely random as you don't know where the problem is. The motherboards are multi layered PCBs and even if I had an oscilloscope I'd find it hard to track down the fault. I don't really get in to repairing motherboards, the labour for the customer would mean they could have changed the mobo anyway for the cost.Summary :Disconnect Hard drive and Optical DriveTry VGA output (you can try HDMI too)Swap out CPU if possibleIf all else fails try a random motherboard reflow using hot air gun or oven bakeIf you're getting lights on everytime you start the machine, then it won't be a dc jack socket or cable issue, and usually when the CMOS battery fails the laptop will still switch on, however it's cheap to change the CMOS battery.It's not as hard as you think to strip down many laptops, there are difficult ones, there will be guides on the Internet. Or take the computer to a local repairer with a good reputation that will diagnose for free. K53E disassembly guide (not A53E)>http://ifixit-guide-pdfs.s3.amazonaws.com/guide_10166_en.pdfIt seems like a CPU or Motherboard fault, but I've seen everything, so changing the CMOS battery is worth a shot. For example I sold a laptop that appeared to work perfectly but the audio on Skype was screwed up, if I used sound recorder it worked properly. I ended up changing the CPU because there wasn't anything else I hadn't tried. That fixed the problem. If you've changed the CPU and CMOS battery, and it doesn't work with the drives disconnected, and it still doesn't work then you should be pretty confident it's the motherboard.



Thanks fish, will try those suggestions out, I used the K53E guide you posted above to take it apart and they are identical, other than a few component choices.

I reseated the CMOS battery, I take it they are a standard 2032 cell, or does it need a rechargeable type? It would be worth swapping if I go back into it I guess.

FocusST

Thanks fish, will try those suggestions out, I used the K53E guide you … Thanks fish, will try those suggestions out, I used the K53E guide you posted above to take it apart and they are identical, other than a few component choices.I reseated the CMOS battery, I take it they are a standard 2032 cell, or does it need a rechargeable type? It would be worth swapping if I go back into it I guess.



Standard CR2032 in that machine, some laptops use their own type but not in this case. If you have a multimeter you can take a reading from the battery and see if the voltage is low. However you should notice that the laptop would have been losing its date and time. The battery is probably ok, just take it out for 15 minutes and then put in back in.

Remove CMOS battery and main battery and do a 'static discharge' which is hold the power button for 30 seconds, then replace the batteries. There are various suggestions on time and even combinations of times to press the power button. If I need to do it and it works, then usually 30 seconds on the power button with the main battery out does the trick. Usually we wouldn't be removing the CMOS battery but since you have access to it, you may as well.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 13th Mar 2013

This is actually a lousy spec - small HD and only 4g ram. My i3 Dell with it's 8 gig of RAM & SSD would be twice as fast.
Also 3 yr old..... I would never pay that much for a used lap top, i7 or not. It's like trying to put fuel into a V8 motor car with a 1959 ford carburettor....
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