ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-Inch Laptop Review

ssssThe ASUS F555LA-AB31 is a startlingly impressive budget laptop with great features and good performance that enters the market to offer an excellent computing experience.  It is powered by the 5th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500 GB Hard drive and comes already pre-installed with Microsoft’s latest Operating system, Windows 10. The i3 chip weds well with the 4GB of RAM to handle all your daily tasks seamlessly ranging from editing of word documents, spreadsheet calculations, high-definition video Playback, Skype and email communication to playing of non-demanding games. The main selling point of this 15.6-inch display laptop is on its 1920×1080 pixel Full HD resolution, a rare feature on a budget priced laptop. The laptop makes a number of sacrifices including the lack of a touch screen, flash drive and a bit bulky weighing at 5.1 pounds, which is not a disappointment considering the price.

Design

The ASUS F555LA-AB31 has a decent and elegant design despite being made of plastics. It has a subtle modern look thanks to its fingerprint-resistant black exterior and the silver and Black interior with a silver touchpad resembling that of Apple’s MacBook.  The laptop measures 10.1 x 15 x 1 inches and weighs around 5.1 pounds. The weight makes it more of a desktop replacement laptop as it will be an uphill task to walk around with it in the back bag. The laptop offers around 4-5 hours of battery life having the built-in 37 WHr battery, a common feature for laptops in this category.

Performance

The ASUS F555LA-AB31 houses a 5th generation Intel core i3-dual core process with 3M of Cache and runs at 2.1 GHz. The dual core processor ensures that you carry out all your computing tasks flawlessly throughout the day. However, if you are into photo editing and multimedia creation, it is necessary to go for machines with a core i5 or core i7 processor and a RAM of at least 8GB such as the Lenovo Z70 17.3-Inch Laptop. There is 4GB DDR3L SDRAM of system memory on board, expandable to 16 GB that runs at 1600MHz. The ASUS F555LA-AB31 promises to handle all the daily computing tasks such as web browsing, emailing, word processing, spreadsheet calculations and even accommodates power users who might be in need of running demanding apps such as Adobe Photoshop. This is not a game warrior but it can handle less demanding games such as the Minecraft, League of Legends, Courtstrike Global Offensive, thanks to its Intel HD 5500 Graphics. The low graphics specifications allows you to play games at medium settings to get good framerates.

In terms of storage, there is 500GB serial ATA Hard Drive with a spindle speed of 5400RPM that is sufficient enough, especially for an average user to store files, documents and favorite music, videos and movies. We did not expect to see a 7200rpm or an SSD for at such a price, thereby it keeps our expectations in control. Additionally, the space might appear limited, but In case you have large multimedia files, then going for an external hard disk would come in handy. There is also room for upgrading the hard drive to an SSD drive to enjoy faster response and boot time.

Connectivity

Asus rarely disappoints when it comes to connectivity, it once again delivers featuring one USB 2.0 Port and two USB 3.0 ports to connect to your devices and peripherals. There is a standard HDMI and VGA port in case you want to broadcast your videos on large display screens or even when doing a power point presentation. There is an SD card slot to allow users export/import their videos and photos from their digital camera. The presence of a DVD RW/CD-RW drive crowns it all for those still interested in keeping their data in DVDs as most of the recently released laptops are doing away with this feature. On top of the display, there is an HD webcam for chatting with friends and family through programs such as Skype and video conferencing.

For network connectivity, there is a 10/100mbps RJ-45 Ethernet port, 802.11ac in-built wireless adapter and Bluetooth 4.0. This is three times faster than the typical 802.11n but on the brighter side, it is still compatible with older 802.11b/g/n wireless networks.

Display

The 15.6-inch Full HD non-touch screen has 1920×10080 display in place of the usual 1366×768 pixels for laptops on this price range thereby making it to be ahead of the competition as it offers sharp and clear visual experience for games, videos and photos.

The non-backlit keyboard has Chiclet keys, number pad, has a good typing experience, has responsive keys and well located. It has built-in stereo speakers that offer a good sound quality courtesy of the Sonic Master Technology.

Conclusion

The ASUS F555LA-AB31 offers good value for money as it combines a very good choice of connectivity options, a full HD display and the latest wireless technology to offer an excellent computing experience. Inasmuch as it is a budget laptop, it is capable of handling daily computing tasks fast and efficiently with the presence of a powerful and energy efficient 5th generation processor, faster USB 3.0 ports and 802.11ac wireless. For hardcore gamers, they will have to look upwards for gaming warriors such as the Asus k501UX or the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 Gaming laptop. The ASUS F555LA-AB31 fits all users after web surfing, performing office tasks, writing emails, listening to music, streaming videos and playing less demanding games thereby making it ideal for office, home and school use.

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