Asus have demystified the believe that a powerful laptop ought to be expensive with the entry of ASUS F556UA-AS54 laptop, a mid-priced laptop with high-end features that rivals those already in the market such as the latest HP 15-ay011nr and HP 15-ay013nr with similar features save for the difference in terms of storage. The laptop combines top of the range features to give you all the power you need to handle all your daily tasks. Under the hood is the latest 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor, a whooping 8GB of RAM memory, 256GB SSD for fast loading times. There is also an Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 in the system and a full HD display thereby making the laptop an excellent companion for users who are after a machine capable of handling serious computing tasks, streaming of contents online, running very demanding software and full HD video playback at a budget price.
The Asus sports a slim profile, an Icicle gold metallic frame that gives the laptop a luxurious look. The laptop measures 20.1 x 2.6 x 11.8 inches and weighs 5.1 pounds thereby making it slightly heavy to carry around effortlessly. The portability issue aside, it has a sturdy built-in quality that makes the laptop appear from every angle as a well cut-out piece of hardware that is ready to get the job done.
The Asus houses a powerful Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor that runs up to 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology. The processor is ideal as it offers good performance and consumes less energy in comparison with previous generations of i5 processors. There is 8GB DDR3L SD RAM system memory on board that is adequate four multitasking and a 256 GB SSD for storage that offers fast boot times and launching of programs. The SSD also reads and writes files faster compared to the standard hard drive. The laptop comes pre-installed with 64-bit Windows 10 operating system that offers excitingly new programs such as Cortana that users will find helpful in their day to day use.
The laptop has Best-in-class connectivity as it comes with one USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 Port and the new USB Type C port that allows users to connect with other devices through a single cable with faster transfer speeds of up to 5Gbp/s, an HDMI and VGA output port for extending to large displays to watch your videos and movies. Additionally, there is a 3-in-1 Media Card Reader, DVD optical drive, a combo audio port and a VGA Camera that comes in handy when it comes to chatting despite its low picture quality. Internet connectivity is capable via the advanced 802.11/ac that offers fast online access. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 that allows you to pair with other compatible devices for sharing of files, photos and videos.
The laptop has a 15.6 inch matte anti-glare non-touch FHD screen display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution that offers sharp and clear images. The screen features a Bluelight Filter that reduces blue light by 33% in Asus Care Mode that is ideal in avoiding eye fatigue. The inclusion of an IPS panel could have made the display nicer for wide viewing angles. There is also an Integrated HD 520 Graphics Card with shared memory that provides above average performance for handling less demanding games.
The non-backlit keyboard features Asus IceCool Technology that offers comfortable typing experience and a Smart Gesture Multitouch pad for smooth and easy navigation. The inclusion of Asus SonicMaster improves the audio clarity and offers powerful output with deeper bass and louder volumes.
There is a non-replaceable 38WHr lithium polymer battery that lasted 6 hours and 29 minutes on our test slightly better than what we saw in the HP 15-ay013nr which lasted 5 hrs and 37 minutes. Considering the fact that this is a desktop-replacement laptop, the battery life is understandably okay at its price.
The ASUS F556UA -AS54 is a decent laptop with premium looks that offers great performance having combined some promising features at a pocket friendly price. The 1920 x 1080 pixels Full HD display is a plus compared to what we saw in the 15.6 inch ASUS F555LA-EH51 that comes with 1366 x 768 pixels. The laptop has unmatched battery life and offers stable performance thereby making it to stay ahead of the competition for midrange ultraportable laptops. If you are in the market in search for a home or office laptop for daily use that offers stellar performance without slowing down, then the ASUS F556UA-AS54 fits you.