The Asus F556UA line of laptops receives a boost with the introduction of the ASUS F556UA-UH71 which is more powerful compared to its previous iterations. The laptop packs some of the latest features including the 7th generation core i7 processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM. It also includes a 1 TB hard drive which provides plenty of space for storing loads of data. The 15.6-inch display laptop comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 which is one of the highlight points of this system, coupled with an Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics unit. The laptop suffices as a reliable machine for a mature and professional audience ranging from users who re after a college laptop, office laptop or a multimedia center.
Asus maintains the same design seen on the F556UA line of laptops such as the AB 32, and EB 71 . The laptop strikes a balance between a mix of silver and black colors to give it a premium look. There is an icicle-gold metallic frame around the laptop frame that gives it an attractive look. The laptop measures 10.1 x 15 x 1 inches and weighs 5.1 pounds, which is common for laptops in this category. It has a non-backlit full sized keyboard with an average key travel and comfortable for typing. The trackpad has a smart gesture multi-touch that is intuitive and accurate.
The ASUS F556UA-UH71 is powered by the latest 7th generation Intel dual core i7-7500U processor clocked at 2.7GHz which can run up to 3.2GHz with turbo boost technology. Despite being the i7 mobile version processor with two cores, it is still capable of handling a number power demanding tasks without stuttering. There is 8GB DDR4 of RAM memory packed in this system that most users will find adequate in handling day to day tasks. The storage department comes with a 1 TB hard drive which offers plenty of storage space for all your files, music, movies and other documents. The hard drive has a 54000 RPM spindle speed, which is not the best in terms of performance. You can however make things better by upgrading to a solid state drive which offers quick loading of programs and boot times. This will however get to push your budget upwards.
Just like its predecessors, the Asus does not shine when it comes to gaming. This is not surprising at all considering the fact that it is a mid-range laptop which cannot afford to pack a powerful graphics unit. The system comes with an Integrated Intel HD graphics unit which performs poorly in gaming as opposed to a system with a dedicated graphics card. The laptop can only get to handle less demanding games such as Counter-Strike: Go, League of Legends a and Minecraft which can run at +40fps while using a full HD resolution and high settings. Triple A titles such as GTA 5 will only run at the lowest settings and resolution for 30fps. Adding a few bucks to your budget can earn you an entry-level gaming laptop such as the Dell Inspiron which will do much better in gaming.
The laptop comes with standard connectivity options including one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, and one USB 3.1 Type-C ports. The USB 3.1 type-C port is a welcome feature in this laptop that gets to support a host of technologies including DisplayPort and HDMI using an adapter. There is a VGA and HDMI output port that will enable you to extend the display to larger screen such as monitors and projectors. A DVD burner is also in place to read and write your CDs and DVDs. At a time when the DVD burners are being phased out in most of the latest releases, this space could have been used better, perhaps with a bigger battery. There is a 3 in 1 SD card reader that will make it easy to copy your photos from the memory stick of a digital camera. Networking interfaces include a Gigabit Ethernet port for cabled connection, 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter for wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0.
The display remains one the most appealing features of the ASUS F556UA-UH71 which comes with a full HD display, that is a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The 15.6 inch non-touchscreen comes with an anti-glare screen which is quite good especially when working outdoors. The inclusion of Asus Eye Care Technology is a welcome feature that will reduce blue light emissions by up to 33% hence reduce visual fatigue. The images rendered by this screen ae sharp and reading crisp and the Splendid Technology makes it even better by producing more rich colors and vivid imagery. There is a 720p webcam, which many will find useful when it comes to video conferencing, chatting with friends and family via Skype.
The audio quality of this laptop is impressive hence it can get to serve as an entertainment for playing music and watching videos. There are built in speakers that produce a loud and clear sound with the help of the Asus SonicMaster. On the other hand, the battery in this system is typical of a mid-range laptop. The notebook packs a 38Whr 2-cell battery made of Lithium Polymer as opposed to the Lithium Ion, hence has a longer lifespan. You will get around 5 to 6 hours of usage time before the system runs dry. This will get to push you for the better part of the day before you plug it in for more power.
The ASUS F556UA-UH71 is a decent mid-range laptop for high end work offering a powerful performance. The inclusion of the top of the class Kaby Lake Core i7 processor and 8 GB DDR4 RAM that is upgradable, propels the Asus to a world of endless possibilities in handling day to day tasks. The highlight point on this system also lies on the inclusion of an anti-glare Full HD display that makes working in this laptop an enjoyable experience. The hard drive will not excite many but it works pretty well with the other specs, hence replacing it with an SSD is optional. Gamers won’t get excited with the system with the inclusion of an Intel HD 620 graphics, but then its price dictates so. The design be it as it may, the ASUS F556UA-UH71 still stands out as an excellent choice for day to day use as it strikes a balance between the specs and price.
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