The ASUS F556UA-AB32 is a decent desktop replacement laptop that packs lots of features for less. It shines with a decent battery life, a full HD screen and a massive 1 TB storage space.
PROS: Solid performance for the price. Good connectivity options. A full HD 1080P display
CONS: No solid state drive. Modest 4GB DDR4DL RAM. VGA Webcam
The ASUS F556UA-AB32 is a reliable machine that comes with a large display, powerful performance, high capacity storage and great connectivity for basic computing tasks. The Asus outshines most of the budget priced laptops by packing some features mostly preserved for the high end machines.
The 15.6 inch display laptop houses the powerful 6th generation Intel core i3-6100U 2.3GHz processor, 4GB DDR4DL RAM and a 1 TB 5400RPM hard drive for ample storage. The highlight point of these entry level laptop is on its display, it comes with a full HD 1920×1080 screen resolution, a rare occurrence in this category.
The laptop runs on Windows 10 operating system that that is user friendly. The laptop fits into the life of businessmen and students who want to complete their assignments, browse the internet, make a presentation, emailing, and for entertainment purposes.
The Asus 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 makes it sturdy. The keyboard is clad in black together with the display frame giving the laptop an elegant look. The laptop measures 10.1 x 15 x 1 inches and weighs 5.1 pounds, which is typical for devices in this category. The weight combined with an average battery that system comes with does not make it an ideal laptop for road warriors.
The 38Whr Li-polymer battery which is a non-removable unit offers a maximum of 4 hours operating time. So if you must move around with it, then remember to pack the charging adapter too to plug it in whenever it runs out of power.
Under the hood, the ASUS F556UA-AB32 houses the 6th generation dual-core Intel i3-6100U processor (3MB cache) at 2.3 GHz speed without turbo boost but hyper threading (2 cores and 4 threads). The processor combines with 4GB DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz to enable the system run different apps without slowing down. The memory is not enough but then you have the option of upgrading by adding another RAM on the extra slot inside.
The laptop comes with a massive storage space, the 1 TB serial ATA hard drive at 5400RPM offers ample space to keep all your favorite music, videos, movies and files. However, the hard drive is not as fast and reliable as a solid state drive.
If you need to increase the loading speeds of programs and start times then you can replace the mechanical hard drive with an SSD. This is almost similar to what the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM but it introduces the 7th generation core i3-7100U that is much powerful.
Gamers won’t find this laptop satisfying as it can barely run many of the titles smoothly. The laptop comes with an integrated Intel HD 520 that lets you play some games at low settings. You will have to tone down the settings and resolution for games such as Grand theft Auto 5 to reach +30FPS. You will however enjoy playing games such as Star Crafts and World of Warcraft without experiencing any lag. A better gaming rig will definitely cost you an arm and a leg but then entry gaming laptops such as the ASUS K501UW-AB78 come at hand to whet your gaming appetite at an affordable price.
The laptop features one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and one USB 3.1 type C multi use connector. There is also an HDMI and VGA output ports for extending the display to larger screens such as monitor and HDTVs. There is a headphone-out, audio-in combo jack and an SD card reader slot.
The machines maintains the traditional DVDRW/CD-RW Optical Drive that will serve those who still want to write and copy their data to discs. Internet connectivity can be accessed through an Ethernet with RJ-45 connector or by use of the 802.11ac wireless adapter. Bluetooth 4.1 is also available on this device.
The15.6-inch matte LED-backlit Full HD display comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels that is feat for laptop in this category. There is a blue light filter that helps in protecting your eyes from the blue light emission of LED panels which causes fatigue.
The ASUS splendid technology allows you to enjoy richer and deeper display colors on the matt display panel thereby allowing you to use the laptop in different situations. The display technology makes this machine suitable for students in reading and watching movies for a prolonged period. Additionally, you will get a VGA webcam on top of the display that will enable you make video calls and chat with family and friends via skype.
The laptop comes with a non-backlit keyboard that is comfortable to type on. The inclusion of ASUS IceCool Technology ensures that your palms stay comfortable even after typing for long hours. The trackpad has a smart gesture multi-touch that is intuitive and accurate. The laptop has two stereo speakers and resonance chambers that offer a deep bass while keeping the sound loud. As such, you will comfortably enjoy watching your movies or listening to music after a long day at school.
The ASUS F556UA-AB32 is a decent laptop that comes with great features and specifications, a good screen, fairly good expansion possibilities and a great interface and networking options. The system ports a fancy look but does not fit in the portability spot. It is good for students carrying on short distances such as to school and back home or for office use.
Light users will therefore not find this laptop light enough to fit into their backpacks for a trip out of town. The powerful 6th generation Intel core i3-6100U processor in this laptop is ideal coupled with the 4GB of RAM and 1 TB of Hard drive storage space. The Full HD resolution separates it from the rest in this category.
If you are on a budget and in need of a laptop for your basic computing needs such as emailing, web browsing, editing documents and watching movies in full HD, then the ASUS F556UA-AB32 is worth a your consideration.