ASUS F555LA-AH51 15.6-Inch Intel Core i5 Laptop Review

ASUS F555LA-AH51 15.6-Inch Intel Core i5 Laptop (Black)

The ASUS F555LA-AH51 15.6-Inch Intel Core i5 Laptop is a mid-range, general purpose machine that should be easily able to cope with everyday computing tasks, and still have power to spare for more demanding applications.

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It is driven by an Intel Core i5-4210Y processor. This is a dual core, ultra low voltage (ULV) component, designed specifically to provide a good balance between processing power and energy efficiency in ultrabooks and tablets. The processor supports Intel’s Hyper Threading technology, enabling its two cores to handle up to four threads. Turbo Boost is also supported, allowing each core to automatically adjust its speed from the base speed of 1.7 GHz up to a maximum of 2.7 GHz, depending on the needs of the current application. Together, these technologies ensure that the processor makes best use of available resources, conserving power where possible while still delivering maximum performance when it’s needed.

The processor is supported by 8 GB of DDR3 memory. Although this is less than is found in some more powerful – and correspondingly more expensive – laptops, it is still more than many other machines in this class offer. It should be more than adequate to allow the installed copy of Windows 8.1 to run well, multitasking your applications with ease.

The machine’s 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display is powered by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4200, offering a significant increase in performance over the HD Graphics 4000 found in older Intrl processors. It should be easily capable of handling the needs of routine computing tasks, and even some casual gaming, but will probably struggle to meet the demands of more sophisticated modern games.

Pros :

  • Great Midrange Laptop
  • Intel Core i5-4210Y 1.7 GHz Processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 Memory
  • 1000 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • Windows 8.1

Cons :

  • Graphics may be underpowered for serious gaming

For permanent storage of your music, movies, pictures and documents, as well as your application software, this machine is fitted with a 1000 GB (1 TB) hard disk drive (HDD). This should provide more than sufficient storage capacity for most users’ needs, but it is an easy matter to connect an external HDD to one of the machine’s USB ports should more space be required.

Speaking of USB ports, the machine is equipped with three – one standard USB 2.0 port, and two high speed USB 3.0 ports, giving you plenty of options when it comes to hooking up wired peripherals. The USB specification is (currently) backwards compatible, meaning that USB 2.0 devices should work in USB 3.0 ports and vice versa, although, of course, you will need to use a USB 3.0 device in a USB 3.0 port if you want to take full advantage of its high speed capabilities.

Other connectivity options include an HDMI port, allowing you to connect the machine to an HDTV or modern monitor for those times – such as watching a movie – when you want or need to use a bigger display, and a standard Ethernet port for wired networking. Naturally, the machine also supports wireless networking, in the form of 802.11BGN WiFi.

There is also a built-in DVDRW/CD-RD drive. Although not as vitally important as they once were, DVD / CD drives are still very useful to have, whether for playing movies from your collection, installing software or simply backing up your data to a blank disk. Consequently, it’s good to see that the F555LA-AH51 hasn’t followed the recent trend of omitting an optical drive in the interests of cost and or weight / size reduction.

The machine measures 10.10 x 15 x 1 inches, and weighs just 5.1 pounds, making it small and light enough to be easily portable. And, no matter where you take it, its full sized keyboard and multi-touch touchpad ensure that you will be able to get on with your work – or play – as easily as if you were sitting at your desk.

Overall, the ASUS F555LA-AH51 15.6-Inch Intel Core i5 Laptop is an excellent choice for anyone in the market for a reasonably priced, mid-range, general purpose laptop. It should be powerful enough to handle day-to-day computing tasks without difficulty, and have enough processing power to cope with more demanding applications, too. It may struggle with highly demanding games, but it isn’t, and doesn’t purport to be, a gaming laptop; it is a workhorse machine, designed to cope well with routine tasks, and should be more than capable of doing so. This machine should definitely be on your shortlist!

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