So you want to get a fast laptop, yet not so fast that it would cost you a thousand bucks? In this case, ASUS F554LA-WS52 might be worth your while. It features a powerful Core i5 processor together with 8GB RAM, not bad if you want to run heavy programs on your computer. But would this laptop ultimately be worth its price? Let’s have a closer look at it to find out…
There’s a processor called Core i5-5200U in ASUS F554LA-WS52. It’s a modern dual-core CPU with 2.2GHz base speed and 2.7GHz maximum turbo frequency. Compared to its predecessor, the i5-4200U, this new model is ca. 10 percent faster, receiving ~3500 CPU Mark points. The thermal design power (TDP) is just 15W so the chip can be described as a low power one. There’s enough oomph for the majority of applications, and due to integrated graphics engine also many games work on this rig.
The laptop has only one DIMM socket and it’s taken by a 8GB (1600MHz DDR3L) memory stick. You can’t put more RAM in even if you wanted to. But I wouldn’t worry about it, not many users could benefit from going above eight gigabytes. The storage drive is a bit disappointing 500GB 5400RPM drive, not really something you should see in this era anymore. Changing it yourself for a 2.5″ solid-state drive works, but it will cost you some more.
Display and graphics
There’s a 15.6″ non-touch display in ASUS F554LA-WS52. Aspect ratio is 16:9, resolution 1366×768. It’s not a wonderful number, although the need for Full HD screen is very subjective. I’d personally want one because I need a lot of screen estate, but understandably many are fine with 1366×768 too.
A bunch of games will surely work on this laptop. The graphics are commanded by Intel HD Graphics 5500 unit, offering enough performance for titles such as Sims 4, Battefield 4 and Dota 2. I’ve even seen people playing the heavyweight GTA 5 on this chip, although only on low settings, which would yield an acceptable frame rate of ~25 per second.
There are three USB ports in ASUS F554LA-WS52, just like in most 15-inch notebooks. One is USB 2.0, two are USB 3.0, so favor the latter. The laptop also houses HDMI and VGA outs, you can connect an HDTV or PC display to those.
To get Internet access the computer offers 802.11b/g/n WiFi card and Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported as well.
DVD burner is internal, so there’s no need to get an external optical drive here. A slot for SD cards is featured, too.
The laptop has a webcam, although just a VGA one, so some video chatting is definitely possible.
Something else to keep in mind?
ASUS F554LA-WS52 seems to weigh 4.9 pounds, similar to its 15.6″ competitors. In my opinion, traveling with such a package is not cumbersome. The unit contains a 2-cell 37Whrs battery which is promised to work for up to 5 hours. Chances are you’ll reach around four in real life.
The keys don’t light up, but a dedicated numpad is available on the keyboard’s right hand side.
As other reviewers have stated, ASUS F554LA-WS52 has mainly pros and hardly any cons. It is packed with power, i5 processor practically works with any program you might run on a computer. One disadvantage would be the storage selection, a 5400RPM drive in 2015 feels ancient. But you can always swap that to speed up the computer big time. There’s also another version of this computer with faster processor and more storage which is good idea if you’re a power user and have an extra hundred of bucks or so.