I have a feeling that there’s always a lot of buzz when new ASUS laptop is released. I don’t know exactly why, perhaps they’re so good products that people get really excited? In any case, there has been many questions about the just-released ASUS F554LA-WS71. It surely looks like a decent laptop, or what do you think about i7 processor and 8GB RAM? I’ll answer many questions in the review below and hopefully help you decide if this notebook would be worth your while or not.
Will it run my programs?
You should not face any performance problems with ASUS F554LA-WS71. Its processor is Core i7-5500U, a Broadwell-based CPU with two cores, 2.4GHz and 3.0GHz turbo. It receives a grade of ~4000 in CPU Mark, while low end Core i3s get around 2500 points. Thus, it’s expected that i7-5500U is suitable for power users and other folks that don’t want to deal with slow system and lagging programs.
There is 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM installed in the notebook. To me, it looks like the system only contains one memory slot, so you can’t add more memory. I don’t think many people care since eight gigabytes is an appropriate amount for 2015 and going beyond that would just cost much and bring a little in return.
The computer offers a lot of storage. It has a 1024GB 5400RPM hard drive, good news for people who keep huge amount of data on their computer. If you’re bothered by the HDD performance, you always have the option to swap it for a solid-state drive. Make sure you’re getting a 2.5″ SSD and there should be no issues.
How’s the display?
ASUS F554LA-WS71 contains a 15.6″ display with 1366×768 resolution. What bugs me is that for this price, a Full HD screen could be expected. Now you’re left with the mediocre resolution which many professionals dislike. On the other hand, many casual users don’t care as long as it works.
The screen doesn’t support touch and it won’t rotate more than the usual ~150 degrees. In another words, this model is not a convertible laptop, just a regular notebook.
Is it useful for gaming?
ASUS F554LA-WS71 works for light to moderate gaming. Its integrated (= rather slow) Intel HD 5500 graphics unit is ready to run many games, but in return requires you to keep eye candy at bay. As an example, Grand Theft Auto V would reach around 25 frames per second on low details and resolution. That is playable but not entirely smooth. But titles with less fancy graphics, such as Fifa 15, Sims 4 and Steam games will run with medium-high settings.
What things can I connect to it?
ASUS F554LA-WS71 can take three USB peripherals at the same time, there are one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports for that. Also older and newer monitors can be connected to the laptop’s HDMI and VGA outputs.
Network interfaces include Gigabit RJ-45 LAN port and a 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0 is enabled, too.
The laptop features a built-in DVD drive, so there’s no need to use external one. Also SD cards are accepted, there’s a memory card slot on the right hand side.
VGA webcam is included, so feel free to fire up Skype and video chat with your buddies.
Are there anything else to keep in mind?
ASUS F554LA-WS71 weighs ca. 5 pounds, no different from other 15 inch models. The 6-cell battery has enough energy for up to 7 hours, but I’m pretty sure you’ll end up with 5-6 hours in real life use.
The keyboard contains a 10-key pad although to my knowledge keys are not illuminated.
ASUS F554LA-WS71 is a notebook for power users and those who can really appreciate performance. The i7 CPU offers a lot of oomph, making sure that no application will lag on this rig. Another useful thing would be the storage hard drive, at least for people with plenty of huge files. The display is unfortunately not Full HD – a 1920×1080 screen would be justified considering the price. That’s probably the biggest disadvantage this notebook has. If you can do with 1366×768 this notebook should not disappoint you. If you insist on Full HD check this one out.