Manufacturers are rehashing their older, yet best-selling models for a good reason: Windows 10 is out there, gaining popularity day by day. Early reviews indicate that using the “ten” is much like Windows 7 – which, in turn, was indeed warmly welcomed by both experts and average computer Joes. So, one of the new versions sporting Windows 10 is ASUS F555LA-AB31. We had a look at its features and performance and the result was this review, ultimately telling you whether you should spend your money on this laptop or not…
How fast it is?
ASUS F555LA-AB31 is fast enough for basic things such as web browser (including YouTube and like), paper writing and MS Office suite. The processor here is 5th Generation Broadwell-based Core i3-5010U, offering dual-core setup with 2.1Ghz base speed with no turbo boost. It gets ~3000 CPU Mark points, not too bad for an i3, and putting things in perspective entry-level Celerons get just closer to 1000. Another good feature, the power consumption is low (TDP 15W) so heat problems shouldn’t occur with this notebook.
The laptop is equipped with 4GB (1600MHz DDR3L) RAM. That is alright for the majority of folks, 8GB or more is mostly required for heavier work done by professionals and power users. From what I can tell, the system sports a single RAM slot, so upgrading to 8GB should be possible in any case.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 has a 500GB 5400RPM mechanical hard drive for storage. It’s a bit sad considering SSDs make computer much, much faster. On the other hand, complaining for this price isn’t fair. And you can always take the drive out and replace it with a solid-state drive if you want an easy way to make this system “fly”.
Anything special about the display?
The 15.6″ non-touch display has a 1920×1080 resolution which is very, very rare for an inexpensive laptop. So if you have a supporting video source (like YouTube or Netflix) feel free to enjoy Full HD content on this laptop. However, playing games on 1920×1080 is unlikely to happen due to poor graphics card – more about that below.
Does it run games well?
ASUS F555LA-AB31 isn’t suitable for heavy gaming. The biggest culprit would be the graphics, they’re powered by an engine called Intel HD 5500 that happens to be integrated, in another words slow. As such, you can only expect many newer games run on low to medium settings. If you’re into GTA 5, you can play that on 720p medium and reach ~20 FPS. On the other hand, the lighter Minecraft (1080p medium) would easily get over 25 frames per second. Also remember that every browser-based game will work here without issues.
What things can I connect?
ASUS F555LA-AB31 accepts three USB-supporting devices at the same time, there are one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connectors for that. You may also hook up HD television or another bigger display, the notebook features HDMI and VGA outputs.
The right side houses a DVD drive, slip a disc in and burn or read whatever you want. In addition, if you own digital camera, you can benefit from the laptop’s SD card slot with fast photo uploads.
The notebook has RJ-45 port and a nice 802.11AC WiFi for networking. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported as well. The basic front-facing webcam is good for occasional Skype video sessions.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 weighs the same than any 15.6″ notebook, around 5.1 pounds. There’s no information about battery life yet, but I’d expect at least 4-5 hours considering there’s no dedicated graphics card and CPU and RAM are low energy versions.
The notebook has no backlit keyboard. A 10-key pad is available on the right hand side.
Looking at the price, ASUS F555LA-AB31 is a budget laptop, but it has some characteristics of a more fancier computer. The most obvious is the excellent Full HD display almost unheard of in this price range. You can enjoy high quality movies and other kind of content (minus games, due to poor graphics card) here. Performance-wise, you’re given a 5th Generation Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB mechanical drive. Being a 2015 release, the CPU is alright, but RAM and especially the storage drive are sort of blast from the past. But for this price, one must keep his expectations in check – you’re paying only pennies compared to real power user notebooks. If you’re fine with this and you use computer mainly for web surfing and perhaps YouTube, this kind of inexpensive ASUS is definitely all you need.