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There are couple of points worth mentioning about ASUS F555LA-AH51. First, there’s not much more information about it on the Internet than Amazon’s product page. Second, the product barely fits budget laptop category at around 500 bucks price point. But since nobody had taken closer look at this notebook yet, we here at Tech For Pennies wanted to be pioneers and tell you the goods and bads of this new Asus laptop!
First things first
ASUS F555LA-AH51 is clearly different from the absolutely cheapest laptops that cost barely 200 dollars. It features Intel Core i5-4210Y processor, not very often seen in budget notebooks, which boasts 1.5GHz clock speed and two cores. The turbo feature takes the speed momentarily up to 1.9GHz. The performance is rather good, and running basically any program on it will work.
Gaming to an extent is also possible. The processor integrates Intel HD Graphics 4200 chip which can tackle some older or less demanding games (Sims 4, Fifas, WoW) with low to medium settings. That said, playing games that require lots from graphics card is out of reach. Integrated chips like this Intel HD 4200 simply don’t have enough oomph for smooth experience on heavy titles like Battlefield 4.
System memory in ASUS F555LA-AH51 is rather hefty 8GB. It’s not known if you can add more, but that is probably not a problem because 8 gigabytes is definitely a lot. Such amount can handle programs big and small, and even some heavy-duty stuff like Photoshop will run without lagging.
The hard drive is 1000GB, not unheard of but certainly not a common sight in budget laptops. It’s like desktop’s storage, and will for sure suffice for wide array of uses. For a reference, budget laptops usually come with 300-500GB hard drive and most users never run out of space. A small drawback is speed of the drive: 5400RPM doesn’t have good writing/reading rates compared to quick SSDs. However, if you haven’t used solid-state drives before, you will not obviously see any worse speed in this laptop either.
The operating system is unsurprisingly Windows 8.1, the 64-bit edition.
ASUS F555LA-AH51 contains 3 USB ports. One is USB 3.0, use your USB peripherals mainly with that. According to product images, there are also VGA and HDMI ports on the left hand side which mean you can use this laptop through HD television. There is also media card reader which supports at least the SD format.
For Internet access you can use Ethernet (RJ-45 port on left) or Wireless 802.11bgn. Microphone and webcam are also installed.
Other things to keep in mind
DVD-drive is available on right which means you can read and write CDs and DVDs.
The laptop weights 5.1 pounds which is average weight for 15.6″ notebook. It’s subjective, but at least in my opinion such a weight isn’t issue for portability. The battery life wasn’t listed anywhere, but I’d expect good 4-5 hours from this ASUS.
Like with most 15 inchers there’s a 10-key numeric pad on the keyboard. That lets you quickly access numbers but can also be on the way, again depending on your preferences.
ASUS F555LA-AH51 costs a bit more than your typical penny pincher laptop. However, we wanted to tell you about it here on Tech For Pennies because it’s perfect example of what hundred or two more bucks can bring you. If you’re after extra performance, like if you’re a power user, but still want affordable notebook this ASUS is better choice than the cheapest 200 dollar ones. In addition to extra power (thanks to Core i5 CPU and 8GB RAM), it also looks professional. ASUS is well-respected brand among experts, and if you’re after more performance and looks than the bargain laptops can offer, this ASUS might be very advisable choice for you.