ASUS F555LA-EH51 is a very new model (released in late October) but it has potential to become a popular one, too. Its components are straight from the “high end” line of tech manufacturers, such as Core i5-5200U processor and 8 gigabytes of system memory. A humongous one terabyte hard drive is also offered for some serious file storage opportunities. But let’s see if my guess about its popularity has any basis in reality or not…
I can’t say the processor is exactly new, but it’s not slow either. The Intel Core i5-5200U works on dual cores and has a clock speed of 2.2GHz, yet there’s also turbo upping the frequency to 2.7GHz. You’ll find it adequate for the vast majority of applications, for example various image editors and programming environments should not really lag here. If you’re interested to know, this chip receives ~3500 points in CPU Mark – to put things in perspective, 4th Generation Core i3s still found in many laptops are in the ~2500 range.
ASUS F555LA-EH51 seems to have abnormal memory configuration: 4GB soldered on board and 4GB installed on stick, hence the current RAM is 8GB. I’m sure you can take out the 4GB stick and put in a 8GB one, giving you 12GB total RAM (which is the maximum).
Storage drive is nothing great, just a platter-based hard drive with 1TB capacity and 5400RPM spindle speed. You’re welcome to remove it and install an SSD if you want to better your system performance a big time.
Comments about the display
I don’t think the 15.6″ matte display in ASUS F555LA-EH51 would please all the users, mainly because of its 1366×768 resolution. Many people, especially professionals, require Full HD these days. On the other hand, for basic home/office use there’s nothing wrong with this 720p. Keep in mind you can’t touch it, the screen will not respond.
Is it possible to play games?
Gaming is within the limits of ASUS F555LA-EH51 but you can’t keep very high settings on. That’s due to the graphics engine choice, there’s only Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics unit supporting your gaming sessions. If your game is from 2014 or 2015, chances are you need to use medium settings – for example, in the case of GTA 5, that would give you ~25 frames per second. Games that would be fluent on settings include CS: Go, League of Legends and FIFA 14.
ASUS F555LA-EH51 connects to Internet with the internal 802.11b/g/n WiFi card. It also supports Bluetooth 4.0, and there’s Gigabit RJ-45 port on the side as well if you want to use cable. DVD burner is included for working with discs, so is a memory card reader for SD format.
The notebook has three USB ports available, two of those are USB 3.0 while one is USB 2.0. HDMI and VGA ports can be used to plug in a monitor or even HD television.
A VGA-level front camera is installed, it won’t offer excellent quality but will be alright for occasional video chats for sure.
What else to keep in mind?
If it’s a notebook for traveling you’re looking for, this ASUS is as good option as any 15.6″ model. It weighs 5.1 pounds and has a 2-cell battery, it won’t work longer than 4 hours with a single charge.
The keyboard has no backlit feature.
Wrapping it up
ASUS F555LA-EH51 is a laptop with strong processor performance coupled with plenty of memory. Hard drive isn’t ideal for many people, consider swapping it if you feel the need. Playing games is possible although it’d only make sense if you’re a casual gamer. At any rate, this kind of “no-frills” but still quite powerful notebook is often everything a person needs, hence I can say the ASUS would make a good buy for all the everyday users out there.