Good news for you, Asus F555LA-NS72 is called a premium laptop (at least on Amazon.com). But there’s one thing that is confusing: the low price point. Because, can you really get a premium notebook for so cheap? Is there a reason to go for this computer or just stay away from it? I’ll let you know my opinion on that below!
Processor and memory are good in Asus F555LA-NS72. The former is Intel Core i7-5500U (5th generation unit) with the vital stats being a dual-core configuration, 2.4GHz clock speed and 3.0GHz turbo boost. The CPU Mark score is a high(ish) 4000, so it’s a power user friendly processor. The 8GB memory is also a good amount these days, my guess is that 99% of people will be more than happy with it.
It’s not a bad, however not so good thing either, that the storage drive is a platter-based one. The 1TB 5400RPM HDD gives you a lot of space but lacks in performance – if you wanted to make this computer boot up (and in general, operate) faster, you’d need to take the HDD out and put a solid-state drive in. That’s not a maneuver everybody can do, but if you’re tech-savvy it’s very possible.
Asus F555LA-NS72 doesn’t have a fancy display, just a 15.6-inch screen featuring a maximum resolution of 1366×768. So no Full HD here, that’s a bummer for some. Also, it’s not a touchscreen. The display has a webcam embedded on top of it, it features VGA (640×480) resolution which is good for video chatting but not for filming high quality YouTube videos.
The ports include usual USB connectors (two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0) and one full-size HDMI-out for an external monitor. A 100Mbps LAN port is present for wired networking. There’s also a WiFi card, but I’ve received reports it’s not the advertised ac standard, just the regular bgn. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported.
DVD burner and media card reader (SD cards only!) are included.
The 2-cell battery is not a heavyweight power source, expect a maximum of four hours when surfing the web.
Gaming can be an issue with Asus F555LA-NS72, the integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics chip is not a beast. Playing some new and demanding games may work on low settings, for example GTA 5 at ~25FPS, however Fallout 4 would lag too much at 15-20FPS. Luckily, not all games require so much from the graphics chip, like Counter-Strike: Go which would run at +35FPS even when higher settings were used. Also bear in mind it’s not possible to install dedicated graphics.
Sadly, there’s no backlit keyboard available.
Asus F555LA-NS72 could be worth your while if you’re a power user (or techie). There’s the low-voltage Core i7 processor and 8GB RAM speeding the system up, however the 5400RPM hard drive can be a bottleneck. In short, all kinds of software activities will work, especially if you upgrade to SSD. Too bad the display has no Full HD support – it could just be expected for this price. Gaming is a tough question; you can’t keep high settings due to integrated graphics. If this kind of good-looking and pretty fast laptop from a trusted brand interests you, and you are possibly ready to upgrade the HDD, I’d recommend checking the computer out.