ASUS F555UA-EH71 Review

October 7, 2015
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A new Asus, sweet. These are often warmly welcomed by the power users and the techie folk. The ASUS F555UA-EH71 indeed caters to the professional-minded with its i7 processor and 8 gigabytes worth of system memory. Nice, yeah, but looking at the spec sheet I can still see that something is missing. I’ll tell you more about those drawbacks and the overall value of this notebook below!

What is the laptop good for?

6th Generation Intel processors have hit the market, and if you buy ASUS F555UA-EH71 you’ll be getting one. The CPU in this laptop is Intel Core i7-6500U, a chip based on the new Skyline architecture. It is a dual-core model like its low-voltage predecessors, and the clock rate sits between 2.5GHz and 3.1GHz depending on the turbo boost use. Compared to the older i7-5500 (~4000 CPU Mark points) you can see increase in the performance, the i7-6500U gets around 4500 points in the same test. It’s sufficient for day-to-day use, but an advanced user with multimedia and other demanding software would get the most out of this rather powerful processor.

There is 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory installed in the system. The model is so new that there’s hardly any information available yet, so I can’t comment about the RAM distribution (2x4GB or 1x8GB, that is). The storage drive is a bit disappointment, there’s nothing but a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive inside. I can see many want to upgrade it, it’s of course possible here if you know what you’re doing.

Any chance I could play games on it?

Surely you can play games on any modern laptop, it’s just a matter of games selection and the amount of eye candy you want. ASUS F555UA-EH71 doesn’t have a dedicated graphics engine, just an integrated (however new) Intel HD Graphics 520. There are not many tests showing what it’s capable of yet, but some early benchmarks indicate similar (or even bit worse) performance than Intel HD 5500. This means you’d have to skimp on eye candy on games like GTA 5, it would give ~25FPS played on low to medium settings and 720p resolution. Those games casual players often enjoy, like Minecraft and League of Legends, will however give much better frame rates than top of the line AAA titles.

How is the display?

There doesn’t seem to be many interesting facts about the glossy, non-touch display in ASUS F555UA-EH71. The size is typical 15.6 inches and resolution is just 1366×768. However, considering there’s only a weak integrated graphics unit inside, you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the Full HD resolution in games anyway.

What peripherals can be connected?

The ports these laptops have (and thus, the devices they accept) are usually the same. In this ASUS, you will find three USB ports on the side. The configuration is two USB 3.0s and one USB 2.0. For video connections, you’re presented VGA and HDMI-out connectors.

A basic DVD burner is available on the right hand side as you can see from the product photos. There’s an SD card slot nearby, you’ll be able to slip in a memory card and transfer data also that way.

Wireless adapter is a neat A/C one, it also supports Bluetooth 4.0. Furthermore, there’s LAN (RJ-45) port in case you prefer wire over wireless.

VGA-level webcam is included, it doesn’t offer great quality but occasional video chatting will be OK.

Other relevant information

As far as size is concerned, ASUS F555UA-EH71 is a typical 15.6″ model: it weighs 5.1 pounds, thickness is exactly one inch. The 2-cell 37Whr battery isn’t spectacular, I’d be surprised if you got more than four hours out of it.

The chiclet keyboard doesn’t offer backlight but numpad is available on the right.

Summing it up

Excellent mid-range laptops are few and far between, and I don’t think ASUS F555UA-EH71 is exactly that – but it’s still a decent unit for dealing with more complex software on a daily basis. I base my argument on the fact that there are new 6th Generation i7 CPU and 8GB RAM in the engine room, and not many software would be too much for that powerful duo. Of course, the hard drive could be a solid-state drive to make this system appeal even more to the power users. Also, for this thing to be worthwhile for a gamer, a dedicated graphics would need to be installed. But none is, so only a professional without the desire to play games would find this Asus laptop a worthwhile buy.

18 thoughts on “ASUS F555UA-EH71 Review

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      What are you going to do with the laptop? Both notebooks cost about the same. For gaming I recommend X555LB, it has dedicated graphics card and Full HD screen, F555UA only integrated graphics and 1366×768 screen. For general use perhaps the F555UA, it has 6th generation Core i7 (4250 CPU Mark points) vs. X555LB 5th generation Core i5 (3500 CPU Mark points). Also F555UA has has bigger storage drive (1TB vs 750GB).

  1. Ernest Cremers

    Good morning.
    I run 3 screens and multiple work documents at the same time.
    Would this computer do that seamlessly without glitching?
    Thank you.

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      From’s Intel HD 520 article: “Up to three displays can be controlled simultaneously.” So yeah, 3 screens (the laptop screen + two external monitors) are supported, and the Intel HD 520 should be fast enough to handle all those, provided you don’t try to play games, just work with lightweight documents.

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Photoshop and Illustrator will run no problem here. However, there’s still one problem when using those programs on this laptop: the screen resolution is just 1366×768. Often times, people who work with image editors want at least a Full HD (1920×1080) screen, which this display is not. So, the question is, can you do with 1366×768 or do you want 1920×1080 resolution?

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      As far as I know, any program deejays use work on this rig. It’s not an ultrabook though, so if you’re traveling a lot, a lighter (and smaller) model might be a better choice.

  2. luis

    Where do I get the user manual, because I do not how to eliminate the hibernation?

  3. Shiv

    Can i run after effects or adobe premiere pro om this without any lag or frame loss in the videos?

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Yes, because there is Core i7 processor and 8GB RAM in the system. If it was i3 and less RAM, there would probably be slowdowns. Bear in mind the screen’s resolution is 1366×768, not 1920×1080 (Full HD).

  4. Allyson

    Would this be a good laptop for a teen who wants to run FL Studio?

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Fruity Loops isn’t very demanding software so it will work good on this computer. Of course, the internal speakers (of any laptop) aren’t that good, so the music he makes won’t be played with great audio quality. But you can plug headphones to this notebook or even use external speakers, that will probably help quite a lot.

  5. Renato

    I need a laptop to make some ArcGIS work, I’m starting the course the next month. My budget is like 500 usd and I would like to know if the ASUS F555UA-EH71 could be a good option. I’m only a beginner in ArcGIS and I’m not sure If I need a better laptop.

    I’ll be thankfull if somebody give me a comment about this

    Thank you!

    1. Renato

      I forgot to mention that if a refurbished laptop by the factory is a good option?


    2. Tech For Pennies Post author

      This ASUS will surely run ArcGIS fine, especially if you’re in the beginning starting a course. Also, refurbished laptop can be a good option – it’s not really about performance, but if you think the previous owner didn’t break it. From what I know, refurbs are a good option to save some money, most often they are like new but cost less :)


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