If you’re a friend of touch displays you might’ve noticed there are not many options for you in the budget laptop market. Fortunately, some manufacturers offer remedies for your desire to touch the screen. One of those laptops is ASUS K553MA-DB01TQ which features 15.6″ touchscreen that should also be ideal companion for the notebook’s operating system Windows 8. Well, here at Tech For Pennies we don’t only concentrate on the obvious things, but rather take a look whether the computer actually has the performance and features you’re looking for…
The main things
At least on the Amazon product page, they’ve somewhat hidden the fact that the processor of ASUS K553MA-DB01TQ is a Celeron. Bearing the full name Intel Celeron N2930, this CPU offers clock speed of 1.83GHz with turbo increasing it up to 2.16GHz. There are four cores in it, although in performance tests that Celeron does just as expected: they are not powerhouses meant for professionals, but for home users choosing a notebook with such budget components is just fine. There will be no lag in lightweight use, like web browsing, watching videos and making video calls.
The laptop has 4GB RAM installed, and if you’re not happy with that, you can double the memory up to 8GB. Some vendors’ product pages say there are free empty slots and some say there are not, so it’s probably better to assume no free slots at this point. Anyways, I would suggest going with the current RAM amount before upgrading it – chances are 4GB is all you need.
The hard drive is a cookie-cutter 500GB one with 5400RPM speed. Using that with the Celeron processor won’t certainly give you the smoothest user experience. For everyday computing it should however be fine, and half a terabyte will last forever for those who don’t stuff their hard drives full of multimedia.
Display and graphics
Yeah, ASUS K553MA-DB01TQ has a touchscreen! It’s 15.6 inches big and sports a 1366×768 resolution. The pre-installed Windows 8 will be smooth sail with such a touch display, although the resolution wouldn’t please power users looking for Full HD experience. It’s hard to find a 1920×1080 laptop for this price, and for the intended use of this budget notebook such a lower resolution should suffice.
There’s no good graphics performance in this Asus. It features an older version of Intel HD Graphics chip, a family of graphics engines known for their subpar performance. Keeping mind the limitations also the Celeron processor has, this laptop is not a good pick for gaming. Basically any modern game with flashy graphics would have less than 20 FPS even on low settings. Lightweight titles like Minecraft, CS:GO, Fifa and World of Warcraft should reach acceptable frames on low-to-medium settings and resolution.
The ports of ASUS K553MA-DB01TQ are located on the left hand side. There are two USB 3.0 ports for peripherals, and both HDMI & VGA outs for screens like HDTV. The common headphone/mic jack is also available.
As for networking, the laptop features 10/100Mbps Ethernet port and also WiFi. Bluetooth isn’t available by default, you must resort to a USB dongle if you want that.
The right side houses a DVD burner drive. There is also a media card reader with support for SD and MMC formats.
A 640×480 webcam is installed on top of the screen.
What else to consider?
Some people commented the keyboard of ASUS K553MA-DB01TQ is flimsy. Well, I can’t comment on that, but it’s non-backlit one and has ten-key numeric pad on right, allowing a quick access to number keys.
The battery life is 5 hours and weight is 4.9 pounds. So nothing spectacular here, it shouldn’t be too inconvenient for people on the go.
On the paper ASUS K553MA-DB01TQ looks good. Naturally, the same goes for any laptop. There are things like quad-core CPU and 15.6″ HD touchscreen, in reality though it’s just a Celeron processor and the touchscreen features HD but in no way Full HD (which people might be looking for). These things one must accept if he’s after a budget laptop, and indeed for everyday use I don’t see anything wrong with this computer. Especially if you’re after an affordable touchscreen notebook, and don’t tend to game a lot, going for this Asus is probably worth it.