Asus Q551LN-BSI708 is a 2-in-1 computer, not so new thing anymore, but it has some features you might want to know about. First, there’s a quick i7 processor running the system, that is excellent news for power users. Another excellent thing is the dedicated graphics, which is a rare thing in convertible laptops. Let’s try to figure out what more there is, and if this Asus is something you should think about getting.
For a 2-in-1 laptop, Asus Q551LN-BSI708 seems to have a great processing power. It’s equipped with a 5th generation low voltage Core i7-5500 processor. The CPU offers 2.4GHz clock speed (3.0GHz turbo) on its two cores, and gets a healthy grade of ~4000 points in Passmark benchmarks. Most convertible processors are inferior to the i7, reaching fewer points in the range of 2500-3000. The high performance is of course evident in the price of this unit, but a power user should be able to fully appreciate the added power i7 offers.
The laptop features 8GB DDR3 RAM (should be PC3-12800 1600MHz). Half of it is on-board memory so it can’t be changed. But the other 4GB is installed on a stick which you can swap for 8GB one, totaling at 12GB memory. That’s the maximum this system supports, not 16GB or even 32GB like found on some websites.
Asus Q551LN-BSI708’s storage section is made up of a 1024GB 5400RPM hard drive. It gives you plenty of space to save your files on, but on the other hand offers sub-par performance in comparison to solid-state drives. Many people have swapped the HDD for an SSD on this model, you can do that too if you have some knowledge in the field.
Screen and graphics
Appropriate for the price, the display is 15.6″ big with 1920×1080 resolution. Touch is of course supported, so flipping the screen 360 degrees will give you a (large) tablet. The panel type seems to be IPS, so I’d expect nice viewing angles and accurate colors from this screen.
A dedicated nVidia GT 840M (2GB) graphics card will be responsible for rendering your games. That’s rare candy, not many 2-in-1s include a dedicated graphics. This computer indeed does, and on many games you can enjoy high settings and resolution. However, with very demanding titles you’d have to decrease eye candy a bit. Battlefield 4 would, for example, give around 40FPS on medium settings and resolution.
Asus Q551LN-BSI708 has three USB 3.0 ports, just enough to accommodate all your important peripherals. HDMI output is available, so you’re able to connect an HDTV or PC monitor to this unit.
Networking interfaces should be enough, the laptop has Gigabit Ethernet port and AC WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card to connect you to Internet.
There’s an internal DVD burner in this Asus. That is not common for convertibles, often emphasizing portability and lightweight design. Anyway, on this model you can indeed burn and read CDs and DVDs. Memory card reader is installed, too.
The front-facing camera works for Skype video chats. Many true tablets come with a rear camera too, but this Asus does not.
Any other things to keep in mind?
Asus Q551LN-BSI708 is both laptop and tablet, but it has size of the former. At 15.6 inches and 5.1 pounds it’s like a typical notebook, although for a tablet it is big. The 3-cell 48Whr battery should give you 4-5 hours on web surfing.
Keyboard is illuminated and it has 10-key pad on the right hand side.
Summing it up
These convertible laptops are often inexpensive, but on the other hand slow. However, Asus Q551LN-BSI708 is different, offering performance of a full blown laptop with its i7-5500U processor and 8GB RAM. A sweet thing for gamers, there’s also a dedicated GT840M speeding up the games. The usefulness of the tablet mode is questionable, the unit has a size of a real laptop, but at least you know you can turn this Asus to a tablet if you need to. For the features it offers, and considering the positive reviews the laptop has gained, it looks this computer is worth your money.