A cheap laptop, it’s bound to sell like hotcakes. But why, is it just because people like inexpensive stuff? You see, there’s always a reason why an item is cheap. In the case of Asus X553SA-BHCLN10, is it due to slow performance or what? We’ll find that out in a moment…
You can’t expect this cheap computer to be blazing fast, can you? The Celeron N3050 dual-core processor is a real entry-level chip with 1.6GHz clock speed, 2.2GHz turbo and a ridiculous ~750 CPU Mark score. That is low, very low, only sufficient for basic web browsing and MS Office – you can say goodbye to gaming or demanding programs with this Celeron rig.
The notebook has, by default, 4GB memory. It might or might not be enough, but it looks like the RAM can be expanded to 8GB: there’s one memory slot in total on mainboard.
Storage is a blast from the past, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive. A good idea to make this whole laptop faster is to swap that HDD with a solid-state drive.
Does it work for gaming?
Unfortunately, Asus X553SA-BHCLN10 is one of the worst laptops for gamers. It has a poor processor and a poor graphics engine, an integrated Intel HD (Braswell architecture). It is not going to work with modern, demanding games like GTA 5 or Battlefield 4, but people have been playing simpler ones such as League of Legends and CS: Go using low details and resolution.
What peripherals does it accept?
Asus X553SA-BHCLN10 features two USB ports, one is USB 2.0 and the other USB 3.0. That’s not a lot but still accommodates for, say, a printer and mouse at the same time. HDMI output is provided as well, that means you can plug in a PC monitor or HDTV.
Connecting this laptop to Internet is possible with the 100Mbps RJ-45 port or the 802.11n WiFi card. Bluetooth 4.0 is enabled.
DVD burner is installed in the machine, so is a media card reader.
The notebook features a basic VGA front facing webcam.
Other important things to keep in mind
The 15.6″ display supports only 1366×768 resolution, Full HD is never going to happen for this price.
This Asus is not a heavy laptop, weighing only 4.85 pounds. Battery is of course included.
Keyboard isn’t backlit.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
Asus X553SA-BHCLN10 is good for a couple of things, and that’s lightweight use at home or small office. You can get your daily dose of web, YouTube and even MS Office with this rig, but using it for advanced software or especially gaming just won’t work. The laptop will be a little slow no matter what you use it for, but for this price I’m not going to complain at all.