A new ASUS, not bad, that company is known for high quality notebooks I think! This time, the model we’re taking a closer look at is called ASUS X555DA-WS11. It’s a cookie-cutter 15.6 inches notebook with AMD’s quad core processor and huge terabyte hard drive. Quite impressive, isn’t it, but perhaps something is missing… Let’s see!
The strong points
ASUS X555DA-WS11 is, for the money, quite a snappy computer. At least the processor is. AMD A10-8700P is running the show, a quad-core unit of 1.8GHz base frequency and 3.2GHz turbo. The chip gets a score of around 3600 points in CPU Mark which is around the same than Intel Core i5-5200U – so a power user’s laptop processor I’d say. Memory is 8GB, the configuration is 4GB onboard and 4GB on stick. It seems 8GB is the memory cap, however it’s rather plenty and should ensure smooth operations.
Ports are nothing fancy but sufficient: one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 for printers, mouses and such. VGA and HDMI-out for connecting an external monitor. RJ-45 port (1000Mbps) for Internet access with cable – also keep in mind that 802.11bgn WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card is installed.
It’s a little sad they didn’t include a solid-state drive on ASUS X555DA-WS11. If they did, this thing would fly. Now there’s a regular hard drive, a 1TB 5400RPM one. It’s big in storage but loses to SSD in performance. If you’re not happy with that, remove the HDD and replace it with a solid-state drive. It requires some tech skills but can surely be done.
The screen is a decent one, 15.6 inches by 1366×768 resolution (definitely not Full HD). Touch is not supported. VGA-level webcam is included on top of the screen.
The battery seems to be built into the system, so hard to replace. This 2-cell 37Whr unit should last 4 hours under web surfing on a single charge.
The laptop comes with a DVD burner (SATA 8.9mm) and SD card slot to transfer data from mobile devices.
The weak points
Gaming is so-so activity on ASUS X555DA-WS11. It doesn’t feature a dedicated graphics card, just an integrated chip called Radeon R6. It’s not the worst integrated unit, but still quite a slow compared to real cards. On low settings (and resolution), you’re likely to get around 30FPS on games like GTA 5 and Battlefield 4. Games such as Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike: Go and other Steam-based ones are however not a problem.
If you only see the price, you might think ASUS X555DA-WS11 is quite a slow computer. It’s cheap, so the performance must also be bad? Well, not really, for some reason the manufacturer has managed to put in quite a powerful AMD quad-core processor and 8GB RAM. To run any type of software will not be a problem, however gaming side (new and graphics-heavy titles) can be issue due to lack of a proper graphics card. Also remember the resolution is not Full HD but the usual 1366×768. However! I’m not going to complain because the price is so impressive. I recommend you to take a closer look at this winner for sure.