Asus X555UB is one of the powerful additions to the laptops of Spring/Summer 2016. Running a bunch of heavier programs on it shouldn’t be an issue, after all the notebook hosts a 6th generation Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and GeForce graphics inside. These are some good reasons to get the computer, but are there any reasons not to buy it…?
Indeed, processor is decent in Asus X555UB. It’s one of the newest generation units, the Intel Core i5-6200U. You’ll find two cores, a 2.3GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo boost as the most interesting features. Also, a 3rd party benchmark is always essential, for example the CPU Mark which gives the unit a score of 3900. So, you shouldn’t have worries about performance, throwing any kind of application at it won’t slow the system down.
Another important factor, the memory, is also good here. 8GB RAM is installed. According to official specifications, half of it is soldered on board, and another 4GB on a stick. You can upgrade the latter to an 8GB stick, so maximum total memory is 12GB.
The 15.6″ display features 1920×1080 resolution, that is great. There is a plenty of screen estate and having two windows (like browser windows) next to each other works well. The screen does not support touch. Obviously, there’s also a webcam embedded in the top bezel.
Asus X555UB can be used as a gaming laptop, somewhat. The graphics engine is a dedicated one, called GeForce 940M (2GB). It’s better than integrated units but still not on par with heavyweight cards like the GeForce 9xx series. Anyway, you can easily play many games with some eye candy on, like GTA 5 on medium settings and 720p and receive over 50FPS. With similar set-up, you’d get around 20FPS on Fallout 4. League of Legends and Minecraft work flawlessly.
Ports include the usual: two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and HDMI + VGA for connecting a secondary monitor. RJ-45 (1000Mbps) is present for networking, also dual-band AC WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter is installed.
It’s a regular 4-cell 40Whr battery you will find on this unit. Expect it to last four hours if you’re web surfing, after that a recharge is needed.
DVD burner and SD(HC/XC) card reader are included.
There are not too many good things about the storage drive of Asus X555UB. You see, it’s a regular one terabyte HDD, sporting the usual 7200RPM spindle speed. No empty slots for adding more drives is available. Thus, the only way to upgrade to SSD is to take out the old drive first.
A minor nuisance for some, the computer has no backlit keyboard.
Asus X555UB is pretty much a power user grade laptop. There are no very bad things about it, mostly good, like decent processor and RAM section which allow for running all kinds of software. Worse things include lack of a solid-state drive; if there indeed was one, this computer would fly. Some gaming performance is present thanks to dedicated graphics; although still don’t expect top-notch FPS. All in all, the Asus is a well-rounded package, so it’s recommended to check out the laptop further.