ASUS is not stranger to making some of the highest quality laptops in the market. Asus F555UA-EB51 is yet another example of a great mid range multimedia laptop.
It is great for mid-level professional work. You can surely perform coding, graphic designing, and even video editing but to a limit.
Let us find out more about this laptop in this Asus F555UA-EB51 review.
ASUS chose to use it’s standard reflective black spiral for this model. I like the look as it looks great when light hits it but sadly it doesn’t extend to the inside where we have the traditional gray and black. There is a nice little pattern around the keyboard though.
With a 15.6 inch screen and rounded edges ASUS stays consistent with their design choices. Weighing in at 5.1 pounds with a smart gesture multi-touch touchpad we have something kind of generic.
Generic isn’t always bad though as the body is fingerprint resistant.
Being a mid range laptop, it is suitable for a multitude of work. If you are looking for a laptop for low level tasks like word processing, internet surfing, this isn’t the right laptop for you because it can do so much more.
If you are looking to perform moderate levels of professionals tasks like using Photoshop, editing videos etc, then this is the right laptop for you.
This model comes in with a 2.3 Ghz Core i5-6198DU processor. With a twin core we have the best performing i5 processor in it’s range though it is also the worst as far as value for the price.
So we basically have the Avatar of i5 processors. A 3 Mb cache and four threads this processor is geared for efficiency over performance.
It can be boosted up to 2.8 Ghz and with two cores is pretty decent for multitasking. However if you are like me you probably don’t want to over pay for decent.
Here we have a dedicated integrated graphics card which is not something the serious gamer wants to hear.
You shouldn’t have too many problems playing low end games thanks to the processor and ram but anything high end will have frame rate issues if you can even install it. The card is basically a Intel HD Graphics 520 which is merely serviceable with no room for upgrade.
Definitely not a gazelle more like a possum some might consider it cute but you aren’t far off from a skunk.
ASUS gave this model 8 gigabytes of RAM which is pretty much the industry standard for laptops in the 400 to 600 dollar price range. The RAM is of the older DDR3L kind which has low voltage requirements so it runs well with the efficient i5-6198DU processor.
Because of the graphics card this laptop is not really for gaming so this should be fine for all of your web searching, video watching, and word processing needs. You might want to upgrade if do intense video editing.
This model has a huge 1 terabyte mechanical hard drive, perfect for storing humongous amounts of date. The mechanical hard drive as usual will cut into you computers overall speed in comparison to a emmc or solid state drive.
That is a small sacrifice to make if you are interested in storing anything and everything for a long time.
Great for anyone who really enjoys downloading videos and applications. We have to trade all that space for some battery life though this model tops out around six hours off charger.
A 15.6 inch screen with a 16 by 9 ratio we have a screen that looks bright and clear in low light. The resolution however is 1366 x 768 by default with a maximum of 1920 x 1080 which sounds nice but you will probably want to run at the native resolution to avoid slowdown.
We have full HD capabilities in the screen so it is nice for watching any 1080p movies without much drop off. The backlit LED screen shouldn’t disappoint unless you are dealing with a lot of sun because it is quite reflective.
ASUS went in a interesting direction when it comes to special features on this model. We thankfully have two 3.0 USB ports for the ten times speed over the singular 2.0 USB port.
A VGA for connecting an additional monitor along with an HDMI which I love for watching movies on my TV. A DL DVDR/CD RW optical drive which is really nice for reading and burning media quickly.
A VGA web cam along with your RJ45 for LAN connectivity and a 802.11 AC wireless card for high speed connection. Here it gets interesting as ASUS makes a big deal about their IceCool technology that keeps the area around your touch pad cool and under body temperature which doesn’t seem like a big issue to me but to each its own.
ASUS Sonicmaster also promises customizable high quality sound for clarity and volume which also depends on the buyers preferences. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the ASUS 1 year accidental damage warranty.
Value for Money
Now having reviewed many laptops this one having a price point at almost $600 is pretty interesting. We have a product that has comparable specs with other laptops in that range but it is kind of on the lower end.
I feel you are paying a bit more for the processor and the ASUS exclusive features than I would like. All that aside the price isn’t horrible for a mid range machine. The speed, efficiency, and hard drive space are all really nice though you could pay a little bit more and possibly get an i7 processor.
When I think of this laptop I flashback to grade school when you get a test back and you wanted that one more point to bump up your B to an A but alas it wasn’t to be. Here we have a model that feels like maybe it should be a bit less but you still can’t really say its bad for the price.
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Once again ASUS delivers a solid product. It’s not something any professional gamer would want to stream on but for the every man who just wants a stable machine to get some work done it doesn’t disappoint.
The high quality sound and cool wrist rest area are interesting ideas that will probably appeal to niche consumers though many won’t really care.
Overall though there isn’t much to complain about we have a good mid range model maybe it could be twenty bucks less but I don’t know if that is worth making a big fuss over.