Asus is rocking the gold with this super slim mid range laptop. It provides Full HD at a competitive price along with the super speed in storage that only a solid state drive can give you. The connectivity is also pretty nice for its price bracket. A pretty nice buy for standard operations though it needs a better video card and more RAM for anything too serious.
Asus went out of their way to help consumers look good with this model. With the sheen of the icicle gold color the days of boring black laptops are gone. This unique color used on the interior and exterior is hard to look away from and will likely become one of the most visually pleasing products you own. Sadly they use the vibrant color as an excuse to go pretty simple with the rest of the design. Rounded edges with a 5.07 pound weight and a 15.6 inch screen combine for a very thin but somewhat standard design outside the dazzling color.
Choosing to go with a intel i5 6200U processor, ASUS went with the most standard processor for the average man or woman’s laptop. The 6200U favors power efficiency over performance but still packs some decent speed. Running at 2.3 ghz with a max booster output of 2.8 ghz you won’t find too many programs that this processor lags behind. Only two cores so don’t try multitasking high end programs but this should do fine for most of your basic gaming and graphic design needs. You won’t win any races with this processor but everyone appreciates the little engine that could. This model can, packing consistency over speed.
ASUS chose not to focus too intently on the graphics capabilities of this model and it shows in the video card. This model houses a Intel HD 520 graphics card which is the integrated model for the intel processor. So don’t expect to run high end games without frame rate issues while some games you won’t be able to run at all. This card should be suitable for older games as you should be able to run them without slow down though you may have to tinker with each individual games settings. Overall we have a card that won’t ever earn more than satisfactory grades made for only the casual gamers and graphic designers.
Following up on the graphics card ASUS chose to go with the industry standard for RAM. Housing a total of 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM we have a pretty decent amount of speed coming from this model. The DDR4 is adds to this machines power efficiency combining with the 6200U processor for a easygoing run. You probably won’t need to upgrade your RAM as their isn’t much reason to thanks to the standard graphics card. Asus chose to line up away from the winning lanes for the mid ranged laptop RAM race but at least they are in the race so anyone happy with a pretty good average shouldn’t have too many issues.
Here is one of my favorite aspects of this machine. ASUS decided to use a 256 gigabyte solid state drive for this machine. This means you will get super fast boot ups for your machine and all of its programs. Along with this we also get better battery life than a mechanical hard drive can provide. 256 gigabytes isn’t eternal space but it should be more than enough for most people. With the overall bonuses that a solid state drive provides buying a external hard drive is a small move to make for anyone who needs more space.
ASUS has a full HD 15.6 inch screen on this model for all of your high definition video watching pleasure. You can run it in ASUS eye care mode for a 33% reduction in blue light with will help with the overall eye stress computer screens create. With a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a 16:9 aspect ratio we have a machine that pushes the industry standards for crisp visuals.
Additional Features (Ports, Optical Drive, webcam etc)
ASUS delivers pretty much everything you could ask for with it’s additional features for this model. Starting off we have 4 USB ports including two 2.0’s a ten times faster 3.0 and also a 3.1 type C for all your USB needs. We have 3 in 1 media card reader along with a HDMI port and a VGA port for adding additional monitors. This model has IceCool technology for keeping your system cool and special polymer battery for extended battery life. They say this extends lifetime by 2.5 times the standard which equates to being able to comfortably last over 10 hours. Their is also a HD web cam and last but not least a DVD-RW optical drive for any burning desires.
Value for Money
Currently at a cost of 645.99 I find this laptop to be decently over priced. It would be a nice machine for a hundred dollars less but the current price point I feel is pushing it. The overall specs are pretty comparable to a computer you would find at a lower price point. I feel the extra you are paying for mostly comes down to the design and the solid state drive. You could also say it goes into the extensive list of additional features. This laptop isn’t bad by any means but you could say that it’s kinda poor for it’s price. An experienced laptop user should be able to find a model and install a solid state drive for less money though so I can’t give this model a good grade on value in good conscience. Look also: HP 15-ay013nr
ASUS F556UA-AS54 Review Conclusion
Not a bad laptop but also not a great one thanks to the inflated price. The design is really nice from afar but can feel a bit flimsy for anyone expecting a sturdy rig. The processor, graphics, and RAM are all a bit too standard for a $645 dollar price tag which is quite puzzling considering their is a model with a stronger processor retailing at around the same price. If you see this model in the $500 dollar range it would be a pretty decent buy but at it’s current price I’d advise you to look elsewhere unless an extra long battery life is a major concern.