ASUS X555LA-HI31103J is one of the latest budget laptops from ASUS to have hit the market offering a great value and the quality of this established brand. Compared to other brands ASUS is a bit slow in releasing their latest laptops; however, when they do release one, they tend to win the hearts of many. This is 15.6″ laptop with a decent hardware to carry out multitude of your tasks seamlessly.
With that said, please keep in mind that this laptop is still a budget laptop in every sense. It is very cheap so there is always a trade-off in terms of performance. Don’t get me wrong. Intel Core i3 processor featured in this laptop is very respectable, but if you are seeking to perform professional level of work then you will be disappointed.
This laptop is the direct descendant of the widely famous ASUS X555LA-SI30202G laptop. Let us explore the features of this laptop in this Acer X555LA-HI31103J review.
Specification: 15.6″ HD, Intel Core i3-5020U, 1 TB HDD, 4 GB DDR3, optical drive
A few years back having an i3 processor along with 1 TB HDD at a price tag of around five thousands bucks was considered budget. But that limit has been reduced a lot. Acer X555LA-HI31103J is an example of a budget laptop that has a set completely new standard. This laptop costs almost about $300 and offers what laptop a few years would have featured in higher than $500 mark.
What is the Story of the Processor on this Laptop?
The laptop features a core i3-5020U processor. This is a dual core processor that is much more superior to the Intel Pentium or Celeron processors in terms of performance.
Although there are cheaper laptops in the market that feature slower processors but, unfortunately they can show lag on even while performing the most basic of tasks and their boot up time can be atrociously slow. Therefore, if you want to relieve yourself from the frustration then Core i3 is the least that you should settle for. Note that although this processor cannot support heavy and demanding software; however, in moderation, you can even use this laptop for software like Photoshop etc.
Also note that this processor is a 5th generation processor not a sixth generation Intel core i3 processor. In all reality, there is very little difference between the two. The laptop offering the 6th generation processor are more expensive, but do not justify the price increment with a better performance.
There is Much More:
What separates Acer X555LA-HI31103J from the market standard is not just processor, the RAM amount of this laptop is also out of the ordinary. Generally budget laptops tend to feature 2 GB of RAM. This is seen adequate by many for low key tasks; however, the 4 GB of RAM is like an added bonus. The higher the RAM, the better would be your multitasking experience. Also RAM greatly helps in video production.
What About Connectivity Options?
Acer X555LA-HI31103J includes USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI, Webcacm, Ethernet Port, Wifi, Bluetooth, VGA port and a memory card reader. You will also be delighted to know that this machine offers an optical drive, something which many brands out there are beginning to opt out to save cost and weight.
Although a lot can be done with cloud storage, pen drives and memory cards these days, the optical drives still find their uses in some corners.
Acer X555LA-HI31103J has exquisite looks. It has a comfortable chicklit styled keyboard along with a comfortable trackpad, The keyboard is full sized so that your accounting work can easily be carried out.
Note that the hard disk capacity on this laptop is 1 TB. A lot more than what budget laptops a year back used to offer. It weighs about 5.1 pounds with dimensions of 10.08 x 15.04 x 1.02 inches. Although this is not the lightest laptop around, it sure is one of the thinnest for a budget laptop. The laptop measures at only about 1 inch.
The extra weight is perhaps due to the added optical drive; however, the increment is only marginal and should not pose any sort of problems in terms of mobility.
Is this laptop built for gaming?
Absolutely not. That is to say that AAA titles cannot be played at even low graphics. In fact you will be lucky to be able to play the latest games at low graphics while maintaining respectable frame rate. Low demanding games such as as old games or browser based games such as candy crush can be easily played though.
Is this laptop worth your money?
For this price point, and as have been proven in this Acer X555LA-HI31103J review, this is an excellent laptop to go for. However, for a little extra, you can have yourself an even better valued laptop from HP, HP 15-ay011nr. This laptop offers almost Intel Core i5 6200U from 6th generation and 8 GB RAM at less than $500 .
Acer X555LA-HI31103J Review Conclusion
All in all, this Acer X555LA-HI31103J review has proven that the definition of budget laptops has really changed over the past few years.
The price range for a laptop with Intel Core i3 was once considered within budget range; however, these days you can get a good multimedia laptop for around five thousand bucks and budget laptops can be had for about $300 with amazing hardware.
I highly recommend this laptop for the budget oriented people.