Asus X555LA Laptop Review – Best Budget Laptop?

The Asus X555LA might just be the best budget laptop ever. The perfect all-round value laptop for work and play, according to Asus, the X555LA presents a better balance in overall performance which no other laptop in this price range has.

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DESIGN AND BUILD

The Asus X555LA-XX290H comes in a dual-tone finish. It features a very dark back with beautiful circular patterns. It weighs just 2.1 kg and 26 mm thick.

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On the left side of the Asus X555LA we have two USB 3.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, and VGA analogue and HDMI digital video output and on the right we have one USB 2.0 and a card slot able to accept SDXC cards,  headphones and microphone jack also make an appearance.

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The Asus X555LA-XX290H’s features a silver-coloured finish and a decently large buttonless multi-touch type 103 x 73 mm for easy cursor control, Asus are also kind enough to include smart gestures on this laptop.

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A low resolution display at 1366 x 768 pixels across the 15.6in panel graces this budget laptop and we won’t complain because of its price.

PERFORMANCE

This laptop comes in two variants of processors depending on which you buy, Asus offers the X555LA with AMD or Intel processors clocked at 1.9 GHz Core i3 from Intel’s 4th generation. With 4GB of memory and 1 TB hard disk and 37 Wh battery you can get 5 to 6 hours of battery life.

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Full Specifications of ASUS X555LA-XX290H

Windows 8.1
15.6in (1366×768, 100dpi) TN glossy display
1.9GHz Intel Core i3-4030U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
1TB 5400rpm SATA HDD
gigabit ethernet
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
DVD+/-RW DL drive
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
HDMI
VGA
D-Sub
Kensington lock slot
SDXC support
stereo speakers
0.3Mp webcam
mic
3.5mm headset jack
UK tiled keyboard with numberpad
buttonless, multitouch (104x73mm) trackpad
37Wh lithium-polymer non-removable battery
45W wall charger
381x257x26.3mm
2122g

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Geekbench 3: 3988
PCMark 8 Home, Work (conventional/accelerated): 1985/2028, 2362/2957
Batman Arkham City: (1280×720, Low) 30fps, (1280×720, Medium) 28fps, (1366×768, Low) 26fps, (1366×768, Medium) 25fps
Tomb Raider 2013 (1280 1280×720, Low): 31.3fps
Battery life: 5 hrs 17 mins

VERDICT

Coming at 65, 000 naira all the essentials of the Asus X555LA work well together. The Haswell Intel chip means overall performance is better than most of it’s competition. If you’re on a budget this might just be the laptop for you

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