Recently we had seen the Taiwan-based company, Asus has launched laptops in almost every segment, whether it’s EeeBook which is an entry level notebook which is best suitable for you if your work requires web surfing, MS Office, and some other casual work. We had also seen the company has launched gaming laptops under its Republic Of Gamers series which offers the premium build with top class hardware’s, which most of the gamers love out there.
By the end of last year company has launched a new series of laptops, the ‘A’ series which tries to fill the gap between its Eee series of notebook and ROG series, and in this series today we have A555LF which is the most expensive laptop in this series, we used it for a while and let does it worth of its price.
Build And Design Of Asus A555LF:-
This laptop is mostly built of plastic but still company has managed to use some high-quality plastic in it which makes this device presentable, but still we did find out that lid has some bend in it. If we talk about lid then it has got glossy finish which surely invites your fingerprints and will get scratches very easily, which means by the end of the day, you will end-up by cleaning your fingerprints.
Coming to the keyboard, its chicklet keyboard with a soft touch and good travel, you can easily type long emails or documents on it without any issue, another good thing is that you will get full numeric keypad as well which is a bonus and it’s very helpful as well.
The company has again used a good quality material, you will find champagne finish palm rest which looks nice and premium, you will find your power button on the top left side and on the top right, you will find Asus’s proprietary audio enhancement, ‘Sonic Master’ logo.
It has got large trackpad which does offer nice feedback, the full trackpad is clickable but left and right corner will only work when you are going to press respective corners.
At the tip of your palm rest, on the right side, you will find your LED notification light for power, battery status, hard disk activity and airplane mode, as these in front, so you will see them easy.
When it comes to connectivity and ports then on the right side you have, DVD writer, a USB 2.0 port, a headphones/ microphone combo port and SD card slot.
On the left side you will find, Ethernet port, VGA, HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Kensington Lock slot.
The battery of this device is non-removable, but you do get access to the panel to swap RAM, it has got two 4GB RAMs, but interesting part over here is that only one RAM can be swap, another RAM is sealed into the motherboard.
There are four rubber pads at the bottom which make this laptop sit on its place, exhaust vents are almost hidden below the hinge, which means you won’t feel any heat when you are placing it on your lap.
Hardware And Specs Of Asus A555LF:-
When it comes to under the hood features, Asus A555LF is powered by dual-core Intel Core i5-5200U processor which clocked at 2.7GHz, this processor is the couple with HyperThreading feature. you will have 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB hard disk, and 2GB Nvidia GeForce 930M graphics card. For connectivity, it has Ethernet, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, Gigabit LAN, a VGA webcam.
Software Of Asus A555LF:-
Asus A555LF ships with 64Bit Windows 10 Home edition along with several Asus’s apps as well as some third party apps. You will find Asus Live Update which will look for any drivers updates regularly for you, there is Splendid Utility which lets you change display color temperature and some more apps are there as well.
Keyboard and Trackpad Of Asus A555LF:-
Asus A555LF has got a nice keyboard which provides nice feedback over the usage, it has full sized chicklet keyboard which does provide nice typing experience. Keyboard do support backlit which means you will be able to type in the dark environment without any issue. When you press keys, you will get a little noise from keys which we liked as it confirms key has been pressed.
The trackpad is also very nice and it provide good feedback, you can easily use it and do the task on it. This trackpad do supports some additional gestures for Windows 10 like three finger tap to bring your Cortana.
Display of Asus A555LF:-
15.6-inch display of Asus A555LF is just like any other laptop display which you will find in this price segment, it has the screen resolution of 768x1366pixels which is very low. The screen is very glossy and reflective in most of the situations, even the viewing angles are also not that great which you might be expecting.
Speakers Of Asus A555LF:-
Speakers of Asus A555LF are placed at the bottom front side of the laptop and they are very much load, and thanks to Asus SonicMaster which makes your music experience more rich and elegant. If you love to watch movies or listen to music a lot then you are surely going to love the loud and crisp audio quality of this device.
It also comes with an Audio Wizard which lets you switch between different audio modes, you can select them as per your apps on which you are listening to music.
Performance Of Asus A555LF:-
As told earlier, Asus A555LF is powered by dual-core Intel Core i5-5200U processor which clocked at 2.7GHz along with 8GB of RAM, and this combination helps you to do most of the tasks smoothly. All apps open smoothly, be there in memory for the longer period of time and multi-tasking is also not an issue over here.
Here are some of the benchmark test results:-
3DMark Fire Strike – 1300
PCMark 8 (Home) – 3013
PCMark 8 (Work) – 2698
This laptop ships with 2GB Nvidia GeForce 930M graphic card which is a lower mid-range GPU of Nvidia based on the Maxwell architecture. It can easily handle entry level games without any hiccup, but if you want to play high-end games then you should stick yourself to medium or low settings else you will find some lags and frame drops in the game.
We played NFS Most Wanted on high settings and it performed well, then we switched to Tomb Raider 2013, again everything worked fine, no lag, no frame drop or anything in the game. Battlefield 4 worked very fine on medium setting but when we switched to high setting, we did faced frame drops.
Another thing which we noticed while playing games is that when you play games on the higher setting, battery drain very quickly.
Nvidia GeForce 930M do supports, Nvidia’s Optimus which intelligently optimizes your laptop battery, it provide high graphic setting when you need it, which extends the battery life of your device.
Final Verdict On Asus A555LF:-
The overall build quality and design of this laptop are very nice, yes we didn’t like that glossy finish but rest of the design of this laptop is nice, this laptop is priced Rs 48,999, and at the same price you have some other options in the market but Asus is providing 2 years of global warranty on this laptop which is something you are not going to find on any other laptop at this time.
All thanks to GPU decoding, you can watch 4K videos on it, but again screen resolution is very low which is another disappointment here, we wished Asus has at least provided FHD display here.