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Asus X555 / K555 series review

In this review we’re going to analyses the Asus X555 series.

We actually have two X555 fashions right here, as Asus will supply the laptops on this household in a few totally different configurations and either with a plastic case out there in a couple of totally different colors, or a Darkish Blue metallic choice.

Based mostly on that and the precise hardware specs, there might be a couple of totally different X555 variants, like the X555LA (with out dedicated graphics) and the X555LD (with Nvidia graphics). And in some regions the metallic model will probably be bought as the Okay555LN, as a better finish configuration of the X555 models.

And sure, that sounds incredibly difficult and confusing, but in reality all these laptops are built on principally the same barebone, with a couple of configuration elements and small options various between them, that’s why I’ve treated the 2 fashions in the identical article.

Asus X555 series Video Review

The specs – Asus X555 series

Before we get in deep, let’s take a look at the specs, so that you’ll know what we’re coping with here. We have now two units for this review, an Asus X555LD with a Core i5-4210U processor, 6 GB of RAM, Nividia GT 820M graphics and a 500 GB 7200 rpm HDD, and an Asus Okay555LN model, with a Core i3-4030U processor, eight GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 820M graphics and a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD.

Asus X555LD / Okay555LN series
Display15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 px resolution, TN, shiny, non-touch
ProcessorIntel Haswell Core i5-4210U / Core i3-4030U
ChipsetIntel HM86
Videointegrated Intel 4400 HD and dedicated Nvidia 820M graphics
Memory6/8 GB DDR3
Exhausting-disk2.5″ HDDs
ConnectivityWireless N, Gigabit Lan, Bluetooth four.zero
Ports2 x USB three.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, LAN, card-reader, webcam, Kensington lock
Baterry37 Wh, detachable
Operating systemHome windows 8.1
Measurement38.2 x 25.6 x 2.58 cm
Weightabout 2.three kg (5.1 pounds)

Choosing one over the opposite is usually a matter a personal taste and considerably a matter of finances, because the aluminum coated fashions will probably be slightly costlier and solely bundle greater end hardware, however apart from a couple of configuration differences, the two variants share most of their features and traits.

These X555 laptops begin at about 500 Euros over here, or $500 USD within the US, and that puts them in the reasonably priced notebooks class. They do pack Intel Haswell hardware, but some corners have been reduce as a way to meet the lower cost point. For example, there are only HD screens with TN panels on these computer systems, there’s no backlit keyboard and there’s solely a a mean sized battery. Besides, the overall package deal isn’t dangerous at all.

Two very comparable laptops: the Asus X555 (plastic case) and Okay555 (metallic body)

Design and construct high quality

Both laptops look alright and are fairly properly made. The plastic model comes with a textured lid cowl and a Silver inside visually minimize in two distinct halves, the palm-rest with a brushed finishing and the world around the keyboard, with a barely totally different texture. We’ve the Dark Blue model in right here, but the X555 line may even be obtainable with a Pink, Yellow or White case.

The metallic version feels extra premium and stronger, as it gained’t flex as easily because the plastic mannequin, but on the similar time the aluminum hood exhibits smudges and finger oil easily. The inside is forged from a single piece of clean metallic which additionally stretches around the edges.

These aside, the two X555s share the same hinge design, the identical matte plastic bezel across the display and the same underbellies. In contrast to the earlier X550 laptops though, these ones solely supply quick entry to the memory module and not the HDD, whereas the battery is not removable and the cooling answer not blows scorching air in the direction of the left aspect, however by means of the grills hidden behind the display’s hinge, as we’ve seen on some greater end Asus laptop computer earlier than. We’ll speak about that a bit later.

For now, let’s have a look at the IO: there’s the PSU, the Lan adapter, VGA and HDMI outputs, two USB three.0 ports and a Kensington lock on the left edge, plus an optical drive, an USB 2.zero slot, the microphone/headphone jack and a card-reader on the best. Or in different words, pretty much all the things you need to anticipate from a mainstream 15 inch laptop. You additionally get a couple of discrete status LEDs on the entrance lip and a webcam on prime of the shows.

Screens

Talking of these, I used to be undoubtedly not expecting a lot from these laptops when it comes to display quality, but even so, I was a bit disillusioned with Asus’s selection of panels.

They’re not very vibrant they usually additionally endure from very poor contrast, on prime of the slender viewing angles associated with low cost TN panels. In everyday use, as long as you’re not picky and take a look at these screens heads-on, you’ll in all probability discover them them nicely, alright. And they’re, however might have been higher, particularly since most different producers supply larger finish panels on their reasonably priced 15 inchers.

The plastic Asus X555LD got here with a Philips LGD045C panel, whereas the metallic Okay555LN mannequin tested right here cam with an AU Optronics AUO42EC panel, but both are simply as… meh. Take a look at the numbers under for particulars:

Asus X555LD – plasticAsus Okay555LN – metallic
Panel HardwareIDPhilips LGD045CAU Optronics AUO42EC
Protection65% sRGB, 46% NTSC, 48% AdobeRGB61% sRGB, 43% NTSC, 45% AdobeRGB
Measured gamma2.22.2
Max brightness center189 cd/m2 on power181 cd/m2 on energy
Contrast at Max brightness90:180:1
White level7300Okay7300okay
Black at Max brightness2.15 cd/m22.26 cd/m2
Average DeltaE9.20 uncalibrated, 5.54 calibrated8.93 uncalibrated, 6.08 calibrated

Keyboard and trackpad

Anyway, let’s move on. There’s not rather a lot to complain concerning the keyboard and the trackpad. Both fashions function the identical key format and design, with a Numpad Space and fairly cramped directional keys, a format we’ve seen on many different Asus laptops before. There’s no back-lightning system and the precise keys do really feel considerably low cost, plasticky, however general I’d say the typing expertise on these X555s is OK.

It’s value noting though that the plastic mannequin does flex much more than the metallic model, which may steer you in the direction of this aspect and which may truly make the keys really feel jumpy and hassle some customers. So beware.

The trackpads are similar in measurement, but truly really feel totally different. The one on the metallic Okay555 is smoother and is surrounded by a nice beveled edge, but is sort of noisy relating to registering taps and physical clicks, whereas the one of many plastic model feels somewhat harsher, but is quieter. Both carried out properly in on a regular basis use although, responding quick and correct to my swipes, gestures and faucets, so I’d say you ought to be proud of both variant.

Hardware and on a regular basis use experience

Hardware clever, Asus plans to offer this laptop computer in more than a dozen totally different configurations, with both Core i3, i5 and even i7 Haswell processors, four to 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB or 1 TB hard-drives and options for Nvidia GT 820 or 840M graphics, or no devoted graphics at all. They’ll range from about $500 for the most cost effective configurations as much as roughly 800 to 850 for the top choices and I’ll inform you all concerning the out there configurations further down on this submit.

We do have two totally different fashions right here, as talked about at first

    1. the X555LD model (plastic case), with a Core i5-4210U processor, 6 GB of RAM, Nvidia 820M graphics and a 500 GB HDD (Hitachi HTS725050A , 7200 rpm, 32 MB buffer)
    2. and the Okay555LN mannequin (metallic case), with a Core i3-4030U processor, 8 GB of RAM, Nvidia 820M graphics and a 1 TB HDD (Hitachi HTS541010A, 5400 rpm, 8 MB buffer)

There a couple of things I should observe here. First, there’s a 7 mm drive on the X555LD and a 9.5 mm one of the Okay555LN, however both models can take 7 and 9.5 mm drives. The storage bay shouldn’t be easily accessible, you’d need to take apart your complete plastic cowl to get to it and which may void guarantee. The RAM is accessible on these two although and both include a four GB DDR3 module . That signifies that the X555LD will get 2 GB of RAM soldered on the motherboard (and may take a complete of as much as 10 GB), whereas the Okay555LN gets four GB on the motherboard (and a total of 12).

Anyway, I’ve put the 2 configurations to test, to be able to see how they fare with everyday duties, how nicely they rating in benchmarks, how nicely they deal with video content and how properly they will run some trendy video games. Take a look at the results under.

Asus X555LD – plasticAsus Okay555LN – metallic
3DMarkIce Storm – 52439, Cloud Gate – 4599, Sky Driver – 2967, Hearth Strike – 840Ice Storm – 47689, Cloud Gate – 4186, Sky Driver – 2918, Hearth Strike – 832
PCMark 0731332669
CineBench R11.5OpenGL 26.20 fps, CPU 2.60 ptsOpenGL 46.52 fps, CPU 2.07 pts
CineBench R15OpenGL 32.15 fps, CPU 240 cbOpenGL 36.66 fps, CPU 191 cb

As anticipated the Core i5 unit will get larger scores in any CPU check and only barely better leads to Graphics benchmarks. Thus, it should come to no surprise that these two units supply comparable efficiency in games. The titles under are all operating on 1366 x 768 px with medium/regular particulars, with the facility plug related or on battery when specified.

Asus X555LD – plasticAsus Okay555LN – metallic
Bioshock Infinite32 fps31 fps
Bioshock Infinite on battery25 fps24 fps
Tomb Raider38 fps
NFS Most Needed28 fps29 fps
Metro Final Mild22 fps23 fps
Metro Last Mild on batttery14 fps15 fps
Filth 349 fps49 fps

I additionally ran stress checks with Prime 95 and Furmark for 1 hour. On the X555 configuration, the CPU settles to a 2294 Mhz frequency after about 10 minutes (ran barely larger before that), whereas the graphics run at 950 Mhz for your complete period of this check. In different phrases, there’s no throttling, although the interior temps do get a bit high, as you possibly can see under.

On the metallic Okay555 mannequin, the CPU runs on the default 1.9 Ghz freque3ncy for the whole check, with the graphics operating at 950 Mhz. On prime of these, the hardware barely hits 70 C beneath stress.

Temperatures, Noise, Wi-Fi and others

I’ll add that these two run pretty cool and quiet, even underneath load. Scorching air is blown out via the grills behind the hinge, in the direction of the display, and even if the Core i5 mannequin does attain somewhat larger body temperatures, there’s nothing to fret about in every day use. Take a look at the photographs under for stress-testing temperatures, which is principally the most well liked you must anticipate this stuff to run.

I do consider the Core i7 metallic configurations will attain both inside and external larger temperatures although when severely pushed, however even those models shouldn’t actually pose a problem.

You’ll additionally hear the fan inside these laptops pretty much all the time, and the HDD’s as nicely. The cooler does develop into noisier when operating games, my apps measuring roughly 46 dB for the Core i5 model at 50 cm, where a consumer’s head would normally reside.

k555-highload-temperatures X555-highload-temperatures

The speakers, which are positioned on the belly, but in the direction of the laptops’ entrance carry, are actually loud sufficient to cover the noise easily. Actually, they are actually punchy (operating the Pharell- Completely happy clip from Youtube at max volume resulted in peaks of as much as 95 dB, once more, 50 cm away), although the sound popping out of them is common at greatest.

You get punchy speakers on both these laptops

You get punchy speakers on both these laptops

The 2 laptops also bundled Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet (a Realtek RTL8168 chip) and Wi-Fi N (Atheros AR9485). Both models can maximize my connection when subsequent to the router and each perform alright even at 30 ft with three walls in between. However the metallic model does get considerably slower than its plastic kin in this specific case, which is normal and anticipated.

Battery Life

There’s nevertheless another factor I don’t like about these laptops: Asus put a small 37 Wh battery on them, which solely translates in about 4 hours of every day use, which is… meh.The Okay555 configuration with the Core i3 processor does last a mean of about 30 minutes longer in everyday use.

On prime of that, the battery is not removable, like on the older X550 and X552 versions, and I consider that’s going to hassle a justifiable share of potential consumers.

There are small batteries on both these laptops

There are small batteries on both these laptops

Costs and availability

There are numerous configurations obtainable for these laptops, with totally different code names in several regions. I’ll solely a few of them right here.

  • Asus X555LA-DB51 – $649 – Core i5-4210U CPU, Intel HD 4400 graphics, four GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD
  • Asus X555LA-DB71 – $749 – Core i7-4510U CPU, Intel HD 4400 graphics, 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD

A Core i3-4030U version of the X555LA can also be obtainable, selling for around $500.

The Asus X555LD will supply Nvidia GT 820M graphics (or Nvidia 840M chips in some areas), paired with Core i3, i5 and i7 Haswell processors, four or 8 GB of RAM and either 500 GB or 1 TB HDDs, beginning at about $550 for the essential models and going as much as $800 for the top versions.

The Okay555LN models will probably be obtainable with the metallic design present in this review, as well as an 1920 x 1080 px display. Can’t say how good that’s going to be, however from what I can tell proper now, it’s still a TN panel. See the configurations under:

  • $749 – Core i3-4030U CPU, Nvidia 840M graphics, 4 GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD
  • $849 – Core i5-4210U CPU, Nvidia 840M graphics, eight GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD
  • $949 – Core i7-4510U CPU, Nvidia 840M graphics, eight GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD

Wrap up

At the end of the day, I’m having a tough time drawing the road on these laptops. I might in all probability summarize Asus’s X555 line as “average”. They don’t seem to be the most cost effective on the market or the fastest they usually don’t even pack probably the most or the most effective options. But they principally examine the best bins, again, so long as we’re fare and maintain the worth in mind.

Even so, I still don’t assume these can be my first selection of an reasonably priced 15 incher. On one aspect there’s the metallic choice, which is a novelty in the X500 line (albeit it’s referred to as the Okay555 in some regions), however on the similar time intently priced to the slimmer and lighter Vivobook V551/S551 or the extra versatile Transformer Guide Flip TP500 series, which has a touchscreen and a convertible form-factor.

On the other there are the plastic X555 fashions, whose solely main promoting point are the colourful instances. They’re costlier than a few of the different similarly configured Asus laptops, like a number of of the X550 or the X552 fashions, they lack the detachable batteries and truly pack poorer displays.

While not bad, the X555 and K555 lines have very little that could set them apart from their competitors. For the right price though, these might be worth buying.

Whereas not dangerous, the X555 and Okay555 strains have very little that would set them aside from their rivals. For the appropriate worth though, these is perhaps value shopping for.

And then there are also the rivals to think about. Acer, Lenovo, HP, Dell are simply a number of the different producers who supply good laptops for round $500.

So in conclusion, these Asus X555 models aren’t dangerous, however they’re not excellent either. I wasn’t expecting a lot, and even so, I ended up disenchanted with the screens and the battery life. Even so, if yow will discover them low cost (and I imply significantly cheaper than they’re proper now, at launch), they could be value shopping for. But I’d take a look at the rivals intently, there are many higher 15 inchers on the market they usually don’t promote for lots more than these X555S.

Anyway, that’s about it for now, these have been my impressions on the Asus X555 and Okay555 strains. The comments part is open, so when you have anything to add or any questions, make sure that to submit them under, I’ll be around to reply.