To be honest, we have not reviewed laptops before on Avinashtech and this one can be considered first where we review the Asus X555 notebook which is targeted at the mid range consumers. Asus X555 notebook is priced at MRP of Rs. 48,999, but you can get it a bit cheaper from online portals such as Amazon or even offline stores.
Asus X555 notebook Specification
- CPU : Intel Core i5 processor
- RAM : 8 GB
- HDD : 1 TB
- Graphics : Nvidia GT920M (2 GB dedicated memory)
- Display : 15.6 inch LED back-lit display (1366 x 768 pixels)
- USB ports : 2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0
- Wi-Fi, Ethernet, HDMI, SD card, Bluetooth, VGA port, optical drive
- Operating System : Windows 8.1
- Weight : 2.3 kg
As mentioned above, Asus X555 notebook is powered by Intel core i5 processor coupled with 8 GB RAM along with 2 GB of dedicated graphics memory via Nvidia GT920M GPU. It comes with 1 TB hard drive.
In terms of build quality, the first thing you notice is the glossy metal finish on the top which even though looks good initially can lead to dust and stains sticking to it in the long run. We did feel the weight of laptop to be on lighter side and hence can be easily used for some long hours on your lap. Also, the laptop charger was a bit odd in terms of build and looks like a bigger smartphone charger. Checkout the pics and you will know what we mean.
The display comes with a HD screen and not full HD screen which may be a bummer for someone spending close to 50k for the laptop, you do get a better hardware if you are ready to forget the Full HD for a HD screen. The display though had good viewing angles, but glossy display picked up fingerprints and dust just like any other average laptop. Audio quality was good enough.
In terms of performance, it performs great for day-to-day work, usual browsing, Video playing etc. When it comes to gaming, the i5 CPU along with 8 GB of RAM and 2 GB of dedicated Nvidia graphics makes it an ideal device for gaming for a price well below Rs. 50,000. It can play full HD videos and even 4k videos. We did use other media players for playing these videos such as Daum Player and VLC media player as default media player doesn’t have the required media codes.
The only issue though for us was the operating system i.e Windows 8.1. For us, Windows 8 comes with its own set of problems irrespective of the Laptop hardware. We have our own reservations about Windows 8 and hence we recommend any user to either downgrade to Windows 7 or upgrade to Windows 10 to have a better overall user experience on the laptop.
You can play almost all the games that a casual gamer will throw it on, but yes it is far from a gaming rig that most cult gamers love to play their games on. Battery life is good and can last for 5-6 hours easily after full charge.
It comes with a full size keyboard that includes a full number pad at the right. We expected keyboard to be back-lit and the other small issue we felt was, the odd placement of arrow keys which was a bit uncomfortable as it was mixed with both the number pad and the other half of keyboard (Checkout the photos of keyboard to understand what we mean).
Good thing though is, keyboard was great while typing. I am not a fan of track-pads of laptops and even this track-pad fell in that category. You wont feel too good while using the track-pad, it’s just like any other normal track-pad with no physical buttons.
Even though Core i5 at Rs 48,999 feels steeply priced, but presence of i5 with 8 GB of RAM and 2 GB of dedicated Nividia graphics makes it competitive in this price range. But yes, if the pricing is done a bit lower it will be good buy for sure. The same price range does offer similar options from other brands and ASUS is yet to create a brand name in India when it comes to laptops even though it has done that successfully in case of smartphones.