ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch Notebook Review

Today I am having a look at the ASUS X555DA-AS11 15.6-inch Notebook. The SSD powered version recently became available and it turned an average notebook into something very special. So let’s see what we have here.

The Exterior

Asus has made another very simple and elegantly designed laptop. The top cover of the ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch Notebook comes it black textured finish with a large chrome ASUS logo right in the middle. The texture on the cover is the now typical circular pattern found on most Asus laptops.

On the inside we find the Full HD(1920x1080px) matte screen. It is enclosed by a standard matte black plastic bezel with the built in webcam and dual microphones in the middle of the top edge. The bottom edge features another, fairly large chrome Asus logo in the middle.

The palmrest is finished in a metalic silver with a contrasting black chicklet style full sized keyboard with numpad. A chrome power button is positioned right above the escape key.

A generously sized touchpad is positioned off center below the keyboard. The bottom left edge features all the status LEDs for the laptop. As a final design detail you get the SonicMasters logo etched into the plamrest, right above the numpad.

The overall build quality is good and the body is very sturdy. Asus has been building very similar laptops for many years now.

The Connectivity

ASUS X555DA-AS11 connectivity

The connectivity features of the ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch Notebook are as follows:

  • The left side of the body features the power connector, a compact Gigabit-Ethernet LAN post, a VGA-out port, a HDMI-out port, 2 USB 3.0 ports and the Kensington-lock port.
  • The right side of the body features the DVD-RW drive, another USB 2.0 port, the combo headphones/mic jack and the built in card reader
  • On the inside it features Wireless WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0

The Performance

Now we come to the really important bit with this laptop.The ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch Notebook comes with the top of the line AMD Quad Core A10-8700P processor running at 1.8GHz and can Turbo up to 3.2GHz if needed. This processor also features a built in AMD Radeon R6 graphics card to be able to run almost all of today’s games. On top of this allready grate processor and graphics card combination the X555DA-AS11 features 8GB of DDR3L RAM and a 256GB SSD. It is for all intents and purposes a very responsive laptop. Thanks to the SSD and large quantity of RAM it will load up almost anything instantly.

The 256GB capacity might become a problem for some, but as external HDD have gotten ever more affordable, I don’t think this is a problem. If you do need the space, and are willing to take the performance hit, you can always go for the 1TB HDD version of this laptop.

The specs alone make it an ideal budget gaming laptop, but based on the AMD hardware, I would suggest a cooling pad to be necessary. AMDs processors tend to get very hot most of the times.

The battery pack is a surprisingly small 2-cell 37Whr unit, which ASUS claims is good for 5 hours of battery life. I think a more reasonable 3 to 4 hours is to be expected from 37Whr.

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Student
    It comes as no surprise to me but the ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch notebook makes the perfect student laptop. It has enough power even for engineering students and thanks to that FullHD screen and decent built in graphics card it is a very good multimedia laptop also.

  • Gaming
    The ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch Notebook is one of those rare notebooks that can be a very good budget gaming laptop. The combined performance of the CPU/GPU architecture with 8GB of RAM and an SSD make this laptop a very capable gaming machine. As I mentioned earlier, this is one laptop that will desperately need good cooling, so also look into a cooling pad.

PROs Vs. CONs

I really like the fact that the ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch notebook features a good CPU/GPU combination with plenty of RAM. It also comes with a relatively small SSD, but an SSD nonetheless. It is a very good allround laptop.

While I really like the ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch notebook's performance, I'm not a big fan of the design. I think Asus has been building basically the same laptop over and over again. I actually looked in my media library and couldn't tell the difference from some older models. Is it really a case of "don't change what works" here?



Summary

The ASUS X555DA-AS11 15-inch Notebook doesn't disappoint in the performance and build quality department. It is a very good allrounder with enough performance for almost anybody and thanks to the SSD is likely to surprise a lot of people with its performance. The overall design is nothing special or what we haven't seen before, but overall it's a very good laptop.
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Technical Details

Processor AMD Quad Core A10-8700P 1.8GHz
Video Card AMD Radeon R6
RAM Memory 8GB DDR3L
Audio Built in stereo speakers with SonicMaster
Operating System Windows 10
Display 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080px
Storage Drive 256 GB SSD -rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Ports 1
USB 3.0 Ports 2
Built-in Camera Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive DVD-RW
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out Yes
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Silver, Black
Width 15 in.
Depth 10.1 in.
Height 1.01 in.
Weight 4.85 lbs.
Battery Life up to 5 hours
Warranty 1 year limited warranty

Updated on March 10th, 2017

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