First Impression: ASUS X555LN

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Finally decided to retire my now 5 year old laptop, the reliable ASUS F8SG. Hasn’t failed me yet, stock hard disk still works after all these years though I upgraded it to SSD early this year.

After a couple of weeks of search, I settled on an ASUS X555LN, box says this model is an ASUS X555LN-XX024H with the following specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4510U
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3
  • HDD: 1TB
  • ODD: Yes
  • Ports: Ethernet LAN, VGA, HDMI, SD card reader, audio socket, 3 USB ports

Here’s its CPU specs according to CPU-Z:

After getting the unit, I immediately upgraded the HDD to SSD, not going back to hard disks, that’s for sure. I used a Transcend SSD370 as replacement.

I won’t do an in-depth technical review for this laptop for the lack of time, this review from notebook check should give you an idea about its technical bearing (my unit’s CPU is better though).

The Good

Now here’s my experience with this laptop so far.

For what I usually do on computers (applications I use range from Word to Adobe Premiere), it’s spittin’ fast! The applications I run are very responsive even with the Adobe Master Suite.

The keys are well spaced, tactile feel isn’t the best but good enough for my use.

Laptop is cool (not IceCool though as ASUS is advertising), CPU temp ranges from 38 C to 45 C under average load. Ran a stress testing software (Prime95), temp peaked at 80 C and then settled at 70 C at full load. Despite that, the laptop was still responsive despite the load.

Screen is well lit and the colors look good, not a fan of the glossy screen though. Boot time was amazing, it was well under 10 seconds until the log-screen. Add another 8 seconds or so after you enter the password and it’s ready to take anything you throw at it.

The Not so Good

Unfortunately, there are a couple of things I particularly dislike about the ASUS X555LN.

The unit I got is a finger print magnet, for some reason the top cover is not the textured type, it’s glossy so I leave marks on it every time I touch it.

The edge of the bottom lid is a bit sharp and I need to move my wrist to a certain distance from the keyboard so that it’s comfortable to type.

The whole thing’s made of plastic so keyboard flexes if I put too much pressure on it.

The arrow keys are evenly spaced with the other keys so there’s no way to distinguish it by touch. I may eventually memorize the space like I did on my previous laptops but it will take a while so for now, I find it annoying to look at my keyboard every now and then.

Despite the shortcomings, I’m impressed with this laptop and hopefully this should last me the next 3 or 5 years. I even have this feeling that I’ve spent a bit much on hardware since I don’t play games anymore but I’m sticking to what Google said “FAST is the feature.’

Hope this helps ^_^

 

 

 

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Yna July 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

nice review and i love this laptop good for gaming

Jeedo July 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Hi Yoda, I switched to SSD because its fast. Just to give you an idea how fast, It only takes 6 seconds to reach the login screen when I turn it on. After I login it only takes 15 seconds for all the startup apps to complete (extra driver apps, anti-virus and all). I’m NEVER going back to hard disks ^^

Cost me PHP 7,500 for a 250GB Transcend SSD and nope memory can’t be upgraded sorry.

yoDa July 22, 2015 at 1:09 am

250gb? is it the memory? like in my local disk c i have 300gb and local d is 500gb..
if i upgrade to ssd it reduce the capacity right?

oh and about the other topic…

“I made a mistake of switching the HD with an SSD too soon on my ASUS X555LN (preinstalled with Windows 8.1), I actually forgot to make an image backup of the OS partition. Worse, I didn’t want to go through another episode of opening the laptop since it was one heck of a job and the unit’s still brand new.”

does changing to ssd from hd affects you in making a windows 8.1 image?

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