Asus A555L Review: An excellent cheap gaming laptop

Asus A555L is a gaming laptop that does not cost a lot. Right now, it is being sold for under 50000 rupees in the Indian market which is less than 1000 dollars. For this, the buyer gets a 15.6 inch laptop with Intel Core i5 processor and powerful Nvidia GeForce 930M graphics core. Read the full Asus A555L review below.

Asus A555L Review

Design – The casing of the Asus A555L is similar to the F550 and X550 line and that is not a bad thing at all. We love how slim and nice it looks. We adore its tapered sides that gives it a ultrabook like appearance. The lid has nice textured to it.

Asus A555L Review

Recovery – There is no recovery DVD inside the box but you do have a 500MB recovery partition that will easily help you get to the factory state. On the left we have power socket, Gigabit-Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, Kensington lock slot and right side features memory-card reader, combo audio jack, USB 2.0 and DVD writer.

Keyboard + Touchpad – Asus A555L dons a nice full size laptop keyboard with dedicated number pad. The keys are chiclet type and have subtly roughened surface, medium drop and clear pressure point. If you love typing, you will have no problem in typing novels on it. That said, I do yearn for a full size right shift key. The multi touch trackpad has surface area of 10.5×7.3 centimeters and supports all windows 10 gestures. Left and right click keys are built into the touchpad.

Asus A555L Review

Display – The display is not the brightest we have seen from Asus but is just ok for gaming and general use. It does have slight yellowish cast to it so white colors appear a bit yellowish. You will only notice this when doing some photo editing or when comparing to something that has higher quality IPS display.

GPU – Asus A555L is a well all-around laptop with decent gaming capable GPU. Performance in gaming is excellent. We had no troubles playing Street Fighter IV on it. There were no drop in frames or performance. Same can be said about other games we played on it which include Tomb Raider, Age of Racing, Asphalt 8 Airborne and so on.

Asus A555L Review

Processor – Asus A555L comes with Intel Core i5 5200U processor that is used in a lot of mid range laptops and ultrabooks. It does an excellent job in loading applications and games quickly. All this when coupled with 8GB RAM ensures uncompromised speed with very little chance of paging. It scored 3688 in the cpu passmark benchmark test which is an excellent figure. In comparison, the i7 5500U scored 4039 so there is no need to get the i7 version over this i5 variant.

Temperature – Asus must be praised for keeping the overall temperature of the laptop low at all times. Its Ice Cool tech really seemed to be working and the temperature never came close to 40 degrees anytime during the stress test.

Asus A555L Review
You can easily upgrade the RAM to 16GB as Asus has provided a door at the bottom to access the RAM.

 

Battery life – If all you do is web surfing and do usual work over Wi-Fi, you will be getting just over 4 hours of battery life runtime with it. If you do gaming, do not expect it to give you 1-1.5 hour of runtime.

Verdict – Asus A555L is an excellent cheap gaming laptop under 50000. There is no need to spend 80000-100000 on a laptop just to play games. Asus A555L impressed us while running the most CPU-intensive apps and of course, high end games. Yes the display is not the most accurate screen we have used and nor does it pack full HD resolution but at 50000, we just cannot complain much.

HP Spectre Pro X360 specifications and hands on review

HP Spectre Pro X360 is a variant of X360 that comes with vPro technology and runs windows 8.1 professional. It is on sale in Europe in four different configurations with different specifications. HP Spectre Pro X360 review video:

HP Spectre Pro X360 specifications

HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 H9W41EA – Intel Core i5-5200U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, screen 13.3 “FHD
HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 M3N05EA – Intel Core i5-5200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, screen 13.3 “FHD
HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 H9W42EA – Intel core i5-5300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, screen 13.3 “FHD
HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 H9W43EA – Intel Core i7-5600U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3 screen “qHD

HP Spectre Pro X360 specification

Prices start at 1100 and go up to 1600 euro for the top end model. It is a great choice for professionals, managers and employees who need to use the laptop within an ecosystem management. HP Spectre Pro X360 is indeed completely identical to the Spectre X360 with a couple of features that make it stand out. In fact Spectre X360 inherited the design from Pavilion X360 that was launched an year back.

HP Spectre Pro X360 specifications

Processor: Intel Core i7-5600U 2.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz, 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U
Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64
Screen: 13.3 “FHD WLED UWVA eDP 1.2 Bright View (1920 x 1080); 13.3” qHD UWVA eDP 1.3 + PSR Bright View WLED (2560 x 1440)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz SDRAM LPDDR3
Storage: SSD SATA M.2 128-512GB
Expansions: multi format memory card reader
Ports: 3 USB 3.0; 1 mini Display Port 1.2; 1 HDMI; 1 audio jack combo
Networking: Intel 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo; Intel 802.11a / b / g / n (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0
Dimensions: 32.5 x 21.8 cm x 1:54
Weight: 1.5 kg

HP Spectre Pro X360 specs

First is the Intel VPro technology that provides a higher level of security and remote management via Intel Active Management.

Second difference is that HP Spectre Pro X360 comes with professional version of windows, the Windows 8.1 Pro that allows the user to use Bit locker that works in conjunction with the TPM 1.2 chip integrated in the laptop.

HP Spectre 13 x360 is a new Lenovo Yoga style convertible laptop

HP Spectre 13 x360 is a new convertible laptop with touch screen. It packs a lot of power and offer impressive specifications. Two models HP Spectre x360 13-4001ng and HP x360 13-4000ng were released today.

HP Spectre 13 x360 review

HP x360 13-4000ng features Intel Core i5 5200U 2.2 GHz processor, 4 gigabytes of memory and full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The other model HP Spectre x360 13-4001ng has Intel Core i7 5500U 2.4 GHz processor, quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and 8 GB of RAM. Both models pack 13.3 inch display, Intel HD Graphics 5500 integrated GPU, 256 GB SSD in small M.2 SSD format, three USB 3.0 ports, Mini Display Port, SD card reader and HDMI and touch panel.

HP x360 13-4000ng review

If the last year’s HP Pavilion x360 did not pack enough power for you, the HP Spectre 13 x360 promises to offer you plenty of power to get your job done. Also if the build quality of HP Pavilion x360 looked a bit kid-ish, you love this one’s exterior. HP Spectre 13 x360 itself is made ​​entirely of aluminum that feels fantastic in hand.

HP Spectre x360 13-4001ng review

HP promises a battery life of up to 10 hours which is amazing since it comes with a 3 cell battery with 56 Wh capacity. It weighs just 1.51 kilograms and has thickness of mere 16 mm. HP x360 13-4000ng price is 999 euro while the HP Spectre x360 13-4001ng will cost you 1299 euro.

Acer RL85 Revo One Specifications, a fine home media center

Acer RL85 is a small computer that is designed to be your home media PC. You can add up to 6 terabytes of storage, up to two 4K displays, and 7.1 channel audio and up to an Intel Core i5 processor.

Acer RL85 Revo One specifications include three HHD bays that support up to 2TB drives in each, two USB 2.0,  two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, 802.11ac WiFi and Ethernet port. To insert the hard disks, just open its latch by using a pen or similar tool.

Acer RL85 Revo One review

Acer has bundled Smart Control applications with it that can be used to control the computer from iOS or Android device. You can also stream content from your phone to your TV through the PC.

Acer RL85 Revo One Specifications

There is no news if it will make it to the United States but it will be hitting European nations in January for 269 euros. Acer will launching it in Middle East and Africa in coming months.

Fujitsu Lifebook E554 and E544 Review and hands on

The Fujitsu launched Lifebook E554 and E544 back in June but back then it was exclusive to only Japanese market. Today it has made its way to Europe and our friends at notebook Italia were able to do a live review of it in Milan. They mention that the two laptops are distinguishable by only the size of their displays with Fujitsu Lifebook E554 featuring a display size of 15.6 inches and Fujitsu Lifebook E544 having a screen size of 14 inches.

Fujitsu Lifebook E554 and E544 Review

Fujitsu Lifebook E554 specifications and price

The E554 comes with a Intel Core i3-4000M 2.4 GHz, 2.5 GHz Core i3-4100M, i5-4210M 2.6 GHz, 2.7 GHz i5-4310M or Core i7-4712MQ 2.3 GHz processor, up to 16 gigabytes of memory, 320GB 5400rpm, 500GB 7200rpm of hard disk storage or 128 / 256 GB solid state drive storage. For connectivity you get 3x USB 3.0 ports, VGA, display port, headphone and microphone jacks. You also get RJ-45 for Ethernet, serial port which is very useful in the field jobs, an SD card reader and a Kensington lock for security.

It measures 374 x 250 x 24.2 / 31.4 mm, weighs 2.2 pounds and has a screen size of 15.6 inches with contrast ratio of 350: 1 and brightness of 200 cd / m2. The optional full HD panel has contract ratio of 700: 1 and brightness 220 cd / m2.

Fujitsu Lifebook E554 and E544  test

The Fujitsu Lifebook E554 is now on sale for 900 euro.

E544 specs and pricing details

As mentioned earlier the Fujitsu Lifebook E544 has slightly smaller 14 inch display that is offered with either HD panel packing 1366 x 768 resolution or HD+ panel that has 1600 x 900 pixels. The contrast ratio and brightness levels of both are 350: 1 / 200 cd / m2 and 400: 1 / 250 cd / m2 respectively. Rest of the specifications are identical to the E554. It will go on sale for 700 euro in Europe.

Fujitsu Lifebook E554 and E544 hard disk memory ram battery

The RAM, hard disk and battery packs are easily user replaceable on both Fujitsu Lifebook E554 and E544 laptops.

Asus G751JY G751JT G751JM specifications, comes with Nvidia 970M and 980M GPU

Asus has officially unveiled G751JY, G751JT and G751JM GPUs. The G751 series was unveiled back at the IFA 2014 technology event last September. Common specifications of G751JY, G751JT and G751JM include 17.3 inch display packing resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Choice of processors for G751JY, G751JT and G751JM include Intel Core i7-4860HQ and i7-4710HQ (G751JY), i7-4710HQ (G751JT) and i7-4710HQ or i5-4200H for G751JM. Maximum amount of RAM for all models is 32 gigabytes.

Asus G751JY G751JT G751JM specifications

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPU with 4GB of memory is used in G571JY while the G571JT uses GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB of onboard RAM. The G571JM comes with 860M with 2GB of memory.

For storage you can go for 1TB  / 2TB 7200RPM hard disk, 1TB HDD hybrid storage with 8 GB of eMMC cache or 128 or 256 gigabytes of solid state drive.

Asus G751JY G751JT G751JM review

Other specifications of Asus G751JY, G751JT and G751JM include DVD super multi / blu-ray player, HD webcam with microphone, four USB 3.0 ports, VGA video port, HDMI and Display port. For connectivity you get gigabit Ethernet, SD memory card reader, Kensington lock and 8 cell battery.

Asus G751JY G751JT G751JM specifications, comes with Nvidia 970M and 980M GPU

The ASUS G751 measures 416 x 318 x 23/42 mm and has a weight of 4.3 Kg. The G751JM and other models weighs 5.3kg.  ASUS has not yet announced pricing and availability of the new ROG G751JY, G751JM and G751JT laptops.

Acer R13 R14 Specifications and price, convertible Aspire laptops

Today at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Acer released two new convertible laptops, the R13 and R14. The Acer Aspire R13 measures less than 25mm thick and has can rotate its display 180 degrees.

Its hinge has special clutch mechanism that ensures locking and stability of display at any position. This allows the user to use it six different ways. Its screen measures 13.3 inches and uses IPS display technology.

Acer offers it in two resolution 1920×1200 and 2560×1440 pixels. Inside you will find Intel Core i5 / i7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage state drive.

Acer R13 R14 Specifications

The Acer Aspire R14 is a completely different laptop and borrows design from Lenovo Yoga-series. Due tot his design you can use it in only four pistons which are laptop, tablet, tent and tent-pad.

acer aspire r14 review

Its specifications include 14.1 inch display, Intel Core i5 / i7 processor and up to 12GB RAM. There is also an option to equip it with Nvidia GeForce 820M GPU. For storage you can get it with 1TB hard drive.

The R13 will go on sale in October for 899 dollars / euro. The R14 will be a bit cheaper at 599 dollars.

Alienware 13 Specifications Price, smallest and lightest gaming laptop from Dell

Dell has churned out Alienware 13 which is the smallest and lightest gaming laptop company has ever produced. Two years back, Dell used to offer Alienware M11x but axed as the company wanted to focus on thin and light laptops.

As expected from an Alienware, the specifications are fine tuned for excellent gaming. You get:

* Intel Core i5 or i7 Haswell processor
* Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU
* 13.3 inch HD TN display
* 2x SSD for storage
* 1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports
* 802.11ac WiFi module.

Alienware 13 Specifications

If you cannot do without FHD display, Dell offers a configuration with 1920×1080 IPS and even a 2560×1440 pixel display. The UHD has touch panel built into screen as well.

Sharp Merilis Specifications, tablet with a 15.6 WQHD display

Sharp has extended its range of professional tablets with its latest tablet sporting a 15.6 inch WQHD display packing whopping 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution and backed by latest processor by Intel. It is being called the Sharp Merilis and it comes with Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell) with a clock frequency of 1.6 GHz to 2.6 GHz.

Graphics are handled by Intel HD 4400 graphics and 8 gigabytes of RAM. Of course the main high light of the tablet is its 15.6-inch Sharp IGZO 16:9 matrix WQHD screen with 3200 × 1800 pixel resolution which translates to 235 pixels per inch. The screen has active digitizer enabling stylus input.

Sharp-Merilis-medium

Other Sharp Merilis specifications include dual band WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and a slot for SD cards. It has weight of 1,250 grams and that includes a 128GB solid state drive, 2 mega pixel front camera, stereo speakers and a rechargeable battery that provides up to nine hours on a single battery charge.

Zotac ZBOX EN760 Specifications, a mini gaming PC

Zotac is quite popular for making tiny desktop PCs. Now the company is going to launch a desktop gaming computer that is not much bigger than your lunchbox. However unlike your lunch box, the Zotac ZBOX EN760 will feature a powerful Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860 GPU. Here are full Zotac ZBOX EN760 Specifications.

Intel Core i5 4200U haswell CPU
Up to 16GB RAM
1x 2.5 inch HDD / SSD bay
4x USB 3.0 ports
DVI, HDMI and 2x LAN ports
802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 radios
Nvidia GeForce GTX 860 GPU

Zotac ZBOX EN760

Zotac is also offering a model with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD pre installed which it is calling ZBOX EN760 Plus. Here are their detailed specs.

Product Name

ZOTAC ZBOX EN760 Series

SKU

ZBOX-EN760
ZBOX-EN760-P

Memory

2 x 204-pin DDR3L SO-DIMM slots (Up to 16GB)
DDR3-1600

Storage

Support 1 2.5-inch HDD / SSD
Support 1 mSATA SSD

PLUS Configuration

8GB DDR3 / 1TB 5400RPM HDD

CPU

Intel Core i5 4200U (dual-core, 1.6 GHz, 3MB L2) (Turbo up to 2.6 GHz)

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (Maxwell)
2GB GDDR5 / 128-bit bus
Engine clock: 1020 MHz (base) / 1097 MHz (boost)

Video Memory

Shared Memory

Display Options

HDMI & DVI-I

Memory Card Reader

4-in-1 (SD/SDHC/MMC/SDXC)

SATA

1 SATA 6.0 Gb/s
1 mSATA 6.0 Gb/s

Ethernet

2 x 10/100/1000Mbps

WiFi

Onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0

USB Ports

4 USB 3.0 ports (2 on back panel, 1 in front, 1 on top)

Audio

HDMI audio (bitstream)
Analog output

DirectX® Support

DirectX 11.2 (feature level 11_0)

Other Features

Intel Smart Response technology, NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay technology, NVIDIA Adaptive VSync technology, NVIDIA GameStream ready, NVIDIA CUDA technology

HDCP:

Yes

Windows Capability

Windows 7 & 8 ready