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.

Cheapest 15 inch ultrabooks of 2016: ultrabooks under 500 dollars

15 inch ultrabooks are best for business as well as for doing any kind of serious work. If your job requires you to sit in front of computer screen for long durations then going for a 15 inch ultrabook laptop will be an ideal choice. 2015 was clearly the year of ultrabooks thanks to the powerful and very power-sipping processors from Intel and AMD.

Best Cheap 15 inch ultrabooks: 15 inch ultrabook reviews

The year 2016 is going to be even more exciting as competition will only grow fierce and we will see more and cheaper 15 inch ultrabooks. So what are the things you should look when buying a ultrabook under 300 or 500 dollars? Well, if price is an issue, make sure you get one that retails for under 500 dollars. Back in 2014, there were absolutely no ultrabooks under 500 but fast-forward to 2016 and you will see plenty of them. No need to search the web for them as our laptop experts have already found the best cheap ultrabooks for you under 500, 400 and even 300 dollars.

Number #1: Lenovo Ideapad 100

Lenovo Ideapad 100
Priced at 299, the Ideapad 100 is super slim and packs latest processor from Intel. This CPU is optimized for Windows 10 operating system and it will surprise you with its speedy performance and excellent battery life. Lenovo is giving everyone in the cheap ultrabook department a run for their money. So if you are in the market for cheapest ultrabook, the Lenovo Ideapad 100 should definitely be on your list.

] 15.6 inch display with HD resolution
] 500GB hard disk drive with 4GB RAM
] Windows 10 genuine operating system
] Latest Intel N3540 processor

Number #2: Dell Inspiron 15

Dell Inspiron 15 i5558
Dell Inspiron series is well known for its great build quality and this Dell ultrabook is no exception. Packing full HD display, this laptop costs 465 dollars and runs on latest i5 processor from Intel.

] 15.6” display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
] 1000GB hard disk with 8 GB RAM
] Core i5 CPU and Windows 10 OS

Number #3: Asus X550ZA

Asus X550ZA
Chassis of this Asus ultrabook is made from aluminum that gives it a very premium look and feel. It is premium on specs too – packing quad core processor from AMD that is backed by healthy 8GB RAM and 1 terabytes of hard disk space. Current price is $477.

] 15.6” HD LED backlit display
] Quad core AMD A10 processor
] Dedicated GPU for excellent GPU performance
] 8GB RAM + 1000 GB HDD; Windows 10 operating system

If big ultrabook is not your cup of tea, then you go for a mini laptop. Our laptop experts have prepared a list of best mini laptops of 2016 and we are sure you would want to check out that list.

Shuttle NC01U, NC01U3, NC01U5, NC01U7 nano are smallest barebone PC till date

Shuttle has launched three mini PC that are slated to be company’s smallest PC till date. Shuttle NC01U, NC01U3, NC01U5, NC01U7 nano are given below.

Shuttle NC01U, NC01U3, NC01U5, NC01U7 nano specs

Shuttle XPC NC01U nano with Intel Celeron 3205U processor and will cost 140 euros. Check 3205U passmark score at
Shuttle XPC nano NC01U3 comes equipped with an Intel Core i3-5005U will cost 314 euros. 5005U passmark score is 3010
Shuttle XPC NC01U5 nano comes with an Intel Core i5-5200U whose price is 388 euros. 5200U passmark score is 3507
Shuttle XPC NC01U7 nano comes with an Intel Core i7-5500U and will cost 520 euros.

Shuttle NC01U, NC01U3, NC01U5, NC01U7 nano come with Intel Broadwell processors

Shuttle XPC nano NC01U3 NC01U5 NC01U7 review

The Shuttle brand is well known for mini PCs and they have churned out a number of models that come with fans and without fans. This new series adopt the new Intel Broadwell processor series. These are one of the cheapest barebone mini PCs out there.

Shuttle NC01U, NC01U3, NC01U5, NC01U7 nano reviews

Shuttle NC01U, NC01U3, NC01U5, NC01U7 nano have lots of ports

Port select includes Mini Display port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, audio stereo, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and RS-232. Shuttle says all of these four models will be able to output content in ultra HD resolution which is 3840 x 2160 pixels at 60 Hz through their mini display ports. If you output the same resolution via HDMI, you will get be able to do so at 30 Hz.

Since these are barebone mini PCs, you can customize them to your heart’s content. For storage in Shuttle NC01U, NC01U3, NC01U5 and NC01U7 nano, you can go with the typical 2.5 inch SATA hard disk or SSD but you can also opt for M.2 socket. Coming to RAM, it supports up to 16GB RAM on a single DDR3L SO-DIMM module.

Expect them to hit the market shelves in late October 2015. via

LG G Pad 2 specifications, features 10 inch display

LG G Pad 2 was launched at the IFA 2015 and we have its full specifications. It features 10.1 inch display which is bigger than the first generation that had 8 inch screen. LG G Pad 2 specifications include a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (224 ppi) and uses Lollipop Android 5.1.1 operating system. Inside, we find a Snapdragon 800 processor along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which as usual, can be extended by micro SD cards. All this is powered by a battery of 7400 mAh capacity.

LG G Pad 2 specifications

On the front of the LG G Pad 2, you will find a 2MP camera and its rear features a 5 megapixel camera. It measures 254.3 x 161.1 x 7.8 mm and comes onboard with WiFi and 4G LTE connectivity. Other extras included are reading mode that dims the light of the tablet and reduces the amount of blue light. This will be appreciated by those who read a lot on their tablets.

LG G Pad 2 specs

Storage enthusiast will love the inclusion of 100GB of free cloud storage for two years with onedrive from Microsoft. Speaking of aesthetics and finish of this mid-range tablet, the design could not be more simple. It comes without any characteristic detail, but will be available in two colors.

As for the price and availability of the new LG G Pad II 10.1, there is not much information. However we do know that it will made available in both Asia and Europe.

Toshiba XG3 PX04P BG1 specifications and speed

Toshiba Corporation has announced three new families of SSDs with PCIe interface using the protocol NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express). All are imed at various applications including high performance portable storage, tablets, computers 2 in 1 and server applications and mass storage. The top SSD models are able to deliver speeds of up to 3250 MB / s. Let us take a look at Toshiba XG3, PX04P, BG1 one by one.

Toshiba XG3 reviews

Toshiba XG3 for high performance laptops

It is available in M.2 2280 that supports up to four PCIe 3.1 lanes and bandwidth delivering six times higher than usual SATA 3 format (in this case reaches 2516 MB / s read and 1572 MB / s write speeds). This XG3 family is equipped with QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) technology which is owned by Toshiba and it ensures maximum energy efficiency. You can see their specific technical features in the table shown below.

Toshiba XG3 review

Toshiba PX04P is for servers and mass storage

Toshiba PX04P reviews

This family of SSDs has several technologies specifically designed for servers where the device is one 24 x 7. Therefore Toshiba has layed particular emphasis on energy efficiency without neglecting performance since it assumes that these SSDs will be used in critical environments. That said, it does not disappoint on the performance front, offering up to 3250 MB / s read and 2464 MB / s writing.

Toshiba PX04P review

Toshiba BG1 is for ultrabooks and tablets

Toshiba BG1 review

The BG1 is the world’s smallest (16 x 20 mm) solid state drive. In the table below, you can find its technical specifications. As you can see, there are three models: M.2 Type 1620, 2230 and 2280.

Toshiba BG1 reviews

So far,Toshiba has not disclosed the prices but we have been told that they will be launched in October this year.

Samsung 850 Pro SSD 2TB variant launched

Samsung has announced the inclusion of 2TB variant for Samsung 850 Pro and Evo SSDs. Thanks to their V-chip NAND memory ( NAND 3D Vertical ), Samsung’s product line now features 20 different models with capacities ranging from 120 GB to 2 TB.

Samsung 850 Pro SSD 2TB

Un-Soo Kim, general manager of marketing at Samsung said

“The company has experienced high demand for its 500 GB SSDs forward since we introduced the V-NAND technology. The launch of models 2TB Samsung implies a commitment to this growing demand for higher storage capacities, and continue to expand our catalog with models better performance and greater capabilities. ”

Samsung 850 Evo SSD 2TB

And it’s true, the demand for devices of high capacity SSD is growing and it will continue to grow even further in coming months. Despite having a large capacity (2 TB) capacity, the new Samsung 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSD maintain 2.5-inch format while being only 7 mm thick so that they remain compatible with Ultrabooks and small form factor laptops. Samsung has had to change its internal layout to make room for the 2 TB capacity though. The company has included 128 chips in 32 layers.

Huge amount of chips are managed by MHX high performance controller as well as four 4GB LPDDR3 (Gigabit) chips manufactured with 20 nanometer process. With all this technology, Samsung ensures the operation of the 850 Pro 2 TB SSD for at least 10 years or 300 TBW (terabytes written). The 850 EVO 2TB variant has lifespan of five years or 150 TBW.

The company also announced that it will soon launch larger capacity models of 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSDs in M.2 mSATA format.

Sharkoon SharkZone K30: cheap backlit keyboard

Sharkoon has extended its range of keyboards with economic SharkZone K30 which dons backlit keys. It has an angular design and black + yellow color scheme. SharkZone K30 lighting can be adjusted directly from the keyboard at different levels of intensity. You can even turn off lighting without the software. Sharkoon SharkZone K30 review

To run macros and switch between profiles, you get dedicated keys for this purpose: 5 for the first (left side), and 3 for the second (upper left corner). The information on both macros and profiles stored in Sharkoon SharkZone K30’s 128KB internal storage.

Sharkoon SharkZone K30 backlit keyboard review

This means you can connect safely to a new PC and saved will still have all our setup and ready to use. The K30 will be available late June at a suggested retail price 29.99 euros, which does not seem too exorbitant price for the looks. It is a perfect companion for your backlit ultrabook too that are on the rage these days. You can use it with ultrabook, netbook, desktop or any device that supports HID profile.

Sharkoon SharkZone K30 cheap backlit keyboard review

The SharkZone K30 incorporates multi-key roll-over anti ghosting function and a 1.80 m cable finished in a gold-plated USB connector. Thanks to its 1000Hz polling rate, typing is a joy on the Sharkoon SharkZone K30. It is yet to be shown on its official website.

Lenovo S31 and S41 feature Intel Broadwell, live video preview

Lenovo S31 and S41 were released at the consumers electronic show where Lenovo used Nano Imprint Lithography for manufacturing these laptops. This technology allowed the manufacture to color the metal surfaces of the chassis. This gives it is a very clean and sleek look.

Lenovo S31 review

As says both Lenovo S31 and S41 are very difficult to distinguish as they pack same specifications. The only difference is the screen size and dimensions with Lenovo S31 packing 13.3 inch display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and S41 packing 14” full HD display. The Lenovo S41 has thickness of 19.5 mm and a weight of 1.8 kg whereas the S31 has thickness and weight of 19.3 mm and 1.5 Kg respectively.

Common specifications are Intel Core i-series processor, up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM, dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics and 256GB SSD / 1TB hard disk.

Lenovo S31

Port selection includes two USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI video output, a webcam, stereo speakers, Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth modules together with a SD memory card reader and a RJ-45 network connector.

Lenovo S41 review

The two laptops Lenovo S31 and S41 will both have the same starting price for the base configuration which is $ 499.

Intel Core i7 5650U benchmark

The Core i7 5650U is a very powerful ultra low voltage processor by Intel that was introduced by the chip giant in January 2015. It is slated to be used in the upcoming broadwell Macbook Air and ultrathin ultrabooks as it consumes little power; has high performance output and dissipates little heat which is critical in ultrathin laptops. Interestingly the Core i7 5650U has lower CPU base clock speed than the outgoing Core i7 5600U but faster GPU.

Intel Core i7 5650U benchmark

The Intel Core i7 5650U benchmark indicate that thanks to improved architecture, it is about 10 percent faster than the lower clocked Core i7 4650U which. This means it is powerful enough for working on CPU-hungry applications.

Core i7 4650U benchmark results:
Cinebench R15 (CPU Single 64 bit): 124
Geekbench 3 (32 bit multi core): 5875
3DMark 2013 (fire strike standard physics full HD): 3864
Passmark: 4176

Core i7 5650U also brings improved HD graphics 6000 that offer 48 EUs at 300 MHz – 1000 MHz. It has faster memory speeds up to 1866 LPDDR3, so this makes it more powerful than the Intel HD Graphics 5000 that has 40 EUs. Demanding games should run just fine at medium detail settings.

Medion Erazer X7833 gaming laptop specs and review

While most of the laptop manufacture are busily engrossed making ultrathin ultrabooks, Medion, a popular tablet manufacture has released a 6 cm thick Erazer X7833 laptop that weighs under kilograms. The Medion Erazer X7833 is all about strong CPU and GPU performance. The laptop packs Intel Core i7 4710MQ processor , NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and 16 GB RAM that enable the gamers to enjoy all PC games released till date at almost highest settings.

Medion Erazer X7833 review

Gamers will appreciate the fact that the Medion Erazer X7833 gaming laptop features a loud Dolby home theater audio system for excellent surround music. Keyboard is backlit and it looks lovely in the dark. Thanks to built in SSD, even the biggest of games loaded quickly. However with its heavy weight (3.92 kilograms) and massive footprint and ginormous nine cell battery, you definitely would not want to carry it everywhere you go. 

Technical Specifications of Medion Erazer X7833
Display 17.3 “
Processor Intel Core i7 4710MQ / 2.5 GHz
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
1st hard disk: 256 GB SSD
2nd Hard Drive: 1 TB
Weight 3.92 kg
Platform Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Drive DVD ± RW (± R DL) (DVD Burner), BD-ROM (Blu-ray drive)

+ Very high gaming performance and system performance
+ Full HD display
+ Lots of storage thanks to SSD / HDD combination
+ Blu-ray drive
+ Dolby Home Theater audio system

– No IPS panel
– Nearly 4 Kg difficult
– Low battery life