asus f556ua as54 laptop review
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Asus F556UA AS54 is a laptop that serves as a decent desktop replacement with an attractive and stylish design. It offers a great variety of features that makes it one of the best laptops in the same price-range.

This being said Asus has always strived to deliver the best combination of portability, quality, and price, and stand out from the sea of ordinary laptops. Asus F556UA comes in a trendy design and represents a laptop mainly used in gaming and business purposes. However, it showed itself very proficient in doing simpler, daily tasks and being used for entertainment such as watching movies, using programs such as Photoshop and Video editor and used to surf the web. Laptop users are looking for a versatile, fast and reliable machine, and in this article, we will highlight some of the main features of this model, and give a detail-oriented review.

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Design and Features of Asus F556UA AS54

The Asus F556UA AS54 is an attractive looking system that keeps up with today’s trends. It’s smooth and sleek build provide and secure high portability, and as a result of that, the laptop is easy to carry and take out. The vast majority of people choose laptops because they can use them at school, at work, in the library and café, and easily fit them in the laptop bags. People that prefer replacing their gaming desktop computer with a gaming laptop find it mandatory to be able to carry it over to their friends’ place, because of the memorable gaming parties.

The dimensions and weight of the laptop are quite satisfying too. The laptop measures 2.6 x 20.1 x 11.8 inches, while it weighs only 5.1 pounds or 2.31 kg. Well, for some this is not only but, if you look at the other models that weigh significantly more, Asus hits the sweet spot with this model. Despite the metallic structure, the laptop is still relatively lightweight.

The manufacturers spend a lot of time finding the common ground between design and inside build, and while the many models feature even more slender construction, those laptops usually work slower as a result of slim construction. The slimmer machines have a better dimension and lighter weight but are not as durable after a while.

Display

ASUS F556UA AS54When you open the laptop and see the large 15.6-inch display, you will be amazed. Most of the laptops in the range feature smaller screens but, Asus F556UA AS54 has everything an average laptop user needs from a display.

The 15-inch screen allows you to

  • watch movies and
  • another kind of videos,
  • play games and
  • use editing programs with ease.

Furthermore, the laptop is capable of full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and has a TN-based screen panel. While the display features very vivid and vibrant shapes of colors and conveys a sharp and clear image, TN is not the best panel you want on a laptop.

Some laptops in the mid-range and most of the high-ranged laptops feature IPS panel display. The main characteristic of an IPS screen is the conveyance of a clear image. The TN (Twisted-Nematic) is good for gaming nonetheless, but it provides a bad reflection that can be very disturbing and overall distracting. Also, it makes the viewing angles darker and almost impossible to bear. This means that you will not see the same image from above or from the sides, but your display will be darker- it mainly depends on a model specifically. Despite the lack of IPS panel, its TN replacement gives a sufficient gaming and general

Video experience

Also, the rumors have it that this laptop has a very useful feature called blue light filter. The blue light decreased the blue color emitted by the laptop with the utmost proficiency. This feature exists to secure the eyes from potential retinal and macular problems. There are times when we spend the whole day staring at the laptop without being aware that it can affect our general health. Being able to play games for a long time without feeling utterly exhausted and without the fun-ruining headaches is totally worth the price.

The general color reproduction was of decent quality, except for the color distortion when the laptop is being observed from a different angle, possibly sharper than 45-60 degrees. This is all a result of a TN panel, but we can’t really complain about this price knowing that the IPS panels laptop range from $1000 and up.

The screen is a non-touch. However, this feature isn’t essential for gaming, and it doesn’t affect our general review of this model.

Audio experience

Asus tends to offer unrivaled audio quality for all of its laptop models. In the mid-range quality selection, the fans of the laptop tend to be louder than the models from a higher budget. The annoying sound is easily replaced with a high volume on a video or a game. This is where the high-quality audio hops in.

This laptop features Asus SonicMaster technology that unites speakers, software, and tuning. Two stereo speakers give the efficient quality of audio that comes out f them. The dashboard allows managing audio profiles and allows you to choose different preset audio modes. There’s a Movie Mode that is mainly used when watching movies, and obviously the Music Mode for playing your favorite music.

The audio output from speakers is not the best audio it is, but it is pleasing enough for every gamer or general entertainment enthusiast. Encountering issues with sound are essential for every laptop, especially for this price. However, these problems are easy to solve with a pair of good-quality headphones.

Keyboard and Touch bar

The F556UA-AS54 has a decent keyboard and touch bar. This is not the backlit keyboard which disappoints most of the laptop geeks. It can also be very noisy even though it feels very cushy and comfortable on touch. It manages to get 70 WPM without spelling mistakes, which is why it appeals to people who work administration work in MS Office suite.

Touch bar features a new technology called Smart Gestures for the better gestures and great tracking. It is quite responsive. However, it doesn’t offer the buttons for a left and right click which can lead to confusion. The best thing you can do is to replace the touch bar with a mouse. Besides, what gamers use touch bar for professional gaming?

Battery

This laptop has a Lithium-polymer battery with a durable and respectable battery life. Gaming often compromises battery life, but the laptop’s battery can last over 6 hours, which exceeds the average life of other laptop batteries. However, the battery is non-removable which can be very annoying in case the battery dies.

Ports and Connectivity

ASUS F556UA A54 Ports and connectivity

The Asus F556UA-AS54 has a lot to offer in terms of connectivity options. It allows you to connect your laptop to a TV through an HDMI cable without a sweat. There is also a USB Type-C port which is completely a new thing. In addition to it, there are also the standard USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port. The C-style port is a small port that supports various new USB standards that are available on the market.

There are already models that are fully built with USB C-type drives. Such as Macbook Pro and the Google’s Chromebook. It is nice to see Asus adapting to the technology that follows today and tomorrow, as it’s estimated to see the traditional charging cables replaced with USB C-type charging methods. However, it will take time that all models adapt to the new technology.

The built-in memory card reader allows you to export and/or import your photos and videos from the digital camera or phone, also a VGA slot. There are a Bluetooth 4.1, optical drive and a front-desk camera on top of the display that allows the casual video chatting. The webcam quality is a bit disappointing, but I suppose that the $600 budget laptop simply cannot settle for better.

Heat and Cooling System

The Asus’ IceCool technology allows the optimal temperatures even while watching videos or playing high-demanding games. The global laptop problem is usually heat management as it generally slows the system. However, as a result of IceCool technology the laptop will stay fresh for hours and it won’t overheat.

Performance Settings of Asus F556UA AS54

This section includes the inside build of the laptop, including two crucial components for gaming the graphics card and processor, accompanied by RAM. Also, the big part is played by the storage for its transfer speed and smooth running.

Processor

Let’s start with the processor power. The Asus F556UA sports a sixth-generation (Skylake), 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 6200U processor, that is capable of boosting itself up to 2.8 GHz when left onto more demanding tasks. The processor easily exceeds the expectation of a day-to-day laptop user. The Skylake, sixth-generation processor with a CPU benchmark score of 3.900 is more than enough (see more) to handle business and study demands which include programming and media editing on Photoshop, After Effects and other media editing software.

RAM

For the RAM we have 8GB of memory which is more than enough for supporting the graphics card and processor, as today’s most games run an ultra and high settings without stuttering, meaning that it’s the recommended amount of memory to possess in the laptop. Even if not, the RAM is extendable up to 12GB. However, that won’t be necessary. This is achievable by replacing the existing RAM with 4GB and 8GB cards to get 12GB.

Graphics

For the graphics card, there is an integrated Intel HD 520 graphics. For people that use their laptop for business and entertainment purposes, this doesn’t matter. However, the graphics card for gamers is of utmost importance. It is crucial in determining the framerate of games and also the better graphics card, the bigger possibility of games and larger selection there is. Of course, the vast majority of gamers are looking for a laptop that sports graphics card with a dedicated memory, but for the price, you can’t complain.

SSD Storage

For storage, the Asus has chosen a 256 GB solid-state drive for smooth and fast data accessing and data transfer. The solid-state drives (SSD) are getting more popular among the machines, and they probably will even more in the future. The 256 GB SSD makes the system snappier and smoother. However, if you want to maintain the large selection of music, programs, family pictures and movies, the 1TB mechanical hard drive is essential.
What is the intended purpose of the Asus F556UA AS54.

This is a regular day-to-day attractive model of laptop, compatible with the most of the essential daily uses that include watching movies, videos, surfing the web and also the more advanced uses which include working in Microsoft Office Suite, sturdy-like programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe After-Effects and others.

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Can it be used for gaming?

Of course. However, the Intel HD integrated graphics will contribute to a lower-resolution quality of gaming; the laptop is capable running games such as GTA on reasonably low settings. However, the machine can run games such as DOTA, LoL, Starcraft, The Sims and other games on higher settings and reasonable, respectful framerates.

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Pros

  • Sleek and Slim design.
  • High resolution for movies, games, and other features.;
  • Good combination of combinations;
  • Durable battery life;
  • Versatile;

Cons

  • Non-backlit keyboard;
  • Intel integrated graphics;
  • Non-replaceable battery;

Value for The Price

The Asus F556UA AS54 offers great varieties of settings and feature that make the use of laptops more popular, used and better. Even though we would like to see a dedicated graphics card without a shared memory, we think that this laptop is a great combination of value and price.

Our Verdict

If you’re looking for a smooth-running laptop for everyday use and gaming that at the same time features a modern and attractive design, then Asus F556UA AS54 represents a great desktop replacement with its beautiful display and solid performances for the price. You won’t find a better budget gaming laptop in this price range, and despite the integrated graphics card, you will be able to run some of your favorite games that really evoke incredible gaming experience.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9
Performance
8.5
Build
7
Price
8
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Danica is a student of Applied and Computer physics with great passion to gaming, technology and science. She's spent a valuable amount of time researching and testing gaming laptops that can suffice the dreams of all ranges of gamers. Her hobbies are gaming, reading, writing, and drawing.