ASUS X555QA DH 12 (A12 9700P, 8GB) 15 Inch Laptop Review

At the earlier of 2018, ASUS is partnered with AMD introduced the X555QA, a laptop powered by AMD processor and Radeon Integrated card. The system costs for under 400 dollars and considered as 100 dollars cheaper than the F510UA 15 that equipped by Intel 8th generation Core I5 processor. These two laptops are comparable in term of performance although Intel is slightly better at CPU while AMD performs a really good job for handling more intensive graphical task like games thanks to its amazing GPU. This laptop could be an alternative for users who want to steadily doing their job while running some games during the break.

Unfortunately, there is one minor part worth mentioning here. The 15 inch display is big, but the resolution is still HD for some reasons. I guess they just really want to cut its budget and adding of HD panel instead of FHD one for maintaining its price. This is the only consideration you need to think twice here considering some users will use their machine for enjoying multimedia. Well, let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

ASUS combines of black and white design in order to make it looks bit premium here. I have to say these colors combined nicely and I really kind of like its nice black lid cover. The chassis itself is built from plastic with nothing to say great from it. The lid cover is flexible and twisted easily and the base area offers of similar impression. These common things happened almost all the time in a device at this price range, so no complaint from me. Moving into the inside, you should notice a similar treatment like its outer. The base is filled with silver finishing and adding of black keys to add some accents.

For having of 15 inch display, I am so surprised to see of its weight. With the dimension at 328 x 256 x 25.8 mm, the chassis is weight for just 2.3 kg. I can toss it easily into my small bag and carrying it around without any issue. At the left and right sides of it, you will notice some of ports companion placed here. There are two USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port alongside with DVD RW drive, micro SD reader, Ethernet, and VGA port. The I/O connectivity is decent, but USB type-C should be a good additional port here.

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Display and Input

ASUS X555QA DH 12 2 ASUS includes of 15 inch LCD screen with 1366 x 768 resolution here. It’s a TN panel with HD resolution which commonly found in many budget similar systems. The panel manages to cover some good amount color production, but I still consider it as very normal here. The color accuracy is still under 80 % and exactly measured at 65 % SRGB color. The brightness distribution is great although the panel is only capable of producing an under 250 nits brightness. The screen works very well in indoor, but needs some adjustment in setting for outdoor usage.

Due its big and chunky chassis, ASUS does not afraid to put a full size keyboard with numeric pads. The keys are well sized and featuring nice travel distant. The experience so far is relatively good although the keys resistant could be better here. The keys are tactile and crisp enough even for long term of usage. The Acer Aspire 3 has similar keyboard like this one. Unfortunately, I still find the backlit support is missing and means typing in low light condition will be tough. This feature is uncommon at this price, but ASUS can just surprises by including of it.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:57:30

ASUS X555QA DH 15 InchMain Specs
CPU AMD Quad Core A12-9700P 2.5 GHz
Graphics AMD Radeon R7
Display Size15.6 Inch TN 1366 X 768
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 1TB SSHD

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Performance and Battery

The AMD A12 9700P is an ULV processor which specifically made for mobile and released in late of 2016. The CPU is a far behind from Ryzen, but still performs of wonderful job for running apps. The 2.5 GHz clock is quite high for a mobile CPU, but I am so disappointed that the CPU won’t manage to maintain a higher clock during boosted mode due of low power consumption and throttling issue. You won’t notice a huge drop in performance during light usage, but looks noticeably bad during of heavy usage like rendering video. Still, I am impressed with Radeon R7 card that even able to run of GTA 5 in lowest setting.

The performance is not an issue, but you really need to see how its battery performance here. The 37 Wh battery is small enough for its high performance processor and as the result the battery life is bad. 4 hours and 35 minutes is the most common result and going higher than that result will need some works here. You can just putting the Windows into Power Saving Mode, but keep in mind the performance will be slightly reduced in order to maintain more battery life.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:57:30
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Final Thought

So far, ASUS X555QA only has two major issues users would want to consider. The first one is the display and the second one is the battery life. The rest of things especially in performance is satisfying especially you have a chance to play same games here. If you have no mind to carry its charger and charging it for at least twice and even more in a day, I won’t stop for recommending it to you. Users who want for more stable battery result, should pick another alternative here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaves some comments below for further assistance regarding the article.

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