ASUS FX553VD Review – A Powerful Entry Level Gaming Laptop

ASUS FX553VD is the latest entry level gaming system which is getting a price cut thanks to the coming of Intel new generation Coffee Lake processor. Yeah, the company intentionally makes a price in order to give the new model more appealing to the consumers. With its lower price point, I think this is going to be a nice option for you to afford for under 1000 dollars. The system itself is equipped with Intel Core I7 7700HQ and GTX 1050. These hardware combinations are probably more than enough to run E-Sport and newer games in low and medium setting. This is supposed to be a multimedia system that targets of low budget users as their main consumers.

In comparable with similar competitors, ASUS is quite far behind here in term of specification. The competitor like Dell Inspiron 15 offers better hardware configuration with GTX 1060 although the processor is lower here. I get the chance to review of this unit, so let’s take a look and see how it works on taking care of our needs. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Build

The laptop chassis is entirely created from plastic and covered in black design. To add of premium touch here, ASUS puts little of diagonal and thin red lines in all around of chassis. There is not much to find on its exterior because similarly to other systems, the lid is intentionally leaved empty by the manufactures. Moving into the inside, we are seeing the same design treatment here. The keyboard deck, touchpad, and display frame here are created in either of black or red finishing and I have nothing to complain about it. Sadly, it’s easy to attract of fingerprint and really force you to always clean it after using it for a while.

Furthermore, for the build quality I think ASUS has done of wonderful job to make it strong and durable. The hinge system provides of great stability and surprisingly could be opened with only single hand. The screen for some reasons now is more flexible even though pushing it with some amount of power resulting of spongy impression. As for the ports connectivity, everything is decent with 3 USB ports available to depend. Two of them are USB type-A ports while single of them is USB type-C port that should offer faster and more reliable way on transferring data. The overall quality is impressive here.

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Display and Inputs

ASUS FX553VD 2 The 1920 x 1080p resolution display is used here that sadly features of IPS panel and not TN. I have to say that I am not a big fan of TN panel as the viewing angle offered is always limited. Thankfully, the screen here is non-reflective and means using it in outdoor usage would not be a big problem. In term of quality, both of color accuracy and brightness are very standard so never expect something so wow here. It produces of 58 percent for SRGB color space while the brightness is getting of 215 nits that far from my expectation. A cheap portable gaming is always suffered in display quality and this one is not exception here. For gaming and multimedia usage, the thing is just okay, but not great.

As for the keyboard, the red illumination keyboard looks pretty great here. The backlit support is coming with three level of brightness level and can be turned off manually depending on user’s needs. There is nothing wrong with its keyboard moreover it features of standard layout with only some useful features like emphasized WSAD keys. I manage to type for comfortably in many hours here although I should give a complaint to its keys size that appeared quite smaller here. Thankfully, it never destroy our experience on taking care of our activity.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 16:21:14

ASUS FX553VD 15 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Kaby Lake I7-7700HQ Up To 3.8 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1050
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD Storage

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Gaming and Battery Usage

The Intel Kaby Lake processor I7-7700HQ and NVIDIA GTX 1050 are featured as the main hardware for powering the entire system. By seeing of this hardware level means you could actually expect of some decent performance here included on gaming. I am testing the laptop with few benchmark software and the result is pretty good. It scores for 5058 points on PCMark 8 and another give a score for 3832 on Home Score Accelerated 2. Gaming in real usage showing as similar result and taking every single game with no issue except for VR gaming. The hardware is just not enough for that case moreover we do not have Thunderbolt 3 port which is impossible to plug our VR headset. Games like Doom 2016, Overwatch, CS Go, Rocket League, PUBG, and other FPS games playable at up to 60 FPS and the performance is not a matter problem here.

I expect of similar result on battery life and thankfully giving of what I expect. Running around and browsing to internet with Chrome will give you around 6 hours and 25 minutes usage in single charge while on gaming the battery is dropped to 4 or 5 hours usage depending on what kind of setting and brightness level you put here. I think 4 and 5 hours of battery is not bad considering I am seeing the worst with 2 or 3 hours battery in its competitors. Just make sure to always plug it to wall charger when you expect of longer duration on gaming here.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 16:21:14
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Final Thought

The ASUS FX553VD is actually specifically designed for a multimedia laptop, but the device is also capable to do some gaming in return of its fast graphic card. For around 800 dollars, I think this a worth shot to give especially after seeing its performance, solid keys, low power consumption, and compact design. The display itself is very mediocore, but keeps in mind similar case is happened on other competitors at this price range. Well, the choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. I just hope the information is useful on you. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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