|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366*768 pixels|
|Processor||2.4 GHz Core i7-3610QM|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||750 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Nvidia GT 610M 2G|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
ASUS A55VD-AH71 15.6-Inch Laptop
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The good parts about the ASUS A55VD are the blazing fast Core i7 processor, the large 750GB hard drive and the IceCool Palm Rest. I was a little perturbed when I saw that the hard drive was split into two parts, a C: drive and a D: drive; the latter being for data only. While I understand this is for protective means in case of data loss or corruption I didn't find it necessary in my case since I don't believe in filling up laptop hard drive spaces as it causes eventual slowdowns. That being said I used the Windows 7 in-built Computer Management tool to merge the partitions together. I prefer it that way overall.
The memory of 6GB that it came with normally would be sufficient for the average user in conjunction with the Core i7 processor but my personal rule of thumb is to ALWAYS max out computer memory....or get as close to the maximum as one can comfortably afford so I purchased the ...Read more ›
Anyway, for a sub $800 laptop (even sub $700) this is an *amazing* bargain. Most other brands in this range are i5 or i3 processors and typically have smaller monitors. Here you get not only an i7, but 8GB RAM and a 750GB HD. You may or may not have an option for an SSD - I went with the storage as SSD's will be coming down in price as size goes up in the coming months. I do most of my work on a desktop PC I built myself (Asus motherboard - natch!), but when travelling I've been sorely lacking in something I can actually be productive on. I usually borrow my wife's Dell Studio 15, which was just north of $1k two years ago with a first generation i7.
Fit and Finish
First up, the A55VD is a good size and has a truly handsome finish. The top cover is a tweed like patterned and texture that is slightly metallic and slightly matte because of the texture. I was sad to see it easily picked up fingerprints at first.Read more ›
I sent it in for warranty and they received it 10/31. I got it back 11/27. They kept saying parts were on order. The laptop actually broke about 10/15 but it took about 2 weeks to get the paperwork all in order to their liking. Let me tell you, save every scrap you can showing where it was bought and when. They try every trick possible to deny warranty. First they wouldnt recognize Amazon as a retailer, then the receipt didn't have the correct info, then the serial number wasn't in the system, then no one could find any records. Each time takes a day, then you have to call back for a 30min hold.
Since I got the laptop back, it still does the software quirks but I have adapted myself to them. If this is the quality Asus now makes, I am very disappointed. I guess they will slap their label on anything to make a buck.
Pros: Extremely fast for a laptop. the i7 is brutal. I rendered 30 minutes of 1080p video in 15 minutes. (that's insane)
Dead Silent, and minimal noise even when you are maxing out the system.
The "Ice Cold" Technology really works. For the majority of the time, the entire laptop is cool to the touch. Sometimes the area directly behind the cooling fan will be a little warm when doing some major processing or gaming.
The laptop overall feels very sturdy. The keyboard is GREAT. I was a little worried about it being too small, but don't worry about it. They somehow make it work, and I can type just as well as any other computer if not better.
CONS: I can't really be mad about it, because it is as advertised. but....
The Graphics Card (NVIDIA 610M-2GB) Is very, "eh..." Definitely an Entry Level graphics card. For reference, I can play Amnesia: The Dark Descent on the highest settings. Spec-ops: The Line and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and Star Wars: The Old Republic on Medium/medium-low settings. Games like Planetside 2 and Skyrim are barely playable at the lowest setting. Any higher than that, and you're out of luck.
The screen resolution is not very good. The 1366 x 768 (or something like that) can't show all that much detail. You can tell when something is in HD or not, but honestly it doesn't make that much difference. I would recommend hooking up to an HDTV with an HDMI cord when doing anything that requires you to see specific details. (Graphic design, movie making, photo editing, etc.Read more ›
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