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5.0 out of 5 stars A55A-AB51 Asus Multimedia Laptop, August 27, 2012
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This is a 3rd Generation Intel processor combo, CPU/Graphics ... smaller die size means runs cooler, faster, better graphics, longer battery life. This model has 4 GB RAM ... I added 4 GB more (make sure the added memory is 1600 mHz frequency not 1333. The screen is bright and clear, though I don't know how color accurate it is. The keyboard is excellent ... the touch pad requires only a light touch, but is tricky when typing a lot. When keyboard adapter is plugged in, can setup to auto turn off pad, nice. I prefer an external mouse. Speakers are okay (for a laptop, but no bass frequencies). External Speakers are obviously much better. Wlan (WiFi) has good range. Though I am adding an Alfa wireless range extender...for use in boonies ... see below (1). Camera and microphone are fine for Skype like chats. No bluetooth, but it can be added via USB 2.0 adapter. SD camera card reader is actually SDHC ... I like the new USB 3.0 ports ... two of them and one USB 2.0 ... total of three ... nice.

Overall, a well made, great performing laptop by ASUS ... fast, runs cool and has reasonable battery life for a non SSD storage drive system. Tons of storage ... 750 GB HHD ... Pricing is very competitive. The instant on is really nice. I prefer ASUS build quality, reliability and customer service... one of the best in the industry.

Amazon customer service has also been outstanding on this and many other items I have bought. Cooperative and helpful.

(1) Alfa AWUS036H High power 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g High Gain USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapter with 5dBi Rubber Antenna and a 7dBi Panel Antenna and Suction cup / Clip Window Mount - for Wardriving & Range Extension by Alfa
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2012 5:03:09 PM PDT
Mike says:
I'm thinking about getting this computer. Can you give me the web link for the RAM you purchased so I know I'm getting the right kind? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 5:30:49 PM PDT
The Ole Guy says:
I bought it from Amazon. Make sure it is 1600 mHz memory, not 1333 mHz. It is Kingston brand, which I have high regard for. It was comparable to NewEgg pricing.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 7:36:03 AM PDT
RC says:
So I am thinking about getting this. What I need to know is, as it's necessary in my situation living in a non-wireless dorm, is if it has an ethernet port?

Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 1:45:38 PM PDT
The Ole Guy says:
Yes it has an ethernet port RJ45), 2- usb 3.0 port (backward compatible with USB 2.0), one USB 2.0
HDMI, and VGA for hooking up an external monitor. OF course HDMI is for a better monitor picture or a TV.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 9:15:11 AM PDT
Jean says:
The specs say it has 1 of each USB ports but you said it had 2 - 3.0 USB ports -- is yours a different model?

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 12:08:11 PM PDT
Is the included RAM split into two 2GB RAM, requiring you to buy two 4GB, or one 4GB?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 6:29:35 AM PDT
The Ole Guy says:
There are two Ram slots available. The A55a -ab51 model comes with 4 GB. It can be upgraded easily to 8 GB by adding a second 4 GB stick. For only $26 why bother with just a 2 GB upgrade?
Dollar wise it better to get more ram. IMHO

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 6:33:59 AM PDT
The Ole Guy says:
This model has two USB 3.0 ports which also supports USB 2.0 ... on left side
In addition one USB 2.0 port is located on the right side.
Total of 3 USB ports.
my model is A55A-AB51 ... third gen Intel Ivy Bridge with 4000 graphics. It is considerably faster than Sandy Bridge with 3000 graphics .. mainly because the die size is 22 micron not 32, and has the new transistor design which enables add many more transistors to the CPU.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 6:43:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2012 6:45:48 PM PST
Steve G. says:
Thanks. I wouldn't have thought about the RAM speed. Considering a computer LAN systems engineer said any speed would do, your comment is appreciated.

Also, the i5 3rd generation allows turbo boost and hyper-threading. That alone is a very good feature. The 22m die will run cooler.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 11:51:36 PM PST
Michael says:
I was wondering about the speakers! they say they are on the bottom...dose it hurt the sound....mostly if i wear headphones should the sound be good and the keypad also....how good has it been holding up for you guys who have this computer! THANKS
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