In this review, we will focus on very interesting representatives of the brand new laptop ASUS X556UB. This 15-inch gadget is very stylishly designed, available in various trendy colors, with a powerful stuffing. In short, the specifications had not the most prosaic, but not so on the price tag.
Modern notebook market simply is replete with an abundance of different models and manufacturers. Select the device according to the given parameter now is not a problem if you know what to look for. Search criteria – a lot, but most often it comes to budget laptops or expensive, and not very productive, home or play.
Design: new laptop ASUS X556UB
Appearance new laptop ASUS X556UB is one of the fundamental aspects of his position. The device looks very bright, both literally and figuratively: by unusual colors (white, light brown, blue, red), it immediately attracts attention. However, for more moderate members and has a black variation, so there will be deprived of one. Housing material plastic, but it looks like aluminum so that at first sight the difference quite noticeable. By the way, we have chosen to review the modification is in the black, so it will be discussed further on it. On the cover, there is a small mirror logo. The outer surface of matte and quite practical, at least, fingerprints, dust, and small particles are extremely reluctant to linger.
We open the new laptop ASUS X556UB and see the following picture: the display adorns the average thickness of the frame, and plastic and without gloss. On its upper face is webcam lens and on the bottom – another proprietary label brand ASUS. Incidentally, although the lid gadget made in black, its surface – a light. The keyboard makes a good first impression; it is large and comfortable-looking.
The new laptop ASUS X556UB build quality is high. The upper and lower portions fastened together to form the hinge mechanism oblong loop. It is moderately hard and well holds the screen at a predetermined degree, providing convenience and comfort of use. Parts of the device are well adjusted, no backlash, as well as scratches and any other extraneous sounds. Regarding the dimensions of the gadget and its mobility in general, and this is no problem. The weight of new items is 2.3 kg, and dimensions – 382h258-25.5 mm.
Display, sound, and webcam: new laptop ASUS X556UB
Depending on the choice of equipment to the user receives HD-screen or as Full HD. We have before us been the first option, and in general, we are somewhat surprised at such a weak resolution. Today, perhaps, only the low-end models are equipped with such a display, to say nothing about the road – they are less than 1920×1080, rarely come across! What can you do, we will build on what is there. Thus, the resolution of a 15.6-inch screen is 1366×768 pixels. It has the anti-reflective coating that makes it comfortable and to works with the device in the window and even operates it in the street. Matrix type – TN + Film, which also came as a surprise, though IPS-display would fit more harmoniously with the characteristics of a laptop worth about $ 600. In general, the image quality is quite good, brightness and contrast are at an acceptable level, the viewing angles are not very wide, but not critical, and the bad. For everyday use, and office work – what the doctor ordered.
By the way, the new laptop ASUS X556UB provides technology ASUS Splendid, for which we express our special gratitude to the engineers. Its essence lies in the presence of several preset modes, each optimized for a specific type of work. That is, based on the current problems, you can quickly change the display settings; make for a juicy and colorful image. Also, it should be noted technology Eye Care, which is designed to ensure the comfort of your eyes while working at his new laptop ASUS X556UB. In short, it reduces the harmful effects of blue vision, leaving them less tired.
The new laptop ASUS X556UB is equipped with two stereo speakers, the sound of which is based on technology SonicMaster. We can say that the sound output – good, but, of course, imperfect, after all, ASUS X556UB, not a multimedia center. By the way, to improve the quality of acoustics provides the function of Audio Wizard. It allows you to choose one of five options for audio work (games, movies, music, and recording, voice) to adjust the sound accordingly.
Finally, we note the presence of a webcam with a resolution of 0.3 megapixels. You can use it to carry out video calls, for example, by Skype, or using other similar programs.
Keyboard and Touchpad: new laptop ASUS X556UB
In the gadget a good keyboard and it immediately catches the eye. It is made on island principle, small square-shaped keys. Between them there is enough space, so when you cannot be afraid to hurt, “neighbor.” In our modification of the area around the keyboard is made in bright colors, but the buttons themselves – black with white markings.
The most used keys, however, like the rest, work quickly and accurately. They are comfortable to press the form: for example, [Enter] – single-row, [Shift] on both sides somewhat elongated, the same goes for [Caps Lock] and [Back Space]. Their gamepad, without which, with rare exceptions, cannot do any 15-inch notebook. The keyboard does not flex, it is characterized by fast response and good feedback. I almost forgot! Above it, in the upper left corner, you can see a rectangular power button with a well palpable edges, which can be easily found even in darkness.
We must pay tribute to the manufacturer; he paid enough attention and touchpad. It can be classified as a marker, and it will appeal to the absolute majority of computer users. The touch pad is very sensitive to the pressing and supports a variety of gestures, including swipe, pinch, slide two fingers touch triple and others. By the way, support for multi-touch gestures carried out thanks to technology ASUS Smart Gesture.
Performance: new laptop ASUS X556UB
The new laptop ASUS X556UB XO035T (90NB09R1-M00460) is based on the operating system Windows 10. The card of the performance of any of the gadget is its processor, in this case – is a dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U, built on the architecture of Skylake. The chip is made according to the norms of 14 nm process, operates at frequencies of 2.3-2.8 GHz and has a 3MB cache level 3. The processor is considered to be energy efficient (TDP 15W) and with the support of hyper-threading technology, it can process four streams of information that allows you to increase performance in solving complex problems.
Of course, the chip operates in tandem with the graphics. As an integrated graphics card performs Intel HD Graphics 520, which operates at a frequency up to 1050 MHz. We can say that this card is a highly productive, it can be compared with the discrete NVIDIA GeForce 820M. Accordingly, it is able to handle even the modern toys, however, solely on the lowest settings.
Without digital accelerator is also not done. In particular, it is an NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2 GB of memory standard, DDR3. Graphics made at rates 28-nm process technology, and its architecture is based on Maxwell. This video card supports DirectX 11 and Shader 5.0 and has 384 shader units. Its minimum clock frequency is 1072 MHz, which is due to Boost technology increases to 1176 MHz. As for games, the test results were as follows: GTA V and Battlefield Hardline with a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels and medium settings will be used with a frequency of about 55 fps. If you take the toys of 2014, then, for example, F1 2014 with the same parameters will almost playable 75-78 fps, and simulator Sims 4 (2014) – show more than 80 fps.
RAM in a new laptop ASUS X556UB – 6GB standard DDR3L-1600 MHz out of a maximum of 12 GB. Well before storing content, the manufacturer has provided a large number of options, depending on the chosen configuration, but, in this case, provides hard disk capacity of 1 TB. Winchester has a rotation speed of 5400 rev / min.
Ports and Communications: new laptop ASUS X556UB
As part of the interface, ASUS X556UB give odds to many competitors. So on the left-hand side has a port USB 3.0 Type-C and USB 3.0, as well as video outputs HDMI and VGA, the network RJ-45 connector, a slot for a Kensington lock and, finally, with recharging.
The right side together for another one port USB, but already the standard 2.0, card reader 3-in-1 (SD / SDHC / SDXC), a combined audio jack and an optical drive DVD-RW Super Multi.
Behind any ports are not available, but the front you can see the four LED indicators: power, battery charge status, the work drive and flight mode. Well to wireless communications, everything is quite traditional: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.
Battery: new laptop ASUS X556UB
The new laptop ASUS X556UB has 2-cell lithium-polymer battery capacity of 38 Wh. The manufacturer focuses on the fact that the battery supports more than 700 charging cycles. In addition, it provides some useful “chips”, such as short-circuit protection, overheating battery cells, turning off electrical current when the battery is fully charged, and others. Well before the independent parameters, the battery lets you enjoy web surfing or watching videos about 7-8 hours. Accordingly, the downtime lasts even longer, but the launch of toys drains your laptop in just a few hours.
Conclusion: new laptop ASUS X556UB
Well, ASUS has yet to disappoint their products, and this has happened with a new laptop ASUS X556UB. Even when looking at the device each lifted the mood, because its design is not limited to boring everyday colors. At the same time, the appearance of the laptop practical, robust design, no comment on the quality we build is not identified.
Of course, the resolution HD screen a few spoiled the overall positive picture because this format is considered outdated and very strange to see him at the news. The rest of the quality 15.6-inch display we liked. The same can be said about the keyboard, suitable to all lovers of long printing, and filling, which has pleased the powerful Intel Core i7 processor and the latest generation of discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce 940M. The latter, however, does not always cope with the brand-new toys, but older games will fly even on the highest setting.
Of course, we cannot fail to note the presence of a modern port USB 3.0 Type-C, and a battery that provides long battery life. Well, when these characteristics also backed by a pleasant price tag, in this case in the region of $ 600, the purchase becomes even more desirable!
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