A laptop to replace your desktop
Laptops have always had bad sound quality. Buying one meant you had to also buy a pair of the best stereo speakers. Or headphones. And still there are manufacturers who haven’t learned their lesson. Asus fortunately took people’s advice and designed a laptop that gets as close to great sound quality as possible. Besides customary speakers, their $1,249.99 N55SF-A1 also sports an external subwoofer. The power it delivers is considerable. So this is not only a nice-looking desktop replacement, but also a very capable one when it comes to performance. We give you the latest Asus laptop. Read about it in this review.
Not very thick design
The Asus N55SF-A1 looks and acts the part of a beautiful gadget. Be warned: this, too, is a model that did not escape the notion of “glossy”. We cannot even begin to describe how, in tests, we had to keep a wiping cloth near to erase all the fingerprints the lid attracted. Color is black, so at least you won’t get annoyed with that part. The device’s trim is chrome. The color and that trim offer the laptop a decent amount of elegance. But this sure will not make it win the title of most handsome tool in the shed.
The N55SF-A1 also lacks low thickness. Its 1.4″ are enough to make it look thicker than, say, Apple’s MacBook Pro 15″ Thunderbolt. The weight is not the biggest con, though, so hold your horses. 6.1 pounds make the product heavy in comparison to Dell’s laptops.
Full HD display at 15.6 inch
The screen… Wow, the screen. Superb 15.6″ and of the wide variety. Nothing can beat that. Well, almost nothing. And talk about superb resolution: amount of pixels is 1,920 x 1,080. Very few laptops have this type of resolution. And the effects on image quality are worthy of praise. It makes one remain awed throughout playing with the device.
Asus also changed the keyboard. While most of the competition use that chiclet one, the N55SF-A1 features one that is traditional. Any kind of typing person will appreciate it. Writing this current review on the laptop’s keyboard felt good. We are thankful for that to the buttons; they were interconnected and thus quick and easy to hit. The con of this is there is no backlit option. Good luck typing in a dark room, then. The touchpad is very big. We think keys that would have made less noise in tests and would have been softer would have made the touchpad a dream to use.
Intel Core i7-2630QM processor
Features of the Asus N55SF-A1 are avantgarde. They are not the common bunch found on your average laptops. First on our list is a large 750GB 5,400rpm hard drive. Then we’ll note the presence of 4 USB ports (two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0), a Blu-ray drive, one VGA and other options for connecting to different devices.
The audio system, our friends, is the piece of resistance. Asus’ partnership with famed Bang & Olufsen ICEpower resulted in a pair of speakers. Which are huge. The sound they let loose is phenomenal. The external subwoofer compliments the speakers’ quality by delivering great bass levels.
A 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU combines its gorgeous speed with 8GB of DDR3 memory. Games are not problem for the laptop. Cause GPU is Nvidia’s GeForce GT 555M.
The Asus N55SF-A1 has all the right ingredients for a great desktop replacement kind of device. The blazing speed of the processor and excellency of the speakers are something to talk about for a long time.