ASUS X551CA 15.6-inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i3 3217U 1.8GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 Home)
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An All-around 15.6-inch Notebook with User-centric Features for Everyday Computing
The ASUS X Series is the perfect all-round laptop for work and play. Stylish and durable design is combined with an Intel processor, while 2-second Instant On resumes your computer from sleep mode in 2 seconds giving your notebook smartphone-like accessibility and SonicMaster technology gives great sound quality.
ASUS X Series gives you everything you need for a multitask computing and multimedia experience.
HD Camera -- Video Calls in Crystal Clarity
The X series features a 720p HD camera with a highly sensitive sensor that performs well in diverse light conditions, from lightly lit room to the bright outdoors. Now you can reach out to your love ones or anyone else while looking great.
Lifelike Colours with ASUS Splendid Technology
Splendid technology delivers vibrant visuals to satisfy the most demanding viewing standards. It fine-tunes display properties based on application, adjusting colour gamut and accuracy. The results are more vibrant colours and pristine image quality in all applications, from movies to photos.
Incredible Performance -- Providing a Smooth Computing Experience
Value-packed with all the essentials, the X Series reinvents your daily computing experience. Whether you are using it for work or for fun, this is an ideal machine for both productive computing and entertainment.
Productivity and Enterntainment
ASUS X Series are powered by up to Intel Core processors that deliver smooth, responsive performance. They integrate faster processors, more powerful graphics and an advanced onboard memory controller adequate for daily multitask computing or multimedia entertainment. ASUS X Series can handle more applications at once without slowing down, resulting in very rewarding usage for work and pleasure, all within a slim form factor.
Smartphone-like Responsiveness with Instant On
ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology brings notebooks smartphone-like responsive performance, with near-instant resume even from prolonged standby. This Instant On 2-second resume means so long notebook reboot frustration, and get back into fun and productivity delay-free. ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology also optimises battery life with various power modes to suit the task at hand. With Instant On functionality enabled, ASUS notebooks can remain in standby mode for two weeks. There is no worry about data loss while in standby mode as data automatically gets backed up when the battery drops to 5% charge.
USB 3.0 -- Ultra-fast Data Transfers
USB 3.0 is ten times faster than USB 2.0 and with two ports at your disposal; you can save photos, transfer music and open multi-gigabyte video files in a fraction of the time with compatible storage. Say goodbye to long waiting times -- transferring a 25GB Blu-ray-quality movie now takes a mere 70 seconds. Work and Play faster with USB 3.0
Stay Comfortable with IceCool Technology
Asus engineering has created an internal layout that keeps heat away from palm rests and from users. Always below body temperature, palm rests feel cool to the touch, and are therefore more comfortable to use even during long sessions.
Incredible Sound -- Precise, Crystal Clear Audio to Complete the Cinematic Experience
On most notebooks, all sound frequencies originate from small onboard speakers. The resulting audio comes from a single source and lacks distinctiveness. Like other notebooks in the ASUS range, the X Series comes equipped with SonicMaster technology and ASUS AudioWizard to bring you high fidelity audio. Experience omnidirectional sound and hear each individual instrument's nuances with the X Series.
SonicMaster techonology, development efforts of the ASUS Golden Ear team together with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, offers a remarkably attractive mobile multimedia package. Our tailored mix of superior hardware and optimised software improve audio quality with easily distinguishable and accurately louder sounds. Bigger speakers and resonance chambers give a smooth, rich and detailed sound that enhance audio experience in different usage scenarios like movies and music. ASUS SonicMaster technology partnered with AudioWizard, audio tuning software, adds new depth to your entertainment experience.
AudioWizard Maxx Audio Tuning
AudioWizard is an audio tuning software bundled with the 2011 Technical GRAMMY award winner- MaxxAudio, a professional audio processing tool in the industry. The five selectable modes enhance sound quality to suit different listening environments. Enjoy lifelike sound in music, movies and games, with all modes fine-tuned by the ASUS Golden Ear team. The proprietary interface puts you first, so it's utterly user-friendly, offering quick and direct access to your content. It's so flexible, you can change the sound in seconds.
Incredible Touch -- Precise Input
The ASUS Golden Finger team puts natural interfaces first, developing standards far beyond industry average. This assures ASUS provides the most comfortable and responsive experiences in every application and at all times. The X Series has a large touchpad equipped with Smart Gesture technology for quick and precise response across a wide range of touch inputs. The ergonomic seamless one-piece keyboard is designed to provide you the most comfortable typing experience.
Touchpad -- Multi-touch Made Easy
The X Series' multi-point touchpad comes with Smart Gesture technology that offers finger-tip natural computing. It delivers naturally simple but intricate interaction, with scrolling and right clicking for access to advanced functions without a mouse. Smart Gesture technology supports a range of touch commands like pinch zoom in/out, scroll, and tap that simulate Windows 8 touchscreen functions. The touchpad is in ratio as the display for more precise pointer control and we've made it large to leave plenty of room to use Windows 8 gestures.
An Ergonomic Seamless One-piece Keyboard
The back-assembled, seamless one-piece keyboard prevents key float to provide you with a comfortable and assured typing experience. The ergonomically crafted Chiclet keyboard design spaces out the keys to provide an improved layout that ensures typing accuracy. Each individual key has been expertly tuned to ASUS's Golden Ratio of keyboard force and stroke to increase key responsiveness for faster typing. These details add up to reduce user fatigue even after prolonged periods of typing.
Incredible Cloud -- Access Your Data and Files Anytime, Anywhere
ASUS WebStorage ensures you get access to your data and files on any device that has an Internet connection. With ASUS WebStorage, your files are automatically kept up-to-date and synced across various devices; you can share photos and videos with friends and family, and stream your music and movies to your device. ASUS X Series comes with free ASUS WebStorage space.
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Top Customer Reviews
The screen is quite shiny but lovely and clear. Fine in normal and even bright light.
Performance for an inexpensive (well relatively) laptop is very good, multi-tasking without hesitation or any obvious delays and everything loads very quickly. The startup time is very quick from a cold startup, maybe that is Windows 8. It runs quite fast too. Compared with many PC's and laptops this could be said to be a quick machine. Certainly better than others I have tried in this price bracket recently. Installing software from the built in DVD drive was very quick and startup of apps is fast too.
It's not preloaded with Windows 8.1, but Windows 8. Updating is reasonably straightforward but I wouldn't say would be easy for a complete novice. Overall Windows 8 (or 8.1) is what it is. I don't find it as off putting as many, but wouldn't say it was Microsoft's moment of glory!Read more ›
Pros: Such good value that you can accept the cons! Light weight, quick start, great screen resolution, good battery life, made out of good quality material, quiet and full keyboard.
- Expect to leave fingerprints all over your laptop because the material is a hard plastic type; the natural oils from your skin will transfer.
- If you touch type fast, there is a slight bothersome 'hollow' sound from tapping the keys (not as noticeable if you type slowly).
- Upgrading to Windows 8.1 can take at least 6 hours because you need to do about 93 Windows updates first before you can upgrade to Windows 8.1.
- No indicator light when caps lock or num lk are on/off.
- Your DVD player may not play DVDs, you’ll have no idea why and no indication of what to do! Try downloading codecs for your DVD player (mine only worked after downloading Windows 8 codecs AND K-Lite codecs combined). Also, remember to set the DVD Region.
- The Windows 8.1 sliding ‘charm’ window will keep opening up when you’re working which can be irritating. To my knowledge, there is no way to stop it except to avoid using the far right hand side of your mouse pad (mouse pad has shortcut qualities).
- If you’re working from a USB stick, expect Windows Explorer to work slowly and stall frequently.
- There may be quite a few pointless pre-installed programmes that you’ll want to remove.
Many people complain about Windows 8.1; it’s not great but if you approach using it slowly and logically, you just need time to find your way around the operating system. This laptop doesn't come with MS Office installed (no surprise given the inexpensive price) but offers a trial version of Office 365 and paid upgrade option.
The on-board sound settings are excellent, I'm hearing things through my speakers I hadn't before now. There are tons of sound options which can be accessed via the Realtek HD Audio Manager. There are options to listen in a whole variety of Environments such as Club, Concert Hall, Auditorium, Living Room and even in a Padded Cell, Forest or Cave! There is also the option to Equalize Loudness so all tracks played are at the same level which is great. You can also change music settings from say Gaming mode to Music and Movies mode through the included Audio Wizard software.
I don't know if the computer would be adequate for gaming or streaming HD movies however for run of the mill activities such as surfing the web, email, listening to music and whatnot (which is why I got it) I think it's ideal. A mention must be made of the start-up time which is mere seconds and even when it's hibernating, it's back up and running in no time at all. I will concur with what others have written, it does pick up a lot of fingerprints. The screen is great, colours are well defined and it isn't annoyingly reflective which is a bonus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Working great for the first 6months. Problems soon began to arise. Hard drive couldn't be read, wasn't booting passed the bios. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kai H.
As described. Quick to set up. Easy to use and has all the required functions. Loads up quickly and has a nice large screen for watching dvds etc. Good volume. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Dendy
OK.but very slow to start at times.My 8 year old ACER is much faster?Published 8 months ago by T.L.HARMAN
this was for granddaughter to use at first year in uni. she recommends it highly. never lets her down fast response and good for multi tasking. . usb 3. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Raymond R. Bullock
Currently writing my review with laptop and since upgraded to Windows 10. Worth a punt for standard use. Only niggle is when upgrading hardware such as ram chip and hard drive.Published 9 months ago by J. N. OAKES
Machine failed after one year. Because it was technically outside warranty (only 12 months please note) ASUS Customer Service were the absolute worst I have ever encountered;... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tim T