If you are looking for a cheap Windows 8 15.6-inch laptop but don’t want to make compromises on CPU performance, we advise you to check out the Asus K55A-HI5103D, selling for $450 with the latest Intel Core i5-3210M processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB HDD with Windows 8 on it. How much this CPU is actually fast? It has 3,983 PassMark benchmark points, whereas the comparable previous-generation i5-2410M scores 3,242 and the commonly used Pentium B950 has 1,817 points.
The product description of the notebook published on some retail websites is a little bit vague when it comes to the exterior. The “aluminum texture in matte light covellite hairline finish” is probably just a metallic-looking texture on top of the plastic casing. Asus offers real aluminum palmrests only on select K55 models.
For more details, check out the specs lists below:
Asus K55A-HI5103D Specifications
- Display: 15.6″ LED-backlit HD widescreen display, 1366 x 768 resolution
- Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3210M dual core processor, 3MB L3 cache 2.5GHz-3.1GHz CPU speed
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 integrated
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 system memory up to 8GB
- Storage: 500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: 1.0MP webcam
- Audio: Internal speakers, Built-in Azalia-compliant with 3D effect and full duplex
- Network: Wireless-N, Gigabit LAN, no Bluetooth
- Input: keyboard with Wide 16:9 touchpad, Facial recognition
- Ports and Slots: 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0, HDMI video ports, Multiformat digital media reader
- Battery: 6-cell battery
- Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.9 x 9.9 inches
- Weight: 5.6 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year
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