Asus F556UA-AS54 / F556UA-AB54 15.6″ FHD Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, Icicle Gold)

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The Asus F556UA-AS54 and F556UA-AB54 are run-of-the-mill mainstream laptops, with a few positive twists. These 15.6-inchers, which sell for around $550, feature a sharp Full HD 1920×1080-pixel display resolution instead of usual HD 1366×768. Another advantage of the display is its ant-glare coating instead of common glossy finish, but unfortunately IPS technology for wide viewing angles has been omitted. Also, instead of a sluggish mechanical hard drive we’re used to see in similar notebooks, the Asus F556UA-AS54 and F556UA-AB54 include way faster solid state drive storage with 256GB capacity.

In other aspects, the F556UA-AS54 and F556UA-AB54 are your everyday home and office notebooks. They provide a spacious keyboard with numeric pad and a large trackpad, but lack touchscreen and keyboard backlight. The only important difference between the F556UA-AS54 and F556UA-AB54 is the processor. For computing, the AS54 model uses the 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U CPU with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics, whereas the F556UA-AB54 uses the newer 7th Gen i5-7200U with HD 620. The CPUs have very similar performance, with the 7th Gen version being slightly faster. They are paired with 8GB of system memory. The F556UA-AS54 uses DDR3-type RAM, while the F556UA-AB54 relies on DDR4. But, RAM type doesn’t affect performance in a noticeable way. These components and 256GB SSD storage ensure very snappy operation while running common web, productivity, and entertainment apps under Windows 10. Gaming is possible, too, but you will have to avoid demanding titles that require heavy 3D rendering.

The models feature a DVD optical drive, stereo speakers, and a web camera with low VGA picture quality. A nice perk included is a new compact USB-C type port, alongside two traditional full-size USBs. The laptops have dual video outputs – HDMI and VGA. Furthermore, they feature an SD memory card reader and a combo port for headphones and microphone. Internet connectivity is enabled via a wired LAN port and 802.11AC Wi-Fi wireless interface. Bluetooth is included, too.

The “Icicle Gold”-colored chassis with a thin 1″ profile is made of plastics, but provides a sleek appearance with brushed-metal like finish on the keyboard deck and screen lid.

The battery capacity of 37 WHr isn’t among the greatest on the market. Considering the specifications of the battery and laptops, one can assume run time will last around four hours on a charge on both models.

The Asus F556UA-AS54 and F556UA-AB54 weigh in at 5.1 pounds.

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Specifications of the ASUS F556UA-AS54 F556UA-AB54

Here's the specs sheet of the ASUS F556UA-AS54 F556UA-AB54. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Asus
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-6200U 6th Gen dual-core 2.3-2.8GHz 3MB cache (older-gen mid-range CPU)

Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)

Intel HD 520 integrated graphics (for the lightest gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)
Data storage 256GB SSD (decent capacity)
DVD optical drive DVD writer
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
Camera Front-facing web camera
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port Yes
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0 (standard full-size USB ports)

1 x USB-C (compact type of USB port)
Video ports 1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA
Media card reader SD card reader
Battery 38 WHr
Weight 5.1 pounds
Height 1"
Width 15"
Depth 10.1"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on May 21, 2016

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