Convertible laptops with 360-degree hinges are gaining momentum on the market. One of the new models is the 15.6-inch Asus Q551LN-BBI706. It’s the first laptop with the fully-foldable design to have a dedicated video card. When you add a fast processor, large RAM and hard drive sizes, Full HD display resolution, and IPS display technology, it’s clear that the Q551LN-BBI706 is one of the best equipped models in the convertible category. Along with these specs, notebook’s slim design, and keyboard backlight to the mix, clearly puts it in the premium-class segment.
Although the included Nvidia GeForce GT 840M 2GB video card is a far cry from the GTX 860M and other faster GPUs found in the gaming notebooks, it has enough power to play the latest AAA games. Users will have to dial down graphics settings to medium levels in order to get stutter-free gaming. But, it’s still a much better solution than the common Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics, which enables fluid gameplay only on low settings. The main computing is done on the Intel Core i7-4510U processor. With a PassMark CPU benchmark score of almost 4,000 points, the i7-4510U is among the fastest dual-core laptop processors available. It provides faster computing than the widely adopted i5-4210U, which scores around 3,600 points. In day-to-day tasks like web surfing, document editing, and multimedia playback, the difference won’t be noticeable. But as soon as you throw something more demanding on the system, such as high-resolution video and photo editing, you’ll see the benefits of the i7-4510U. True, it still lags behind the quad-core i7 CPUs (~8,000+ PassMark points) a lot, but there are no quad-core i7-powered convertibles on the market at the time of this writing. If your video and photo editing applications support GPU acceleration, the included video card will additionally speed up processing, so the Asus Q551LN-BBI706 can be a quite compelling multimedia creation machine.
8GB of RAM memory ensures that this part of the system won’t be a performance bottleneck even in the most complex scenarios. Hard drive size of 1 Terabyte is twice larger than the usual 500GB found in the vast majority of mainstream laptops. The Q551LN-BBI706 has a built-in DVD drive, which is a rarity among convertible laptops.
The laptop has great screen specifications. The 1920×1080 resolution provides a sharp picture, while IPS ensures wide viewing angles and good color accuracy.
As for audio, the Q551LN-BBI706 provides stereo speakers. Video chat services like Skype or Google Hangouts are enabled via a frontal 1-megapixel camera. For Internet connection, there are Wi-Fi wireless supporting the latest 802.11AC standard and Gigabit Ethernet LAN port. The laptop has three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI video output, media card reader, and Bluetooth, and Intel Wireless Display technology.
Regarding design, this minimalistic and elegant looking laptop comes in black color. The baclit keyboard has chiclet style keys in silver color. The trackpad has buttons integrated in the surface. The profile is 0.9″ high and the system weighs 5.1 pounds. It’s quite light considering it has a DVD drive and a dedicated video card. But, keep in mind that it will be very hard to hold it in hands as a classic tablet for a prolonged period of time.
The battery has 4240 mAh capacity, but there’s no official info on battery life. Judging from the specifications, we assume it can last five hours with light tasks involved.