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Asus X555LN-XO112H Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/07/2014

Low in contrast. Gaming-suitable laptops no longer have to be a costly affair these days. Asus also follows this trend with its X555LN. For 500 Euros (~$646), the buyer gets a 15.6-inch device with a Core i5 processor and GeForce 840M graphics core. The price is even below 500 Euros (~$646) without a Windows operating system.

For the original German review, see here.

A member of Asus' new all-round product line comes to us in the form of the X555LN-XO112H. The X555 line is the successor of the F550 / X550 series. We tested a total of five models from this line - the last one was the F550LN-CN89H (Core i7-4500U, GeForce 840M). Our report shows whether the X555LN is convincing.

Rivals of the X555LN are all all-round laptops priced at around 600 Euros (~$776). These are, for example, HP's Pavilion 15-p008ng (Core i5-4210U, GeForce 840M) or Acer's Aspire E5-571G-536E (Core i5-4210U, GeForce 840M).

Case & Connectivity

The price level of the X555LN already suggests that a solid plastic casing is delivered. It looks a lot like the casings of Asus' F550 / X550 line. The base unit's surface features a silver color. Asus additionally uses textures. The wrist rest has a grooved texture, and the rest of the upper side is covered with a subtle grid pattern. Asus colors the other casing components black, but the lid is also textured with grooves that spread out from the center in a circle. The casing's stiffness and build could be a bit better. The casing yields slightly when pressure is applied to the area next to the keyboard. At the same time, the laptop's right stopper lifts from the surface. The base unit's stiffness is satisfactory, but the lid warps too easily. The Aspire does not have a maintenance cover.

The most striking difference to the F550 / X550 line is found in the interface positioning. However, the type and number of ports are identical. The left-sided interfaces are located in the rear, and the area beside the wrist rest remains free of cables.

The X55LN is shipped with Windows 8.1 (64-bit) preloaded. There is no recovery DVD among the included accessories. Asus exclusively supports Windows 8.1 and also only provides the corresponding drivers.

Asus X555L-XO112H (picture: Asus)
Asus X555L-XO112H (picture: Asus)
The lid is textured (picture: Asus).
The lid is textured (picture: Asus).
A DVD burner is installed (picture: Asus).
A DVD burner is installed (picture: Asus).
Left: power socket, Gigabit-Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, Kensington lock slot (picture: Asus)
Left: power socket, Gigabit-Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, Kensington lock slot (picture: Asus)
Right: memory-card reader, combo audio jack, USB 2.0, DVD burner (picture: Asus)
Right: memory-card reader, combo audio jack, USB 2.0, DVD burner (picture: Asus)

Input Devices

Input devices: Asus X555LN (picture:Asus)
Input devices: Asus X555LN (picture:Asus)

We know the input devices from the F550 / X550 line. Nothing has changed here. Asus still relies on an unlit chiclet keyboard with level, very subtly roughened keys for its X555LN. They feature a medium drop and a clear pressure point. Unfortunately, the keyboard yields when typing on it and affects the typing feel adversely. Prolific typists will not be happy with it. The multi-touch capable ClickPad has a surface area of 10.5 x 7.3 cm, which is a lot of room for using multi-touch gestures. Its sleek surface additionally enables easy gliding. The pad features a short drop and a very audible and palpable pressure point.

Display

A matte, 15.6-inch screen has moved into the X555LN. It is everything but compelling with a brightness of 184.2 cd/m² and contrast of 86:1 (that's right: eighty-six). How such a screen can be installed in a 600 Euros (~$776) laptop is incomprehensible. The virtually identically configured and equally priced Pavilion comes with a considerably brighter screen with a Full HD resolution.

188
cd/m²
190
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
182
cd/m²
176
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 192 cd/m² Average: 184.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 187 cd/m²
Contrast: 86:1 (Black: 2.2 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.77 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 8.82 | - Ø
48% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.43
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Screen
11%
48%
76%
122%
Brightness
184
217
18%
329
79%
192
4%
306
66%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
87
-5%
78
-15%
87
-5%
Black Level *
2.2
1.1
50%
1.02
54%
0.37
83%
0.56
75%
Contrast
86
193
124%
336
291%
546
535%
582
577%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.77
12.4
-60%
10.9
-40%
10.23
-32%
3.2
59%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.82
13.94
-58%
12.09
-37%
10.04
-14%
3.65
59%
Gamma
2.43 99%
3.08 78%
2.01 119%
2.2 109%
2.29 105%
CCT
9275 70%
17672 37%
10388 63%
10347 63%
6685 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
48
49.2
3%
46.1
-4%
35
-27%
58
21%

* ... smaller is better

Asus ships its laptops with preloaded color profiles. Thus, they have a more balanced color reproduction than most laptops from other manufacturers ex-factory. This is particularly beneficial in the low-budget sector. The average DeltaE 2000 shift in state of delivery is 7.77. A rate less than 3 would be ideal. The screen at most exhibits a minor bluish cast that is not really visible.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Asus X555LN outdoors
Asus X555LN outdoors

The price level of the X555LN already points to a simple TN screen in the laptop. That is also the case, and the screen can thus only offer limited viewing angles. Outdoor use is only conditionally possible due to the poor brightness and very low contrast. Excessively bright surroundings should be avoided.

Performance

Asus offers a basic all-round laptop with a gaming suitable GPU with the X555LN-XO112H. Our review sample is available for approximately 599 Euros (~$774). Other configurations also exist. The currently lowest priced model of the line is the X555LN-XO128D. It comes without an operating system and only has 4 GB of working memory. The other equipment is identical. It is sold for around 480 Euros (~$620).

Processor

Intel's Core i5-4210U (Haswell) dual-core processor clocks inside the X555LN. The processor operates with a base speed of 1.7 GHz, which can be boosted to 2.4 GHz (both cores) and 2.7 GHz (one core only) via Turbo. The CPU's TDP is 15 watts. The processor's full power is available in both AC and battery mode. The CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks were always processed with full speed.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.13 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.54 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
36.21 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
83 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
236 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
53.89 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.13 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.13 Points ∼4% 0%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.17 Points ∼4% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.18 Points ∼4% +4%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.19 Points ∼4% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.34 Points ∼5% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.37 Points ∼5% +21%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.54 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.38 Points ∼3% -6%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.41 Points ∼3% -5%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.45 Points ∼3% -4%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.51 Points ∼3% -1%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2.59 Points ∼4% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.85 Points ∼4% +12%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.89 Points ∼4% +14%

System Performance

The system's total performance does not give reason for complaint. Everything runs smoothly. The good PCMark benchmark scores associate to that.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2945 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2885 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4046 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2945 Points ∼52%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2457 Points ∼43% -17%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2772 Points ∼49% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2909 Points ∼51% -1%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3046 Points ∼54% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3699 Points ∼65% +26%

Storage Devices

The storage device is a Toshiba hard drive with a capacity of 500 GB which spins with 5400 revolutions per minutes. As is common for Asus' laptops, the usable part of the hard drive is divided into an operating system partition (186 GB) and a data partition (258 GB). There is also a recovery partition (20 GB) invisible to the user. In total, the drive delivers good transfer rates for a 5400 rpm model.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Sequential Read: 105.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 104 MB/s
512K Read: 35.72 MB/s
512K Write: 44.85 MB/s
4K Read: 0.47 MB/s
4K Write: 1.044 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.894 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 1.099 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 4400 graphics core and Nvidia's GeForce 840M form a so-called Optimus array. Both GPUs are intended for different application purposes. Intel's Core takes care of routine and battery mode while the GeForce manages performance-devouring applications like computer games. Both cores support DirectX 11 at minimum. The GeForce GPU is a model from the GPU mid-range. It operates with a base speed of 1029 MHz, which can be increased to 1124 MHz via Turbo. The 3DMark benchmark scores are not surprising and are on par with identically configured contenders, such as HP's Pavilion 15-p008ng and Acer's Aspire E5-571G-536E.

3DMark 11 Performance
2327 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
59788 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5634 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1350 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2327 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1885 Points ∼7% -19%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2316 Points ∼9% 0%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2361 Points ∼9% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2373 Points ∼9% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2444 Points ∼10% +5%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2462 Points ∼10% +6%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3834 Points ∼15% +65%

Gaming Performance

It can be said that the X55LN is suitable for gaming. Most up-to-date games run smoothly in a medium to high quality setting on the laptop. Some older games as well as games that have a low hardware requirement even allow more. Should the gaming performance not satisfy personal gaming needs, another laptop will have to be selected. An alternative would be, for example, Acer's Aspire V5-573G (Core i5-4210U, GeForce GTX 850M, Full HD IPS screen). The device is available for a price starting at 699 Euros (~$904).

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 125.259.929.5fps
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Tomb Raider
-17%
82%
13%
-2%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x
29.5
28.1
-5%
62.4
112%
39.8
35%
28.7
-3%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
59.9
52.2
-13%
112.6
88%
65.4
9%
58.8
-2%
1024x768 Low Preset
125.2
85.1
-32%
181.1
45%
120.4
-4%
123.3
-2%

Emissions

System Noise

The X555LN is virtually silent when idling. The fan spins with low speeds then. The fan abruptly speeds up during load. However, the noise it produces is tolerable. The Pavilion shows a similar behavior as the X55LN. The Aspire operates a bit more subdued than the contenders during load.

Noise Level

Idle
31.7 / 31.7 / 31.8 dB(A)
DVD
37 / dB(A)
Load
40.8 / 43.2 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Asus X555LN-XO112H in the stress test
Asus X555LN-XO112H in the stress test

Asus has to be praised for the low temperatures on the laptop's surfaces. We recorded idle temperatures far below 30 °C on each measuring point. The laptop did not even come close to 40 °C anywhere during the stress test.

The GPU performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) with full speed (1124 MHz) in both AC and battery mode. The processor only operated with its full clock (2.4 GHz) in AC mode; it throttled to 800 MHz in battery mode. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 85 °C in the stress test (AC mode).

Max. Load
 30.2 °C36 °C25.9 °C 
 30.8 °C33.2 °C24.7 °C 
 25.4 °C26.3 °C27.4 °C 
Maximum: 36 °C
Average: 28.9 °C
31.9 °C37.3 °C27.8 °C
26 °C31.8 °C34 °C
26.8 °C26.6 °C26.6 °C
Maximum: 37.3 °C
Average: 29.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  46.6 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers have found their place on the casing's underside in the X555LN. They produce an overall acceptable sound that lacks bass. The sound can be adapted to each situation to some degree via the preloaded Audio Wizard software (gaming, movie, music).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The X555LN also behaves exemplary in energy management. It consumes less power than both the Pavilion and Aspire over the entire load range. It proves to be particularly modest in idle mode. The power consumption climbed up to 49.2 watts during the stress test. The power supply (output: 65 watts) is far from exhausted with that.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 6.3 / 7.1 Watt
Load midlight 35.2 / 49.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the practical Wi-Fi test. The energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The X555LN achieved a runtime of 4:16 h - which is a very decent time. Both the Pavilion (4:45 h) and in particular the Aspire (5:35 h) last longer. The Aspire owes its runtimes to its high-capacity battery. The other two contenders have smaller batteries (Asus: 37; Acer: 56 Wh; HP: 41 Wh).

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 16min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
256 min ∼9%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
266 min ∼10%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
281 min ∼10%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
285 min ∼11%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
335 min ∼12%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
346 min ∼13%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
362 min ∼13%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
429 min ∼16%

Verdict

Asus' X555LN-XO112H is a 15.6-inch, all-round laptop. It is impressive in all common application fields, which also includes rendering computer games. At the same time, it barely heats up and consumes relatively little power. The battery runtimes are also satisfactory. The laptop's biggest shortcoming is its screen. Asus uses a dark and very low-contrast model. HP proves that more is possible in the 600 Euros (~$776) price range with the Full HD screen in the Pavilion 15-p008ng. The X555LN's keyboard is not compelling either; it yields when typing on it.

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Specifications

Asus X555LN-XO112H (X555 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2048 MB, Core: 1029-1124 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 340.52, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, dual-channel, 4 GB soldered, one memory bank (filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, AU Optronics B156XW04 V6, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB 
, 410 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9485 WiFi Adapter (b/g/n)
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUA0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 382 x 258 ( = 1.02 x 15.04 x 10.16 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial), MS Office 365 (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 236 g ( = 8.32 oz / 0.52 pounds)
Price
599 Euro

 

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Pro

+Matte screen
+Decent application performance
+Gaming suitable
+Barely heats up
+Relatively low power consumption
 

Cons

-Dark, low-contrast screen
-No maintenance cover
-Wobbly keyboard

Shortcut

What we like

The low heat development on the casing and relatively low power consumption.

What we'd like to see

A brighter, higher-contrast screen.

What surprises us

We don't see screens with such an abysmal contrast rate every day.

The competition

HP Pavilion 15-p008ng, Aspire E5-571G-536ELenovo IdeaPad Z50-70, Acer Aspire V5-573G, Asus X550LB-NH52, Lenovo G510, Acer Aspire E1-572G, Asus F550LN-CN89H, HP Compaq 15-a024sg.

Rating

Asus X555LN-XO112H - 09/01/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
72 / 98 → 73%
Keyboard
70%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
61 / 81 → 75%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
84%
Display
67%
Games Performance
82 / 85 → 96%
Application Performance
72 / 92 → 78%
Temperature
93%
Noise
84 / 95 → 88%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
70%
76%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-09- 7 (Update: 2014-09-12)