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Asus F555LD-XX243H Notebook Review Update

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 12/07/2014

Well-equipped. Pony up 500 Euros (~$613) for this 15.6-inch device and you'll get an all-rounder capable of running some current video games. Thanks to its 1 TB hard drive, the storage space won't run out anytime soon.

For the original German article, see here.

The Asus F555LD-XX243H is a slimmed-down version of the Asus X555LN-X0112H we recently reviewed, the former offering more inexpensive hardware and a lower price. Though the two notebook series have different names, they come from the same line; Asus merely markets the machines under two labels. While the X555LN-X0122H is equipped with a Core i5-4210U processor and a GeForce 840M graphics core, the F555LD runs on a Core i3-4010U processor and a GeForce 820M GPU. Can the Asus F555LD earn our thumbs up? Read on to find out.

The F555LD's competition consists of notebooks in the 500-Euro (~$613) price range. Examples include the Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293 and the Lenovo Z50-75.

Since the X555LN-X0112H and the F555LD-XX243H are structurally identical, we will not discuss the case, connectivity, input devices or speakers in detail. Further information on these subjects is available in our review of the X555LN-X0112H.

Case & Connectivity

As previously mentioned, the F555LD-XX243H and the X555LN-X0112H are structurally identical. There is a small difference in color, however: The back side of the lid and the top side of the base unit of the F555LD are white. On the X555LN, these components are coal gray (lid) and silver (top of base). Asus' F555/X555 line includes other color options as well, such as red and yellow, among others.

The back side of the lid is a glossy white.
The back side of the lid is a glossy white.
Input devices
Input devices
The Asus F555LD-XX243H
The Asus F555LD-XX243H

Display

Asus outfitted their F555LD with a glossy 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. At 197.6 cd/m², the screen brightness is too low. The number here ought to be substantially above 200 cd/m². The panel's contrast (482:1) and black value (0.44 cd/m²) are respectable.

205
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
179
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N156BGE-L41
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 212 cd/m² Average: 197.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 212 cd/m²
Contrast: 482:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.65 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 3.26 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
47% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.25

Like many Asus notebooks, the F555LD comes with a preinstalled color profile. As a result, the display's color reproduction is superior to that of most of its competitors. Out of the factory, the average DeltaE 2000 deviation comes to 4.65. The panel just barely misses the target here (DeltaE of less than 3). Our review device is free of the blue cast that shades most displays.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
The F555LD outdoors (photo taken on a cloudy day)
The F555LD outdoors (photo taken on a cloudy day)

The F555LD is equipped with a TN panel, which means the notebook's viewing angles are inherently limited. As a general rule, the device can only be used outdoors on a cloudy day or in shadowy environments. Otherwise, the screen's reflective surface will foil any plans for outdoor computer-toting escapades.

Performance

Asus' F555LD-XX243H is an inexpensive 15.6-inch all-round notebook. Thanks to its GeForce graphics core, it can even run some current video games. Our test device is available at present for about 500 Euros (~$613), but within their F555/X555 series, Asus offers innumerable versions with diverse components and prices.

Processor

The F555LD is outfitted with a Core i3-4010U (Haswell) dual-core processor that runs at a base clock speed of 1.7 GHz. There is no turbo. The processor supports Hyper-Threading (two threads can run on each core). Intel rates the TDP at 15 Watts. The CPU's full performance is available in both AC power mode and battery mode. The computer completed the Cinebench CPU benchmark tests at a constant 1.7 GHz. In terms of performance, the Core i3 is clearly weaker that the Core i5 processor at work in our review device's sister model, the X555LN. The Core i3 processor's AMD counterpart would be a Beema APU like the A8-6410 APU. This AMD processor can at least keep up with the Intel CPU in multi-threaded applications.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5517
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4176
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2469
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.81 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
24.04 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
31.82 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
168 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
67 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
67 Points ∼31%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
105 Points ∼48% +57%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
40 Points ∼18% -40%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
83 Points ∼38% +24%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
88 Points ∼40% +31%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼22% -27%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
56 Points ∼26% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
98 Points ∼45% +46%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
168 Points ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
239 Points ∼5% +42%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
126 Points ∼3% -25%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
236 Points ∼5% +40%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
237 Points ∼5% +41%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
164 Points ∼4% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
169 Points ∼4% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
230 Points ∼5% +37%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
0.76 Points ∼31%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.18 Points ∼48% +55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
0.54 Points ∼22% -29%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.13 Points ∼46% +49%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.14 Points ∼47% +50%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼25% -21%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.68 Points ∼28% -11%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
0.94 Points ∼39% +24%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.12 Points ∼46% +47%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.81 Points ∼7%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.58 Points ∼10% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1.97 Points ∼7% +9%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.54 Points ∼9% +40%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.57 Points ∼9% +42%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.04 Points ∼8% +13%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.89 Points ∼7% +4%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.51 Points ∼9% +39%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.5 Points ∼9% +38%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2469 Points ∼23%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3871 Points ∼36% +57%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1471 Points ∼14% -40%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3809 Points ∼35% +54%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1850 Points ∼17% -25%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1943 Points ∼18% -21%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3768 Points ∼35% +53%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5517 Points ∼11%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
8044 Points ∼16% +46%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
4165 Points ∼8% -25%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
7799 Points ∼16% +41%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5785 Points ∼12% +5%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5369 Points ∼11% -3%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
7637 Points ∼15% +38%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3647 Points ∼12%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4668 Points ∼15% +28%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
3319 Points ∼11% -9%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4641 Points ∼15% +27%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3792 Points ∼12% +4%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4085 Points ∼13% +12%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1767 Points ∼37%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2391 Points ∼50% +35%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1487 Points ∼31% -16%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2362 Points ∼49% +34%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1287 Points ∼27% -27%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1760 Points ∼36% 0%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
192.8 ms * ∼2%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
113.8 ms * ∼1% +41%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
116 ms * ∼1% +40%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
253 ms * ∼3% -31%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
176.9 ms * ∼2% +8%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1660 Points ∼27%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1136 Points ∼18% -32%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
7672 Points ∼15%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
12317 Points ∼24% +61%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6074 Points ∼12% -21%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8302 Points ∼16% +8%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4061 ms * ∼7%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2643.7 ms * ∼4% +35%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6200.1 ms * ∼10% -53%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4430.4 ms * ∼7% -9%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The notebook's system performance was stable -- we didn't run into any problems. The device's good results in the PCMark benchmark tests substantiate the positive impression the machine made on us. Of course, it is unsurprising that the F555LD's sister model, the X555LN-XO112H, achieved better results here; after all, the X555LN's processor and GPU are both stronger.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2335 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2179 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3446 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2335 Points ∼38%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2261 Points ∼37% -3%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2451 Points ∼40% +5%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2685 Points ∼44% +15%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2945 Points ∼48% +26%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2974 Points ∼49% +27%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3088 Points ∼51% +32%

Storage Devices

Asus installed a Seagate hard drive with a capacity of 1 TB in their F555LD. The drive runs at 5400 rpm and is split into an operating system partition (372 GB) and a data partition (537 GB), which is common for Asus notebooks. The transfer rates are typical for a 5400 rpm hard drive on today's market.

Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 39 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 114.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82 MB/s
Access Time: 17.6 ms
Burst Rate: 265.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.7 %

Graphics Cards

In the F555LD, Nvidia's switchable graphics technology (Optimus) helps to divvy up tasks between Intel's HD Graphics 4400 graphics core and Nvidia's GeForce 820M GPU. The GeForce chip takes care of applications with high graphics demands, like computer games, while the Intel core is responsible for everyday tasks and operation in battery mode. Both cores support at least DirectX 11. The GeForce core is an entry-level GPU and runs at a base clock speed of 625 MHz. Using turbo, the speed can be increased to up to 955 MHz. The results in the 3DMark benchmark are in the typical range for this graphics core. The AMD counterparts consist of the Radeon HD 8670M and Radeon R5 M240 cores.

3DMark 11 Performance
1353 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
45538 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3942 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
829 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1353 Points ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1383 Points ∼4% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1857 Points ∼6% +37%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2327 Points ∼7% +72%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1536 Points ∼5% +14%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1640 Points ∼5% +21%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1899 Points ∼6% +40%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1885 Points ∼6% +39%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1302 Points ∼4% -4%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
829 Points ∼3%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
843 Points ∼3% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
518 Points ∼2% -38%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1350 Points ∼5% +63%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
785 Points ∼3% -5%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
843 Points ∼3% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1207 Points ∼5% +46%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1209 Points ∼5% +46%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
720 Points ∼3% -13%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2892 Points ∼5%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2987 Points ∼5% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1722 Points ∼3% -40%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5069 Points ∼9% +75%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2359 Points ∼4% -18%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1780 Points ∼3% -38%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4117 Points ∼7% +42%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3942 Points ∼7%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4594 Points ∼8% +17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2663 Points ∼4% -32%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5634 Points ∼10% +43%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4322 Points ∼7% +10%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4032 Points ∼7% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4561 Points ∼8% +16%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
5433 Points ∼9% +38%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3899 Points ∼7% -1%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
45538 Points ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
52303 Points ∼5% +15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
26540 Points ∼2% -42%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
59788 Points ∼5% +31%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
42536 Points ∼4% -7%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39458 Points ∼4% -13%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
35590 Points ∼3% -22%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
50492 Points ∼5% +11%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
44899 Points ∼4% -1%

Gaming Performance

The combination of a Core i3 processor and a GeForce 820M graphics core makes it possible for this computer to run a number of computer games. The hardware is sufficiently powerful to fluidly render most games in the display's native resolution at low-to-medium quality settings. However, for games that have high hardware demands, like Ryse: Son of Rome, the notebook's performance lacks what it takes to render the image fluidly.

The F555LD's sister model, the Asus X555LN-XO112H, offers more gaming performance -- at a higher price, of course (590 Euros; ~$724). If you're looking for a Full HD display, 580 Euros (~$712) will buy you the HP Pavilion 15-p008ng, whose hardware is almost identical to that of the X555LN. Both notebooks are equipped with a GeForce 840M graphics core.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 75.739.724.6fps
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Tomb Raider
0%
-1%
45%
-23%
-21%
10%
21%
-36%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x
24.6
24.6
0%
25.5
4%
29.5
20%
18.8
-24%
19.7
-20%
30.7
25%
30.8
25%
16.9
-31%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
39.7
40
1%
39.7
0%
59.9
51%
29.8
-25%
30.4
-23%
45.2
14%
45.5
15%
25.8
-35%
1024x768 Low Preset
75.7
74.8
-1%
70.7
-7%
125.2
65%
60.7
-20%
59.6
-21%
69
-9%
92.6
22%
43.9
-42%

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

In idle mode, the fan runs continuously. In quiet environments, a constant, quiet whirring is audible, but the noise isn't bothersome. Under load, the fan really gets going. During the stress test, we measured a sound pressure level of 46.3 dB. Comparing this number with the case temperatures, it's clear that the fan could behave more conservatively. The case only warms up moderately, so the fan could easily run a little slower without there being any risk of the machine overheating.

Noise Level

Idle
33.1 / 33.1 / 33.1 dB(A)
HDD
33.8 dB(A)
DVD
39.1 / dB(A)
Load
39.6 / 46.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The F555LD in the stress test
The F555LD in the stress test

The F555LD's processor completed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark running simultaneously for at least an hour) at full speed (1.7 GHz) in both AC power mode and battery mode. The GeForce core went about its business at a minimum speed of 162 MHz (battery mode) and a maximum speed of 955 MHz (AC power mode). Even though the hardware pulled out all the stops for this test, the case remained relatively cool. Only in one spot on the underside of the case did the temperature approach 40 °C (104 °F).

Max. Load
 27.6 °C
82 F
32.9 °C
91 F
23 °C
73 F
 
 28.7 °C
84 F
31.2 °C
88 F
23 °C
73 F
 
 23.4 °C
74 F
23.6 °C
74 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 32.9 °C = 91 F
Average: 26.4 °C = 80 F
24.2 °C
76 F
38.1 °C
101 F
28.6 °C
83 F
23.1 °C
74 F
27.4 °C
81 F
29.6 °C
85 F
24.5 °C
76 F
22.8 °C
73 F
23.2 °C
74 F
Maximum: 38.1 °C = 101 F
Average: 26.8 °C = 80 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.6 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.4 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.9 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.1 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.2 °C / 79.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (+2.9 °C / 5.2 F).

Power Consumption

We didn't run into any surprises in the realm of energy consumption. As per usual with Haswell notebooks, the power usage in idle mode lay under 10 Watts. During the stress test, the energy consumption rate increased to 40.5 Watts. Considering the hardware platform, this is a normal number. The Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293, one of the F555LD's competitors, has a stronger processor and thus required a somewhat higher amount of energy during the stress test.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.6 / 6.1 / 6.8 Watt
Load midlight 32.7 / 40.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In our WLAN test, which is designed to simulate practical, everyday use, we run a script that automatically loads a new webpage every 40 seconds. The energy-saving profile is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². With these parameters, the Asus notebook reached a battery run time of 4:14 h, positioning itself between the Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75 (2:35 h) and the Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293 (6:11 h).

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 14min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
254 min ∼68%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
155 min ∼42%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
256 min ∼69%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
266 min ∼72%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
272 min ∼73%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
283 min ∼76%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
301 min ∼81%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
344 min ∼93%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
371 min ∼100%

Verdict

Asus' F555LD-XX243H is an inexpensive, all-round notebook. The computer offers enough performance for everyday applications, and its GeForce core makes it possible to run computer games as well. Thanks to the 1 TB hard drive, there's plenty of storage space -- and straight from the factory, Asus outfits the computer with 8 GB of working memory. The computer barely warms up at all, and its battery life is respectable. Overall, the display is alright. The brightness could be higher, but the color reproduction is good.

The Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293 serves as an alternative to our review device, especially if you're looking for the longest possible battery life and more CPU performance. The Dell computer offers these two features for 20 Euros (~$24) more than the Asus notebook. In our opinion, the Lenovo Z50-75 can't really compete with the F555LD and the Inspiron, as it comes in behind its rivals in almost every discipline. Its price of 430 Euros (~$528, with a Windows operating system) or 370 Euros (~$454, without a Windows operating system) is its only intriguing attribute.

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In review: Asus F555LD-XX243H. Test model courtesy of campuspoint.de
In review: Asus F555LD-XX243H. Test model courtesy of campuspoint.de

Specifications

Asus F555LD-XX243H (F555 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 820M - 2048 MB, Core: 625-955 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 344.75, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, Dual-channel, One memory bank (occupied), 4 GB soldered directly onto the motherboard
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Chi Mei N156BGE-L41, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 880 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: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9485 WiFi Adapter (b/g/n)
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8E2 S
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.8 x 382 x 256 ( = 1.02 x 15.04 x 10.08 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 version), MS Office (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 241 g ( = 8.5 oz / 0.53 pounds)
Price
499 Euro

 

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Pros

+Good application performance
+Capable of running games
+Barely warms up
 

Cons

-Keyboard rocks back and forth
-Dark display

Shortcut

What we like

The case's low temperatures.

What we'd like to see

A brighter display with a matte surface.

What surprises us

Nothing.

The competition

Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293, Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75, Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW, Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70, HP 355 G2, HP 350 G1, Acer Aspire E1-572G.

Rating

Asus F555LD-XX243H - 11/29/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
72 / 98 → 73%
Keyboard
70%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
61 / 81 → 75%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
83%
Display
75%
Games Performance
70 / 85 → 82%
Application Performance
63 / 92 → 68%
Temperature
94%
Noise
79 / 95 → 83%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
68%
74%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-12- 7 (Update: 2014-12- 7)