Asus X551CA-RI3N15 is a decent entry level laptop for those who are looking for a cheap and well-built Windows 8 based laptop, without a touchscreen. Driven by 3rd generation Intel core i3-3217u processor, this laptop is adequate for watching videos, internet browsing and working with office suite. Buyers can even play some latest games on it. Asus X551CARI3N15 ships with DVD drive but it doesn’t weigh much (4.74lbs only). It comprises of all the features that a budget laptop should come with. Only disappointment with this laptop is its battery life. It comes with low capacity battery which offers around 3 hours of power backup. Users can consider this laptop as desktop replacement as well, if they are not much concerned about the screen size. There are only 2 USB ports which is another drawback of the machine but it doesn’t impact much. Currently, it is being offered at $350. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X551CA-RI3N15:
Asus X551CA-RI3N15 specification and performance
Model X551CA-RI3N15 is based on an Intel core i3-3217U ULV dual core processor, which delivers performance for regular computing. But if you want to use this laptop to perform CPU intensive tasks like media encoding and similar other jobs, you will not be disappointed. With 4GB memory, it can perform basic multitasking. The processor operates with fixed frequency of 1.8GHz. Hyper-threading is enabled in this processor and it can handle 4 threads at a time. It comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics which supports light gaming and high definition video streaming. Low end games like Dota 2, Fifa 13, Counter Strike GO are playable in low details and settings. High end games can’t be played here as It is not a gaming laptop.
The laptop has 4GB memory installed in it but the memory can’t be expanded further. Asus X551CA-RI3N15 offers traditional 2.5” 500GB hard drive which works with 5400rpm.
The 15.6”LED backlit high definition display offers 1366 by 768 pixels resolution which supports 720p high definition content playback. Asus X551CA-RI3N15 will not support 1080p video playback due to display limitations.
As for battery life, 4 cell 37 Whrs battery pack offers around three hours of battery life. It contains two USB ports (one USB 3.0 and another USB 2.0 port), VGA, HDMI, RJ 45, a combination headphone/microphone port, an SD card reader and a full-sized HDMI port. Networking feature is supported by Fast Ethernet port, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Asus X551CA-RI3N15 ships with an integrated high definition webcam.
Pros of Asus X551CA-RI3N15
Good price features ratio
Cons of Asus X551CA-RI3N15
No touch screen
Poor battery life