Asus uses Intel Celeron N2815 in its X551MA-RCLN03 laptop. Celeron processors are still dominating especially when it comes to budget laptops. Asus X551MA RCLN03 is an inexpensive 15.6” laptop that comes with standard features like 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. The price of this laptop varies between $250-$400 at different online stores like Office Depot, Staples and Best Buy. Currently this laptop is available at Amazon as well at extremely low price of $290. Potential buyers might be concerned over performance of the laptop as it includes Celeron processor. However, the performance of Asus X551MA-RCLN03 will turn out to be decent, if you consider this laptop for typing documents, internet browsing, emailing, watching videos and social networking. The laptop supports few low end games as well. But the laptop will not be able to support power hungry applications like video editing and 3D rendering. This is not a touch screen laptop but it comes with all necessary ports and connectivity features. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of this laptop.
Asus X551MA-RCLN03 specification and performance
Asus X551MA-RCLN03 is powered by latest Intel Celeron N2815 dual core processor. This processor is part of Intel’s Bay Trail family. It comes with low TDP of 7.5 W which means it is energy efficient and will run under normal working conditions. It operates with basic clock speed of 1.83 GHz and can boost up to 2.13 GHz. However, Hyperthreading technology is missing in this processor. The processor comes with integrated Intel HD graphics which operates with max 756 MHz. Some low end games will run on this laptop. It supports high definition video playback and comes with DVD drive.
Asus X551MA-RCLN03 offers 4GB 1333 MHz RAM and 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. The hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system.
The 15.6” high definition glare panel offers maximum 1366 by 768 pixel resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio which is common among budget laptops. It supports 720p play back but cannot display full high definition playback.
Asus X551MA-RCLN03 offers 2 USB ports only – one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0. This may disappoint some users. Beside this, it comes with COMBO audio jack, RJ45 LAN Jack, HDMI, SD card reader and AC adapter plug. VGA port is missing in this laptop but HD Web Camera is present. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Asus uses low capacity battery in this 15.6” laptop. The 3 Cell, 3000 mAh 33 Whrs battery pack offers 2.8 hours of power backup. The laptop weighs around 4.74 lbs and is easy to carry but low battery life makes it inappropriate as a travel companion.
Pros of Asus X551MA-RCLN03
Considering current sale price it is extremely inexpensive laptop
Cons of X551MA-RCLN03
Poor battery life
Not a touch screen laptop.