Though ASUS F555LA-AB31 is an entry level laptop yet it is configured with the full HD display panel (1920 X 1080)p. Equipped with an Intel Core i3-5010u processor (broadwell) and accompanied with 4GB of RAM, it can perform basic computing activities with ease. For instance, you can type documents, work with spreadsheets, run Spotify, IMing/skype etc. Even streaming videos is quite smooth but hardware intensive activities like high end photo editing, video editing and 2D/3D designing etc. will definitely feel a severe paucity of resources in terms of computing power and memory as well. ASUS F555LA-AB31 is very much capable of playing older gaming titles like World of Warcraft, Dirt Rally, etc. but the latest gaming titles like The Witcher 3 will find it very difficult to run on this laptop. It comes with 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive. If you are looking for a laptop that can do little bit of everything, including gaming and video editing, then you can consider Toshiba C55-C5241 which is equipped with a 5th generation Intel Core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB internal hard drive. This laptop will accomplish day to day tasks smoothly and you can run almost all games on the machine but not all games are playable at highest settings. If you require more powerful processing power (for editing large HD files or rendering large 3D files) then it is recommended to look for a workstation grade laptop.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 is equipped with Intel 5th generation Core i3-5010u processor which operates at a fixed clock speed of 2.1GHz and has 2 cores. Comparing with Intel Core i5-5200u processor, i3-5010u definitely has somewhat less computing power; mainly due to missing support for turboboost technology which helps a processor to overclock dynamically up to certain limit, if system demands. Also i5-5200u operates with little higher base frequency. The Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz and can achieve higher clock speed of 2.7GHz in Turboboost mode. If performance is your primary concern, you can consider Toshiba C55-C5241 over ASUS F555LA-AB31.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated with the main processor. It is an entry level graphics which can stream videos smoothly. Playing older gaming titles with lower settings is very much doable but high end gaming or upcoming gaming titles will definitely not make it to the mark.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 is factory fitted with 4GB DDR3L (1600MHz) RAM and a standard 500GB internal hard drive spinning at 5400 rpm. The memory is upgradable to 8GB. Of course, for better performance, hard drive can always be replaced with a solid state drive.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 display screen has a maximum resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels but it is not touchscreen enabled. The laptop is installed with Windows 10 which is compatible with non-touch laptops as well. But, if touchscreen entices you then you can consider Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 laptop which is equipped with an Intel Core i5-5200u processor, 4GB of memory and a moderate 500GB hard drive. Loaded with Windows 8.1 it can very well complete day to day computing chores and also go the extra mile with basic photo and video files editing. Windows 8.1 system can be freely upgraded to Windows 10 as promulgated by Microsoft.
ASUS F555LA-AB31 has 2USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1VGA port and combination jack for headphone / microphone. Network connectivity is provided by the Ethernet port as well as 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi adpater. External devices can be integrated via Bluetooth functionality. An integrated HD webcam ensure there are no hiccups with your video chats. There is an inbuilt optical drive as well that can burn CD and DVD as well.
The 4-cell lithium ion battery offers a power backup up to 4 hours depending on how aggressively the laptop is being used.
For anyone looking for a basic laptop, ASUS F555LA-AB31 is a perfect fit. Day to day computing will not be any problem but anything more than that would require performance grade machine, for which an Intel Core i5 equipped machine would make a better choice.