This is my fourth gadget purchase, it’s also a long follow-up of my first laptop Compaq Presario, second a NEO Basic B3357 netbook bundled with Globe Tattoo postpaid plan, and Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
The ASUS K55VD-SX035 comes with a full featured chick-let keyboard complete with numerical keys, a multi-touch trackpad – enables you to zoom, scroll and rotate, a spacious brushed aluminum palm rest that Asus is calling it the IceCool feature – a technology of keeping heat of components away from the palm rest after prolonged use.
The spacious touch-pad somehow behaves erratically as I struggle myself with the tap and zoom features, take note: my fingers are in a relaxed state (I’m trying to avoid the repetitive finger/ing syndrome) – this minor hiccup comes in when I use the Chrome browser for surfing sites, and as well as viewing photos with Microsoft’s own photo viewer – the two finger scrolling horizontal method doesn’t seem to work unless I configure ELAN Smart-Pad Pointing Device software, as if it’s part my maintenance routine it becomes too cumbersome, setting it up in several occasions as my lappy performs system updates including reboots.
Surrounding the touch-pad is a clean and stainless looking brushed aluminum, this is where both of my palm rests while my fingers are doing its dirty work. It gets warmer after I leave the AC adapter plugged for few hours and warm when on full charge battery, but in this case I don’t worry much, the surface is not hot enough to cook your favorite sunny side up egg for breakfast. 😉
The ASUS K55VD-SX035 laptop is powered with the latest Third Generation of Intel Core i7 Processor speaking and hailing itself the Ivy Bridge – 3610QM at 2.3 Ghz capable of turbo-boosting up to 3.0+ Ghz – it sounds like a safer way to overclock the processor, add-on speed thrill great for processor intensive applications, a mobile nVidia GeForce 610M, 2 Gb graphics card enables you play Role Playing Games (RPG) and famous out of the box first person shooter games like “Call of Duty”, a wide 15.6″ LED screen for better multimedia, high definition movie viewing experience paired with Logitech Z623 – according to one of Blinque technical staff, he performed a hands-on demo on the ASUS K55VD-SX035 laptop, further stating the decent gaming performance in front playing Diablo 3. Honestly, I’m no hard-core gamer with what’s in and latest today, I don’t intend to install any hard drive space grabbing games yet, except for AngryBirds space that I play once in a while, as I don’t want to bloat and affect my laptop’s performance with unnecessary programs, I do have productivity suites like Office 2010, essential programs, ie; VLC media player, IrfanView, avast Internet Security, Alcatel One Touch Upgrade for Alcatel OneTouch 918N Glory X, Acronis True Image Home 2010, USB Disk Security and Asus Device Drivers and Software.
Check out and review the specs right after a break.
Processor: Intel Core i7 – 3610QM, 2,3 Ghz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 Ghz
Display: 15.6″ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight
Graphics: 2 Gb, nVidia GeForce 610M
Memory: 4 Gb DDR3
Storage: 750 Gb HDD
Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi DL Drive
Card Reader: 2-in-1 card reader
WLAN: Atheros AR9485WG-EG 802.11 a/g/n
Bluetooth: BT 3.0
Audio: Altec Lansing
Webcam: 0.3 Mb Webcam
Battery: 6 Cell Li-ion battery
Weight: 2.52 with battery
Ports: Two USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, Audio Jack, Mic, HDMI, VGA, LAN
Battery life is always an issue with most laptops – the Asus K55VD-SX035 can squeezed around 4-5 hours of battery usage (depending on your hunger for power usage, ie; gaming, movie viewing tends to drain battery life that easy) using its proprietary power saving software Power4Gear Battery Saving – the following offers: High Performance, Entertainment, Quiet Office and Battery Saving maximizing the battery’s performance.
Some cool features you want to try – Smart Logon or FaceLogon, is a facial recognition software allows you to logon your laptop using your face in front of the computer without keying in your password a big plus but it won’t log you in when there’s somebody else in background.
Check out the Windows Experience Index of 5.
It comes with a hefty price tag lower compared to any laptops available in the market as of today. I wish there was a ultrabook with the same specs and price range 🙂
Pros: latest processor Core i7 Ivy Bridge, dual graphics, large led screen
Cons: low resolution webcam, heavy to carry around, no oem operating system installed.
Price: P 37,995.00 4 Gb model, P 39,995.00 8 Gb model