Good value, all-purpose laptop
- Graphics card is good for price, e-SATA port, HDMI output
- Unattractive design, keyboard layout will require getting used to, low battery life
The ASUS X55SV-AS081C has an excellent range of ports and networking connections and doesn't cost the world. If you can stand the drab design and can't spend more than $1800, this notebook should be seriously considered.
Price$ 1,799.00 (AUD)
The ASUS X55SV-AS081C may not be attractive, but it offers great value. Users with a slightly larger budget who want a superior processor and bigger hard drive may look to the HP Pavilion dv6800 (dv6837tx_02) Influx Special Edition Entertainment Notebook PC as an alternative, but if you are looking for something less than $1800 then you should definitely consider this notebook.
Stylistically speaking, this unit is at odds with itself. It has a plain exterior that exudes business sensibilities, but we opened the lid to find a set of garish, textured palm-rests that clash with an otherwise sensible design. Although this 'loud' approach may appeal to those who enjoy bright-coloured sports cars or the ASUS LAMBORGHINI VX3, the average user will smell the, 'mid-life crisis' scent from a mile away.
Cosmetics aside, this unit has many positives. If you're on the cutting edge of technology, then you'll be happy with the e-SATA port on the left-hand side of the laptop. While e-SATA capable devices aren't as common as USB devices, units such as the Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II (WDH2Q20000) provide their best speeds through the relatively new port (the port also accepts USB 2.0 connections).
Another happy find for a unit in this price bracket is the NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS. While not exactly burning up the 3DMark06 tests when compared to the Alienware Area-51 m15x-R1 or the HP Pavilion HDX9313TX , the X55SV acquits itself excellently for its price tag, scoring 3766 3DMarks. This means that older games such as F.E.A.R. will play well at mid or high settings, while modern games will struggle at anything above low settings.
The ASUS is equipped with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 CPU, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a 250GB hard drive. The T8300 has consistently proven itself to be an excellent performer, and the X55SV continues this legacy, scoring a 90 in our WorldBench 6 tests. This result means that even the more hardware-intensive tasks such as 3-D rendering can be done without a hitch.
The CPU's consistent performance is also shown through our iTunes testing, where we convert 53min of WAV files into 192Kbps MP3s. The X55SV performed the task in 1min 11sec, which was directly in line with what we expected.
Less impressive was the 15.4in screen's performance, which had an adequate viewing angle and displayed images and movies with clarity and no dithering, but suffered from reflectivity issues in brightly lit environments.
The unit's full-sized keyboard is a welcome addition, but we found that using the number pad on the right-hand side was difficult thanks to its unfamiliar key layout. However, users will become used to this after consistent use.
On the left of the laptop is a D-Sub port, FireWire port, a 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, MS-Duo) and an HDMI port, which is good news for buyers wishing to link the device to the newest plasma and LCD screens. Three USB 2.0 ports are on the right of the device, next to the dual-layer DVD-RW LightScribe drive, which allows to you burn labels directly onto LightScribe discs.
For network connectivity, the ASUS ticks all the boxes, offering 802.11b/g/n wireless and Gigabit Ethernet. Users wanting to wirelessly connect external peripherals such as headsets will appreciate the built-in Bluetooth 2.0.
Those hoping to use the notebook on the go will be disappointed by the weight of the unit. At 2.9kg without the power supply and 3.4kg with it, attempting to place it on your lap will result in discomfort. It also wasn't very good in our battery test, lasting only 1hr 15min while playing a DVD.
Join the newsletter!
Apple iPhone X
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Toys for Boys
Bose SoundLink Micro
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access to your Mac—but there's a fix
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Lenovo ThinkPad celebrates 25 years of cutting edge technology
- Crowdfunding campaign to bring wireless charging to the Macbook
- Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home Mini & Max: Everything Announced At Today’s Google Event
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCAutomation Test AnalystNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst - TableauOther
- FTSenior SQL EngineerOther
- CCWeb Applications Project ManagerVIC
- FTProject ManagerACT
- FTTechnical Specialist - SCOMOther
- FTJava DeveloperOther
- FTSenior Network ArchitectVIC
- TPBusiness Analyst - SalesforceNSW
- FTService Desk Analyst/Telecommunications Service AnalystOther
- CCAxway DeveloperQLD
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- FTSecurity Business Analyst - $850 per dayOther
- TPSolution Architect - ServiceNowQLD
- FTPMO Lead / Centre of Excellence LeadOther
- FTData warehouse SpecialistOther
- FTDeployment TechnicianVIC
- FTFinance Applications SpecialistOther
- FTAnalyst ProgrammerOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTSenior IT Business AnalystOther
- FTDevOps EngineerOther
- FTPython DevelopersOther
- FTService Provider Manager - Asset ManagementOther