The ASUS F554LA-WS71 is mid-range notebook most suited for users needing the laptop at home as a desktop replacement device since it’s packed with backward compatible technology and decent enough hardware to actually replace a stationary PC for most everyday activities.

At a glance

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  • Pros
  • Good CPU and RAM specs
  • Has a DVD-Writer
  • IceCool Technology
  • Adequate storage capacity
  • Great desktop replacement
  • Cons
  • No SSD
  • The display isn’t Full HD
  • Modest battery life

ASUS F554LA-WS71 Review

With a simple and straightforward design, the ASUS F554LA comes with a dual core Intel i7-5500U processor with 4MB of cache, enough to run everyday programs and webpages with ease. It will also handle multitasking jobs very well, enabling you to be more productive and save precious time.

The ASUS F554LA-WS71 notebook top viewIt also has 8 gigabytes of installed system memory that’s not user replaceable, but the amount is sufficient to not be outdated in the next couple of years, guaranteeing a smooth user experience for longer periods of time.

The storage space is also in abundance: 1 terabyte will be enough for all your files and audio/video collections, although we recommend investing in a solid state drive to replace the 5400 rpm hard disk. The mechanical drive that currently outfits the ASUS is slowing it down considerably by comparison with its other specs.

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The screen is a bit of a downer, since you won’t be getting a full HD display; instead ASUS opted for a 1366 x 768 resolution. The quality won’t be as impressive as other laptops have to offer, but since we’re considering it to be mainly a desktop replacement, this shouldn’t be a deterrence in choosing it over other competitors.

Furthermore, it’s great because it’s backward compatible and can act as a bridge between a user’s old system and a more technologically advanced piece of equipment, such as the ASUS F554LA-WS71. It comes with a VGA output port (great if you have a non-HDMI compliant monitor), has a DVD writer, a piece of hardware that’s increasingly more rare these days due to an arms race towards lower weighing and more thin devices and an RJ-45 port for wired Gigabit LAN connections.

ASUS F554LA-WS71 notebook keyboardThus, the battery life is modest: it will output up to 5 hours of regular usage before shutting down. It’s enough to move around in your home or around the office, but I wouldn’t take it on vacation or on a business trip with me since it’s also on the heavy side, weighing 4.9 pounds without the power adapter and cable.

The ASUS features the IceCool technology, which lowers temperatures around the area where the palms usually rest when typing and using the trackpad so it can be used without getting sweaty palms. It also comes with a 1-year accidental damage international warranty, which is a great deal!

Technical Specifications

Product ASUS F554LA-WS71
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CPU Name Intel Core i7-5500U
CPU Type Dual Core
CPU Speed 2.4 GHz up to 3.0 GHz
CPU Cache 4 MB
Installed Memory 8 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots 2 slots
Storage Capacity 1 TB
Storage Type HDD
Storage Technology SATA @ 5400 rpm
Screen Size 15.6″
Screen Type LCD
Screen Technology Backlit LED
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen No
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 5500
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
Audio Technology ASUS SonicMaster
Speakers 2 speakers
Webcam Yes
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
Headphone/Mic 1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo
Multi Card Slot SD only
LAN (RJ45) Yes
Touch Pad / Track Pad Touch Pad
Keyboard Full Keyboard (104 keys)
Backlit Keyboard No
Battery Type 2 Cell Lithium Ion Polymer
Battery Capacity 37 Whr
Maximum Battery Life Up to 5 hours
Other Features IceCool Technology
DVD Writer
Operating System Windows 8.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 15″ x 10.1″ x 1″
Weight 4.9 lbs

The ASUS F554LA-WS71 is a good alternative for any desktop if you’re planning to use the laptop on a day to day basis around the house or even the office. It won’t play the most recent of games, it won’t render graphics fast enough and may not handle heavy loads with ease, but it will provide a reliable user experience in 99% of the times it will be used. And considering the relative low price point for the performance, I’d say the ASUS is a good deal to consider.