Asus launched N55S and this laptop is a multimedia laptop many users may like. This multimedia powerhouse has a full HD display, Blu-ray writer, bang speakers, plus a 2GB Nvidia graphics card for playing the latest games. Many users like it because of the excellent anti-glare full HD screen, great performance, and decent speakers. But many may still be disappointed by the strange keyboard and loud touchpad buttons. And the following are some details about this laptop.
In terms of the overall design, the N55S is constructed of plastic and reasonably strong plastic at that; the palm rest barely flexes when pressed down upon. I’m greatly appreciative that ASUS used anti-glare plastic instead of glossy plastic, which is all too common on consumer notebooks. Chassis flex is average for a consumer notebook; nothing alarming, however. Fit and finish is good; there are no uneven gaps between parts or sharp edges.
In terms of laptop screen, the N55S has an excellent display compared to most consumer notebooks. This 15.6-inch model has a full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) which is appropriate given the notebook includes a Blu-ray drive and is designed for multimedia. Another admirable characteristic of the display is its anti-glare coating; this is more practical than a glossy coating since there are no reflections. The 1920×1080 resolution is excellent and the highest available on a 15.6-inch display. There is plenty of room to use two windows side-by-side and much less scrolling is required in web pages and programs like Microsoft Word since more lines of text are viewable at the same time.
In terms of laptop keyboard, the N55S has a keyboard that is best described as “strange”. It is traditionally styled; the keys don’t have extra spacing between them as they do on a ‘Chiclet’ or island-style keyboard. The key surface is flat with a downward-sloped front and has a nice smooth matte surface. Tactile feedback is good if a bit lifeless; more or less it’s pleasant to type. The keyboard is sufficiently quiet not to disturb neighbors.
And in terms of laptop battery life, the N55S lasted four hours and five minutes during our standard battery rundown test. This is a respectable time for a high-performance notebook like this one especially considering it has a quad-core processor. The Nvidia Optimus technology allows the N55S to switch to the low-power integrated Intel graphics and turn off the high-performance Nvidia GeForce graphics card when not needed to conserve power.
Taking all the above into conclusion, the ASUS N55S is a good value and a good buy. It has a great full HD display, good looks, and decent build quality. The performance is excellent; this notebook is more than capable of playing the latest games. Most of the cons for this notebook can be summed up as could have been better rather than simply bad.