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Budget laptop winner

Asus X552CL

Asus X552CL

Verdict

A cracking budget laptop - the X552CL nails the essentials and turns in a performance to embarrass laptops at twice the price

Review Date: 10 Jun 2014

Price when reviewed: £375

Full review

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

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Comparison

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

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Asus X552C

Asus X552CL
Details
Part Code IdeaPad Yoga 2 (11 inch) NX.MEPEK.011 Ativ Book 9 Lite X552C
Review Date 26 Aug 2014 7 May 2014 24 Aug 2013 10 Jun 2014
Price ex VAT £417 £292 £500 £375
Price inc VAT £500 £350 £600 £450
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Value for Money 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Performance 3 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 3 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 1yr collect and return 1 yr return to base
Physical specifications
Dimensions 298 x 206 x 18mm (WDH) 382 x 256 x 25mm (WDH) 324 x 224 x 19mm (WDH) 380 x 251 x 34mm (WDH)
Weight 1.300kg 2.200kg 1.550kg 2.270kg
Travelling weight 1.6kg 2.6kg 1.9kg 2.6kg
Processor and memory
Processor Intel Pentium N3520 Intel Core i3-3217U AMD A6-1450 Core i5-3337U
Motherboard chipset AMD
RAM capacity 4.00GB 6.00GB 4.00GB 6.00GB
Memory type DDR3L DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0 0 0
SODIMM sockets total 0 2 0
Screen and video
Screen size 11.6in 15.6in 13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366 1,366 1,366 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768 768 768 768
Resolution 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 AMD Radeon HD8250 Nvidia GeForce 710M
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0 1 1 1
HDMI outputs 1 1 1 1
Drives
Capacity 750GB 128GB 750GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM 5,400RPM N/A
Hard disk Samsung PM841
Optical disc technology N/A DVD writer
Optical drive N/A DVD writer
Battery capacity 2,500mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0 £0 £0 £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed N/A 1,000Mbits/sec 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support no no
802.11b support yes yes yes yes
802.11g support yes yes yes yes
802.11 draft-n support yes yes yes yes
Integrated 3G adapter no no no
Bluetooth support yes yes yes yes
Other Features
Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes yes
Modem no no
USB ports (downstream) 1 2 1
3.5mm audio jacks 1 1 1 1
SD card reader yes yes yes yes
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad/touchscreen Touchpad Touchpad, touchscreen
Integrated microphone? yes yes yes
Integrated webcam? yes yes yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.9mp 0.9mp 0.9mp 0.9mp
Operating system and software
Operating system Windows 8 64-bit Windows 8 64-bit Windows 8 64-bit Windows 8 64-bit
OS family Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8
Battery and performance tests
Battery life, light use 7hr 17min 4hr 38min 7hr 52min 4hr 33min
Battery life, heavy use 3hr 33min 1hr 29min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 19fps 46fps 24fps 72fps
3D performance setting Low Low Low Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.42 0.56 0.35 0.67
Responsiveness score 0.50 0.73 0.49 0.82
Media score 0.44 0.55 0.33 0.67
Multitasking score 0.32 0.40 0.24 0.51
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