Entry level laptop for budgeters
Display and Design
The ASUS X553MA-SX526B sports a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit TFT Colour display offering visuals with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. The simply designed black coloured outfit looks solid but disappoints with a thickness of 36.5mm. It tips the scale at 2.1kg which is pretty good especially with its thickness in mind.
CPU, RAM and Platform
For driving its processes, the ASUS X553MA-SX526B is loaded with a 2.1GHz Intel Pentium quad-core N3540 processor belonging to the fourth generation series. Assisting it is a mere 2GB DDR3 RAM which is nothing abnormal considering its price. You can of course use the two DIMM ports for increasing its memory up to 4GB. The task of handling rich games and movies is given to the integrated Intel HD GPU. It ships with the latest 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS which is a huge bonus.
Camera, Storage and Multimedia
The ASUS X553MA-SX526B has been spotted with a webcam positioned in the bezel above the display. The 500GB SATA hard disk provides plenty of space for creating a library of files. With the SuperMulti DVD drive, you can easily stream data from disks. The ASUS Sonic Master powered stereo speakers provide crisp music while watching movies.
Battery and Connectivity
The ASUS X553MA-SX526B is fuelled by a 2 cell Li-ion battery claiming to render up to 4.5 hours of backup. Moving to the connectivity and networking options, we have Ethernet port, HDMI out, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 slot, digital media reader, Bluetooth v4.0, WLAN and one Line-in jack.
In case you are looking for a low budget laptop with some impressive features, the ASUS X553MA-SX526B is a worthy option. It is sluggish in performance with its average processor and poor RAM, but then you shouldn't expect more at this price. However, it impresses with the latest Windows OS, optical drive and sound battery.