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Asus X553MA 4 Core Intel Pentium 2.16GHz 4GB 750GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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4 Intel Pentium 2.16GHz 4GB Jan 2015
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ASUS X553MA Laptop Review
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8 Reasons For

Asus Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

Asus has good average ratings for its many processor core portable PCs as well as across its entire notebook PC range compared to other brands.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter burst frequencies of laptops of this age and spec range from 640MHz to 900MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter burst frequency of 896 megahertz, the Asus X553MA has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter burst frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Asus X553MA has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X553MA.

There are a number of alternative portable PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available that you might want to consider including the DELL Precision M2800 which is cheaper.

There are a number of other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard which you might also want to consider including the Zbook 15 G2, or the ZBook both from HP.

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Has a Front Camera

The Asus X553MA has a front camera. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X553MA also have a front camera.

We compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs with a front camera and we think the Zbook 15 G2, or the ZBook both from HP or the Toshiba C55 is also worth considering.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on many processor core portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on laptops that have been available for more than a year.

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Narrow

The widths of notebook PCs of this age and type range from 260mm to 430mm. When compared to other similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the X553MA, the width of the Asus X553MA of only 280 millimeters is one of the narrowest.

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15 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

Many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as the X553MA have maximum processor memory bandwidths of between 10GB/s and 77GB/s, and the average maximum processor memory bandwidth is 25GB/s. The Asus X553MA has a fairly slow maximum processor memory bandwidth (only 21.32 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the X553MA.

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Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of laptops of this spec and age range from 840MHz to 1,400MHz. The Asus X553MA has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (only 896 megahertz) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as the X553MA.

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Only Two Displays Supported by On-Board Grap

The Asus X553MA is a laptop that uses two displays supported by on-board grap.

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Only Four PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Asus X553MA is a four PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC.

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

Most laptops of this age and type have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Asus X553MA which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Very Old PCI Express Slot Version

At only 2, the Asus X553MA has a quite old PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X553MA. Across all the notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X553MA the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.7.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

It may also be worth considering one of the other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available including the Acer Aspire ES1 which is cheaper.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the HP Zbook 15 G2 (SSD).

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on many processor core portable PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the Asus X553MA has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. The internal memory of similar spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago range from 2GB to 32GB.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (8GB) which is also cheaper.

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Only Intel Pentium Processor Family

The Asus X553MA has an Intel Pentium processor family which is better than most many processor core portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most laptops of this spec and age have an Intel Core i7 processor family. Across all laptops of this age and spec the best processor family is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is Intel Celeron.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Asus X553MA does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth noting that most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

Across all the comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the X553MA the battery capacities range from 22Wh to 2,700Wh. With a battery capacity of only 30 watt-hours, the Asus X553MA has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Only Two Battery Cells

The Asus X553MA is a two battery cell count portable PC. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the X553MA have between two and eight battery cells.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

Most similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X553MA have between one and four USB 3.0 ports, including the Asus X553MA which has one USB 3.0 port.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of only 8 gigabytes, the Asus X553MA has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The average maximum internal memory of many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X553MA is 17GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Asus X553MA

Released Over Two Years Ago

Asus released the X553MA over two years ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.16 gigahertz, the Asus X553MA has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for a similar time to the X553MA.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.16GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available including cheaper laptops such as the Acer Aspire ES1.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Precision M2800 (2.8GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus X553MA has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

If you would prefer a bigger screen size then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire ES1 (17.3" and cheaper), or the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (17.3" and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 750 gigabytes, the Asus X553MA has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

If you would prefer a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire ES1 (1TB), or the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Weight

At 2.2 kilograms, the Asus X553MA has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X553MA.

Other notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HP ZBook (2.8kg).

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
Scenario Design Power (SDP)
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Line-in
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Total Number of SATA Connectors
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Certificates
Certification
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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Expert Reviews

(3)
4 September 2014

Open the lid and the build quality takes a sharp turn for the worse. The internal chassis, from where the base meets the lid to the palm rests, has an incredible amount of flex. This gets even... Read more…

18 September 2015

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 21 April 2015 by Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon would recommend the Asus X553MA

Easy to set up and use, although Windows 8.1 has a few quirks to become accustomed to. All good so far, after two weeks of ownership. The only gripe is the apparently unannounced packaging of... Read more…

Reviewed 9 April 2015 by Niall B

Bought this for my youngest daughter (12) and was ok for the price but, unbelievably, whilst it comes with a DVD Drive (a must for her), the software (Codec) required to play DVD's is not... Read more…

Reviewed 5 March 2015 by JennyG
JennyG would recommend the Asus X553MA

Bought this 2 weeks ago when my Fujitsu died. Having read numerous reports on Techradar and similar sites I was going to buy a Lenovo then I read the report that the Lenovo has spyware within it.... Read more…

Reviewed 7 February 2015 by Gemohaven
Gemohaven would recommend the Asus X553MA

Very impressed when I took it out of the box. Having had an ASUS before, I thought I would give this one a go even without any ratings/reviews. Glad I did, so much better than my Toshiba one.... Read more…

Reviewed 16 April 2015 by Kat

Totally died after less than 4 months! Just turned itself off, and now totally dead. Then with an internal battery and hard drive there is nothing you can do without a screwdriver which would... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers x553ma, asus x553, asus x553m, x553masx868, x553maxx131, asus x553ma, x553maxx130, x553maxx694, x553maxx130d, x553maxx694d, x553masx868h, x553maxx131d
Barcodes 00889349051276, 04716659911852, 04716659911869
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