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ASUS K55A-DB51 Laptop Review

Updated on November 18, 2012

If you are looking for a great laptop at an affordable price, you might want to consider the ASUS K55A-DB51 laptop. For less than $600 at most major retailers and online (and as low as $450 or less if on sale) this lightweight, yet full-sized laptop is worth every penny.

Aside from being easy on the budget, the ASUS K55A-DB51 has the latest Intel Core i5 processor technology, comes with at least 4 gigs of memory, a 200 - 500 gig hard drive (depending on the retailer / model) and is pre-installed with Windows 7.

Tip: If you purchase this, or any other Windows 7 computer between now and the end of the year, you can get a voucher to upgrade to Windows 8 for only $14.99.

4 stars for ASUS K55 Laptop


*Certain specs like memory and hard drive size may vary by specific model / supplier.*

  • Windows 7 64 bit operating system
  • Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz Dual Core
  • 4 gigs (or more) of DDR3 memory
  • 200+ gig hard drive
  • 15.6 inch screen
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 3 USB ports
  • HDMI port
  • DVD multi-recorder
  • Built in web cam
  • SD card reader
  • Altec Lansing Speakers
  • Full size keyboard including 10-key number pad
  • 4+ hours of battery life
  • IceCool technology
  • Nice display
  • Light on bloatware
  • Runs extremely quiet

The case is plastic, but has a grainy texture making it look like brushed metal.
The case is plastic, but has a grainy texture making it look like brushed metal.
It has a full sized keyboard, with 10-key number pad, but is still light, weighing in at only 5.8 pounds.
It has a full sized keyboard, with 10-key number pad, but is still light, weighing in at only 5.8 pounds.

In Depth Review

The ASUS K55A-DB51 is a pretty, peppy little laptop that holds its own against its more expensive competitors. The laptop is a beautiful metallic color which is further accentuated by the brushed metal texture on the outside case.

Despite being large (the dimensions are 9.90 x 1 x 14.90 inches), the laptop is relatively light, weighing in at only 5.8 pounds.

And, since it boasts the latest Intel dual core i5 processors, it's peppy and fast no matter what it's processing, whether you're working on word documents or spreadsheets, editing photos, or playing video games.

Almost a rarity now days, this laptop is practically good to go out of the box as it has a low amount of bloat ware. (AKA: trial software and other special aps that bog down your computer, causing slowness and other problems.)

While it comes pre-installed with Windows 7 64-bit, it doesn’t include Microsoft Office, so you will either need to purchase it, or use similar software such as Open Office, or free services such as Google Docs.

The track pad is pretty sensitive, and can get in the way when working, so it’s nice that there is a function key on the keyboard to easily turn the track pad on or off. While most laptops have this feature, it is typically software based, doesn’t come pre-installed, and requires the download of a secondary driver. So, it’s nice to have a button available to quickly activate this feature, without all the hassle.

Another nice thing you’ll notice when using this laptop is how cool it runs. The K55A series of ASUS laptops feature IceCool technology, which is supposed to draw away heat in the keyboard area, so that the user does not notice it as much. However, it seems to keep the entire laptop cool regardless if it’s on your lap, a table, or any other surface.

Aside from staying cool, the laptop runs nearly silent, meaning you won’t have to listen to any annoying fan sounds like you do with some other laptops.

The battery life is also good, as it lasts approximately 6 hours fully charged. The battery also charges fairly quickly, which means you won’t be tethered by the power cord for too long when you do have to charge it.

Compared to other laptops I’ve had over the years, I would give this laptop a 4.5 out of 5. If you are looking for a solid laptop that gives you good value for your money, consider purchasing the ASUS K55A-DB51, or any of the other ASUS laptops in the K55A line.


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