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ASUS Laptop F555LA-NS52 Intel Core i5 5200U (2.20 GHz) 4 GB DDR3L Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Core i5 2.2GHz - 2.7GHz
DVD-RW
Price

Cons: Toshiba MQ01ABF050 5400 RPM Hard Drive
All-in-one touchpad w/buttons

Other Thoughts: The hard drive is the bottleneck of every computer. And this laptop is no exception, especially with its 5400 RPM drive. Which is why I installed a Samsung 250GB SSD. I installed the Samsung software before I cloned the old HD to the new SSD.

I ran a benchmark and the internal HD scored a 91MB/s Seq. Read & 66MB/s Seq. Write. Random Read = 236 & Random Write = 234.

I cloned the HD to the SSD then ran the test again. 548MB/s Seq. Read & 529MB/s Seq. Write. Random Read = 67003 & Random Write = 19963.

This laptop now loads Windows 10 and is ready at the desktop in about 10 seconds. Every task I do makes it feel like I'm running a Core i7 3GHz. Loading Firefox, Office, & computer settings is fast. I'm waiting for hard drives no more!

If you purchase this laptop also purchase an SSD, IMO it's a requirement of such a cheap laptop. Especially due to the Toshiba hard drive that will most likely fail in 1 to 3 years. Believe me, I've been working in a computer repair shop for 11 years now, and the top dead drives we see are Seagate & Toshiba.

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WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD20EFRX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good size & good price.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 drives and put each one at a time in my unRAID NAS and ran a pre-clear script to write all zeros and then read the SMART. All 3 passed, had perfect SMART values and no pre-existing conditions. I think these drives will last a long time.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect 12/31/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit

Pros: Perfect productivity Operating System. Let's you get the job done in an efficient manor. Everything is just about a click away. Unlike the "modern" OS called 8.1.

Cons: Nothing. It has everything you could want, and looks cool and glassy.

Other Thoughts: I have my reservations about Windows 10. I do not believe they will carry over the visual effects 7 had, namely the Aero Glass. That gave it a modern feel/look. The Windows 8 look is just so retro Windows 95. Square windows and solid colors. It's like a step back in time using Windows 8.

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Thomas L.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas L.

Date Joined: 12/11/06

  • Reviews: 21
  • Helpfulness: 13
  • First Review: 06/03/10
  • Last Review: 06/23/16
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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