Asus, one of the reputable laptop maker in the world has release a new 15.6 inch laptop that designed for a budget conscious costumer, named Asus X551MAV-HCL1103E laptop. Yeah, as an affordable notebook, the latest Asus X551MAV is may not a superstar notebook. But if you only need a decent machine for everyday basic mobile computing tasks in office and school, the X551MAV-HCL1103E 15.6 inch laptop is one of the best laptop under $250 and could be perfect choice for back to school.
Like the predecessor, Asus X551MAV-HCL1103E 15.6 inch laptop also comes with classic and Asus timeless design. The solid black color that combined with new Asus textured design for entires casing and a small Asus logo on the center of lid cover makes it looks more durable and expensive than they really price suggest. Yeah, as a sub-$300 laptop, the X551MAV comes with non-backlit keyboard. But with squared comfortable keypad design and full numeric features, the Chiclet-style Asus laptop’s keyboard still accurate and easy to use in school or office with light on. Measures around at 9.9 x 15 x 1.2 inch, the 4.7 lbs laptop is may not the slimmest machine on its class, but we believe this machine still perfect for companion in office, school or when you on the go.
Speaking of mobile computing performance, the X551MAV-HCL1103E laptop has similar specifications with the sub-$300 HP 15-f059wm 15.6 inch laptop. Both an affordable laptop are based on the new Intel Bay Trail-M platform with Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor as the heart. Yeah, the processor is not designed for running most demanding business and multimedia applications. But, the 2.16GHz laptop’s processor that paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory and optimized with Intel Burst technology (offers up to 2.41GHz) still delivers reliable performance for daily office and multimedia tasks, such as create presentation, watch video, streaming new movies and working with document and spreadsheets.
Asus X551MAV-HCL1103E 15.6 inch laptop’s display can produces maximum internal resolution around at 1366 x 768 pixels. Yeah, the High Definition laptop’s display is not supported for watching your video in 1080p Full HD resolution, but still delivers fairly bright, crisp and natural color for playing 720p video playback. If you really needed to watch your video in 1080p HD resolution, there is a HDMI port for connecting into external HDTV that compatible with 1080p HD resolution. Unfortunately, the integrated Intel HD UMA laptop’s graphics performance is a bit disappointed and only supported for playing older casual games.
Like the sub-$300 HP 15 laptop series, the X551MAV-HCL1103E laptop also equipped with a 500GB of internal storage. Yeah, it’s not promised plenty of storage space, but still provides more than enough space to store thousand of video and music files. Yeah, the latest Asus X551MAV laptop is not a multimedia machine, but the internal stereo speakers that optimized with Asus SonicMaster technology still delivers fairly crisp and loud audio for music and video. On the top of 15″ laptop’s screen, the front facing web camera that integrated with internal digital microphone is perfect for makes a video conference or self portraits.
On the right Asus X551MAV-HCL1103E laptop’s side, you will find security lock slot and SuperMulti DVD burner drive with multiformat supports for burn or loading more applications and files from CDs and DVDs cassettes. on the other Asus 15.6 inch inexpensive laptop side, you will find 3.5mm audio combo jack, USB 3.0 port, VGA port, USB 3.0 port, HDMI port and RJ 45 port, along with media card reader slot on the bottom of front side for SD card. The rest of laptop specifications are 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN, standard WiFi 802.11n and 3-cell Lithium Ion 2600 mAh battery.
Yeah, this is not a high end machine. The graphics performance and the size is a bit disappointed. But, with a starting price only around at $250 and 500GB of internal storage, Asus X551MAV-HCL1103E laptop is still one of the most affordable 15.6 inch laptop on the market and offers a great value for your money. So, what do you think? If you are preferred with Asus laptop’s performance and need a better 15.6 inch laptop for hard work and play, we recommend you to take a look at Asus X552LAV-BBI5N08 15.6 inch laptop that shipped with Intel Core i5-4210U dual core processor and priced only around at $499.