ASUS N55S Review: Great Multimedia Laptop With Some Issues

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Excellent anti-glare full HD screen
    • Great performance
    • Decent speakers
  • Cons

    • Strange keyboard
    • Loud touchpad buttons

Quick Take

At $1,199 the N55S is an attractive multimedia notebook with solid specifications. That said, the keyboard and touchpad could be better.

This multimedia powerhouse has a full HD display, Blu-ray writer, Bang & Olufsen speakers, plus a 2GB Nvidia graphics card for playing the latest games.

Build and Design
ASUS got more right than wrong with the N55S’ design. The exterior is an aesthetically pleasing mix of black and silver. The lid is a glossy black which looks great at first glance but quickly becomes an eyesore thanks to fingerprints. I like the silver trim piece going around the lid and the brushed aluminum piece right below the screen – they give the notebook that extra high-end look.

The N55S is constructed of plastic and reasonably strong plastic at that; the palm rest barely flexes when pressed down upon. I’m greatly appreciative that ASUS used anti-glare plastic instead of glossy plastic, which is all too common on consumer notebooks. Chassis flex is average for a consumer notebook; nothing alarming, however. Fit and finish is good; there are no uneven gaps between parts or sharp edges.

Those looking to upgrade the N55S will find it straightforward to do so; two removable panels on the bottom of the chassis provide access to the hard drive and memory slots (RAM).

Ports and Features
The N55S has an average selection of ports for a multimedia notebook although it is good to see two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports. It lacks eSATA, an ExpressCard expansion slot, and DisplayPort. The absence of those ports might bother some shoppers.

Front: Status lights, media card reader

Back: Nothing

Left: Kensington lock slot, AC power, cooling exhaust vent, VGA out, Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0

Right: Headphone and microphone jacks, 2x USB 2.0, Blu-ray writer, S/PDIF



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