Yet another notebook, or so I thought….. well it sure is yet another notebook if you’re just browsing the Internet or doing office productivity work but when it comes to audio output, it really blew me away!
The N55SF comes with a 15 inch screen, Intel Core i5 / i7 series processor and the usual stuff, refer to the product page
Let get straight to the point – the feature that sets the N55SF apart from all other Notebooks I’ve tested is the audio system, which is ASUS SonicMaster Technology co-developed with audio experts Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®
The default audio system on the N55SF itself is already far richer than any other notebook audio I’ve come across.
The N55SF comes with an additional speaker for bass, but I must say that I had a good time trying out various video and audio samples even without the bass speaker attached, really impressive!
The keyboard is huge but the quality is only decent, comfortable to the touch but feels a little loose.
I didn’t like that the ON / OFF button being on the keyboard layout, fortunately they button is not one that you can easily press by accident.
I also didn’t like that they placed the audio control buttons on the far left of the keyboard. To me, the lower left has always been for the CTRL button, nothing else.
The touchpad is a nice touch to the N55SF, seeing that it’s actually part of the chassis instead of an individual piece.
The power drain is just like a notebook of similar spec but fortunately the N55SF comes with a 6-Cell battery for a somewhat longer usage time.
It also comes with a Blu-Ray drive, awesomeness to the max for having great sound system and Blu-ray playback capability!
I also like that it comes with both VGA and HDMI output, and it also has 3x USB 3.0 ports.
Not to forget, the card reader slot.
On the downside, the N55SF is huge and heavy. It’s a good exercise for your shoulder and back should you be lugging it around the whole day. The add-on speaker is great but it isn’t practical for bringing it all over the place.
Overall if you’re looking for something light and slim, this is not the notebook for you. Go for an ultrabook instead.
It’s heavy, it’s huge, it has good processing power, a huge screen and it has great sound system. I think it’s good for users who meet the follow condition
a) Doesn’t move the notebook around often (huge, heavy)
b) Enjoys rich audio quality. (rich audio helps for presentation too)
c) Requires a big screen (for work, entertainment or presentation)
The lowest spec with Intel® Core™ i5 2430M/2410M Processor, 320GB 5400rpm SATA HDD and 4GB RAM comes at a great price of RM 2,799 – if I don’t need to carry my notebook around a lot (or if I’m strong like Arnie), I’ll just go with the N55SF over any Ultrabook. The i7 version is available at RM 3,699.