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Asus K55VD review: Asus K55VD

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Thanks to the third generation Core processor inside, Asus' laptop tussles with HP's Pavilion dm4 for pole position in the sub-AU$1000 category.

Gaming performance

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Batman: Arkham Asylum
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
MaxAvgMin
715522
1366x768, 0x AA, Detail level: Very low, PhysX off.
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Metro 2033
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
MaxAvgMin
82358
1366x768, DirectX 9, 0x AA, Quality: Low, PhysX: Off.
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The Witcher 2
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
MaxAvgMin
15117
1366x768, low spec.
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Skyrim
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
MaxAvgMin
463124
1366x768, low detail.

The GeForce GT 610M is most certainly not a gaming chip — even for, usually, forgiving games. Given that gaming only starts becoming feasible at the GeForce GT 630M level, there may as well be just Intel's HD Graphics in here, to save on cost.

Battery life (time)

  • Heavy battery test
  • Light battery test
  • 4h 15m6h 11m
  • HP dm4 3114TX (Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7570M)
  • 3h 34m5h 10m
  • HP Envy 6 1010TU (Core i5 2467M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 4GB SSD cache)
  • 3h 25m5h 0m
  • Sony Vaio E SVE14A15FGB (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7670M)
  • 2h 37m4h 9m
  • Acer Aspire V3-571G (Core i5 2450M, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 630M)
  • 3h 13m4h 7m
  • Dell Inspiron 13z 5323 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD)
  • 2h 51m4h 3m
  • Asus K55VD (Intel Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 610M)
  • 2h 54m3h 49m
  • Dell Inspiron 14z 5423 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 8GB SSD cache)
  • 2h 36m3h 32m
  • Toshiba Satellite C850/02D (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7610M)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


While application performance is hot, battery life is dead ordinary on the K55VD. Sony and HP still look good though, riding the top of the charts.

Conclusion

The K55VD gives decent performance for the price, but the clickpad and battery life are left wanting.

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