ASUS VivoBook X556 Laptop, Intel Core i7-7500U, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6" Full HD, Black £479 delivered @ John Lewis
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ASUS VivoBook X556 Laptop, Intel Core i7-7500U, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6" Full HD, Black £479 delivered @ John Lewis

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Found 24th Jun 2017
Good quality laptop.

The ASUS X-Series laptop combines premium design with all-round features to deliver a superb value laptop for work and play. It's ideal for entertainment thanks to a Full HD display and SonicMaster audio technology, which work together to create an immersive gaming and movie experience.

New power
Intel’s 7th generation processor, codename Kaby Lake, is designed to make your laptop faster and more efficient. It’s purposely built to support Thunderbolt 3 and face-scanning cameras used for Windows Hello. Your laptop’s overall productivity will show improvement for flawless multi-tasking and playback of 4K Ultra-HD video will occur without delay or interruption.

High quality design
ASUS X series notebooks are designed to complement great performance with clean, attractive aesthetics, and the X556UA is no different. It features a tactile finish and premium feel to ensure you'll be happy taking it with you, while the chiclet keyboard makes for a comfortable typing experience and a gesture-enabled multi-touchpad ensures navigation is simple and intuitive.

Brilliant images
The screen on the X556UA features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, or Full HD, making it ideal for watching movies on. It also uses ASUS Splendid technology to ensure colours are accurate, with automatic fine-tuning helping to deliver brilliant, vibrant colours. Splendid technology also includes various modes for different scenarios, so you can easily tweak the setting to bring the most out of movies and photos or take complete control with the manual setting.
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Bitbotbang

Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be … Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!


0 deals expert oO
Bitbotbang

Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be … Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!



Other than not having an SSD, what's wrong with it? Can you provide a link to something better for that price? Considering getting a new laptop, so it's a genuine question
wow an i7-7500 is mediocre? I'm obviously out of touch!
congrevecv

**jaydeeuk1** only having 8GB of RAM will slow it down far more than any … **jaydeeuk1** only having 8GB of RAM will slow it down far more than any hard drive. The 32GB Laptop I have here, though only I5, 32GB has a WD Black hard drive is fast enough



​what? you think having 8gb ram is more of a bottleneck than fitting an SSD drive.... an SSD will be far better and noticeable performance boost than if you added another 8 or 16gb ram
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Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!
Bitbotbang

Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be … Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!



Other than not having an SSD, what's wrong with it? Can you provide a link to something better for that price? Considering getting a new laptop, so it's a genuine question
The laptop doesn't have a dedicated graphics card, which is a real let down with having such a decent processor.
wow an i7-7500 is mediocre? I'm obviously out of touch!
Dont care abt dedicated Graphic card but lack of ssd is a no no.. Looks good otherwise.
The spec is hot for the money - i7 Kaby Lake (newest soc)/8GB-DDR4-2133MHz/FHD IPS isn't that common under £500.
The build quality looks pants - there's a review on notebookcheck for a different model in the series; the casing is what you'd expect from a plastic laptop. Flex on the lid, warp on the base.

Though it is a laptop. If you want a metal chassis or flush compact glass touchscreen at this spec it'd be a lot more.
Not sure about this particular model but usually easy to put an SSD in, sell the hard drive for £30-£40 on Ebay, get a 250gb SSD for £50 ish as posted on here somewhere yesterday and you have a very capable machine for a decent price. Before Capacity Police start saying that 250gb is not enough, Laptop isn't meant to be a storage device in 2017 with all the cloud services available for free.
Bitbotbang

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Great price.
Bitbotbang

Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be … Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!



It has a 7th generation core cpu. Remind me again which generation is current at this time?
Decent spec, shame about no dedicated graphics. But who buys something like this for gaming anyway. It will play older or simpler stuff okay. Also keep in mind a laptop i7 is no comparison to a desk top i7. They're only dual core for a start.
paulpso

Decent spec, shame about no dedicated graphics. But who buys something … Decent spec, shame about no dedicated graphics. But who buys something like this for gaming anyway. It will play older or simpler stuff okay. Also keep in mind a laptop i7 is no comparison to a desk top i7. They're only dual core for a start.



Most i7's in laptops are dual core now, but quad core versions do exist that are used in higher end laptops.
how much is it for the i3?
fishmaster

Most i7's in laptops are dual core now, but quad core versions do exist … Most i7's in laptops are dual core now, but quad core versions do exist that are used in higher end laptops.




Yeah. This is from 2016. But to be honest the laptop i7s from 2011 were quad core and bench higher than this, which makes this look really bad. But they were in very expensive machines so.. And this is a U version, which are lower tdp and thus generally weaker. The older ones were scaled back desktop ones, Like the same sandybridge architecture and stuff.
iEimis

Not sure about this particular model but usually easy to put an SSD in, … Not sure about this particular model but usually easy to put an SSD in, sell the hard drive for £30-£40 on Ebay, get a 250gb SSD for £50 ish as posted on here somewhere yesterday and you have a very capable machine for a decent price. Before Capacity Police start saying that 250gb is not enough, Laptop isn't meant to be a storage device in 2017 with all the cloud services available for free.


For that money, should have ssd in it on purchase
Not a bad price, but with a HD instead of an SSD this will feel sloooooooow.


fit.finlay36 m ago

For that money, should have ssd in it on purchase


You can't get everything for the price, newest gen kaby lake i7 as well as 8gb ram and FHD panel. SSD is a minor upgrade, and if you sold HDD as I suggested you would probably spend anywhere between £10-£20 extra which is not a lot.
Seems a great deal IF you can access the hard drive and battery without voiding the warranty. Great find if so.
Whip out the cd drive insert this -

CD to SSD convertor

place operating system on a New ssd inside and your laughing

Keep the 1tb hard drive for documents etc

This is a 15w TDP i7 and the older 4 core i7 6700HQ benchmarks a heck of a lot faster 50% higher but with a TDP of 45w

Edited by: "Yiddo4life" 24th Jun 2017
I was considering this for an upgrade from my Samsung i7-3630QM... don't think I'll go for it, but great deal none the less.
Max-Power27 m ago

I was considering this for an upgrade from my Samsung i7-3630QM... don't …I was considering this for an upgrade from my Samsung i7-3630QM... don't think I'll go for it, but great deal none the less.


My laptop from 2014 has a i7 4700mq in it. It drains the battery rapidly but from what I read in the thread will bench higher. I wonder if yours would also bench higher than the 7500u
**jaydeeuk1** only having 8GB of RAM will slow it down far more than any hard drive. The 32GB Laptop I have here, though only I5, 32GB has a WD Black hard drive is fast enough
ashman3312 m ago

My laptop from 2014 has a i7 4700mq in it. It drains the battery rapidly …My laptop from 2014 has a i7 4700mq in it. It drains the battery rapidly but from what I read in the thread will bench higher. I wonder if yours would also bench higher than the 7500u


It will i7 3630qm is 7594 this is 5250
**jaydeeuk1** only having 8GB of RAM will slow it down far more than any hard drive. The 32GB Laptop I have here, though only I5, 32GB has a WD Black hard drive is fast enough
**jaydeeuk1** only having 8GB of RAM will slow it down far more than any hard drive. The 32GB Laptop I have here, though only I5, 32GB has a WD Black hard drive is fast enough
congrevecv

**jaydeeuk1** only having 8GB of RAM will slow it down far more than any … **jaydeeuk1** only having 8GB of RAM will slow it down far more than any hard drive. The 32GB Laptop I have here, though only I5, 32GB has a WD Black hard drive is fast enough



​what? you think having 8gb ram is more of a bottleneck than fitting an SSD drive.... an SSD will be far better and noticeable performance boost than if you added another 8 or 16gb ram
for this price in my world can purchase a laptop that has 1tb ram and 1pb of storage. so cold for me
paulpso

Decent spec, shame about no dedicated graphics. But who buys something … Decent spec, shame about no dedicated graphics. But who buys something like this for gaming anyway. It will play older or simpler stuff okay. Also keep in mind a laptop i7 is no comparison to a desk top i7. They're only dual core for a start.



Best not to state inaccurate info for people who may not know much about computers and putting them off for no reason...U processors are dual core. I have i7 which is quad core on my laptop... i7 HQ processors are quad cores and becoming generally more common but obviously will cost closer to the 1k mark.
the gap between desktop and laptop is becoming closer and closer but obviously depends what your need is and how much you can spend.
Touch-screen = No - pity, looks decent enough otherwise.
Bitbotbang

Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be … Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!


TW4T
Edited by: "kris147" 24th Jun 2017
**JC1997** are you serious, which laptop has 1TB of RAM and 1PB of storage

**spannerzone** yes 100%, as every one here is my witness.
1-Friends of mine have similar laptops to mine with standard as on the shop shelf RAM and experience freezing that I don't.
2-I've read a lot of horror stories where SSDs go wrong and loose every thing
I have 32GB as above, 24GB up from the 8GB that the Asus one here sells with. Fitting extra RAM tends to be easier and less risk prone
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Bitbotbang

Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be … Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!


The pound is still very weak so what used to be an ok price is actually a decent one.
(Hint) JC1997 is clearly not being serious whatsoever, no consumer laptop in the world has 1TB of RAM and 1PB of storage!

So you've not got an SSD drive then? You really are missing out and if you go over you will be annoyed at not doing so years ago, this isn't a guess it's absolutely the what everyone finds when they finally go SSD.

I have no freezing on PC's with 4GB ram and an SSD, perfectly usable, a hundred times nicer to use than any mechanical drive I've ever had. They're very reliable if you get a half decent brand and model. I'll never use a mechanical drive for the OS in any computer ever having had SSD's in desktops for 5 years now. Mechanical drives are so slow regardless of ram. I think you should give it a try.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 24th Jun 2017
**spannerzone** At the moment I use WD Black, very nippy and reliable.
Which SSD/ SSDs do you have in regular use for at least 6 months?
I've been considering a Crucial MX300, but it appears to have a short life expectancy
Edited by: "congrevecv" 24th Jun 2017
Bitbotbang

Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be … Hahaha! £479 for a mediocre laptop on 2017?? Seriously guys??? I must be in another version of this life!



You strike me as the kind of person who knows nothing about everything and everything about nothing...
Edited by: "meherenow" 25th Jun 2017
congrevecv

**JC1997** are you serious, which laptop has 1TB of RAM and 1PB of … **JC1997** are you serious, which laptop has 1TB of RAM and 1PB of storage**spannerzone** yes 100%, as every one here is my witness.1-Friends of mine have similar laptops to mine with standard as on the shop shelf RAM and experience freezing that I don't.2-I've read a lot of horror stories where SSDs go wrong and loose every thing I have 32GB as above, 24GB up from the 8GB that the Asus one here sells with. Fitting extra RAM tends to be easier and less risk prone



​can you tighten this loose SSD so it's less horrific?
SSD is the biggest bang for buck improvement you can get for any price if using a HDD - was so about 4 years ago still the same now -

Unreliable - my Samsung 840 has 2 years usage logged probably about 4 years old and still at 100% health
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