The Other New Budget Laptop For Linux Testing

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 4 December 2015 at 09:03 AM EST. 10 Comments
With having returned the Toshiba Carrizo-powered laptop due to its faulty heatsink fan, I decided on a different laptop to pickup for some extra budget laptop benchmarks this holiday season.

This testing stems from the requirement of testing two sub-$500 laptops on Linux as outlined last week. There still is the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 that arrived yesterday but I have yet to power-up and see if it's all in good shape. That $450 15.6-inch laptop is powered by a Core i5 5200U with 8GB of DDR3L memory and 1TB hard drive. That laptop is the current #1 best seller laptop on Amazon.

The new laptop I picked out yesterday to replace the faulty A10-8700P Carrizo laptop is the ASUS F555LA-AB31. It's a 15.6-inch laptop that has a full HD display, Core i3 5010U Broadwell CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDD. It's a slightly slower Intel Broadwell processor, but it costs only $350 USD. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find any different AMD Carrizo powered laptop that fit the budget. I also didn't want to go with another Toshiba and generally have had good success with the many ASUS laptops I've had over the years. This ASUS F555LA-AB31 laptop is currently the second best seller on Amazon.

Next week you'll be able to find these Linux testing and benchmark results for these first and second most popular laptop computers on Amazon that sell for $450 and $350, respectively. It will be interesting to see how the two compare on Linux and I'll be sure to include some performance-per-Watt and performance per dollar benchmarks as well. Stay tuned and if you have any other test requests or comments be sure to chime in on the forums.
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