If you are in need of a decent mobile workstation because you are a graphic artist or very industrious office worker, you may want to try replacing that old laptop of yours. BestBuy is selling a cheap ASUS X54C-BBK7 workhorse laptop. No it won’t cost more than the iPad as indicated in our post on iPad 3 Release Date and Price in the US – this laptop only requires you to shell out $349.99! Just search for SKU # 4694132 at bestbuy.com and you will have the chance to own this wonderful desktop replacement.
The ASUS X54C-BBK7 is one of the first laptop to be equipped with the new 2.2 GHZ Intel Pentium B960 processor which was only recently released last fourth quarter of 2011. The B960 CPU is a modified version of the Core iSeries and this particular processor loaded on the ASUS X54C-BBK7 has a 1333 MHz system bus with 2MB Level 3 cache. It is cheaper thus offer slower performance compared to a Core i5 or Core i7 notebook like ASUS Zenbook UX21-ESL4 Ultrabook Laptop. But nevertheless it is strong enough for Photoshop editing considering this laptop also comes with a huge 4GB of DDR3 RAM.
Storage for media or document files is also not a problem since this laptop comes with a large capacity 320 GB hard drive. Editing photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, creating presentations or designing a website on the ASUS X54C-BBK7 won’t strain your eyes because the 15.6-inch display comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution an anti-glare coating so you can still do work even under less than ideal lighting conditions.
You also get a free Double Layer DVD Rewriter for instant DVD or VCD production. There’s a multi-card reader for easy transfer of files from your digital camera or camcorder like the one in our article titled “Cheapest Kodak ZX3 PlaySport Full HD Pocket Camcorder Sale Price“. The X54C-BBK7 comes with HDMI output, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, Ethernet, and WiFi b/g/n. Video gaming on this machine isn’t the best since it only has a built-in shared Intel UMA graphics accelerator. But it does have a decent SonifFocus Azalia compliant sound card for surround audio.
I like that this laptop got a decent battery life of 3 hours and 40 minutes. And for those who are paranoid, the X54C-BBK7 is equipped with facial recognition technology like Luxand Blink!, a free-to-download software designed for Windows Vista and 7 editions. BestBuy is selling an ASUS X54C-BBK7 with a free pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium operating system that’s become a de-facto standard for notebooks.