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Asus X550CA-XX985H 15.6-inch Notebook (Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD-RW, Intel HD 4000, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Microsoft Windows 8 64-Bit)
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|Sold By||—||Amazon.co.uk||Technoworld Plc||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||MicroDream Ltd|
|Computer Memory Size||8 GB||4 GB||4,096 MB||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth||USB 3.0 ¦ VGA ¦ USB 2.0 ¦ HDMI ¦ LAN ¦ USB-C Gen1||Bluetooth||802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1x1||Bluetooth; USB, HDMI, Wireless AC, USB Type-C||USB|
|Processor (CPU) Model||Core i3||Core i3||Core i3||Core i3||Core i5||Core i5|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel®||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||1.8 GHz||2 GHz||2,000 MHz||2 GHz||2,500 MHz||1.9 GHz|
|Display Size||15.6 inches||15.6 cm||15.6 inches||15.6 cm||39.62 cm||14 inches|
|Hard disk Description||HDD||HDD||hdd||HDD||SDD||SDD|
|Hard Disk Size||1 TB||1,000 GB||500 GB||1 TB||256 GB||180 GB|
|Item Weight||2.3 kg||1.9 kg||1.9 kg||1.84 kg||2.2 kg||1.58 kg|
|Operating System||Windows 8||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10 Pro|
|Processor Description||Intel Core i3-3217U||—||2.0GHz Dual Core Processor||Intel Core i3||Intel Core i5||—|
|System RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||—||DDR3 SDRAM|
Designed for everyday multitasking and entertainment for smart and practical users, the ASUS X Series notebooks redefine your expectations of all-rounder notebook. With a spun-circle finish and patterned palm rests, the X Series adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to everyday computing. Its slim profile is 5% thinner than the previous X Series notebook, and still houses to a large touchpad with intuitive multi-point Smart Gesture input, multiple USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer and IceCool technology to keep your palm rests cool.
Value-packed with all the essentials, the X Series reinvents your daily computing experience. Whether you are using it for work or for fun, this is an ideal machine for both productive computing and entertainment. It features up to an Intel Core processor and graphics card, Instant on that resumes your computer from sleep mode in 2 seconds and USB 3.0 for 10 times faster data transfer speed. ASUS X Series gives you everything you need for a truly satisfying multitask computing and multimedia experience.
On most notebooks, all sound frequencies originate from small onboard speakers. The resulting audio comes from a single source and lacks distinctiveness. Like other notebooks in the ASUS range, the X Series comes equipped with SonicMaster technology and ASUS AudioWizard to bring you high fidelity audio. Experience omnidirectional sound and hear each individual instrument's nuances with the X Series.
The ASUS Golden Finger team puts natural interfaces first, developing standards far beyond industry average. This assures ASUS provides the most comfortable and responsive experiences in every application and at all times. The X Series has a large touchpad equipped with Smart Gesture technology for quick and precise response across a wide range of touch inputs. The ergonomic seamless one-piece keyboard is designed to provide you the most comfortable typing experience.
ASUS WebStorage ensures you get access to your data and files on any device that has an internet connection. With ASUS WebStorage, your files are automatically kept up-to-date and synced across various devices; you can share photos and videos with friends and family, and stream your music and movies to your device. The X550 comes with two years of free 32GB of ASUS WebStorage
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What stands out more is the seller - I sent him an email asking if this could be delivered in time for xmas (guilty of late shopping!) and even though Amazon said it couldn't be delivered before the end of the year, he kept it touch with me and made sure it was delivered a few days before xmas.
Happy to highly recommend the seller and the product! (Saved my Christmas!)
Pros - Great battery life around 5 hrs, Amazing sound, Great bright screen, Doesn't overheat (only makes slight sound when disk is being used), Fast and easy to use, built in Disk/CD drive and a pretty light weight laptop too.
Cons - No led backlight keyboard, Windows 8 (need I say more, but windows 10 out soon so can upgrade for free!), Getting used to touchpad is a bit annoying because it doesn't have separate keys for left and right click but most laptops are like that nowdays (also the zoom in and out feature on touchpad is a little annoying too but you'll get used to it)
Great laptop, will update if I have any issues but highly doubt it, really really pleased I'm always hesitant to spend this much on a laptop but it's well worth it, if anyone has any questions i'll happily answer!
Look and feel: looks good, however fells cheap at touch. I doubt it would go scareless through intense mobility.
Keyboard is spacious enough, mousepad a bit awkward on the side (as pointed out by other reviewers). (1/4 star less)
Processor is the strong point of the laptop, Intel i7 is a good piece of kit.
Graphics card drives video playback on a 24'' monitor without troubles. Graphics - only basic gaming here, so pls keep your expectations at bay.
Screen is wide but the image degrades quickly at an angle. (1/4 star less)
Sound is good for a laptop however less than a concern to me since I use external speakers.
RAM - like most part of the consumer laptops is just enough. I will upgrade as soon as the warranty expires. (1/4 star less)
Disk - set your expectations here, plenty of space but rotational drive, so only one task at time. More RAM would help, see previous point...
Connectivity - good it has 1Gb LAN (I would not have bought it without it). only 2USB ports, so set aside some money for a hub. DVD drive comes handy.
The location of the SD card slot is a bit uncomfortable. Would not lower the score for that.
Battery life does not shine but hey, it's a rather big beast. If you travel a lot (not by car...) I would definitely recommend something smaller and lighter. Thin enough anyway, and it runs rather cool for the type of processor.
And now... Windows 8. I took me two days to get it in such a state that is usable. In between upgrades and moving to 8.1 it downloaded a few GBs, failed an upgrade, rolled back, retried... I have a 50Mb broadband connection at home. If you are on a slow connection, get ready for the long haul. I know many people who would have sent it back after a failed 20 hours upgrade.
Once you are finished with that, you will quickly realize using Windows 8 in "smartphone" mode is not really suitable for anything without a touch screen. Including this laptop. Hence one star less.
A small note out of a conversation with ASUS support: Wake up from sleep from a USB device is not supported. So if you use it as a desktop replacement you have to physically open it to wake it up. (1/4 star less)
This is the cheapest laptop I could get with an i7 processor. So I would give it four stars rather than three.
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