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Asus V550CA review

An affordable laptop, but has Asus cut too many corners to keep the price down?

Our Verdict

The Asus V550CA-CJ106H has an unenviable task of balancing power and price, but it doesn't do too bad a job. There are some nice features, such as the generous 1TB of disk space included and the touchscreen, but there are also some trade-offs.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Nice design
  • Good processor
  • Good keyboard
  • Large hard drive
  • Easy to carry

Against

  • Screen resolution isn't great
  • Power feels a bit lacking
  • Could soon feel out of date
  • No optical drive
  • Low battery life

Mid-ranged laptops such as the Asus V550CA-CJ106H can sometimes be a mixed bag. They come with price tags that make it hard to overlook the sort of shortcomings you'd forgive a laptop £300 cheaper. And yet they still can't target the highest-end components for the best possible performance.

Sometimes these laptops can get the balance right, such as the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D, but more often than not they can end up being rather underwhelming, like the MSI CX61 0NF. So how does the Asus V550CA-CJ106H fare?

Unlike the MSI CX61 0NF, which tries to appeal to gamers with a separate graphics card, the Asus V550CA-CJ106H is a much more straightforward device that's better suited to office work, internet browsing and casual games at home. It's got a decent set of specs, though as sometimes is the case with laptops of this price range, the desire to keep the price down has resulted in compromises to its innards that keep it from reaching its full potential.

A good example of this is the Intel Core i7-3537U processor clocked at 2.50GHz. It's certainly no slouch, and it's always nice to see an i7 variant in a laptop of this price. But it uses Intel's older third- generation design, codenamed Ivy Bridge. These are fine chips, but Intel has since released its fourth-gen design, codenamed Haswell. Check out our review of the Intel Core i5-4670K for a better idea of how the newer generation of processor compares to the Ivy Bridge.

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The latest Haswell laptop from Asus

The most important thing to note is that the new Haswell architecture has a few improvements, such as better integrated graphics and more power-efficient design. These ensure a longer battery life, which is essential for laptops such as the Asus V550CA-CJ106H. It's a shame, then, that Asus has skipped these enhancements for a cheaper processor, just to lower the price tag.

If you're looking for a laptop with the latest technology then the Asus V550CA-CJ106H isn't going to be for you. For Haswell-toting laptops, you'll want to check out the Schenker XMG P703 or the Toshiba Satellite S50. Of course, you'll need to bear in mind that these laptops will be quite a bit more expensive than the Asus V550CA-CJ106H. However, if you want some solid tech for a palatable price and aren't too desperate for bleeding edge technology, then the Asus V550CA-CJ106H may be of interest.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
TouchscreenYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyV550CA
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-3537U
ColourBlack Aluminum
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.65 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM76 Express
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height21 mm
Width380 mm
Depth266 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesV550CA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelV550CA-CJ106H
Product NameV550CA-CJ106H Ultrabook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV550CA-CJ106H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Sleek and elegant

Hairline-spun textured metal surfaces allow ASUS V550 to elegantly stand out from the crowd. With its Ultrabook™ form factor, it still packs full features in a slender build, matching the dynamic nature of new high-portability and intuitive computing. The slim design is easy to carry while showcasing premium chic and feel.

All-glass touchscreen

The ASUS V550 ushers in completely new touch experiences with its all-glass panel. Smooth throughout, the responsive touchscreen means your fingers can slide edge to edge naturally and unhindered. This flowing motion makes swiping, scrolling, and all other gestures quicker, more intuitive, and incredibly rewarding. The all-glass panel goes far beyond the constraints of traditional touchscreens to give you unmitigated touch performance.

Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • V550CA-CJ106H Ultrabook
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year