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Asus D550CA 2 Core Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 6GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 6GB Dec 2013
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Asus Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Medium processor core notebook PCs produced by Asus have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all portable PCs (not just medium processor core notebook PCs) and found that Asus also has good ratings across its entire range.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and type to it.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus D550CA has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst portable PCs of this age. The smallest screen size of comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the D550CA is 10" and the biggest is 18".

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.6" portable PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Pavilion 15-p020nd[pl_2270984_price], or the 255 G1[pl_1997256_price] both from HP or the DELL Inspiron 15[plb_2010008_price].

If this portable PC screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Inspiron 17R 5720[plb_2271036_price] (17.3"), the HP ProBook 470[plb_2650796_price] (17.3"), or the Asus X751LN[plb_2502319_price] (17.3") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Asus D550CA has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the D550CA.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might also want to consider including the Envy Touchsmart 15-j023sa[pl_2266206_price], or the ProBook 450[pl_2350784_price] both from HP or the DELL Precision M2800[plb_2353407_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Front Camera

The Asus D550CA has a front camera. Most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the D550CA also have a front camera.

We compared this portable PC to all the other notebook PCs with a front camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Lenovo T440p[plb_2275315_price], the HP Pavilion 17[plb_2369612_price], and the DELL Latitude E6540[plb_2372136_price] is also worth considering.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops of this type and age.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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AC Cable Included

This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included on laptops that came out more than two years ago.

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14 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Asus D550CA is a one PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the D550CA have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The Asus D550CA is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Satellite Pro L850[pl_1320414_price], or the Satellite Pro C70-B[pl_2356704_price] both from Toshiba or the HP EliteBook Folio 9480m[plb_2353372_price].

If the storage medium of this notebook PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the T420s[pl_48433_price] (SSD and higher rated), or the S540[pl_2433540_price] (SSD and higher rated) both from Lenovo or the Fujitsu LifeBook E554[plb_2471974_price] (SSD and higher rated).

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The Asus D550CA has one of the smaller battery capacities (only 37 watt-hours) amongst laptops of this age. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D550CA have battery capacities of between 23Wh and 100Wh.

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Only SonicMaster Audio System

This laptop audio system, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the D550CA, the Asus D550CA does not have a touch sensitive screen.

It is worth also looking at alternative laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen including the Acer Aspire E1-571[plb_1447464_price], the Asus UX303LA[plb_2395853_price], or the Toshiba Satellite L50t-B[plb_2353719_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Front Camera Resolution

At only 0.3 megapixels, the Asus D550CA has a very low front camera resolution compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. The average front camera resolution of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the D550CA is 28MP, and the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 1,300MP.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At only 8 gigabytes, the Asus D550CA has a quite small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the D550CA. The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the D550CA range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 12GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of portable PCs of this age and type is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Asus D550CA has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the D550CA.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Asus D550CA is a one USB 2.0 port notebook PC.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

The smallest hard drive capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 180GB and the biggest is 1.5TB. The Asus D550CA has one of the smaller hard drive capacity (only 500 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Only Four Battery Cells

Most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have between one and eight battery cells, including the Asus D550CA which has four battery cells.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Asus D550CA

Released Over Three Years Ago

Asus released the D550CA over three years ago.

Intel Core I3-3xxx Processor Family

The Asus D550CA has a better processor family than most notebook PCs of this age and spec. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i3-3xxx processor family, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Asus D550CA has a fairly standard total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the D550CA.

Alternative 500GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available that you might also want to consider include the Pavilion 15-p020nd[pl_2270984_price], or the EliteBook 850 G1[pl_1632777_price] both from HP or the Asus X200MA[plb_2211558_price] which has better reviews.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the Acer TravelMate TMP236-M[plb_2713845_price] (508GB), the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2558036_price] (512GB), or the DELL XPS 13[plb_2556381_price] (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Internal Memory

At 6 gigabytes, the Asus D550CA has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the D550CA.

Alternative 6GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the V550CA[pl_1633422_price], or the K55A[pl_1485080_price] both from Asus or the Toshiba U845W[plb_1483228_price].

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the Samsung ATIV Book 9[plb_2268778_price] (8GB), the DELL Latitude 14 E7440[plb_2628385_price] (8GB), or the Acer Aspire E5-571[plb_2569084_price] (8GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 2.1 kilograms, the Asus D550CA has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the D550CA.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 2.1kg heavy portable PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the Aspire V5-471[pl_1487358_price], and the Aspire V5-571P[pl_1532338_price] both from Acer or the Lenovo Z380[plb_1526230_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

The Asus D550CA has a pretty average processor clock speed (1.8 gigahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the D550CA.

We compared all the other 1.8GHz processor clock speed laptops to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Latitude 3330[pl_1732926_price], and the Inspiron 17[pl_1628797_price] both from DELL or the Asus D550CA[plb_2267432_price] is also worth considering.

If this Asus notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the D550MA[pl_2267874_price] (1.86GHz), or the K200MA[pl_2270106_price] (1.86GHz) both from Asus or the Lenovo B50-30[plb_2305144_price] (1.86GHz) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Surface
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Warranty Card
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 16 June 2014 by Patricia S.
(Verified Purchase)

I would not recommend this ASUS product; hover, I am impressed with how quickly ASUS support repaired and returned the systems...

Reviewed 8 December 2013 by Steve M.
(Verified Purchase)

This laptop is a good deal at the price with a great warranty, Lenovo seems to have a better laptop out at a lower price currently. Keep your eyes open on deals. Its hard to beat the 1yr.... Read more…

Reviewed 23 December 2013 by Kevin S.
(Verified Purchase)

As a long time Asus and Newegg customer, This is the last straw. Asus, this kind of laptop will push everyone to buy a Chrome book. Windows 8 should have NEVER be on this equipment. It's slow and... Read more…

Reviewed 3 January 2014 by Gustavo A.

Just spend an extra 100 or 200 and buy a nicer computer if you can. I think we both know you owe it to yourself. Unless it's for a child a member of the elderly or someone you don't like...

Don't get me wrong there is a lot to like about this laptop
The first and most obvious is the utility you can get from this low price. In theory you look at 350 and see these specs and you tell yourself oh that's not bad. I bought this for my old man hoping to
It's simple, almost Spartan. All black
Cheap
ASUS has decent customer service
Sadly, there are far more cons than pros. It's cheap so most of these are to be expected. It really does feel like it's made from really cheap lightweight plastic. I'm pretty sure it will break if i d
Slow, No upgrade available for ram or HD without complete dis assembly. No HD light (so I can't tell if 8 is frozen, updating or just loading unnecessary garbage), It feels cheap, and i don't even mi
I bought three for my kids for Christmas 2013 to use for school assignments, on-line games, and mine craft. After less than 6 months, one of the computers experienced a hard drive failure and two days
Windows 8 slows the system to where it isn't even fun for the kids to use and since two of the three stopped working right before the school year ended, we had to share my work computer for completing
More performance can be found by other manufacturer's laptops at the current price, The video is decent for movies, but will not play most games (even if your just looking to dip your toes in the wate

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers i33217, i33217u, d550cabh31, d550cars31, asus i33217, asus i33217u, asus d550cabh31
Barcodes 00886227577675, 00886227651566, 04716659577676, 08862276515662

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