Many processor core portable PCs manufactured by Asus have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all portable PCs (not just many processor core portable PCs) and found that Asus also has good ratings across its entire range.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on laptops of a comparable age and spec to it.
Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 1GB and the biggest is 8GB. When compared to other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago, the discrete graphics adapter memory of the Asus N550JK of 4 gigabytes is one of the biggest.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
The highest display resolution of the Asus N550JK is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels portable PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.
A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution across all portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the N550JK.
Across similar types of portable PC the worst display resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels.
Quite Big Internal Memory
The Asus N550JK has one of the bigger internal memory (16 gigabytes) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. Notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the N550JK have internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average internal memory is 8.4GB.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on many processor core portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.
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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Asus N550JK supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. Most portable PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the N550JK.
The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of portable PC is 133MHz.
SSD Storage Medium
The Asus N550JK has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.
An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage medium across all many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the N550JK.
The worst storage medium across comparable types of laptop is HDD.
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out more than two years ago, the Asus N550JK has a front camera.
4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot
The Asus N550JK has a maximum memory slots of 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of a 2x SO-DIMM laptop, which is the most frequently found memory slots.
A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is in fact the best memory slots amongst all similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the N550JK.
Amongst comparable types of portable PC the worst memory slots is 1x SO-DIMM.
Four Built-In Speakers
The Asus N550JK is a four built-in speaker notebook PC.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.
Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
The discrete graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the N550JK range from 1GB to 8.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 2.4GB. The Asus N550JK has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory (4,096 megabytes) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.
AC Cable Included
This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included on notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This notebook PC has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.
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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
The Asus N550JK does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as the N550JK.
Very Small Total Storage Capacity
The total storage capacity of many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the N550JK range from 32GB to 2TB. At only 256 gigabytes, the Asus N550JK has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the N550JK.
There are a number of alternative 256GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available that you might want to consider including the Asus U500VZ[plb_2377740_price] which has better reviews.
If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo 11e[plb_2636631_price] (500GB).
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Asus N550JK does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the N550JK also do not have a touch sensitive screen.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops of a similar age and type to it.
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Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on similar spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when Asus released the N550JK.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 2.4 gigahertz, the Asus N550JK has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the N550JK.
If you are looking for a notebook PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the Lenovo Y50[plb_2964653_price] (2.5GHz).
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus N550JK has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as the N550JK.
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The Asus N550JK has a fairly standard weight (2.6 kilograms) compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.
If you would consider a notebook PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire V3-551G[plb_1540242_price] (2.6kg).
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory
2 x 8
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
MMC+, SD, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
1920 x 1080
Touch Sensitive Screen
Full HD, HD
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
11, 11.2, 11.2/12
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Discrete Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Blu-Ray DVD Combo
Bang & Olufsen
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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