Based on 2,723 expert and owner reviews, Asus has good reviews for its portable PCs. Asus also has good reviews specifically within its many processor core portable PCs range compared to other manufacturers.
Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of laptops of a comparable type and age to the N550JK is 25GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 2GB to 64GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Asus N550JK has one of the biggest maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst laptops of this age.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this type and age.
Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
The discrete graphics adapter memory capacities of laptops that have been available for a similar time to the N550JK range from 2GB to 8GB. At 4 gigabytes, the Asus N550JK has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the N550JK.
Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 400 megahertz, the Asus N550JK has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. Similar spec laptops that were released more than a year ago have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 850MHz.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
The Asus N550JK has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels notebook PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.
This portable PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best display resolution across all portable PCs of a similar age and type to the N550JK.
The worst display resolution amongst comparable types of portable PC is 1366 x 768 pixels.
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Has a Full-Size Keyboard
Like most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the N550JK, the Asus N550JK has a full-size keyboard.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on laptops that were released more than a year ago.
Has a Front Camera
The Asus N550JK has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type also have a front camera.
It may also be worth considering one of the alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available including the Toshiba Satellite L50-C (£279.00) which has better reviews.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Asus N550JK supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs of this age and spec. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The worst memory clock speeds supported by processor of all comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the N550JK is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to it.
L3 Processor Cache
The Asus N550JK has a L3 processor cache which is better than the L2 processor cache found on most portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.
This notebook PC's processor cache level (L3) is in fact the best processor cache level amongst all similar spec laptops that were released more than a year ago.
The worst processor cache level across similar types of notebook PC is L2.
Has a Touch Sensitive Screen
Unlike most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the N550JK which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the Asus N550JK has a touch sensitive screen.
Four Built-In Speakers
The Asus N550JK is a four built-in speaker portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the N550JK only have between two and three built-in speakers.
Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
With a discrete graphics adapter memory of 4,096 megabytes, the Asus N550JK has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released more than a year ago. Laptops of a similar age and spec to the N550JK have discrete graphics adapter memory of between 1GB and 8.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 2.4GB.
Quite Big Battery Capacity
With a battery capacity of 4,600 milliamperes * hour, the Asus N550JK has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the N550JK. The smallest battery capacity of many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the N550JK is 58mAh, the biggest is 6,700mAh, and the average battery capacity is 3,400mAh.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This portable PC has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.
10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on similar spec laptops that came out more than a year ago.
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Only 11.2/12 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
This laptop has an 11.2/12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.
Only HDD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. 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.
Only Four Battery Cells
The Asus N550JK is a four battery cell count laptop.
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Released Over a Year Ago
This notebook PC has been on the market for over a year.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 2.4 gigahertz, the Asus N550JK has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.
Average Total Storage Capacity
At 1,000 gigabyte, the Asus N550JK has a relatively typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.
If you are looking for a laptop with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Toshiba Qosmio X70-B (£1,189.00) (1TB).
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Average Internal Memory
The Asus N550JK has a relatively average internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago.
Average Screen Size
The Asus N550JK has a fairly average screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the N550JK.
Notebook PCs with a bigger screen size that might be worth looking at include the HP Pavilion 17 (17.3") which also has a higher rating.
The Asus N550JK has a pretty standard weight (2.7 kilograms) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for more than a year.
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 (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
MMC+, SD, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Installed
1920 x 1080
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
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
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
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 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 Clear Video 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)
Intel Smart Cache
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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