Based on 2,723 expert and owner reviews, Asus has good ratings for its laptops. Asus also has good ratings specifically within its many processor core portable PCs range compared to other manufacturers.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.
Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
Most notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the N550JK have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Asus N550JK which has three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
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 laptop, which is the most frequently found display resolution.
A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the N550JK.
A 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution across similar types of portable PC.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Asus N550JK supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most portable PCs of this age and type. Most notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the N550JK.
Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.
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SSD Storage Medium
The Asus N550JK has an SSD storage medium which is better than most many processor core portable PCs that came out more than two years ago. Most many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium. 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.
This portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all notebook PCs of this spec and age.
Amongst comparable types of portable PC the worst storage medium is HDD.
Has a Front Camera
The Asus N550JK has a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age also have a front camera.
L3 Processor Cache
This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.
Eight Processor Threads
The Asus N550JK has more processor threads than most of the laptops of this spec and age. Most of the notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the N550JK only have between four and seven processor threads, however this portable PC has eight processor threads.
Four Built-In Speakers
The Asus N550JK is a four built-in speaker portable PC.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to it.
AC Cable Included
This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included on notebook PCs of this type and age.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This notebook PC has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to it.
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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
Most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the N550JK have a full-size keyboard, however the Asus N550JK does not have a full-size keyboard.
Very Small Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the Asus N550JK has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type. Across all the comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago the total storage capacity range from 32GB to 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB.
If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the HP EliteBook 755[plb_2447777_price] (500GB and higher rated).
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Most portable PCs that were released more than two years ago do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Asus N550JK is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on laptops of this age and spec.
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Only Four Battery Cells
The Asus N550JK is a four battery cell count notebook PC. Most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the N550JK have between two and eight battery cells.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This laptop supports a 4.0+HS Bluetooth version, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to it.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
This many processor core laptop has been on the market for over two years.
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 this spec and age.
If this Asus notebook PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to look at the HP ZBook 17 G2[plb_2985052_price] (2.5GHz).
Average Internal Memory
The Asus N550JK has a relatively typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.
If you want a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the HP ENVY 15[plb_2353927_price] (12GB).
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Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus N550JK has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.
If you would prefer a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the MSI GS70[plb_2308238_price] (17").
At 2.6 kilograms, the Asus N550JK has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.
If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Acer Aspire V3-551G[plb_1463655_price] (2.6kg).
Grey, Stainless steel
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
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
MMC+, SD, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
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
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
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)
I haven't really used the disc drive and fully intend to swap it out for an hd caddy and throw in another SSD to expand the available disc space.
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I wanted to hold off on writing a review until I had a chance to use it for a few months. Overall, the actual laptop is quite nice both in aesthetics and performance. I have not yet had the screen... Read more…
The sound quality of the speakers is highly dependent on your ability to fiddle with the tuners. I don't worry about it too much since I'm usually using the externals. Your sound experience... Read more…
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