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Asus S550CA 2 Core Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 6GB 750GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I3-3xxx 1.8GHz 6GB Apr 2013
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13 Reasons For

Good Brand

Laptops produced by Asus generally have good reviews.

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the S550CA is 23GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Asus S550CA has a very big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the S550CA.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 350 megahertz, the Asus S550CA has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. Across all the portable PCs that were released around the same time as the S550CA the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other ultrabooks that were released around the same time as the S550CA, the Asus S550CA has a front camera.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Asus S550CA supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most ultrabooks that have been around for around the same time as it. This Asus portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Asus notebook PC also 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 portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the S550CA.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC is 133MHz.

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Very Big Screen Size

When compared to other ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the S550CA that we have assessed the screen size of, the Asus S550CA's screen size of 15.6 inches is one of the biggest. The average screen size of similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 14".

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this age and spec range from 64GB to 1.1TB. At 750 gigabytes, the Asus S550CA has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the S550CA.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and type.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the Asus S550CA has a touch sensitive screen.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Asus S550CA is a two USB 2.0 port laptop.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

Ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the S550CA have hard drive capacity of between 120GB and 1TB. At 750 gigabytes, the Asus S550CA has a fairly big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the S550CA.

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12 Reasons Against

Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this laptop is Not supported, which is typical of many notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Asus S550CA which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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

The Asus S550CA is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S550CA have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the S550CA, the Asus S550CA does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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Only Intel Core I3-3xxx Processor Family

The Asus S550CA has an Intel Core i3-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it. The best processor family of all notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the S550CA is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is Intel Core i3-2xxx.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

Most portable PCs of this type and age have between one and three USB 3.0 ports, including the Asus S550CA which has one USB 3.0 port.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

Across all the laptops of a similar age and type to the S550CA the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 72Wh. At only 44 watt-hours, the Asus S550CA has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other notebook PCs of this age and type that we have checked, the weight of the Asus S550CA of 2.6 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The lightest ultrabook that has been on the market for more than two years is 870g heavy and the heaviest is 3.3kg.

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Thick

The Asus S550CA is quite thick (22 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the S550CA. The thinnest ultrabook that was released around the same time as the S550CA is 6mm thick and the thickest is 31mm.

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Very Wide

The average width of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the S550CA is 330mm. The Asus S550CA is fairly wide (380 millimeters) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the S550CA.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Asus S550CA

Released Over Three Years Ago

Asus released the S550CA over three years ago.

Average Internal Memory

At 6 gigabytes, the Asus S550CA has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth considering include the Lenovo X240 (8GB), or the Fujitsu LifeBook U772 (£1,096.65) (8GB).

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.8 gigahertz, the Asus S550CA has a fairly average processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo X240 (£1,299.89) (1.9GHz).

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HDD Storage Medium

The Asus S550CA has an HDD storage medium which is better than most laptops that came out more than two years ago. Most laptops that were released more than two years ago have an SSD storage medium. 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.

If the storage medium of this laptop is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£697.00) (SSD).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
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
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
LED Backlight
HD Type
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
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G WiMAX
Bluetooth Version
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
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading 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 Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(5)
4 June 2013

The addition of the touchscreen on a lot of ultrabooks has added a bit of weight for something that was a tad unnecessary. With the VivoBook S550, Asus has managed to deploy the add-on without...

The Asus VivoBook S550CA is an affordable 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook with full Windows 8. While it falls short in media playback and battery life, it's still one of the better deals currently...

26 April 2013

The VivoBook's standout feature is not the Ultrabook label ? it's the touchscreen. Many inexpensive systems offer touch, and prices creep downwards by the month, but this is the first laptop we've...

29 March 2013

S550C là chi?c ultrabook có ki?u dáng m?ng nh? nh?ng phù h?p v?i nh?ng ng??i mu?n s? d?ng làm máy thay th? máy ?? bàn ho?c v?i ??c thù công vi?c. S?n ph?m có giá thành khá t?t so v?i...

14 May 2014

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Built very well
Good display
Touchscreen doesn't add bulk
Decent graphics capabilities
Reasonably priced
Keyboard is inferior to the HP ENVY 4
When do we finally get Full HD display
Low screen resolution
Mediocre battery life
Shallowtravel keyboard and trackpad

User Reviews

(23)
Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Robert C.
(Verified Purchase)

If you can meet the needs of the SM951, it will then happily function as other Samsung SSD's do. If the requirements scared you off, get used to them, that's where PC storage is going, and... Read more…

Reviewed 14 May 2015 by Kevin F.
(Verified Purchase)

Even using a limited M.2 2x PCIe 2.0 slot on my motherboard I'm still getting 700+ MB/s read/write from this drive. If the next generation of motherboards offers 4x PCIe 3.0 slots this drive will... Read more…

Reviewed 20 August 2015 by Seth D.
(Verified Purchase)

If you are on a ASUS X99-A motherboard and wanting to make this your boot ssd its simple. IF you are on BIOS 1702 or newer, go into bios and DISABLE CSM mode, YES... DISABLE IT. reboot, insttall... Read more…

Reviewed 25 July 2015 by Richard S.
(Verified Purchase)

SUPER fast SSD. Read speeds clocked at around 2300MB/s - nearly 5 times faster than SATA SSD. Connected to ASUS x99A/USB3.1 MB. Only issue is having to disable secure boot and set SATA mode to IDE... Read more…

Reviewed 9 July 2013 by George K.
(Verified Purchase)

Overall, this is an AWESOME machine for the price! I highly recommend it...

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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers asus s550, asus s550c, s550cacj075, asus s550ca, s550cacj075h, asus s550cacj075, asus s550cacj075h
Barcodes 04716659475774

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