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Asus V550CA 2 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2GHz 6GB 1TB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-3xxx 2GHz 6GB Jun 2013
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Hairline-spun textured metal surfaces allow ASUS V550 to elegantly stand out from the crowd. With its Ultrabook form factor, it still packs full features in a slender build, matching the dynamic... More
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17 Reasons For

Asus Portable PCs Have Good Reviews

Asus is one of the superior notebook PC manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and Asus also has good ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the V550CA is 23GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 4GB to 32GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Asus V550CA has one of the biggest maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Asus V550CA has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the laptops of this age and spec. Most of the portable PCs of this age and type only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this Asus notebook PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,200 megahertz, the Asus V550CA has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the V550CA. Notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the V550CA have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 660MHz and 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the V550CA that we have checked the total storage capacity of, the Asus V550CA's total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte is one of the biggest. The total storage capacity of portable PCs of this age and spec range from 1GB to 1.5TB.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Asus V550CA has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than most portable PCs that came out more than two years ago. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5 processor family. Across all laptops of a similar spec and age to the V550CA the worst processor family is AMD C and the best is Intel Core i7-3xxx.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Asus V550CA supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs that came out more than two years ago. This laptop supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most laptops that have been around for a similar time to it 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 amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the V550CA.

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

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Asus V550CA has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Front Camera

The Asus V550CA has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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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 medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

The average hard drive capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the V550CA is 590GB. The Asus V550CA has one of the bigger hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Asus V550CA is a two USB 2.0 port portable PC.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the V550CA which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the Asus V550CA has a touch sensitive screen.

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Fairly Big L3 Cache

When compared to other portable PCs that are a similar age to the V550CA that we have checked, the L3 cache of the Asus V550CA of 4 megabytes is one of the biggest. The average L3 cache of comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 3MB, and the L3 caches range from 2MB to 6MB.

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Very Big Processor Cache

The Asus V550CA has a fairly big processor cache (4 megabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the V550CA. The smallest processor cache of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the V550CA is 0.51MB, the biggest is 4MB, and the average processor cache is 2.9MB.

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8 Reasons Against

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

The Asus V550CA is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the V550CA have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs of a similar age and spec 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.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the T420s (£833.00) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Only SonicMaster Audio System

This laptop audio system, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Asus V550CA is a one USB 3.0 port notebook PC.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.7 kilograms, the Asus V550CA is fairly heavy compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. Similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg.

If you would consider a portable PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Asus V550CA (£379.99) (2.7kg).

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Asus V550CA

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Asus released the V550CA.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2 gigahertz, the Asus V550CA has a relatively average processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the V550CA.

Other 2GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Acer Aspire V5-572G.

If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2.1GHz).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus V550CA has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the V550CA.

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Average Internal Memory

At 6 gigabytes, the Asus V550CA has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

If this Asus notebook PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the Toshiba Z30 (8GB), or the DELL Latitude 12 5000 (8GB).

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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
Maximum Turbo Frequency
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 Clock Speed
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
Touch Screen
Touch Technology
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
Audio
Built-In Microphone
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
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
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 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 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
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
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(5)
2 October 2013

The Asus VivoBook V550CA is a slightly curious beast. It's reasonably slim, but heavy. It also offers decent performance for such a slim device, and is quite a bit cheaper than really skinny 15in...

Decent performance
Looks good
Slim profile
Good value for money
Nice design
Disappointing screen resolution
Mediocre battery life
Screen resolution isn't great
Power feels a bit lacking
Could soon feel out of date
29 September 2013

As with other laptops in this price range, the Asus V550CA-CJ106H has an unenviable task of balancing power and price, but it doesn't do too bad a job. There are some nice features, such as the...

22 September 2013

A solid laptop for under £500 that doesn't disappoint, but fails to excel either. You can get more powerful and more sleek laptops in the same price bracket, but the V550C occupies the nice...

5 September 2013

Good as a desktop replacement. Not-so-good as a laptop. Asus was so close to making a stellar workhorse of a laptop with the Vivobook V550CA-DB71T . It has a great Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB...

3 July 2013

La gamma VivoBook S500 si differenzia dai suoi diretti concorrenti e per il design raffinato, elegante e maneggevole ma anche perché nei soli 21 mm di spessore è stato alloggiato anche un...

User Reviews

(88)
Reviewed 3 January 2014 by Mic2002
(Verified Purchase)

I was a bit unsure when I got this laptop going out of the box. Getting used to windows 8 was the first thing but after a day or two. It started to become easier so stick with it. The first issue... Read more…

Reviewed 6 November 2013 by Rachel bingham

Great laptop, nice and easy to use, only downside that I didn't know or was written up is that the core i3 model doesn't come with a CD/DVD ROM drive, no big deal to me but others may find this as... Read more…

Reviewed 5 December 2013 by Mr. Stephen Redman
(Verified Purchase)

A fabulous touch screen delivering windows 8/8.1 at its best. keyboard is great to use and the touchpad is a huge advance on the traditional one that you get on most laptops. Rapid boot is also a... Read more…

Reviewed 28 November 2013 by Me

I think that this product is very good. Runs and works very well and I would recommend it to anyone. One downside is that it does not have a Cd Compartment and this was very inconvenient for me.... Read more…

Reviewed 25 January 2014 by Acee
(Verified Purchase)

W8 is a different (better) experience on a touchscreen machine. The 8.1 update takes ages on a rural connection. Big 1TB HDD. Doesn't have a internal DVD drive but it is much cheaper to use an USB... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers apple v550, apple v550c, v550cacj106, v550cacj106h, apple v550ca, 90nb00y1m01640
Barcodes 04716659508649

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