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Asus X550LA 2 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 1.8GHz 8GB 1TB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-4xxx 1.8GHz 8GB Jul 2014
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12 Reasons For

Good Brand

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

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Asus X550LA has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than most notebook PCs of this spec and age. Most comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family. The best processor family of all laptops that were released more than two years ago is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is AMD C.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of laptops of this type and age is 520GB, and the total storage capacity range from 1GB to 1.5TB. With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Asus X550LA has one of the bigger total storage capacity amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Asus X550LA supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most laptops of a comparable spec and age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this Asus notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X550LA.

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

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Asus X550LA has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X550LA. Comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X550LA have internal memory of between 1GB and 16GB.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

The Asus X550LA has one of the bigger screen sizes (15.6 inches) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X550LA the screen sizes range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 15".

If this medium processor core notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the DELL Inspiron 17 5748 (£285.60) (17.3").

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the X550LA, the Asus X550LA has a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops of this spec and age, the Asus X550LA has a front camera.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Asus X550LA has a quite big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years. The average hard drive capacity of portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X550LA is 590GB.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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Very Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the Asus X550LA has a very big processor cache compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the X550LA. The average processor cache of portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X550LA is 2.9MB, and the processor caches range from 0.51MB to 4MB.

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12 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Asus X550LA has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X550LA. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 370MHz.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age. 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.

Notebook PCs with a better storage medium that might also be worth looking at include the T420s (£972.00) (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 the most commonly found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The Asus X550LA has one of the smaller battery capacities (only 37 watt-hours) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age. Across all the notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X550LA the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 100Wh, and the average battery capacity is 50Wh.

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Only SonicMaster Audio System

This portable PC audio system, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X550LA is 3,700mAh. With a battery capacity of only 2,600 milliamperes * hour, the Asus X550LA has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X550LA.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the X550LA, the Asus X550LA does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Asus X550LA is a one USB 2.0 port notebook PC.

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Only Four Battery Cells

The Asus X550LA is a four battery cell count notebook PC.

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Quite Slow Hard Drive Speed

The Asus X550LA has a quite slow hard drive speed (only 5,400 revolutions per minute) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago. The average hard drive speed of portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 5,900 RPM.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Asus X550LA

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Asus portable PC was released over three years ago.

Average Weight

With a weight of 2.3 kilograms, the Asus X550LA has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.8 gigahertz, the Asus X550LA has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X550LA.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Device Type
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
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
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
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
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
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
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 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
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
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 Smart Connect Technology
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel HD Audio 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 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 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology

User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 17 February 2014 by Austin A.
(Verified Purchase)

This is my 5th laptop, and for the price I think it's great, and i plan on using it for years to come, but the touchpad is causing me major issues that I foresee only getting worse, and the matte... Read more…

Everything's peachy once you install windows 8.1 and classic shell (windows 8 should be reserved for tablets and and phones, completely counter-intuitive for people that have been using windows for an
I am a student who also needs a computer for home use. This had all of the features I needed and no extras. It's lightweight and easy to setup. I like the keyboard. It seems to fit my hands perfectly.
Full numpad, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM, looks impressive
Seems solidly built. Should be easy to work on for when I replace the wifi card. Boots relatively quickly, even with the slow 5400rpm hard drive
The matte screen is awful, collects any dirt or oil directly from the keyboard when closed (rubber stoppers aren't high enough). Screen is easily scratched and difficult to clean, and it becomes obvio
I think the mouse pad is too large. At the same time, this is useful if you do not use a wireless mouse
The cursor jumps around quite a bit or sometimes freezes. I was under the impression that MS Office 13 was already installed on this. Apparently not as I am being asked for a key which I do not have
Slow and unresponsive Repeatedly locks up or stutters when running applications and sometimes the screen goes black and flashes on and off for a while. The mousepad gestures don't work correctly eithe
Buying a computer in 2014, I expect 5GHz wifi. Also, the listing states that the graphics are Intel HD 5000
Reviewed 24 January 2014 by Jessica M.
(Verified Purchase)

My thoughts may not accurately reflect the overall quality of this computer. This laptop is a much needed update from the 6 year old dinosaur laptop I had been using. Laptop technology has changed... Read more…

Reviewed 19 February 2014 by Nathan E.
(Verified Purchase)

Very disappointing; the hardware looks like a good setup for general computing on paper but when it struggles to open a browser window it really doesn't matter what the numbers say. The simplest... Read more…

Reviewed 16 February 2014 by TIMOTHY N.

The wifi works great for web browsing, but we upgraded our computer to use with a Chromecast. To get tab casting to work, I need the computer to be on 5GHz, otherwise the picture is choppy. Wifi... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers x550la, x550ladh71, x550laxx051, asus i74500, asus i74500u, x550lari7t27, x550laxx051h, asus x550lari7t27
Barcodes 00132018153147, 00886227583539, 08862275835396

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