ASUS N550JX-DS71T – Review

Features:

  • Quad Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz (Turbo 3.5 GHz)
  • GeForce GTX950M GPU with 2 GB RAM.
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • 1024 GB HDD Disc
  • 15.6-Inch Full-HD IPS Display.
  • Windows 8.1.

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Performance in Games

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Features

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Quality & Design

  • Total 79.5%

“Entertainment laptops with unparalleled quad-speaker sound and a striking Full HD IPS display”

That’s how ASUS describes its multimedia laptop N550JX. N550 is not designed as a gaming laptop, but it is designed as a multimedia laptop, but it can do as well as many laptops branded gaming laptops. ASUS N550JX supports a FHD 15.6 inch IPS touchscreen display with Intel core i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX950 for graphics. Which is a good set of specifications for a laptop that is priced below 1000$.

 

PERFORMANCE IN GAMES


GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 2GB GDDR3 VRAM is provided as the graphics processor, which is adequate for gaming at medium settings. However, the laptop does seem to have a weaker graphics processor when compared to other laptops that cost around $1000, the competition have a GTX960 (example- ASUS ROG GL 551 JW or Acer v15 Nitro).

CPU

The laptop is fitted with an Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.6GHz). A powerful processor which is in the present a standard in gaming laptops

RAM

The laptop is provided with 8GB DDR3 RAM but is upgradeable to 16 GB as it supports two 8 GB sticks.

N550 is not designed as a gaming laptop, but as multimedia laptop, but with above specks it can perform quite well, it can be compared to gaming laptops in this price range. But unless you need touchscreen for pure gaming experience a laptop with a better graphics processor is recommended.

  • Performance in Games 68%

FEATURES


Screen

The laptop supports a 15.6 inch Full HD (1920X1080) IPS display with touch screen capabilities. The displays colour reproduction seems to be good, texts turn out to be sharp with deep blacks and saturated. Overall a good display for the price range.

Audio

The audio of this laptop was created in cooperation with the Danish company, Bang &Olufsen, which has operated on the market since 1925. The company specializes in the production of top-quality sound systems for audiophiles.

The N550JK with a Bang &Olufsen quad-speaker array producing theater-like surround sound. Thanks to excellent built-in Laptop, speakers, high and midrange sounds are very clear. And thanks to the external subwoofers included in a box, basses are very deep and the whole sound that N550JK emits is a pure, natural, and excellent.

The whole thing can play really loud; In terms of sound quality is one the best laptop I tested.

Connection and Ports

For connections ASUS N550JK has Integrated 802 .11b Wi-Fi, built-in Bluetooth v4.0 and 10/100/1000 RJ45 LAN port which you will find on the left side.

When it comes to ports N550JK offers on the left side: power subwoofer jack, LAN, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 and audio jack

On the right side: the SD-card slot, third USB 3.0, the built-in Blu-ray, and near the rear edge Kensington cable-locking slot.

Keyboard

With the laptop you get a keyboard with a numeric keypad. The keyboard is backlit with adjustable brightness settings. The track pad is provided in a silver finish with separate buttons for the left and right. The device does have a backlit keyboard which adds to the plus points.

Storage

The laptop supports a 1TB SATA Hard Drive with 5400RPM.

Battery Life Time

The battery life time of the laptop is 5 hours maximum depending on the type of work you are doing.

  • Features & Use Comfort 90%

QUALITY & DESIGN


The laptop has an aluminium construction which makes it very sturdy and pleasing to the eye. The looks of the laptop is something to be desired. The all metal body of the laptop gives it a very sleek and attractive appearance.

Noise:

The air vent is provided on the back of the laptop giving you an overall soundless experience.

Temperature:

The laptop has no temperature issues. However it does get a little warm near the hinge, and sometimes around the left half of the keyboard on high usage.

Weight:

N550JX weigh 6 ponds which is normal wage for laptop of this size.

  • Quality & Design 92%

MY THOUGHTS


Beautiful looking laptop with sufficient power to do the daily task and casual gaming. A laptop worth considering under 1000$.

If you want or need a good gaming laptop with touchscreen and a fantastic theater-like surround-sound, then ASUS N550JK DS71T is good choice. Laptops that are more powerful are in in this price range, for example, acer v15 Nitro or ASUS ROG GL551 but this is only laptop suitable for gaming with touchscreen under 1000.

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Pros:

  • Good IPS Display
  • Touch screen
  • Very good surround sound
  • Good processor
  • Large HDD
  • Efficient cooling system
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Cons:

  • Only 5400 RPM HD
  • Could have stronger GPU
  • Battery life time
  • Small screen
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