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Asus X550LA

alaTest has collected and analyzed 385 reviews of Asus X550LA. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and portability. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical reviews about the touchpad and keyboard.

performance, usability, price, portability, reliability

keyboard, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Asus X550LA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (newegg.com)

Snappy Little Laptop for Cheap

 

Still a good buy though. I would probably get this again if I were to get it at a similar price.

For the price I ended up getting it for, this is an awesome laptop. I use it for school and it works really well for it. I also use it for Light 2D gaming. It does this well, and only really gets hot when im gaming

There are a few complaints I have about this ; The microphone stopped working when I upgraded to Windows 10 (This may have been something I did though) ; I do not like the position of the trackpad. I accidentally get it in the way with the gestures all...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Solid ASUS with i5-4200U

 

Slow HD but if you will change it for HD with 7200 or SSD the laptop will fly. Power supply is ugly. It's a brick with direct plug so it's not convenient.

This is a very good laptop. It's very low noise, quite ; Good processor performance ; Good GPU performance ; Stylish ; Low weight. It's a big plus if you need to carry it around ; windows 8.1 + classic shell = almost windows 7. So it's OK ; Recovery...

Glossy screen

Nov, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Best Deal

 

Easy to upgrade to Windows 10 ; Touchscreen works very well ; Performance is good ; Battery is good so far ; Nice screen resolution

Weight as it is 15 inch

Oct, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

NO Recovery Partition w/ Refurbs!

 

I think Haswell performance vs. AMD is better. Once recovery partition is created by ASUS and I can make a recovery disc I'll be a much happier customer

Just FYI. If you buy a refurbished ASUS computer buyer beware. They delete the recovery partition on refurbs. Ugh! And you only have a 90 day warranty to ship item back to them to reset to default factory settings and create recovery partition. Only...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

NO Recovery Partition w/ Refurbs!

 

I think Haswell performance vs. AMD is better. Once recovery partition is created by ASUS and I can make a recovery disc I'll be a much happier customer

Just FYI. If you buy a refurbished ASUS computer buyer beware. They delete the recovery partition on refurbs. Ugh! And you only have a 90 day warranty to ship item back to them to reset to default factory settings and create recovery partition. Only...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great computer, horrible software problems

 

Touchscreen is great

Comes with Win8. NOT Win8.1. Requires 167 Windows Updates for security purposes before you can upgrade to windows 8.1. You're required to upgrade all of these before you can use anything in the App Store. Like, oh, maybe I want to download skype? NOPE....

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Quick, can't tell it was refurbished!

 

Not built for gaming, but ideal for school/office and travelling.

Slim ; Battery lasts a long time ; Fairly quick with the stock HDD, but I replaced it with a WD2 black and it did wonders ; Ram seems to be on par ; Webcam works ; Microphone doesn't have much feedback, which is always a pro

Webcam isn't the best quality ; Very glossy screen, if you're using this in direct sun it's a nuisance of glare ; Short charging cord

May, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Quick, can't tell it was refurbished!

 

Not built for gaming, but ideal for school/office and travelling.

Slim ; Battery lasts a long time ; Fairly quick with the stock HDD, but I replaced it with a WD2 black and it did wonders ; Ram seems to be on par ; Webcam works ; Microphone doesn't have much feedback, which is always a pro

Webcam isn't the best quality ; Very glossy screen, if you're using this in direct sun it's a nuisance of glare ; Short charging cord

May, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

NO REFURB

 

New Egg has always been the first place I look when contemplating a new computer related purchase. This experience and the downhill slide in customer service has changed that. NOT A HAPPY CAMPER

New Egg pulled one over on me. I figured that if I could trust anyone buying a refurb it would be NewEgg. NOPE. They have gone downhill slowly over the years with the ease of dealing with a bad product. Now they are no different than most retail shops...

Laptop has crapped out after LIGHT usages of less than 6 mos

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

NO REFURB

 

New Egg has always been the first place I look when contemplating a new computer related purchase. This experience and the downhill slide in customer service has changed that. NOT A HAPPY CAMPER

New Egg pulled one over on me. I figured that if I could trust anyone buying a refurb it would be NewEgg. NOPE. They have gone downhill slowly over the years with the ease of dealing with a bad product. Now they are no different than most retail shops...

Laptop has crapped out after LIGHT usages of less than 6 mos

Apr, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:SonicMaster
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Speakers manufacturer:Altec Lansing

Battery

Battery Capacity:2600
Battery capacity (Watt hours):37
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes

Design

Colour of product:Grey / Grey, Silver / Grey, Stainless steel
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Grey / Grey, Silver / Grey, Stainless steel
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
HD type:HD / No
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Numeric keypad:Y / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW

Other features

Audio system:SonicMaster
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: No
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.42
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45 / 65

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 2x4 / 1x4,2x4 / 2X4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I3-4010U / I5-4200U / I7-4500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75107 / 75459 / 75460 / I5-4200U / I7-4500U
Processor code:SR16Q / SR16Z / SR170
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART:Y

Security

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, User

Software

Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SCSI
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Storage Media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25.1 / 251
Height (front):2.48
Height (rear):3.17
Weight:2.3
Width:38 / 380