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Asus is one of the superior laptop manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Asus also has good ratings for its many processor core portable PCs.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.
Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
At 4 gigabytes, the Asus N550JK has a very big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the N550JK. Across all the laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the N550JK the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 1GB to 8GB.
Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
The Asus N550JK is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC.
12 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
The Asus N550JK has a 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version which is newer than most portable PCs of this age and spec. Most many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version.
This laptop's on-board graphics adapter DirectX version (12) is in fact the best on-board graphics adapter DirectX version across all portable PCs of a similar type and age to the N550JK.
Across comparable types of laptop the worst on-board graphics adapter DirectX version is 11.2/12.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
The Asus N550JK has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
This notebook PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best display resolution amongst all similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the N550JK.
The worst display resolution across similar types of notebook PC is 1366 x 768 pixels.
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Quite Big Internal Memory
Many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than two years have internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB. With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Asus N550JK has one of the bigger internal memory amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.
If this Asus laptop internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the HP ZBook 17 (32GB and higher rated).
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This laptop has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
Like most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the N550JK, the Asus N550JK has a full-size keyboard.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Asus N550JK supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most laptops that have been available for more than two years. Most laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.
The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across comparable types of notebook PC is 133MHz.
SSD Storage Medium
The Asus N550JK has an SSD storage medium which is better than most similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as it. Most similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.
This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium across all comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the N550JK.
An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium across comparable types of laptop.
Has a Front Camera
The Asus N550JK has a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the N550JK also have a front camera.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.
Four Built-In Speakers
The Asus N550JK has more built-in speakers than most of the notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the N550JK. This portable PC is a four built-in speaker notebook PC compared to most of the many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the N550JK which only have between one and three built-in speakers.
L3 Processor Cache
This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
At 4,096 megabytes, the Asus N550JK has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the N550JK. The average discrete graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 2.4GB.
Has a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Asus N550JK has a touch sensitive screen, which is unusual. Most of the other portable PCs that are a similar age to the N550JK do not have a touch sensitive screen.
256 Solid-State Drive Capacity
Most many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years have between 8 and 511 solid-state drive capacity, including the Asus N550JK which has 256 solid-state drive capacity.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This notebook PC has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.
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Very Small Total Storage Capacity
Across all the portable PCs that have been available for more than two years the total storage capacity range from 32GB to 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB. With a total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the Asus N550JK has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst laptops of this age.
Notebook PCs with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo E545 (500GB) which also has a higher rating.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.
Only Four Battery Cells
The Asus N550JK is a four battery cell count notebook PC. Most of the other laptops of this age and type have between two and eight battery cells.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs of this type and age.
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4 Other reasons to consider the Asus N550JK
Released Over Two Years Ago
Asus released the N550JK over two years ago.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 2.5 gigahertz, the Asus N550JK has a pretty standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the N550JK.
Average Screen Size
The Asus N550JK has a fairly average screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
If you are looking for a laptop with a bigger screen size then you might also want to look at the MSI GS70 (17"), or the HP ZBook 17 G2 (17.3").
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At 2.6 kilograms, the Asus N550JK has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the N550JK.
Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Acer Aspire V3-551G (2.6kg).
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
MMC+, SD, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Touch Sensitive Screen
4K Ultra HD, HD
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL 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
Discrete Graphics Adapter
DVD Super Multi
Bang & Olufsen
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro 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 Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel FDI Technology
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
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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