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Asus X550LA 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 4GB Jul 2014
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Designed for everyday multitasking and entertainment for smart and practical users, the ASUS X Series notebooks redefine your expectations of all-rounder notebook. With a spun-circle finish and... More
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ASUS X550LA-XH51 15.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) Quick Review

8 Reasons For

Good Brand

Based on 2,723 owner and expert reviews, Asus has good reviews for its notebook PCs. Asus also has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core notebook PCs range compared to other manufacturers.

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 have been around for more than two years.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Asus X550LA supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This portable 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 have been on the market for a comparable time to the X550LA.

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

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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Quite Big Screen Size

Across all the laptops of this age and type the screen sizes range from 10" to 18". With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus X550LA has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

If this notebook PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the DELL Inspiron 17R (17.3") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Asus X550LA has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the X550LA also have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the X550LA, the Asus X550LA has a front camera.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of this spec and age.

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14 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Asus X550LA has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X550LA. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the X550LA is 370MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Laptops of a comparable age and spec to the X550LA 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. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 1,000 megahertz, the Asus X550LA has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X550LA.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as 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.

Notebook PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the T420s (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of laptops of this type and age range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.6 gigahertz, the Asus X550LA has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the X550LA.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire V3 (1.7GHz).

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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 notebook PCs that came out around the same time as 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 notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

At only 37 watt-hours, the Asus X550LA has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the X550LA. The battery capacities of portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X550LA range from 23Wh to 100Wh.

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Only SonicMaster Audio System

This laptop audio system, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Asus X550LA does not have a touch sensitive screen, although keep in mind that most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X550LA also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.6 gigahertz, the Asus X550LA has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

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

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Only Four Battery Cells

The Asus X550LA is a four battery cell count laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the X550LA have between one and eight battery cells.

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Quite Slow Hard Drive Speed

Across all the similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago the hard drive speeds range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM. With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Asus X550LA has a quite slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on portable PCs of this type and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Asus X550LA

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Asus notebook PC has been on the market for over two years.

Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Asus X550LA has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the X550LA.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.3 kilograms, the Asus X550LA has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Asus X550LA has a fairly typical internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Toshiba Satellite C50-A.

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Specification

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Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
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Processor Threads
Processor Boost 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
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Aspect Ratio
3D
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Number of SATA III Connectors
Total Number of SATA Connectors
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel TSX-NI
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Battery Capacity
Number of Battery Cells
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection Type
Password Protection
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height (front)
Depth
Height (rear)
Width
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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, x550laxx014, x550laxo023, x550laxo162, x550laxx010, x550laxo053, x550laxo162d, x550laxx010d, x550laxo053h, x550laxx014h, x550laxo023h, x550lasi50402, x550lasi50402w
Barcodes 00886227684212, 04716659591504, 04716659663560, 04716659700203
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