Asus V550CA review

An affordable laptop, but has Asus cut too many corners to keep the price down?

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As with other laptops in this price range, the Asus V550CA-CJ106H has an unenviable task of balancing power and price, but it doesn't do too bad a job. There are some nice features, such as the generous 1TB of disk space included and the touchscreen, but there are also some trade-offs.

Thankfully none of the latter are deal breakers, and they help keep the laptop on the right side of £1,000. The processor might not be from Intel's latest and greatest generation, but it's still a fine processor that, due to it being last year's model, knocks a fair bit of change off the asking price.

Side view of the Asus
The brushed aluminium lid keeps things stylish

Going for 6GB of RAM instead of 8GB is another compromise that, while disappointing, won't be too much of a problem for day-to-day use. However, if you're going to be photo or movie editing, or using hardware-intensive programs, than that missing 2GB of RAM will soon be felt.

The biggest disappointment is the low resolution of the screen. It might give the on-board graphics a bit of breathing space, but it means items on the screen aren't as crisp or clear as we'd have liked.

We liked

The outside design of the Asus V550CA-CJ106H is sleek and stylish, with the brushed aluminium case giving the laptop a suitably premium feel. When closed, the laptop is thin and easy to carry. While the processor isn't particularly cutting edge, it does its job well, and is better than other processors we've seen in similarly priced machines.

We didn't like

The low resolution screen is a shame, and the Intel HD Graphics 4000 just doesn't cut it for games. While the lack of an optical drive keeps the body of the laptop nice and slim, it is sometimes a bit of a hindrance, especially when trying to install older software where a download option isn't readily available. Battery life is also disappointing.

Final verdict

If you're fine with the compromises we've listed in return for a more wallet-friendly price tag, then the Asus V550CA-CJ106H is a decent laptop. For most tasks it will be absolutely fine, and the good processor and capacious hard drive space makes this a reliable business laptop. However, for the asking price it may be worth shopping around or spending a little more to get a laptop that's future proof for the next couple of years. The additional outlay could well save you money in the long run.


Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyV550CA
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-3537U
ColourBlack Aluminum
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.65 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM76 Express
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height21 mm
Width380 mm
Depth266 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesV550CA
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelV550CA-CJ106H
Product NameV550CA-CJ106H Ultrabook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV550CA-CJ106H
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Sleek and elegant

Hairline-spun textured metal surfaces allow ASUS V550 to elegantly stand out from the crowd. With its Ultrabook™ form factor, it still packs full features in a slender build, matching the dynamic nature of new high-portability and intuitive computing. The slim design is easy to carry while showcasing premium chic and feel.

All-glass touchscreen

The ASUS V550 ushers in completely new touch experiences with its all-glass panel. Smooth throughout, the responsive touchscreen means your fingers can slide edge to edge naturally and unhindered. This flowing motion makes swiping, scrolling, and all other gestures quicker, more intuitive, and incredibly rewarding. The all-glass panel goes far beyond the constraints of traditional touchscreens to give you unmitigated touch performance.

Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • V550CA-CJ106H Ultrabook
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year