Asus X550CA-SI30304R laptop is a light touch-based 15.6” computing solution for around $400. Powered by 3rd generation Intel core i3-3217u, this inexpensive touchscreen laptop offers decent speed for regular computing that we require in our day to day life. It is also good for those who need a laptop for long typing and Web browsing sessions. The touchscreen makes it more versatile. Weighs around 5.1lbs, Asus X550CA-SI30304R is not too heavy to carry around on a daily basis. However, you can’t expect all day long battery life from a 4 cell 37hrs lithium ion battery, which offers 2-4 hours of battery life depend upon usage. If you don’t need to perform high end tasks like working with CAD application, 3D designing, video editing and playing latest PC games, then this could a good unit for students as well. The laptop allows light gaming, encoding and decoding media files, file compression, working with office suite and online video communication as well. As mentioned in earlier reviews, Asus X550CA series of laptops offers limited number of USB ports. This model comes with only 2 USB ports (one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0). However, it comes with DVD burner and HDMI port. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X550CA SI30304R.
Asus X550CA-SI30304R specification and performance
A dual-core Intel core i3-3217u processor, with an operating speed of 1.8 GHz, provides the Asus X550CA-SI30304R its processing power. The processor has been clubbed with Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics and 4GB RAM. Overall specs of the laptop is not very impressive, considering other budget laptops available in the market, yet the price is quite attractive. It could be a good consideration if you just want a simple machine for writing, working with spread sheets, creating presentation, emailing, video chat ( skype) and browsing the Web. It is decent for video streaming and even for converting audio file formats. Asus X550CA SI30304R is not a good gaming computer though. Low end games like Fifa 14, Dead space 3, world of Warcraft can be run in low to medium details and settings.
Asus X550CA-SI30304R comes with 4GB DDR3 RAM and supports maximum of 6GB RAM. 500GB hard drive operates with 5400 rpm.
The 15.6” LED backlit touch screen display of Asus X550CA-SI30304R offers 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means user can view 720p HD content but not 1080p or FHD content on the laptop screen. However, there is an HDMI port, which allows you to watch FHD laptop content on compatible HDTV and monitor.
Besides USB ports (one of which is USB 3.0),it comes with HDMI, VGA, a combo audio jack, RJ 45 and an SD card slot. For network connectivity, it comes with Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi.
Pros of Asus X550CA-SI30304R
Inexpensive touch screen laptop for regular computing
Not heavy considering it size
Cons of Asus X550CA-SI30304R
Only 2 USB ports