Asus X550CA-SPD0304U is an inexpensive touchscreen laptop which delivers decent performance for everyday computing tasks. With 15.6” screen size and 5.1 lbs weight, it is not too big or heavy to lug around on a day to day basis. It comes with third generation Intel Pentium 2117U processor which is an Ultra-low voltage processor. You can expect your laptop to remain cool while performing general computing. Additionally, the touchscreen offers versatility to the unit and brings out all the functionalities of Windows 8.1 OS. This laptop could be a good choice for home users and students alike. The laptop is quite inexpensive and is available at a price of $420 ( current price $380 approx). Other features of Asus X550CA-SPD0304U are pretty standard. It comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive which is most common among budget laptops and notebooks. Asus X550CA-SPD0304U comes with only two USB ports, one of them being USB 3.0. However, there is an integrated DVD burner attached to the unit. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X550CASPD0304U:
Asus X550CA-SPD0304U specification and performance
A dual-core Pentium 2117U processor, with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, provides Asus X550CA-SPD0304U its processing power. The processor includes Intel HD graphics (Ivy Bridge) and it is the only graphics option. It is not suitable for high end computing but is a very good laptop if you want a simple machine for typing documents, emailing, video chatting, social networking and browsing the Web. It is decent for video streaming and even for playing a few games from the Windows Store. PC games like Dota 2, Dirt Showdown etc are playable in low resolution and settings. Users, however, shouldn’t expect decent frame rates while playing these games. This is not a gaming laptop and latest high end PC games will barely run on this machine.
As told earlier, X550CA-SPD0304U offers only 4GB RAM which is enough for basic multitasking and the memory can be expandable up to 6GB. The laptop comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm. SSD cache is not available with hard drive. Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit operating system is preinstalled on the hard drive.
15.6″ high-definition touch-screen display offers maximum1366 by 768 pixels resolution and supports up to 720p high definition video playback. The display is not suitable to playback full HD or 1080p contents.
Edges of the laptop are arranged with built-in DVD burner, three USB ports (one of which is USB 3.0), HDMI, VGA, RJ 45, combo audio jack and an SD card reader. X550CASPD0304U comes with HD webcam as well. The laptop offers Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless-N for network connectivity.
4 cell 37whr lithium ion battery offers 2-4 hours of battery life, depending upon usage
Pros of Asus X550CA-SPD0304U
Inexpensive touch screen laptop for everyday computing
Cons of X550CA-SPD0304U
Only 2 USB ports