Asus D550CA-RS3, 15,6″ Intel i3 budget laptop, 378$

ASUS D550CA-RS31
Overall rating
PROS:
  • 6Gb of ram
  • Great display
  • Fast processor
CONS:
  • Only 2 USB ports
  • Windows 8.1 is not preinstalled

The Asus D550CA-RS31 is reliable and value packed 15,6″ laptop under 400$. It comes with an Intel core i3 3217U clocked at 1,8Ghz with integrated intel hd 4000 graphics. This ULV-processor has two cores  -each one containing two logical cores- thus with hyperthreading, four threads can be handled in parallel. However, turboboost mode is not supported. This means the Asus D550CA-RS31 is fast enough to run your everyday applications without problem, but not for anything that will stress the CPU, such as gaming, video editing or 3d software. In general, the ULV i3 processors perform better than most Celerons, to give you an idea.

The Asus D550CA-RS31 comes with 6Gb of installed ram, and a traditional 500Gb hard drive, a standard for this type of laptops. There are two USB ports, one is 3.0, one HDMI port, Ethernet, VGA display port,a DVD Super Multi DL, a 720HD webcam,  and a 2 in 1 card reader. The 1366×768 display is really great, the colors are sharp, but like most glossy screens, viewing angles are not very generous.

The chicklet keyboard is great overall and comes with full numeric keypad, although some users may find that some important keys are a little smaller than usual. The design is ok, the D550CA-RS31 has a textured finish which is great to prevent scratches and fingerprints, the dimensions are 15.0 x 1.2 x 10.0″ and the weight is contained under 4.7 lb which is slightly less heavy than most 15″ budget laptops.

The battery is a 4-Cell Lithium-Ion (2600mAh) which can provide around 5- 6 hours of use.

Also, not that the Asus D550CA-RS31 comes with windows 8 64bit installed, you can upgrade to windows 8.1 for free if you wish.

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution 1366×768
Processor 1.8 GHz Core i3-3217U
RAM 6 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 500 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Asus
Series ASUS
Item model number D550CA-RS31
Operating System Windows 8
Item Weight 4.7 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15 x 10 x 1.20 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel Core i3
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi DL
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

 

 

 

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