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ASUS X550LB-NH52 Notebook Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 15.6" Windows 8 64-bit

  • Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 750GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8 64-bit
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Learn more about the ASUS X550LB-NH52

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
X550LB-NH52

General

Color
Gray
Operating System
Windows 8 64-bit
CPU Type
Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz
Screen
15.6"
Memory Size
8GB DDR3
Hard Disk
750GB
Optical Drive
DL DVD+/-RW/CD-RW
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Video Memory
2GB
Dimensions
15"W x 9.9"D x 1.0" ~ 1.2"H
Weight
5.1 lbs.

CPU

CPU Type
Intel Core i5
CPU Speed
4200U (1.60GHz)

Display

Screen Size
15.6"
Wide Screen Support
Yes
Resolution
1366 x 768

Operating Systems

Operating System
Windows 8 64-bit

Graphics

GPU/VPU
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Video Memory
Dedicated 2GB
Graphic Type
Dedicated Card

Hard Drive

HDD
750GB
HDD RPM
5400RPM
HDD Interface
SATA

Memory

Memory
8GB
Memory Speed
DDR3 1600
Memory Type
204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type
DL DVD+/-RW/CD-RW

Communications

WLAN
802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0

Ports

USB
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
Video Port
1 x VGA
HDMI
1 x HDMI

Input Device

Backlit Keyboard
Non-backlit

Supplemental Drive

Card Reader
SD Card Reader
Webcam
HD Camera

Power

Battery
37WHrs, 2600mAh,4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion Battery pack

Physical Specifications

Dimensions
15"W x 9.9"D x 1.0" ~ 1.2"H
Weight
5.1 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Matthew Z.
  • 4/16/2014 10:31:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice laptop for the money

Pros: All three of my children are avid Minecraft players, and these laptops have a very nice set of features for a very reasonable price. Decent CPU. Lots of RAM. Most importantly, it's one of the few reasonably priced laptops that included a discrete GPU that was up to the task of rendering their crafting creations at a frame rate that satisfied. Most in this price range are integrated GPUs.

Once received, I wiped Win8 and replaced with 7. The drivers aren't supplied by Asus, but if you go searching by PCI ID you can find the drivers from the OEMs or the usual set of driver aggregation sites. It's a bit of an effort to track them all down, some requiring the help of google translate, but it's quite possible.

I bought two of these laptops for the older boys, and they couldn't be happier for ~4 months now. (my daughter got my old bulky Dell XPS 15 and I treated myself to a MBP)

The nVidia card gives them a perfectly acceptable fps, so much so they don't complain about lagging anymore even with mod-heavy variations like FTB or Crazy Craft. That means averaging 30fps, give or take. Stock Minecraft was even faster.

Cons: 750G HD is slow slow. For this price I didn't expect SSD, although it looks easy to swap if you wanted. Took forever to install Win7, but it was perfectly fine for game playing and the web browsing the kids do.

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  • Joseph D.
  • 3/30/2014 9:18:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice, but could be better. Windows 7 compatible

Pros: Keyboard feels great. Love the texture of the lid and arm rest. Lid closes soft, yet firm, unlike other laptops in which they slam down by themselves. 740m card works fairly well, plays Planetside 2 with everything low at 23-27fps. The CPU is not maxed out while playing, which I was concerned would be the bottleneck being a U version.

Cons: Windows 8 of course. The ethernet port has a drop down latch to match the side profile, I hope it doesn't catch on anything and rip off. Trackpad is really terrible, the buttons are part of the touch surface, which makes it even worse. Screen resolution is fairly low, and was/is the primary concern for me. I would have gladly paid more to bump it up slightly to the next level.

Other Thoughts: Immediately installed my 128G SSD from a previous laptop without reformatting, and very surprisingly it worked well, and is super fast. Drivers for Windows 7 are sort of hard to find, but you can use some from the X550?? model's support page. Only a specific NVIDIA driver from ASUS worked for me. Others would install, but would have the yellow exclamation mark/bang in device manager. Though the NVIDIA card would work, you could not configure it through any of the normal control panel tools.

What really sold me is that it included a 1 year ADH warranty, which contributes significantly to the value. All in all, a very nice laptop. I would gladly pay more for a slight bump to the display resolution, and perhaps upgrade to a 745m card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/28/2014 1:11:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice.

Pros: -Fast boot time (thanks, Windows 8).
-5-6 hour battery life out of the box.
-Satisfactory temperatures; not very warm unless you start running intensive applications.
-Thin and light for the power it packs.
-Good price:performance ratio.

Cons: -Windows 8 struggles (see other thoughts).
-Ethernet plug-in is curved to match the shape of the side of the laptop, so a piece of it flicks up and down - feels flimsy and like it'll catch on materials.
-One giant trackpad/mousepad. Not the biggest problem in the world, but it might not be good for you.

Other Thoughts: Long story short, once I upgraded to 8.1 it worked perfectly.

Long story: Windows 8 wouldn't let me download Windows updates, no matter what I tried. I had to manually install the necessary updates to upgrade to Windows 8.1 by going online and downloading them from Microsoft's website before I was able to install the Windows updates - fortunately, now that I'm running W8.1, everything works like a charm.

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  • Matthew K.
  • 3/14/2014 2:12:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsVery good for the price

Pros: - 8GB of memory and 4GB of dedicated video memory make this laptop zip right along. Installing a solid state drive would make it fly even more.

-The built-in Smart Gesture works quite well, for the most part.

-Plays games smoothly and hassle free (For example, do not have to disable threaded optimization in some games to get a lag-free experience)

-Sound can get surprisingly loud, very nice audio quality in the mid+ ranges. (It's a laptop, can't expect it to be very bass-y)

-So far it's been a very quiet computer as well, fan-wise.

Cons: A few issues resulting in -1 egg:

-The Smart Gesture software seems to have a "phantom click" when I am using gestures. When 2 or more fingers are used, the cursor will disappear, and sometimes it registers a click near the center or left-middle side of the screen. Annoying on the Start screen.

-Screen looks a little grainy, and for some reason bright colors (purple especially) look a little white-washed.

-Touchpad is a single piece of plastic, no separation for left and right mouse buttons leading to more effort to put into clicks.

At first I was concerned over the fact that there was both Intel integrated graphics as well as the Nvidia GPU, but I didn't know this was a Windows 8 thing. Windows 8 is another can of worms, but it does not warrant any more loss of eggs, since it has little bearing on the actual computer's performance.

Other Thoughts: The design seems heavily inspired from Apple and HP laptops, what with the gaps between keys and the solid piece of plastic touchpad. Could be better (made of metal, actual mouse buttons), could be worse (I won't name names). It took a long time fussing around in Windows 8 before I realized I needed to go to the Store app to get Windows 8.1. Would have saved me 5 hours of changing settings, only to have to change most of them back again.

Anyway, good laptop for the budget, I'm pretty happy with it. If I could fix all of the issues in the cons section I would give it a 5/5, but alas and alack, not this time.

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  • Hankyul R.
  • 3/10/2014 8:04:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: slim, light, simple but good-looking well-made laptop
I love this product!
Sleeping Dogs, and LOL work on this product. I'm pretty sure most of PC games do too!
Obviously affordable product

Cons: Keyboard issue. Keyboard is not constructed perfectly.
People say this laptop's con is that it has window 8. But it's stupid thing to say that. You gotta get used to new tech

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  • Luke O.
  • 3/9/2014 1:31:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks with openSuse 13.1

Pros: runs perfectly with openSuse linux 13.1. No issues whatsoever.

Cons: Windows 8. (a bummer that such garbage is included in the cost of this laptop).

Other Thoughts: After charging and verifying that the machine booted, I pulled out the hardrive, installed a corsair force 3 SSD that I had sitting around and put in the OpenSuse install disc. everything went swimmingly. 2 reboots and a lengthy update later and I was streaming music and watching movies. I am able to use the special function keys to control, eg the volume, I can plug laptop into a monitor via the hdmi plug without any trouble, and use my wireless mouse and keyboard without any driver install. In addition, while my initial downloads were through rj45 jack, the wireless setup was as painless as I've ever experienced. Linux has arrived. Dump 8 and go for it.

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  • James B.
  • 2/8/2014 8:19:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS X550LB-NH52 Notebook

Pros: Mobility, Internet access, lightweight.

Cons: Not compatible with Windows7. Many compatibility issues with better hard-drives (Crucial M500 240GB SATA).

Other Thoughts: The compatibility issues webbed into the drivers and so many other issues. Also the fact that it forces you to use Windows 8.1 (you know, with all the issues) really is a disappointing.

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  • Roy J.
  • 2/1/2014 12:45:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Can handle games like Skyrim without any problems.
Aluminum surface is very nice.
Does everything a laptop can do.
i5 throttles up and down as needed to save energy/less heat
ASUS computers do not break as much as other big names

Cons: Should have faster i5 for the price.
ASUS customer service and web site are OK, but not great.

Other Thoughts: Overall an excellent value that can do everything well.

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  • William L.
  • 1/27/2014 12:58:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop for the price

Pros: For the price, it does want I wanted it to do. I mainly play World of Warcraft, and can do raids on good settings, and level on ultra settings with over 25, and often at 50+, fps. Doesn't run hot.

Very solid casing, which is nice for mobility

Cons: The keys are a little funky, and sometimes don't register. But found that is normally in typing, and not in game play.

And of course, there is Windows 8, as most have expressed, but guess we all have to deal with it now :(

Other Thoughts: Overall, for the value, it is a worthwhile laptop. I would recommend it for anyone that wants a gaming laptop on a budget.

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  • Samuel H.
  • 1/17/2014 9:03:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great combination of power, weight, and price
Battery life is fantastic
Excellent array of ports
Easy to work on
Runs remarkably cool
Build quality is good for the price (but not great)

Cons: A little bit of keyboard flex, but nothing you'd notice during normal typing.

No mSATA slot or SSD, and the HDD feels real slow. It would be nice if it came with an empty mSATA slot like similarly configured Acers, but, c'est la vie.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the HDD with a Crucial M500 240GB. It zips!

For $650, I can't say enough about the quality of the laptop. I don't think the screen is IPS (I could be wrong), but it's still pretty decent quality for what you're paying (especially compared to the TN's that Lenovo, MSI, and Razerblade are using).

This is basically the perfect laptop for a student, or anyone who's on a budget and wants the flexibility to do some gaming, but doesn't need the bells and whistles of the $1000+ Macbook-killer wannabes everyone is trying to market so hard right now.

I do really wish you could get it with a ULV i7; Asus lists the i7 as an option for this machine on their website, but Newegg is the only vendor that carries the X550LB, and they only carry these i5's. I don't need the screen resolution, higher-powered graphics, full voltage processor, or extra weight of the N550JV, nor do I need the V551LB's touchscreen (they're both a little too expensive, anyway). Hopefully Newegg or someone else will be able to get these with an i7 at some point.

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