Asus F550LN-CN89H Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 06/03/2014

All that glitters...This Asus model uses a Maxwell GPU from Nvidia and a Haswell Core i7 from Intel. A strong duo which is capable of running modern games. The laptop even boasts a Full HD panel and seems to be the optimal package. Is that really true? Let us find out in an in-depth review.

For the original German review, see here.

The Asus F550LN-CN89H is the 15.6-inch sibling of the X750LN-TY012H (Core i7-4500U, GeForce 840M). Both laptops utilize the same CPU and GPU. The X750LN impressed us as a good 17.3-inch all-rounder. We will see if the F550LN can match its bigger relative or even surpass it.

We used the following models for comparison: Acer Aspire V5-561G (Core i5-4200U, Radeon R7 M265) and Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 (Core i5-4200M, GeForce GT 740M).

Case

Despite a price tag of 800 Euros (~$1089), the buyer can only expect a synthetic material case. The top is colored a dark silver-gray and the bottom and display cover are held in black. Asus uses textures: The display back is covered with concentric grooves with the center at the middle of the panel. The hand-rest regions have a fine grid structure. We really like the choice of not including any glossy surfaces. The F550LN is visually quite attractive.

The case has the typical flaws: To the left of the keyboard and below the touchpad, the material can easily be deformed. The display cover is also a bit weak, which means pressure on the back can deform the panel output. The hinges hold the panel strongly but allow it to wobble a little. It is possible to open the panel with a single hand, if it is opened slowly.

The Asus F550LN (photo from Asus).
The Asus F550LN (photo from Asus).
Asus uses a textured display cover (photo from Asus).
Asus uses a textured display cover (photo from Asus).
A maintenance flap is provided.
A maintenance flap is provided.

Connectivity

None of the three models we are comparing in this review have any special connectivity to offer. The IdeaPad trumps the others with a Fast-Ethernet port, whereas the two other models offer Gigabit Ethernet. The connectivity of the F550LN is not ideal. Most ports are placed on the left side, with the exception of a single USB port on the right side.

Left side: power outlet, VGA interface, HDMI, Gigabit port, 2x USB 3.0, audio combi-jack
Left side: power outlet, VGA interface, HDMI, Gigabit port, 2x USB 3.0, audio combi-jack
Right side: USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock
Right side: USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock
The memory card reader is placed on the front.
The memory card reader is placed on the front.

Communication

The Asus F550LN uses an AR9485 chip from Atheros for its WLAN module. It supports the WLAN standards 802.11 b/g/n. We did not observe any issues with the WLAN connectivity. We tested at multiple distances (at 3 meters away from the router and two floors below it). The router was set to 50% performance. There were no disruptions in the WLAN connection. The Gigabit-Ethernet chip of the RTL8168/8111 from Realtek allows the user to connect to the Internet with a LAN cable. The webcam offers a blurry picture at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels.

Accessories

The notebook has the typical accessories: a quick-start guide and warranty information.

Operating system

The F550LN is delivered with Windows 8.1 (64-bit) preinstalled. A Windows DVD is not included. If you wish to install Windows 7, you will have to first find all the necessary drivers as Asus only provides drivers for version 8.1.

Maintenance

A maintenance flap on the bottom of the model provides the user access to the HDD and RAM. The F550LN has a single RAM slot, which is occupied by a 4 GB module. Another 4 GB of RAM is soldered directly onto the motherboard. The HDD can be swapped out with 2.5-inch models with a height of 7 or 9.5 mm.

Warranty

Asus offers a 2-year warranty for our test model. The same is true for the Aspire and the IdeaPad. Extending the warranty is possible: up to three years for 80 Euros (~$108) more.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The F550LN is equipped with a chiclet keyboard (not backlit). The flat, slightly roughened keys have a medium stroke distance and a clear pressure point.  The key resistance should be a little stronger and the keyboard gives way a little when typing (more near the middle than at the edges). Overall, the keyboard is good for typical use. Typists may want to consider other models.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is provided in the form of a multi-touch ClickPad (a touchpad with no separate mouse keys). The surface of the device measures 10.5 x 7.3 cm. The smooth surface of the pad allows the finger to glide over it. Various multi-touch gestures can be used on the pad, and these can be configured and turned on/off in the mouse settings. The buttons have a short stroke distance and produce an audible clicking noise.

The keyboard has no backlight.
The keyboard has no backlight.
The ClickPad supports multi-touch.
The ClickPad supports multi-touch.

Display

Asus has chosen a matte 15.6-inch panel which has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Sadly, the model in our laptop is quite dark. We measure a mere 166.4 cd/m² for the brightness, which is not appropriate for this price class. Normally, the buyer should expect at least 250 cd/m² at this price range. Far brighter displays are available in the Aspire (280.4 cd/m²; Full HD) and the IdeaPad (294.6 cd/m²; Full HD).

170
cd/m²
171
cd/m²
174
cd/m²
165
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
170
cd/m²
159
cd/m²
144
cd/m²
167
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 178 cd/m²
Average: 166.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 178 cd/m²
Black: 0.41 cd/m²
Contrast: 434:1
Asus F550LN-CN89H
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
Intel Core i5-4200M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon R7 M265, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus N56JR-S4080H
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Illumination
-59%
-102%
19%
46%
Brightness Center178317
78%
300
69%
375
111%
287
61%
Black *0.410.97
-137%
1.27
-210%
0.58
-41%
0.24
41%
Contrast434327
-25%
236
-46%
647
49%
1196
176%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *4.368.52
-95%
10.93
-151%
4.14
5%
4.8
-10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *3.3510.06
-200%
12.96
-287%
5.25
-57%
5
-49%
Gamma *2.362.512.392.482.7
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)3948.76
25%
45.3
16%
56.6
45%
61
56%

* ... smaller is better

Asus F550LN vs. sRGB
Asus F550LN vs. sRGB
Asus F550LN vs. AdobeRGB
Asus F550LN vs. AdobeRGB

The contrast (434:1) and black value (0.41 cd/m²) of the panel should also be better. The IdeaPad (327:1, 0.97 cd/m²) performs worse but the Aspire takes the tail end (236:1, 1.27 cd/m²). The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spectrums can not be covered by the F550LN. We measure 56% (sRGB) and 39% (AdobeRGB) coverage.

Asus configures the color schemes for a few notebooks: the test model is one of these. This allows the F550LN to provide good colors right out of the box. The average DeltaE 2000 deviation of the panel measures 4.36. The ideal spectrum (DeltaE value smaller than 3) is just a little out of reach. The panel has a slight blue tinge when the pre-configured color scheme is removed.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Thanks to the matte panel, the laptop would be an ideal candidate for outdoors use, were it not for the low brightness. We recommend staying away from very bright surroundings.

It appears Asus has chosen a simple TN panel for its model due to its price tag of 800 Euros (~$1089). This means that the viewing-angle stability is poor and can be compared to that of cheap models. A change in the vertical viewing angle results in strong distortions in the picture. The horizontal viewing angle is more stable and thanks to this, multiple people can look at the screen simultaneously.

The laptop outdoors.
The laptop outdoors.
Viewing angles of the Asus F550LN
Viewing angles of the Asus F550LN

Performance

The Asus F550LN-CN89H is a 15.6-inch all-rounder: The Core i7 CPU and GeForce graphics card allow the user to run modern games. The test model offers quite a lot of performance for 800 Euros (~$1089). For the F550/X550 series, the manufacturer offers various configurations.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
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CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information - Asus F550LN-CN89H

Processor

The F550LN is equipped with a dual-core Core i7-4500U. This is based on the Intel Haswell architecture and operates at a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz. Turbo allows the processor to boost the speed up to 2.7 GHz (both cores) and 3 GHz (single core). The CPU is one of the more conservative ones as it has a TDP value of 15 W.

The CPU tests of Cinebench reveal that the CPU runs at max speed at all times. As such, the performance matches our expectations. The IdeaPad offers better results, but the gap between it and the F550LN is a small one at best. The IdeaPad benefits from a faster base-clock speed.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6591 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4290
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8940
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
11567 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5760 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6563
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.32 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.93 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
33.77 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
49.47 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
271 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
115 Points
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
Asus F550LN-CN89H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.32 Points ∼71%
HP Compaq 15-a024sg
GeForce 820M, 3110M, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
0.97 Points ∼52% -27%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.13 Points ∼61% -14%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.13 Points ∼61% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.34 Points ∼72% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.37 Points ∼74% +4%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
GeForce GTX 760M, 4700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.51 Points ∼82% +14%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus F550LN-CN89H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.93 Points ∼17%
HP Compaq 15-a024sg
GeForce 820M, 3110M, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2.38 Points ∼14% -19%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.45 Points ∼14% -16%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.47 Points ∼14% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.85 Points ∼16% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3.25 Points ∼18% +11%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
GeForce GTX 760M, 4700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6.96 Points ∼40% +138%

System Performance

A strong processor, a powerful GPU and a fast storage device ensure good system performance. We did not find any issues. The test model performs quite well in the PCMark benchmarks. The IdeaPad once again claims first place due to its hybrid storage device (HDD with a SSD cache) and stronger processor.

PC Mark
PCMark 72909 points
PCMark 8 Home v22844 points
PCMark 8 Creative v23303 points
PCMark 8 Work v23463 points
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PCMark 7 - Score
Asus F550LN-CN89H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2909 Points ∼44%
HP Compaq 15-a024sg
GeForce 820M, 3110M, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2464 Points ∼37% -15%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2878 Points ∼43% -1%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2973 Points ∼45% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3319 Points ∼50% +14%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
GeForce GTX 760M, 4700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3371 Points ∼51% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4214 Points ∼64% +45%

Storage Devices

Asus has chosen an HDD from the Seagate Momentus series for our test model. The capacity of the device is 1 TB. It operates at 5,400 rpm. As expected of Asus notebooks, the HDD is split into two partitions: operating system partition (372 GB) and storage partition (537 GB). CrystalDiskMark records a good read speed of 101.2 MB/s. HD Tune shows an average transfer rate of 82 MB/s. These are typical values for an HDD.

Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 44.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82 MB/s
Access Time: 17.3 ms
Burst Rate: 283.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.6 %

Graphics Card

The Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU and the GeForce 840M graphics chip have found their place in the F550LN. The two chips have different responsibilities: the Intel IGP is responsible for everyday tasks (low performance required) whereas the GeForce GPU takes care of more demanding applications, like games or CAD. Both graphics chips support DirectX 11. The GeForce 840M core belongs to the latest Nvidia line-up: the Maxwell generation. The GPU places in the upper middle-class and has a base clock speed of 1,029 MHz. Turbo allows the speed to boost up to 1,124 MHz. The test model performs superior to the other models in the 3DMark benchmarks as it uses the strongest GPU.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
10332 points
3DMark Vantage7191 points
3DMark 112385 points
3DMark Ice Storm46736 points
3DMark Cloud Gate5816 points
3DMark Fire Strike1334 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Asus F550LN-CN89H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2385 Points ∼18%
HP Compaq 15-a024sg
GeForce 820M, 3110M, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1351 Points ∼10% -43%
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2012 Points ∼15% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2061 Points ∼16% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5537
Radeon HD 8850M, 4500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2444 Points ∼19% +2%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2462 Points ∼19% +3%
Asus N56JR-S4080H
GeForce GTX 760M, 4700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3620 Points ∼28% +52%

Gaming Performance

The Core i7 CPU and GeForce GPU allow the laptop to run most games fluidly at a HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and medium to high settings. Games like FIFA 14 and Counter-Strike: GO run well even at the FHD resolution with max settings as they require relatively low performance. The IdeaPad is equipped with a GeForce 840M chip and clearly lags behind the F550LN.

low med.high ultra
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 75.355.923.6fps
Civilization 5 (2010) 60.816.1fps
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011) 1154017.4fps
Batman: Arkham City (2011) 4936fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 36.721.4fps
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 42.22822.4fps
Max Payne 3 (2012) 45.830.1fps
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (2012) 40.817.6fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 58.928.9fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 79.645.5fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 41.235.1fps
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 4230.3fps
Assassin´s Creed III (2012) 42.338.2fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 125.358.829.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 83.447.538.413.4fps
Thief (2014) 32.721.317.1fps
Asus F550LN-CN89H
Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon R7 M265, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
Intel Core i5-4200M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Asus N56JR-S4080H
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Tomb Raider
-13%
-18%
14%
127%
1024x768 Low Preset125.395.2
-24%
97
-23%
120.4
-4%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x58.845.8
-22%
47
-20%
65.4
11%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x29.231.5
8%
25.9
-11%
39.8
36%
66.2
127%
BioShock Infinite
-15%
8%
1280x720 Very Low Preset83.471.8
-14%
86.12
3%
1366x768 Medium Preset47.540
-16%
51.18
8%
1366x768 High Preset38.433.2
-14%
43.62
14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-14% / -14%
-18% / -18%
11% / 11%
127% / 127%

Emissions

System Noise

While idle, the test model is not audible. At medium load (3DMark06 running), the fan still stays quiet. At full load (stress test; Prime95 and Furmark run for at least an hour), the fan has to turn up to max speed. We measure an emission of 41.1 dB. This value is fine as the laptop uses powerful hardware. The Aspire and the IdeaPad have similar emission levels.

Noise Level

Idle 31.2 / 31.2 / 31.6 dB(A)
HDD 32 dB(A)
DVD 36.9 / dB(A)
Load 34.2 / 41.1 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The stress test
The stress test

All models stay relatively cool: while idle, temperatures are all in the green region. Even during the stress test, the models do not overheat. At most, they cross the 40 °C mark in some areas of their cases. Overall the test model stays the coolest.

The stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least an hour) is run by the GPU at max speed (while plugged in and while on battery). The CPU operates at 2.6 - 2.7 GHz while plugged in, but on battery it is throttled down to 800 MHz. The CPU temperature reached around 82 °C during the stress test.

Max. Load
 38.2 °C32 °C25.6 °C 
 42 °C40.6 °C26 °C 
 27.3 °C30.5 °C28 °C 
Maximum: 42 °C
Average: 32.2 °C
25.1 °C38.5 °C35.3 °C
25.5 °C30.2 °C30.2 °C
27.2 °C26.5 °C26 °C
Maximum: 38.5 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  46.6 °C | Room Temperature 22.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the F550LN are placed above the keyboard. There are no speaker openings, but the speakers still manage to produce a loud sound, lacking bass. Speech is recognizable. Overall, the Asus speakers perform well.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Asus test model deserves praise for its low power consumption while idle. The power consumption stays under 10 W thanks to the ULV hardware. However, having ULV hardware by no means guarantees the low levels of consumption as shown by the Aspire. At medium load (3DMark06 running) the laptop is still quite conservative. However, at full load (stress test: Prime95 and Furmark run at least an hour), the laptop requires more power than the two other models. This is understandable as it is more powerful than them.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 5 / 8.4 / 8.4 Watt
Load 35.4 / 58.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

While idle, the battery of the F550LN holds for 7:17 hours. The Aspire (6:58 h) and the IdeaPad (6:56 h) give up a little earlier. For this scenario, we used the Battery Eater Reader's test which sets the brightness to the lowest level, turns the Power-Saver profile on and all wireless modules off. At load, the F550LN is finished after 1:14 hours. This places it between the Aspire (1:06 h) and the IdeaPad (1:29 h). The runtime at load was measured using the Battery Eater Classic test. The panel uses full brightness, High-Performance profile and all wireless modules are turned on.

The WLAN test is finished after 3:50 hours. The Aspire (3:32 h) and the IdeaPad (3:27 h) give up earlier. This test loads websites every 40 seconds with the Power-Saver profile and brightness set to 150 cd/m². DVD playback is finished after 3:04 hours, once again placing our test model ahead of the Aspire (2:10 h) and the IdeaPad (2:43 h). The DVD test is run with Power-Saver mode (or a stronger profile, if the DVD playback is not fluid), full brightness and wireless modules turned off.

Overall, the battery life is good as this is a powerful laptop with a relatively small battery (Asus: 37 Wh, Acer: 37 Wh, Lenovo: 48 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 17min
WiFi Surfing
3h 50min
DVD
3h 04min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 14min

Verdict

The Asus F550LN-CN89H has a lot to offer: good system performance and gaming performance. It has a lot of storage space and despite the powerful hardware it is usually quiet and heats up relatively little. The battery life is good and the decent input devices along with a two-year warranty round off the offer. The display is a major letdown, as despite having an FHD resolution, a matte surface and good colors, the poor viewing angles, low brightness and weak contrast make it unsightly.

The advantages of the Acer Aspire V5-561G are in its brighter Full HD panel. Furthermore, it is cheaper than the F550LN by 100 Euros (~$136) but has weaker performance. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 uses a brighter FHD panel and is equipped with the strongest processor of the three. This model is available for 630 Euros (~$858) but without the Windows OS. 

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In Review: Asus F550LN-CN89H. Test model provided by Cyberport
In Review: Asus F550LN-CN89H. Test model provided by Cyberport

Specifications

Asus F550LN-CN89H

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
:: Memory
8192 MB, DDR3, Dual-Channel, one slot occupied, 4 GB soldered
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2048 MB, Core: 1029-1124 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 332.60, Optimus
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics B156HTN03.6, TN LED, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 5400 rpm , 870 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9485 WiFi Adapter (b g n )
:: Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8E2
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 380 x 251
:: Weight
2.3 kg Power Supply: 0.245 kg
:: Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 2500 mAh
:: Price
799 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, AsusDVD, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), Microsoft Office 365 (trial), 24 Months Warranty

 

The DVD burner reads and writes every type of DVD and CD.
The DVD burner reads and writes every type of DVD and CD.
A numeric pad is provided.
A numeric pad is provided.
The hinges...
The hinges...
...hold the panel securely.
...hold the panel securely.
The keys have a medium stroke distance.
The keys have a medium stroke distance.
Two screws need to be removed to take off the maintenance flap.
Two screws need to be removed to take off the maintenance flap.
This provides access to the RAM and HDD.
This provides access to the RAM and HDD.
A RAM slot is available.
A RAM slot is available.
Swapping the hard drive should not pose any problems.
Swapping the hard drive should not pose any problems.
The battery weighs 221 grams...
The battery weighs 221 grams...
...and has a capacity of 37 Wh.
...and has a capacity of 37 Wh.
The power adapter weighs around 245 grams.
The power adapter weighs around 245 grams.
It offers 65 W.
It offers 65 W.

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Pro

+Matte FHD screen
+Good program performance
+Good gaming performance
+Lots of storage space
+24 months warranty
 

Cons

-Dark display with low contrast and poor viewing angles
-Only fast Ethernet available

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What we like

The good system and gaming performance as well as the low emissions.

What we miss

A brighter display with strong contrast.

What surprises us

Asus has equipped the 800 Euros (~$1089) laptop with a very dark panel.

The competition

Acer Aspire V5-561G, Lenovo IdeaPad Z510, Dell Inspiron 15R-5537, Asus N56JR-S4080H, Lenovo B5400, Acer Aspire V5-573G, Acer Aspire E1-572G, Asus X550LB-NH52, HP Compaq 15-a024sg, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545.

Rating

Asus F550LN-CN89H
05/24/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
66 / 98 → 67%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
60 / 95 → 63%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
79%
Display
77%
Games Performance
80 / 93 → 86%
Application Performance
73%
Temperature
88%
Noise
89 / 95 → 94%
Audio
55%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
71%
77%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-06- 3 (Update: 2014-06- 3)