SpecificationsNotebook: Asus K50IJ-C1 (K50IJ Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 550 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus K50IJ-C1
Source: PC Mag
Odds are that you've already committed to a lightweight laptop for next semester, say, a netbook or an Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch. What you might miss, however, is the luxury of a big screen, which, among other things, can improve the cinematic experience, enable multitasking with multiple windows, and keep scrolling down to a minimum. The ASUS K50IJ-C1 ($680 street) is a desktop replacement laptop that gives you a relatively big 15.6-inch screen and basic laptop features. The ASUS K50IJ-C1 is as cheap as a desktop replacement laptop will get without sacrificing too many features or too much performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2009
Source: Computer Shopper
Long known for its high quality, but not always for its low prices, Asus is flexing its competitive muscle in the budget-laptop arena with its K50IJ-C1 mainstream notebook. Asus calls its K50IJ series its “most aggressively priced” laptops. The K50IJ-C1, starting at $699, is indeed that. For a midsize laptop with a 15.6-inch screen, the K50IJ-C1 offers above-average performance and Asus’s winning aesthetics. With above-average performance at a competitive price, this laptop is a serious contender among budget notebooks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 81%
Source: PC Go - 3/10
Comparison, , Long, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 65% price: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
Entry level Penryn based dual-core CPU with a small 2MB level 2 cache and FSB800. Similar to the T6570 but without VT-x.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
73%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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