Review Asus F550DP-XX022H Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 10/13/2013

AMD all-rounder. Asus equipped its latest notebook with a quad-core CPU and a dual graphics solution. Thanks to a 1 TB hard drive, the laptop has a big storage capacity. Our review reveals whether the computer is attractive.

For the original German review, see here.

There is no shortage of affordable 15.6-inch multimedia notebooks nowadays. Virtually all manufacturers offer several models. Recently, Asus added a new series. A quad-core CPU and a dual graphics solution - both from AMD - should attract customers. Our review reveals whether this is successful.

We compare the notebook to Toshiba's Satellite C855-2J4 (Core i5-3230M, Radeon HD 7610M) and Lenovo's G505s (AMD A6-5350M, Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M).

The F550DP's and the Asus F550CA-XX078D (Pentium 2117U, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) test model's design are very similar. Therefore, we will not cover case, connectivity, input devices, and speakers in-depth here.

Case

Look, size, and stability of the F550DP resemble the Intel-based F550CA's. However, there are small differences: The F550DP does not have a maintenance hatch and its battery cannot be easily removed.

The undersides of the F550DP...
The undersides of the F550DP...
...and the F550CA are different.
...and the F550CA are different.

Connectivity

The connectivity of the three competitors is very similar. They feature the interfaces usual nowadays. Each of them has at least one USB 3.0 port. The Lenovo G505s is the only one with Fast Ethernet, while the other two devices come with Gigabit-Ethernet. The F550DP performs slightly better than the F550CA, as it also features a third USB port (USB 3.0). Although the two Asus computers do not have the same interface layout, it is suboptimal anyway, because all interfaces are at the height of the palm rests.

Left side: Kensington lock slot, VGA out, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, audio combo
Left side: Kensington lock slot, VGA out, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, audio combo
Right side: USB 2.0, DVD burner, power-in
Right side: USB 2.0, DVD burner, power-in

Operating system

The F550DP comes with pre-installed Windows 8 (64-bit), but a Windows DVD is not included. Windows 8 can be replaced by Windows 7 without problems. Windows 7 drivers are available for all components. Windows 7 does not include drivers for the APU, the dedicated GPU, the chipset, the Gigabit Ethernet chip, the Wi-Fi module and the USB 3.0 controller. The Wi-Fi module works with Windows 8 drivers from Asus' website. Drivers for the Ethernet chip can be downloaded from Realtek's website. The APU and GPU can be configured with the current Catalyst drivers from AMD's website. In addition, AMD's site provides drivers for chipset and USB 3.0 controller.

Maintenance

Unlike the F550CA, the F550DP does not have a maintenance hatch. In order to get to the inner components, you have to open the base unit, which is easy: Remove all screws on the underside of the notebook, place the notebook on its feet, carefully loosen the top of the base unit with a spatula and lift it on the front side. You can simply disconnect the three flat cables connecting the top side to the motherboard. They are long enough to reconnect them without problems.

The hardware is accessible now - that is apart from the RAM. You need to remove the motherboard to get to the RAM modules. In contrast, it is easy to replace the hard drive. 2.5-inch hard drives with 7 or 9.5 mm height fit in. You can even remove the fan for cleaning. If required, the battery can be replaced. Once the case is open, you can disconnect it without further tools, because it is not screwed in. It is connected to the motherboard via a plug.

Display

Asus uses a glossy 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The average brightness of 215.2 cd/m² is mid-range. The display of the G505 (212.8 cd/m²) is on par, while the Satellite's (228.7 cd/m²) performs slightly better. The F550DP display's brightness distribution of 78% is not overwhelming. The competitors perform better in this aspect.

231
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 238 cd/m²
Average: 215.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 238 cd/m²
Black: 1.09 cd/m²
Contrast: 218:1
Asus F550DP vs. sRGB
Asus F550DP vs. sRGB
Asus F550DP vs. AdobeRGB
Asus F550DP vs. AdobeRGB

Contrast (218:1) and black value (1.09 cd/m²) are very poor. Nowadays, even cheap notebooks seldom deliver that low values. The G505s (307:1, 0.75 cd/m²) performs only slightly better, while the Satellite's results (507:1, 0.46 cd/m²) are acceptable. With the F550CA-XX078D (779:1, 0.28 cd/m²), Asus recently proved that even cheap notebooks can deliver high contrasts. The pictures of the color space comparison show that the Asus can cover neither sRGB nor AdobeRGB, which are important for professional image editing.

The colors are surprisingly good ex-factory (target space: sRGB). The average DeltaE 2000 deviation of 3.7 is very low. Virtually all colors are within the target range (DeltaE smaller than 5). Only cyan slightly exceeds this level with a DeltaE of 5.083. We appreciate that the display is not bluish. The good values are not surprising: Asus installed a color profile.

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

The display is just legible outdoors. That is, if reflections are avoided.

The viewing angles are as expected. Alike most cheap notebooks, they are wider in a horizontal direction than in a vertical direction. The image quickly distorts if the vertical viewing angle is changed. The image remains legible from the sides, but it gets slightly darker.

Asus F550DP-XX022H: outdoors
Asus F550DP-XX022H: outdoors
Asus F550DP-XX022H: viewing angles
Asus F550DP-XX022H: viewing angles

Performance

With the F550DP, Asus offers a cheap 15.6-inch multimedia notebook. The computer can run modern computer games and less demanding tasks including office applications, internet communication, or video playback do not pose a problem. Our test model is available for about 550 Euros (~$746). If a 500 GB hard drive is sufficient, it only costs just below 500 Euros (~$678).

Asus tends to launch cheap models under two names, see e.g. the F55A and the X55A series and the F550CA and the X550CA series. Further variants of the F550DP called X550DP might appear soon. However, we did not yet detect such at the time of testing.

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System information: Asus F550DP-XX022H

Processor

Asus equipped the F550DP with an AMD A8-5550M APU based on the Richland architecture. The CPU part of the APU is a quad-core processor with a base clock of 2.1 GHz. The clock rate can be increased to up to 3.1 GHz (AMD Turbo Core). AMD specifies a TDP of 35 Watt for this APU.

The CPU clocks at 2.8 GHz during the single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks. Time and again the clock rate of one core increases to 3.1 GHz. During the multi-threading tests, the CPU usually clocks at 2.4 GHz. However, the clock rate of all four cores frequently falls to 2.1 GHz. As a result, multi-threading applications cannot use the full potential of the CPU. The G505s (AMD A6-5350M, Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics) can keep up with the F550DP in the single-thread tests. This is not surprising, as the CPU of the G505s has a higher clock rate. Both notebooks are slower than the Satellite (Core i5-3230M, Radeon HD 7610M). The Intel CPU performs significantly better than the AMD counterpart.

The Satellite achieves the best results in the GL tests. This is slightly surprising, as a single dedicated Radeon HD 8670M GPU is nominally faster than the Radeon chip of the Satellite. There might be two reasons why the Satellite performs better: The scaling of the dual graphics solution is not perfect and the dedicated GPU of the F550DP only connects to the video memory via a 64-bit interface.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2139
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5334
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4944
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2902 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7526 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5033 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.79 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.9 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
21.55 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
Asus F550DP-XX022H
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
21.55 fps ∼20%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A6-5350M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
17.23 fps ∼16%
-20%
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
26.58 fps ∼24%
+23%
Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4
Radeon HD 7610M, 3230M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
27.77 fps ∼25%
+29%
Dell Inspiron 15-3521-0620
Radeon HD 8750M, 3337U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
32.19 fps ∼29%
+49%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
37.85 fps ∼34%
+76%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
42.33 fps ∼39%
+96%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus F550DP-XX022H
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.9 Points ∼11%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A6-5350M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1 Points ∼6%
-47%
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.06 Points ∼12%
+8%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.45 Points ∼14%
+29%
Dell Inspiron 15-3521-0620
Radeon HD 8750M, 3337U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.49 Points ∼14%
+31%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.51 Points ∼14%
+32%
Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4
Radeon HD 7610M, 3230M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.98 Points ∼17%
+57%

System Performance

The system works very sluggishly. As a result tasks take a long time. If a folder is opened, it takes several seconds until the icons of the files it contains are displayed. We assume that this is a problem with the Windows installation, as the hard drive achieves typical benchmark results. Although we cannot exclude the hard drive, it is not the main suspect. Furthermore, this could be only a peculiarity of our test model.

The results of the PCMark benchmarks are not good. The G505s (AMD A6-5350M, Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M) has a slightly faster hard drive than our test model and performs slightly better than the F550DP in PCMark 7. The Satellite (Core i5-3230M, Radeon HD 7610M) is significantly better than the two competitors as it is equipped with the fastest CPU. The direct comparison of the F550DP with the identically equipped HP Pavilion 15-e052sg (AMD A8-5550M, Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8670M) proves that the hardware platform can indeed perform better. The PCMark 7 result of the Pavilion is 50% higher.

We incorporated a Solid State Drive (Crucial RealSSD C300 - 64 GB) in the notebook and installed Windows 8 on it. The F550DP benefits a lot from the SSD and the system works fast and smoothly with it. In addition the PCMark score increased significantly to 2982 points, more than doubling it.

4.7
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.3
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage3721 points
PCMark 71330 points
PCMark 8 Work3683 points
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PCMark 7 - Score
Asus F550DP-XX022H
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1330 Points ∼20%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A6-5350M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1394 Points ∼21%
+5%
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1996 Points ∼30%
+50%
Dell Inspiron 15-3521-0620
Radeon HD 8750M, 3337U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2119 Points ∼32%
+59%
Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4
Radeon HD 7610M, 3230M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2464 Points ∼37%
+85%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2711 Points ∼41%
+104%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2878 Points ∼43%
+116%

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

Asus used a Momentus SpinPoint M8-Series from Seagate with a capacity of 1 TB and a revolution speed of 5400 rpm. Typical of Asus, the hard drive has an OS partition (372 GB) and a data partition (537 GB). CrystalDiskMark reports a read rate of 100.1 MB/s. HD Tune displays an average transfer rate of 77 MB/s. These results are appropriate for a 5400 rpm hard drive.

Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 40.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 103.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 77 MB/s
Access Time: 19.5 ms
Burst Rate: 95.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %

Graphics card

The F550DP uses an AMD dual graphics solution consisting of the integrated Radeon HD 8550G graphics core and a dedicated Radeon HD 8670M GPU. Both graphics chips support at least DirectX 11. The two GPUs are connected via a Crossfire bridge. So, both cores can calculate images in parallel if needed, e. g. during computer games. If only little graphics performance is demanded, e.g. during DVD playback, only the integrated GPU is used. The same is also true on battery. However, the dual graphics solution could also be used in these scenarios. Whether an application should use the dual graphics solution can be specified in the driver menu for each application.

We recently reviewed the HP Pavilion 15-e052sg (A8-5550M, Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics), which features the same APU and the same dual graphics solution as the F550DP. The Pavilion partly performs significantly better than the Asus in the 3DMark benchmarks. The reason might be that the CPU of the F550DP cannot always use its full potential. The differences are particularly big in CPU-intensive benchmarks

The comparison with the Satellite (Core i5-3230M, Radeon HD 7610M) is a mixed bag. In theory, the F550DP should perform better in every benchmark. However, this is not the case. But, the Asus is significantly faster than the G505s (AMD A6-5350M, Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics), as the F550DP features a nominally more powerful dual graphics solution.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
4811 points
3DMark Vantage4892 points
3DMark 111801 points
3DMark Ice Storm39327 points
3DMark Cloud Gate4009 points
3DMark Fire Strike668 points
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Asus F550DP-XX022H
AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4
Intel Core i5-3230M, AMD Radeon HD 7610M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo G505s-20255
AMD A6-5350M, AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3DMark 06
1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x48117255
51%
4242
-12%
5648
17%
3DMark Vantage
1280x1024 P Result no PhysX48923691
-25%
3123
-36%
6519
33%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance1801880
-51%
1258
-30%
1947
8%
3DMark (2013)
12%
-39%
0%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score3932752993
35%
26113
-34%
42936
9%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score40094475
12%
2675
-33%
3927
-2%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score668592
-11%
342
-49%
627
-6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / 2%
-29% / -32%
15% / 10%

Gaming Performance

The F550DP can smoothly run several current computer games in standard resolution and medium graphics quality. As already mentioned above (see 3DMark benchmarks), the Asus notebook cannot achieve the full potential of its hardware in CPU-intensive games. Directly compared to the identically equipped HP Pavilion 15-e052sg (AMD A8-5550M, Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8670M), it performs partly better and partly worse.

Those looking for a cheap, gaming capable notebook should consider the already mentioned HP Pavilion 15-e052sg. On average, its gaming performance is about on par with the F550DP's, but it only costs 450 Euros (~$610) and is even about 100 Euros (~$135) cheaper than the Asus. Acer's Aspire E1-572G (Core i5-4200U, Radeon HD 8750M) would be a further alternative. Its CPU and gaming performance is better than the Asus' and it is currently available for about 580 Euros (~$786).

low med.high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 69.3fps
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 11834.8fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) 67.739.3fps
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 5640.628fps
Metro 2033 (2010) 4227fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 37.229.425fps
Civilization 5 (2010) 32.7fps
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011) 9425.9fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 5031.6fps
Batman: Arkham City (2011) 493719fps
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) 85.647.725.4fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 36.123.116fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 70.132.319.3fps
Alan Wake (2012) 19.511.5fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 3525fps
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 23.215.812.5fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 42.128.725.8fps
Max Payne 3 (2012) 25.223.418.7fps
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (2012) 16.29.5fps
Darksiders II (2012) 26.9fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 40.429.217.6fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 101.181.556.7fps
F1 2012 (2012) 413332fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 139.3fps
Dishonored (2012) 37.228.925.5fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 40.125.320.1fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 48.13416.6fps
Assassin´s Creed III (2012) 13.912.7fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 39.224.311.4fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 74.938.924.9fps
SimCity (2013) 5420.814.8fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 128.74624.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 41.423.418.9fps
Dota 2 (2013) 43.832.3fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 28.920.3fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 24.519.710.2fps
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) 24.215.97.4fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 45.733.727.9fps
Fifa 14 (2013) 125.276.858.6fps
F1 2013 (2013) 554036fps
Asus F550DP-XX022H
AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4
Intel Core i5-3230M, AMD Radeon HD 7610M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo G505s-20255
AMD A6-5350M, AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
BioShock Infinite
15%
-26%
7%
1280x720 Very Low Preset41.453
28%
28.2
-32%
43.1
4%
1366x768 Medium Preset23.425
7%
19
-19%
25
7%
1366x768 High Preset18.921
11%
20.8
10%

Emissions

System Noise

The notebook is audible while idle. The fan runs nearly always and the noise level is between 31.4 and 34.1 dB. The Satellite (32.2 to 34.2 dB) is about on par while the G505s (29.9 to 31.6 dB) performs better. Under medium load (3DMark06) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark) the noise level of the F550DP increases significantly to 40.8 and 43.6 dB respectively. The noise of the Satellite (40.9 and 40.4 dB) and especially the G505s (36.3 and 36.8 dB) is lower. Please note that the clock rate of the Lenovo varies greatly under load.

Noise Level

Idle 31.4 / 34 / 34.1 dB(A)
HDD 30.2 dB(A)
DVD 38.2 / dB(A)
Load 40.8 / 43.6 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Asus F550DP-XX022H during the stress test.
The Asus F550DP-XX022H during the stress test.

While idle, the case temperatures of all three computers are in the green. Under load, their temperatures increase moderately. All three notebooks exceed 40 °C close to the fan. In contrast, the palm rests remain relatively cool. Therefore, you can work with the notebooks without problems.

During the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) the CPU clocks at 2.1 to 2.4 GHz on mains. But, the longer the test runs, the more seldom the clock rate increases to 2.4 GHz. Anyway, the clock rate never falls below 2.1 GHz. The dedicated GPU clocks at 975 MHz at the beginning of the stress test on mains. As the test progresses, it throttles to 400 MHz again and again. After about 15 to 20 minutes, the intervals with 400 MHz are longer than the intervals with full speed (975 MHz). After about 50 to 60 minutes the dedicated graphics card permanently clocks at 400 MHz. At the same time the clock rate of the CPU increases to 2.8 GHz. The integrated GPU primarily clocks at 351 MHz. Its clock rate is rarely increased. If the stress test runs on battery, the clock rates do not vary. The CPU runs at 2.1 GHz, the integrated GPU at 253 MHz and the dedicated graphics core at 400 MHz.

We reran 3DMark06 immediately after the stress test. Apparently this was too much for the notebook: It shut down during the benchmark. Our measurements prove that performances losses are to be expected when the temperatures are high. The CPU temperature rose to up to 84 °C on mains.

Max. Load
 34.8 °C29.3 °C27.6 °C 
 35.6 °C32.6 °C29 °C 
 33.5 °C36.6 °C33.1 °C 
Maximum: 36.6 °C
Average: 32.5 °C
29.8 °C39.1 °C41.1 °C
31.3 °C42.6 °C42 °C
34.6 °C34.1 °C31.5 °C
Maximum: 42.6 °C
Average: 36.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  48.6 °C | Room Temperature 23.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idle, the power consumption is between 8.1 and 12.2 Watt, which is alright for a computer with these components. The Satellite (10.6 to 15.2 Watt) is slightly too power-hungry, while the G505s (6.6 to 10 Watt) is more frugal than the competitors. Under medium load (3DMark06) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark) the power consumption of the F550DP increases to 32.7 and 56.4 Watt respectively. So, it is on par with the Satellite (33.7 and 56.4 Watt). The G505s (37.7 and 41.7 Watt) requires less energy than the other two computers under full load. This might be due to the fact that its CPU clock rates vary greatly.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.6 Watt
Idle 8.1 / 11.8 / 12.2 Watt
Load 32.7 / 56.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

While idle the Asus runs 6:32 h on a single charge. The G505s (8:26 h) lasts longer. The Satellite's battery life (4:43 h) is the shortest. We recorded the maximum runtime with the Battery Eater Reader's test with lowest display brightness, energy saving profile and disabled radio modules. Under load the Asus achieves a battery life of 1:06 h. The Satellite (1:14 h) and the G505s (1:20 h) top the F550DP. The Battery Eater Classic test measured the load runtime with maximum display brightness, profile "maximum performance", and enabled radio modules.

The F550DP finishes the Wi-Fi test in 3:16 h and again performs worse than the Satellite (3:21 h) and the G505s (3:36 h). During this test websites are automatically loaded in 40 second intervals. The energy saving profile is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². DVD playback ends after 2:31 h and the F550DP comes in between the Satellite (2:01 h) and the G505s (3:15 h). The DVD test is run with energy saving profile (or higher if the DVD does not play smoothly), maximum display brightness and disabled radio modules.

The battery capacities (Asus: 44 Wh, Toshiba: 48 Wh, Lenovo: 41 Wh) of the three notebook do not differ greatly. Therefore, the battery runtimes of the three notebooks can be compared to each other to some extent. Overall, the F550DP's battery life is typical for a 15.6-inch notebook.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 32min
WiFi Surfing
3h 16min
DVD
2h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 06min

Verdict

The Asus F550DP delivers a decent system and gaming performance. In addition, it comes with a big storage capacity and a warranty of two years. The battery life is alright. But, there are also points of critique: The display is only modestly bright and its contrast is very low. Furthermore, the notebook cannot use its full potential: The CPU cannot use its maximum turbo clock in multi-threaded tasks. In addition, the system works sluggishly, but this might be a peculiarity of our test device.

If more CPU performance is required, you should go for the Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4. Its Core i5 CPU is faster than the AMD counterpart. Lenovo's G505s is interesting if a notebook with low energy consumption that works as quiet as possible is needed. In addition, the G505s delivers the best battery life.

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Specifications

Asus F550DP-XX022H

:: Processor
AMD A8-5550M 2.1 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD Bolton
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, single channel, two RAM slots
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics - 2048 MB, Core: HD 8550G: 351-720, HD 8670M: 400-975 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, Catalyst 13.9, Crossfire
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Samsung 156AT20-P02, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 5400 rpm , 909 GB free
:: Soundcard
AMD Trinity/Richland - 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 UJ8C2
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 380 x 251
:: Weight
2.3 kg Power Supply: 0.322 kg
:: Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 3070 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 240 h
:: Price
549 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD web cam, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, AsusDVD, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial version), Microsoft Office 365 (trial version), Windows Essentials 2012, 24 Months Warranty

 

Maximum opening angle
Maximum opening angle
The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
A number pad is available.
A number pad is available.
The hinges...
The hinges...
...hold the lid safely in place.
...hold the lid safely in place.
Opened case.
Opened case.
The hard drive can be replaced.
The hard drive can be replaced.
The fan is accessible.
The fan is accessible.
The Wi-Fi module looks out from under the motherboard.
The Wi-Fi module looks out from under the motherboard.
The DVD burner can be removed.
The DVD burner can be removed.
The battery is built-in, but it can be replaced if needed.
The battery is built-in, but it can be replaced if needed.
It is connected to the motherboard with a plug.
It is connected to the motherboard with a plug.
The battery has a capacity of 44 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 44 Wh.
The power adapter weighs 322 g...
The power adapter weighs 322 g...
... and delivers a maximum of 90 Watt.
... and delivers a maximum of 90 Watt.
The keyboard is rather unsuitable for prolific writers.
The keyboard is rather unsuitable for prolific writers.
The key travel is medium.
The key travel is medium.
The clickpad is sufficiently big.
The clickpad is sufficiently big.
The speakers are above the keyboard.
The speakers are above the keyboard.
This is proved by a look inside.
This is proved by a look inside.
The lid...
The lid...
...and the palm rests feature different textures.
...and the palm rests feature different textures.
The F550DP outdoors.
The F550DP outdoors.

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Pro

+decent system performance
+gaming capable
+big storage capacity
+24 month warranty
+display is not bluish
+display with decent colors
 

Cons

-modestly bright display with low contrast
-cannot use full performance
-works sluggishly

Shortcut

What we like

Two years warranty and the good system and gaming performance.

What we would like to see

A contrast-rich display and a maintenance hatch. We would also appreciate a better keyboard.

What surprises us

In contrast to the F550CA model, Asus did not unnecessarily integrate a maintenance hatch into the F550DP.

The competition

Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4, Lenovo G505s, HP Pavilion 15-e052sg, Acer Aspire E1-572G, Acer Aspire V5-573G, Dell Inspiron 15-3521-0620, HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15-b004sg, Packard Bell EasyNote TE11HC-32328G50Mnks, Asus A56CB-XX053H, HP Pavilion g6-2253sg, Acer Aspire E1-571G.

Rating

Asus F550DP-XX022H
05/12/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
65 / 98 → 66%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
64 / 95 → 67%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
76%
Display
70%
Games Performance
66 / 93 → 71%
Application Performance
44%
Temperature
86%
Noise
80 / 95 → 84%
Average
69%
71%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-10-13 (Update: 2013-10-13)