Asus ASUSPRO ESSENTIAL PU550CA
Reviews for the Asus ASUSPRO ESSENTIAL PU550CA
Source: Ferra.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Reasonable price; stylish pattern on the cover; matte screen; very good keyboard; excellent wired LAN.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2014
Source: Itsvet HR→EN Archive.org version
The configuration is based on a 1.8GHz Intel Core i3 3217U dual-core (4 threads) processor with 8GB of RAM with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics card and a 500GB SATA hard disk. This is sufficient for good results and performance that is going to be adequate for most business users. In the basic version, the laptop comes with no operating system installed, while you can pay extra for the latest version of the Windows 8.1. Judging by the price, this is a serious and reasonable offer for business customers, offering high build quality and it is more durable than the laptops of the same price category.
Positive: Very high quality workmanship; great balanced configuration; good keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2014
The Asus ASUSPRO ESSENTIAL PU550CA is aimed at business customers who want some level of data security. It went through strict reliability testing standards. The hard drive is shock protected and an accelerometer detects sudden movements. Furthermore, Asus claims that it can withstand drops from more than double the height standard notebooks can, the hinge testing is stronger, the pressure endurance is 20% higher compared to normal notebooks and the spill-resistant keyboard can withstand minor spillage. In addition, it comes with a fingerprint scanner for added security.
The PU550CA is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i3, which will suffice for all office tasks. 8 GB of RAM ensures smooth multitasking. The Intel HD Graphics 4000 can play older games on low settings or undemanding newer games.
The 15.6 inch screen has too low a resolution of 1366 x 768 and is nothing spectacular. The battery life is pretty solid but carrying the 6 cell battery means the device will weigh in at 2.5 kg. This device is definitely not meant for the average consumer with its security features, small businesses should give it a look.
Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
3217U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.8 GHz (no Turbo Boost) and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» 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.
Usually, old laptops with 14-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
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.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
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