Asus Q550LF-BBI7T07 Full-Size Touch Laptop with 4th Gen Core i7

The Asus Q550LF-BBI7T07 is a 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop which packs the latest higher-end components in a sleek design.

There’s plenty to like on the Q550LF-BBI7T07. The most remarkable features, besides the touch-enabled display with full HD 1080p resolution, are the latest 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with good performance and low power consumption, the Nvidia GeForce GT 745M dedicated video card with 2GB of DDR3 video memory, 8GB of RAM, and a 1,000GB (1TB) hard disk drive, all encased in an brushed “hairline” aluminum 1.1″-thin 6-pound chassis in dark gray color. The notebook is equipped with a silverish LED-backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric pad and a spacious seamless trackpad with integrated click buttons.

Asus Q550LF-BBI7T07

The included i7-4500U has two cores and runs at 1.8GHz default or up to 3GHz in TurboBoost mode. According to PassMark, it isn’t faster than the previous generation i7-3517U at 1.9GHz-3GHz. That’s a kind of expected because the 4th Generation i7 ultra-low voltage parts are designed primarily with power efficiency in mind, not high-performance. However, the i7-4500U is a higher-end part in the world of thin-and-light laptops and is suitable for daily tasks (social networking, web, office) as well as multimedia creation (video and image editing).

Intel Core i7-4500U Benchmark

Nvidia’s GT 745M isn’t a gaming-level graphics card, but it certainly passes playability threshold for many of the latest 3D games, even on high settings on some game titles.

8GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive space are double the amounts found in the ordinary notebooks with usual 4GB and 500GB. Although even 4GB is enough for all daily tasks, in the era of large-size HD video files it’s always good to have as much storage space as possible and the Asus Q550LF-BBI7T07 has the maximal storage capacity on the market if you don’t count multi-HDD laptops. The laptop also has a DVD burner for even more storage and you additionally has three USB 3.0 ports for Flash drives and other peripherals, as well as an SD/MMC reader for media cards. Other ports and slots are VGA and HDMI video outputs, a headphone/mic combo jack, and Gigabit LAN port. For wireless connectivity, there’s a built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth.

It would be interesting to know how long power autonomy the Q550LF-BBI7T07 provides, since it has a power-consuming dedicated video card and slim chassis without too much room for a large battery, but unfortunately the PC maker hasn’t disclosed such info and reviews of the laptop are not available. We know so far its a lithium-polymer 59WHr unit.

All of the listed features of this well armed notebook make it more expensive than many of the touchscreen 15.6-inch laptops. The Q550LF-BBI7T07 costs $1,000, whereas some of its touch-enabled competitors cost almost a half less. A nice one is Lenovo’s P500 Touch 59374199 with a $650 price tag and 1 pound lower weight (5lbs).

Q550LF-BBI7T07 Brushed Aluminum Back

Asus Q550LF-BBI7T07 Specifications

  • Display: 15.6-inch multi-touch full HD (1080p)
  • Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4500U “Haswell” dual-core CPU at 1.8GHz-3GHz, 4MB L3 cache
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 745M dedicated vide card with 2GB DDR3 VRAM
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 1,600MHz, expandable to 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB (1,000GB) HDD at 5,400rpm
  • Optical drive: DVD writer
  • Webcam: HD
  • Audio: Stereo speakers
  • Network: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth
  • Input: Backlit chiclet keyboard with number-pad, single-piece multi-gesture touchpad
  • Ports and Slots: 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, SD/MMC media card reader
  • Battery: Lithium-polymer, 59Whr, unknown battery life
  • Dimensions: 1.1″ height x 14.8″ width x 10.4″ depth
  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • OS: Windows 8 OS
  • Warranty: 1-year

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  1. In response to your battery query: I recently bought one of these and a typical moderate-usage session with about 60% backlight in power-save mode can go 5-6 hours.

    The Nvidia card is only used on demand. The laptop is also equipped with integrated graphics, and this chipset is used whenever possible to maximize battery life.

    • Yes, at least with the student version it runs smoothly with out much lag I had some instalation troubles but it was my fault not the computers. I highly recomend it.

  2. i bought this a week ago it can play skyrim on max settings and max settings on Battlefield 3 and it only use’s the video card when needed it runs on intel hd 4400 graphics otherwise

  3. (Quoted in article) All of the listed features of this well armed notebook make it more expensive than many of the touchscreen 15.6-inch laptops. The Q550LF-BBI7T07 costs $1,000, whereas some of its touch-enabled competitors cost almost a half less. A nice one is Lenovo’s P500 Touch 59374199 with a $650 price tag and 1 pound lower weight (5lbs). (End Quote)

    (My Argument)
    Yeah, $650 is a lower price. But it is a MUCH lower spec’d computer. It’s a 3rd Gen i5, not 4thj Gen i7. No nVidia card and only 720p vs 1080p. So not Apples to Apples. You get what you pay for. No included Subwoofer port or Included Subwoofer to plug in to said port. Backlit Keyboart at various intensities.
    (End Rant)

    (My Review)
    I’ve had this laptop over a month and can’t find anything comparable to this price point. Games play AWESOME on it! RIFT/EQ2/Skyrim/Might Quest Epic Loot etc… All on Max Settings. Edit’s Video nicely. Touch screen is VERY responsive and the WIDI works like a champ!

    • Yes, it will run it easily, but I think this model isn’t optimized for that. This is rather an entertainment machine. The Nvidia graphics card in it adds to the price, but you won’t need it for Quickbooks. For improved performance, it would be nice to have a solid state drive instead of the traditional HDD, or at least SSD/HDD hybrid. If you need an advice about alternatives to this, please tell me what you’ll use the laptop for except Quickbooks, your budget, and prefered screen size.

      • I am considering getting this laptop as well but had a few questions. Is it possible to either switch out the HDD for or add a SSD? Also, I read in someones purchase review that while it is expandable to 16GB of RAM, it is only a specific type of RAM that best buy (where it was purchased) doesn’t even carry. I would appreciate any info you can give.

          • Thanks for the response. I have since come across something about this laptop that is a deal breaker for me sadly. I have gone through too many laptops because of heating issues. I use a laptop all day during work and then take it home and use it during the evening – It essentially is being used all day – every day. This laptop only has 2 small air intake vents on the bottom and no exhaust vent. Additionally, I discovered that its battery is integrated and can’t be removed without voiding the warranty (which I like to do and just run the laptop via the A/C adapter- again for cooling.)

            I think I’m now going to go with the lower-end G750 which easily allows me to upgrade to 32GB of RAM and has an available separate bay for an SSD.

  4. ???????? ? ?????? ???? ?????????, ????? ???????, ? ??? ? ?????? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ??????. ???????? ????????, ???? ??????????. Acquired in Miami this computer, very satisfied, in Russia such costs three times more expensive. Great value, would recommend.

  5. @Danijel: If you’re having a problem with overheating on your laptops, consider the ASUS ROG series.

    A couple of years ago, when we purchased a laptop for one of our grandkids, the first thing I checked was to lift each model (which had been running all day) and feel the entire bottom of the case to see which was the coolest. And the ROG model was by far the coolest.

    Granted, this may not be a completely valid method of comparison, nevertheless is is one easy way to determine which operated coolest under the circumstances.

    Upon looking at the cooling method, ROG did not use the bottom to transfer air. It uses the front (intake) and back (exhaust), so setting it on a soft surface won’t block the ports.

    They are a bit pricey, starting at about $1250 at Best Buy and elsewhere.

    Features: i7 CPU, at least 12Gb RAM and 1TB HD, separate video card, dedicated space for a second drive in 17.3″ models.

    One last comment: The 17.3″ ROG models are LARGE, particularly the front to back dimension and to a lesser extent the height or thickness. So not just any 17″ bag will fit. We searched several places before finding a bag to accommodate such a large laptop and give it excellent protection. The one we chose was a leather Targus model (I just now looked at their site and they have several to choose from) that will accommodate the largest of 17″ or 17.3″ laptops, and they cost about $85.

    Hope this helps.

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