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.
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).
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).
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