Asus has quietly released the G550JK, a new gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch display.
The Asus G550JK is actually a lower-end gaming notebook if you count graphics performance as the main factor. With its design, 1.1″ thin profile, and specifications, the laptop is rather a gaming version of the multimedia-class N550 series than the smaller sibling of the popular G750. The notebook features the Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M 2GB/4GB “Maxwell” video card instead of the GTX 860 or higher. The latter are commonly used in gaming laptops by other manufacturers and in the G750. The processor is either the Intel Core i7 4710HQ Haswell with four cores and clock speed of up to 3.5GHz or the i5-4200H Haswell dual-core at up to 3.4GHz. The screen offers 1080p resolution and is backed by IPS technology, but that’s one of the option. Another one is the traditional low-end 1366×768 TN panel. RAM size is 8GB, but it’s expandable to 16GB. For storing files, you can have either 750GB or 1-Terabyte HDD at 5,400 or 7,200 rpm speed.
Optical drive is a DVD burner or Blu Ray combo. The built-in sound system consists of either dual or quad speakers, depending on model. As same as with the aforementioned N550, the G550 comes with an external subwoofer included in the package. Video output is provided via HDMI and mini DisplayPort.
Outwardly, the G550JK has a shape which appears to be identical to the aforementioned N550. Asus has repainted it in black instead of silver and added some red accents to give it a gaming look.
The notebook can be found in the US for about $1,100 in the form of the G550JK-DS71 model with the quad-core CPU, Full HD IPS, a 750GB HDD, and 8GB RAM.