Note: The Asus Q550LF-BSI7T21 has the same hardware as the older Q550LF-BBI7T07 model. The only difference between these two laptops appears to be their OS versions, with the former having Windows 8.1 pre-installed instead of Win 8.0 (which is upgradeable to 8.1 for free).
The 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 it. 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-BSI7T21 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. The battery is quite large, with 59WHr. It should last more than five hours.
All of the listed features of this well armed notebook make it more expensive than many of the touchscreen 15.6-inch laptops. This Asus costs $1,000, whereas some of its touch-enabled competitors cost almost a half less.