ASUS K550JX - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 1000GB HDD
RAM
up to 12GB
OS
Windows 10
Battery
37Wh, Li-Ion, 4-cell
Dimensions
381 x 251 x 24.8 – 31.7 mm (15.00" x 9.88" x 0.98")
Weight
2.30 kg (5.1 lbs)
Body material
Plastic
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader SD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio jack headphone/microphone
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All ASUS K550JX configurations

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

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Office work and web design

Office work / Web design

If your field is office work or web design, or you just want your monitor's color set to be as accurate as possible for the Internet color space, this profile will prove to be useful.

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Gaming or movie nights

Gaming or Movie nights

We developed this profile especially for occasions on which you spend a lot of time in front of your monitor with some games or watching movies – it will be easier for you to discern fine nuances in the dark.

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Health protection

Health-Guard

This profile reduces the negative impact of pulsation and the blue spectrum, securing your eyes and body. You still get a pitch-perfect color image, albeit slightly warmer.

$4.98
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All
$9.99
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ASUS K550JX in-depth review

And yet another budget notebook that's aimed for gaming was in our lab - ASUS K550JX. At first glance of the specs sheet, it can easily be mistaken with the old version of GL552, which we reviewed a few months back. But besides the CPU and GPU, from design to hardware, both notebooks are totally different. Of course, with a price difference of €100, the K500JX compromises in screen quality and keyboard backlight., but the gap should have been filled after the GL552 became more expensive with b[...]

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Pros

  • The keyboard seems more than fine (despite the absence of LED backlight)
  • Responsive touchpad, but with a bit stiff right and left mouse buttons
  • No PWM across all brightness levels
  • Pretty powerful hardware, that's suitable even for gaming, at a decent price
  • The cooling system provides the much-needed comfort to the user during heavy load

Cons

  • The panel used for the display doesn't provide the bare minimum for a notebook at this price range
  • Small inconsistencies with the build quality and the whole surface attracts fingerprints and smudges
  • No keyboard LED backlight

 

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