ASUS X550VX - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 1000GB HDD
RAM
up to 8GB
OS
Windows 10
Dimensions
380 x 251 x 32 mm (14.96" x 9.88" x 1.26")
Weight
2.45 kg (5.4 lbs)
Body material
Plastic
Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • HDMI 1
  • VGA 1
  • Card reader SD
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio jack combo audio/microphone jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera VGA
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All ASUS X550VX 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.

$4.97
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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 X550VX in-depth review

ASUS' new budget performer the X550VX, or known as K550VX in Europe, delivers unmatched power for the asking price and it's an ideal choice for gamers on a budget. But, of course, $800 for Core i7-6700HQ CPU with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB GDDR5), surely there are some trade-offs. In this case, it's the screen. The only available screen options are with TN panels and most of them feature HD (1366x768) resolution. Full HD is optional. This makes the notebook so lucrative for users valuing [...]

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Pros

  • Generally good keyboard and touchpad (if the drivers of the latter are updated)
  • Excellent price/performance ratio
  • Includes the new GeForce GTX 950M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory

Cons

  • Maintains high temperatures under load
  • Flexible keyboard area
  • The screen uses PWM across all brightness levels, except at 100%
  • Slightly below average battery performance

 

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