• CPU: Intel Core i5-6300HQ
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), TN
  • Storage: 1000GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Weight: 2.30 kg (5.1 lbs)

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

ASUS K550 (F550) - Specs

CPU Performance #64
  • Intel Core i5-6440HQ 2.6%
  • Intel Core i7-4702MQ 4.4%
  • Intel Core i5-6300HQ
  • Intel Core i7-7660U 3.8%
  • Intel Core i7-7560U 5%
GPU Performance #91
  • AMD Radeon RX 540 (2GB GDDR5)
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 (2GB GDDR5) 0.2%
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB GDDR5)
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  • NVIDIA Quadro M600M (2GB GDDR5) 0.2%
Display
15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), TN
panel 1
Innolux N156HGE-EAB (CHI MEI CMN15C4)
Color accuracy 11 -> 3.5
HDD/SSD
1TB SSD + 1TB HDD, 5400 rpm
RAM
8GB DDR4
OS
Windows 10
Battery
37Wh, 4-cell
Body material
Plastic
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)
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
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

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DISPLAY: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, TN

Name Innolux N156HGE-EAB (CHI MEI CMN15C4)
Diagonal 15.6"
Pixel density 141.21 ppi
Brightness 209 cd/m2
sRGB 50%
PWM frequency 25800 Hz
Panel Type TN
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Becomes "Retina" from 24 inches (62 cm)
Contrast 340:1
dE Color Checker 11 3.5
PWM Rating 8.2: (acceptable)
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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).

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

Office Work and Web Design

The second profile type is Office Work and Web Design. Business tasks are various, most often related to a set of office-targeted applications. Sometimes, working outside is necessary. In such cases color accuracy is paramount, but so is image clarity, brightness, contrast etc. A piece of text must be legible, graphics and histograms must be clear. All of this is precisely what this profile is for. If you’re doing office work, web design, or simply value color accuracy when browsing the Internet, this is the profile to use!

It’s important to note that not all displays are suited for Web design – our profiles can not compensate for insufficient sRGB coverage (most TN panels have this problem), so you you might want to check our detailed color tests in the respective product reviews we’ve done if you want to use the machine for professional work.

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

Gaming and Movie Nights

Gaming is among the main driving forces for the fast clip of hardware development. Gamers are well-aware of the fact that a poor image can ruin the entire experience.

The same goes for watching movies. Imagine sitting down for a nice movie after a long day, and barely making out what’s on the screen. The ‘Gaming and movie night’ profile can make a huge difference. We strongly recommend you use it, since it’s gamma curve is specifically tuned to reveal details in the dark sections of the image.

Here’s what this amounts to:

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

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ASUS K550 (F550) in-depth review

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i5-6300HQ

$2994.11+240%
price
515.00+10.8%
performance
412.00-11.4%
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$2994.11+240%
price
0.00-100%
performance
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
$2994.11+240%
price
0.00-100%
performance
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB GDDR5)

$698.00-21%
price
2488.00+1.1%
performance
Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
$698.00-21%
price
383.00-26.8%
performance
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
$698.00-21%
price
300.00-18.3%
performance
Results are for the Unigine Superposition benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
$698.00-21%
price
491.00-29.6%
performance
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

Some games you can play on this laptop

GTA V
quality
average
64 fps
25 fps
X
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
CS:GO
quality
average
95 fps
58 fps
48 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
quality
average
32 fps
20 fps
X
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Six Siege
quality
average
33 fps
29 fps
26 fps
21 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
For Honor
quality
average
30 fps
X
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOTA 2
quality
average
91 fps
67 fps
37 fps
28 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Hearthstone
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
63 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
World of Tanks
quality
average
144+ fps
35 fps
X
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
FIFA 19
quality
average
72 fps
56 fps
36 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
League of Legends
quality
average
128 fps
113 fps
106 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rocket League
quality
average
120 fps
44 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Overwatch
quality
average
76 fps
50 fps
28 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Fortnite
quality
average
143 fps
66 fps
X
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
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