Review ASUS G550JK gaming laptop

    The Republic of Gamers notebook series offers maximum performance. Which is not surprising, given the target audience - gamers. As part of this series, a large number of devices are released. In addition to laptops under the RoG brand, there are also motherboards, video cards, sound cards, mice and other devices. Today we will talk about the ASUS G550JK, equipped with a 4-core Core i7 processor with 16 GB of RAM and a FullHD screen.


    image Specifications


    Processor: Intel Core ™ i7 4700HQ 2.4 GHz Quad Core.
    Operating System: Windows 8.1.
    Chipset: Intel HM86 Express.
    RAM: 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM.
    Screen: 15.6 "16: 9 IPS FHD (1920x1080) LED backlight, matte.
    Video integrated: Intel HD Graphics 4600.
    Discrete video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX850M 4GB DDR3 VRAM.
    Internal memory: 1TB HDD.
    Optical drive: Super-Multi DVD.
    Network : 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth ™ V4.0 + HS, 10/100/1000 Base T.
    Interfaces: 3.5 mm audio jack for headset, 3 x USB 3.0, RJ45 LAN, HDMI, mini Display Port, card reader (SD / SDXC / MMC).
    Sound:4 speakers + external subwoofer, 2 microphones with noise reduction functions.
    Battery: 59 Wh
    Dimensions: 383 x 255 x 27.7 mm.
    Weight: 2.4 kg.

    image Equipment


    The laptop comes in a fairly voluminous box with a matte finish. The black and red packaging design is typical for Republic of Gamers series devices.


    We open the box and take out a laptop, packed in a fabric envelope.



    Under the laptop are an external subwoofer, documentation and a charger.


    The charger is made of matte plastic with glossy ends. In general, the charging turned out to be quite large, 165x76x30 mm, but before such laptops had chargers 1.5 times more.


    Voltage 19 V, current 6.32 A, in the end we get 120 watts.


    image Appearance


    Typically, gaming laptops get a harsh, brutal design with impressive elements. Here, a rather thin strict laptop with a small weight of 2.4 kg. Only a narrow red line and the RoG logo indicate that we have a gaming laptop.


    The top cover is made of brushed aluminum with an unusual texture. The surface, although matte, but collects fingerprints. True, they can be seen only at a certain angle and they are easily erased.


    Under the ASUS logo is the Republic of Gamers nameplate, glowing in the dark.


    The lid is mounted on one large hinge. Underneath it is a cooling system blower, i.e. hot air will blow back.


    Opening angle of 120 degrees, the screen is well fixed in almost all positions.
    The bottom of the laptop is covered with a solid metal sheet.


    Below is the perforation of the sound system, in the center is the ventilation grill for the cooling system.


    image Interfaces


    Consider the external interfaces of the ASUS G550JK.
    On the left side is the connector for the charger, then the yellow output for the subwoofer. Due to the reduced thickness of the laptop, the RJ-45 connector is made with a hinged lid. There are 2 connectors for connecting monitors and TVs, these are HDMI 1.4 and mini DisplayPort 1.2. At the same time, you can connect 3 monitors, 1 via HDMI and 2 via mini DisplayPort. For the periphery, we have two USB 3.0 connectors, and a 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting a headset.


    At the front there are indicators, from left to right: power, battery status, disk activity, Wi-Fi, Caps Lock.


    Almost the entire right side is occupied by a DVD drive, another USB 3.0, SD / XC card reader and a hole for Kensington Castle.


    image Sound


    In addition to the powerful hardware filling, the developers also took care of a good sound.


    As well as in the multimedia N-series, the laptop has a remote subwoofer for better low-frequency reproduction.



    The sound system consists of 4 speakers located under the perforation in front of the laptop.


    To fine tune the sound and select ready-made presets, special software is preinstalled - “ROG Audio Wizard”.


    Noise reduction is provided due to the presence of two microphones located next to the camera.


    Thanks to all this, we get one of the best sound systems among laptops.

    image Screen


    The screen size is 15.6 inches. Before us is a high-quality IPS-matrix with FullHD-resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. Due to the combination of large resolution and small diagonal, a very clear picture is achieved.


    The image looks sharp, the screen reproduces colors perfectly and has high contrast.


    Traditionally, the IPS-matrix has large viewing angles, the colors do not fade or distort.




    Also a big plus of the screen is a matte finish that does not glare and is not covered by fingerprints.


    image Input Devices


    Keyboard island type with a good return and a large stroke of keys. Thanks to the large case, an additional digital block of keys is located on the right.


    To please the general ROG-design, the symbols on the keys are made in red.


    On the left there is a separate button on which you can assign the launch of a specific application.


    The keyboard is convenient to use, at the bottom there is a lot of space for wrists, hands do not have to be kept on weight.




    Fans of playing in the dark will love the keyboard backlight glowing in red.


    The symbols on the keys are laser engraved, due to this, not the keys light, but the symbols themselves.


    The brightness of the backlight changes with hot keys, in total 3 levels are available. If there are no keystrokes, the backlight goes off after a while.
    The large touchpad with dimensions of 10.5 by 7.5 cm is pleasant to the touch and has good sensitivity. He fulfills all the pressures well and filters out “false” touches.


    In Windows 8, all system gestures work, multi-touch is supported. The preinstalled ASUS Smart Gesture software will help you to more finely tune the work with the touchpad.


    image Performance


    The most important thing in a gaming laptop, of course, is its hardware filling. The heart of the ASUS G550JK is the Intel Core i7-4700HQ, the latest generation of high-performance Haswell processor. It can work simultaneously with 8 threads thanks to Hyper-Threading technology. Each of the 4 cores operates at a frequency of 2.4 GHz, which can be increased to 3.4 GHz in Turbo Boost mode. This processor is one of the most productive mobile solutions on the market.


    The amount of RAM is 16GB, DDR3 1600MHz. Such a large volume is enough for all games, and in order to score all the memory you will have to try very hard.


    ASUS G550JK carries 2 video adapters on board right away. The integrated Intel HD 4600 runs as normal when performance graphics are not required. Accordingly, when using the built-in video, the laptop will last longer on battery power.


    In games, the main NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics card is connected. The volume of DDR3 video memory is 4GB. To improve performance, the graphics card is slightly overclocked.


    3DMark 06


    3DMark 11




    3DMark Professional


    The main drive is a HGST HTS721010A9E630 hard drive with a capacity of 1TB and with a spindle speed of 7200 rpm.


    Measurement of disk performance in CrystalDiskMark.


    After testing several games in FullHD resolution, the following results were obtained:
    Battlefield 4at high settings it produces quite comfortable 30-50 FPS. When setting the settings to Ultra, the frame rate drops to 20.
    It is not clear why, but World of Tanks manages to slow down at high settings and produces about 35-40 FPS.
    Assassins Creed Black Flag is quite comfortable playing at high settings, giving out 30-50 FPS on land and at sea.
    Demanding even for Watch Dogs desktop systems at high settings, it shows about 25 FPS. To play normally, you have to set the average settings.
    During the game, the top of the laptop and the right side of the keyboard are heated. Typically, in games, the left hand rests on the WASD keys, the wrist to the left of the touchpad. In these places the heating is not marked, it is quite comfortable to play.
    The cooling system consists of two fans. They work pretty quietly. At moderate sound volume they are not even heard.

    image Battery and Runtime


    The built-in battery has a capacity of 59W * h. With such a gluttonous iron, it is difficult to show record figures. And in such a compact case it is not easy to fit a fairly capacious battery.
    When watching HD-video at medium brightness, the laptop lasted 3 hours.
    With an average screen brightness and surfing the Internet, the operating time was 3.5 hours.
    If you turn off the network, set the minimum brightness, turn on the energy-saving profile and limit yourself to work in office applications, then you can reach up to 4 hours.
    On productive games with medium brightness, the battery lasts only 1-1.5 hours.
    It takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery.


    image Conclusion


    The new gaming laptop from ASUS demonstrates a different design concept towards downsizing at maximum performance. Now a high-performance computer is not a heavy monster that you don’t want to take out of the house once again, but a completely ordinary laptop of low weight and a stylish, simple design. Of course, with such power consumption it’s hard to keep a long battery life, and you will be tied to a wall outlet. The Intel Core i7-4700HQ is one of the fastest laptop processors. ASUS G550JK will find its users not only among gamers, but also those who need full feedback from a mobile computer.

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