ASUS N550JV-DB72T Reviewed – A Must Have 15-inch Intel Haswell Powered Laptop

Published on September 28th, 2013 | by Peter Paul

Asus has upgraded their previously popular Asus N56VJ (Ivy Bridge) laptop, with the new and improved Asus N550JV. Now powered with the latest 4th gen Intel Haswell Quad Core processor, paired with the latest discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor, the Asus N550JV is the perfect all around laptop you can find on the market. Today let’s take a look at ASUS N550JV-DB72T and find out why this is a must have 15-inch laptop, and could be your next/future laptop. See features, specs, video review as well as where you can buy one at a lower price.

UPDATE: There is a newer model. The new Asus N550JK-DS71T With GeForce GTX 850M is now available


asus n550jv-db72t review

The Asus N550JV-DB72T is powered by the latest Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad Core Haswell processor, clocked at 2.4GHz and can be overclocked to 3.4GHz, making it perfect for multitasking, audio and video editing, multimedia and entertainment, and for gaming as well. The processor is paired with an 8GB of RAM which is perfect for a 64bit operating system.

It features a nice 15.6-inch Full HD Touch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080. I have to clarify one thing about its display since a lot of customers are confused about this. The display is indeed an anti-glare panel as described in its description. But since it is a touch display, Asus added a glass layer over the non-glare panel, making it look like it has a glossy finish. The glass causes glare or reflections, but not as much compared to those with full glossy finish.

asus n550jv-db72t specs price

The Asus N550JV-DB72T also features the latest NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, a mid-range mobile graphics processor, that can handle most of the modern games currently available. You can watch a gaming performance review after the Asus N550JV video review below.

It also has a large storage drive, thanks to its 1TB hard drive, most probably by HGST. But I would recommend that you change/upgrade the hard drive later since it is only a 5400RPM drive. You can read my article Why You Need to Change the 5400RPM Hard Drive In Your Laptop for more explanation. Some of your options are the HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 1TB 7200RPM, or the WD Scorpio Black 750GB 7200RPM.

asus n550jv review

The Audio experience is also great in the Asus N550JV-DB72T. It has ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, co-developed by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, plus it comes with a bundled external SonicMaster subwoofer. Its keyboard is backlit which is perfect for low light situations or dark room. Watch the full video review of the Asus N550JV below for your convenience.

Asus N550JV Review (Video)

Below is a detailed Asus N550JV review courtesy of GadgetJM/TLBHD.

Asus N550JV Gaming Performance

As you can see from the video above the Asus N550JV-DB72T is very much capable of running modern day games. Of course there will be some games that you can’t maxed out its settings, games like Crysis 3, as it requires a more powerful graphics processor. And I also do recommend that you replace the 5400RPM hard drive with a 7200RPM hard drive or better yet, with a Solid State Drive. I recommend Samsung 840 EVO, Samsung 840 Pro or the SanDisk Extreme II, these are some of the best and fastest SSDs out there. This will help not only in terms of gaming, but also with the applications and overall system to load faster and run smoother.

Price and Where to Buy

Overall the Asus N550JV-DB72T is a pretty solid, fully featured laptop, and is definitely one of the must have and best 15-incher Haswell powered laptops out there. The Asus N550JV-DB72T is very much available right now since it was released a couple of months ago. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,099 only. But you can buy one for a lower price here.

Asus N550JV-DB72T Specifications

Processor Intel Core i7 4700HQ Processor
Operating System Windows 8 64 bit
Chipset Intel HM86 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, DIMM Up to 16 G
Display 15.6-inch IPS FHD (1920x1080) LED Backlight Non-Glare LCD Panel with Glass Finish
Graphic Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB/4GB DDR3 VRAM
Storage Drive 1TB Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
Optical Drive Super-Multi DVD
Card Reader 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDXC/ MMC)
Camera HD Web Camera
Networking WiFi 802.11 a/g/n
Bluetooth V4.0+HS
Input/Output Ports 1 x COMBO audio jack
3 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
1 x mini Display Port
1X AC adapter plug
Audio Built-in Speakers And Digital Array Microphone
Built-in 4 Speakers And Microphone
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
SonicMaster Premium
Asus N series external sub-woofer support
MaxxAudio support
Battery Power Adapter
Output Power 19 V DC, A, 120 W
Dimensions 383 x 255 x 27.7 mm (WxDxH) (w/ 4cell battery)
Weight 2.6 kg (with 4 cell battery) (with Polymer Battery)
Security Kensington lock, LoJack
Certificates UL, TUV, MIC, CE Marking Compliance, FCC Compliance, BSMI, CCC, GOST-R, CB, EPEAT, Energy star, IDA, CECP, WEEE, Erp 2013, RoHS, JATE

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20 Responses to ASUS N550JV-DB72T Reviewed – A Must Have 15-inch Intel Haswell Powered Laptop

  1. Neulabs says:

    Wow! this is an awesome review article dude…………………

  2. Aktar says:

    Hi there, this review post is awesome and the video is bonus for the readers………… Great!

  3. Charles says:

    Thanks, love your review, many sites do not confirm the glass screen which I prefer. I ordered one, get it tomorrow from Amazon. Wish it had a cache SSD so in the future a 256 or 512 GB SSD or 7200rpm HD with large cache will get swapped for the current 1TB 5400rpm mine comes with. Mine has the 2GB vram card. Wish the keys were dark gray or something to break it up. But for price vs power it seems to be the best. Brand and warranty/customer service being an ASUS was a factor for me as well.

    • Peter Paul says:

      Congrats on your new laptop Charles! I prefer Asus as well. I have a Vivobook and very much love it. Too bad I already purchased the Vivobook before the N550JV got listed before. But that’s okay. Well, if you need additional storage, have you heard about the WD Black2 Dual Drive yet? It’s a 120GB+1TB HDD drive. Haven’t tried it yet since I am still waiting for samples from WD. But based on other reviews I think the drive is a good option.

      • Charles says:

        No, looks nice. Do you know if this laptop has SATA 3.0 g/sec or 6.0? Not the HD I know its 3.0, wonder if sata controller is higher. Are there compatible either way. Wonder if it voids warranty swapping the HD? I want that HD

        • Peter Paul says:

          I’m not sure if it will void warranty, but I think it will not, since hard drives are supposed to be upgradable, including memory as well. But just to make sure verify it first with Asus. I’ve changed my laptops drive to an SSD and installed additional memory. I even opened the whole thing, my Vivobook. And when the vivobook’s display started flickering due to a manufacturing defect, I sent it to an Asus service center locally. And they didn’t questioned me whether I have opened it or not. They just replaced its display.

          • Charles says:

            Thanks. Do you know is it a standard 2.5″ drive in this machine? Big enough doubt its 1.8. Thinking that WD black drive with ssd/HD or a 500GB SSD, (256 if decided to be cheap lol), what drives you recommend for reliability with decent speed that isn’t over priced? Are you reviewing the new WD drive you mentioned soon?

          • Peter Paul says:

            Hi Charles, I haven’t seen a laptop that is still using a 1.8″. The Asus N550JV is compatible with 2.5″ drives. If you want a fast SSD I would recommend the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB. That’s a really fast SSD. But if you are looking for a cheaper 256GB SSD, I suggest you try the ADATA Premier Pro. As for a Hard Drive, I would recommend the WD Scorpio Black 7200 RPM or if you want a 1TB capacity try the HGST TravelStar 7200 RPM.

  4. Charles says:

    Tried the y510p from lenovo? Main thing it has over this Asus is the version of y510p I looked at has dual nvidia gt755m graphics cards, but think the Asus was a good choice. Seen some place selling with options for keyboard color for backlight might see if can go with blue one day on my Asus. Did notice it is the worst SD slot ever, does not hold card well easy to bump out!

    • Peter Paul says:

      The Y510p is a good and somewhat cheaper alternative for a gaming laptop. And the Dual GT 750m does sound attractive plus it’s definitely faster than a 750m alone, but in terms of stability a single GPU solution is better than a SLI or CrossFire config. Not to mention the game should be compatible with SLI configs, otherwise you will have problems running the games. And it produce a lot of heat, and I really mean a LOT of heat. Asus N550JV is a good choice for an all around use. Unless if you really want a laptop for gaming, better get the latest Asus ROG G750 gaming laptops.

      • Charles says:

        Not a big gamer really. Autodesk AutoCAD, inventor etc type programs biggest I can think of as far as the laptop is concerned, just learning them.

        Thanks for all the info.

        • Peter Paul says:

          I see. Then you don’t need a gaming laptop then. The N550JV should do just fine. But do change the 5400 RPM hard drive. That drive is slow, get a 7200 RPM or an SSD. Good luck and thanks for dropping by!

          • Charles says:

            SSD is coming as soon as I set the funds aside 😉 Glad you mentioned about SLI, helps take away the “should I have purchased this one or that one” debate in my head, lol.

  5. Charles says:

    See the newer version same as this one but replaces the GT 750M with a GTX 850M? Can’t believe ASUS used the DDR3 version of both in these. Amazon just got stock in of the new N550JK with upgraded graphics.

    • Peter Paul says:

      It’s not Asus who used DDR3 for the GTX 850M. It’s probably NVIDIA. But I don’t think it’s DDR3 for the VRAM. Perhaps the specs indicated in Amazon is inaccurate. I’ll check first with NVIDIA.

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