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 reviews 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
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. 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.
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 darkroom. Watch the full video review of the Asus N550JV below for your convenience.
Asus N550JV Review & Gaming Performance (Video)
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 max 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-inch Haswell powered laptops out there. The Asus N550JV-DB72T is very much available right now since it was released a couple of months ago. 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 (1920×1080) 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
|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
Asus N series external sub-woofer support
|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|