Just right before Christmas Day, a package came onto our doorstep. It was huge & it was very much expected as I bought it off Amazon a month ago; now it’s here – Asus’ 15-inch N Series notebook.
The Asus N550JV is my first laptop, and it was also recently launched by Asus last November for the local market packing a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, 8GB RAM, an NVidia GeForce 750M GPU & more.
Taking it out of the box, I got the heavy notebook and just right beneath it lies the bundled subwoofer & the also-heavy charger & adapter – all of these things really need a muscle to carry. Once you set it up, you are greeted by its amazing 1080p IPS LCD display.
A quick tour of the laptop’s sides will show you that the N550JV is no slouch when it comes to connectivity & ports. It has a port for the subwoofer, a mini-display port, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, 3 USB ports, a place for the audio jack, an SD card slot & a DVD drive. The rest is just beautiful aluminum & matte plastic, begging to be touched.
Asus N550JV specs:
15.6-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD touchscreen display
2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU
Intel HD Graphics 4600
2GB NVidia GeForce 750M graphics
3 USB 3.0 ports
1 HDMI port
1 COMBO audio jack
1 RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 mini Display Port
SD card reader
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower Audio + Subwoofer
Windows 8.1 upgradable
383 x 255 x 27.7 mm
Note: The one that will be making it into Philippine retail is the non-touch model + 4GB vRAM (based on Villman); the one I got has the glossy touchscreen + 2GB vRAM.
We already upgraded the software to Windows 8.1, and we have yet to test everything, including the high-powered internals, thoroughly so wait for that in our full review. For the meantime, we can say this – the Asus N550JV is one heavy laptop, but it’s something we can easily forgive for now. It has the makings of a great multimedia machine based on its spec configurations and the whole package for Php59,988 looks extremely promising. To get assurances that it will be truly worth it, you’ll have to stay tuned.