Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Nice touchscreen
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Low screen resolution
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Shallow-travel keyboard and trackpad

At A Glance

The Asus VivoBook S550CA is an affordable 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook with full Windows 8. While it falls short in media playback and battery life, it's still one of the better deals currently available.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://usa.asus.com/Notebooks/Superior_Mobility/ASUS_VivoBook_S550CA/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel i5 3317u
Processor speed 1700.0 MHz
Display
Display size 15.6 inches
Display type LCD with LED backlighting
Touchscreen Multitouch
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD 4000
Storage
Drive 1 size 24.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
Drive 2 size 500.0 GB
Drive 2 type Hard Disk Drive
Drive 2 speed 5400.0 RPM
Drives included 2.0
General Information
UPC Code 886227425129
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • VGA
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
Memory
Memory size 6000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 15.0 inches
Depth 10.4 inches
Height 0.9 inches
Weight 5.7 pounds
Optical Drive
Included Drives DVD Drive
Storage Media
SD card SD Card
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
Devices Built-In Webcam

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 100.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery
Battery Life 3:22   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 14.6   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 1072.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2109.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 434.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 181.6   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 269.4   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 337.5   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 173.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 301.5   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
3DMark, Firestrike 520.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 3824.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Ice Storm 38842.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 253.0   score (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1024x768 16.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 40.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 16.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 27.035   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 4.2   Watt hours
Idle power usage 13.5   Watts

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