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ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)

B&H # ASD550CAB31 Mfr # D550CA-BH31
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Product Highlights
  • 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U Dual-Core
  • 6GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 15.6" HD Glossy Widescreen Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Built-in Webcam, Microphone & Speakers
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)

The D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer from ASUS features a 15.6" HD widescreen display. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution, which allows you to play 720p HD content without having to upscale. The display also has a glossy finish for vibrant color.

The system is powered by a dual-core 1.8GHz Core i3-3217U processor. It also has 6GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a 2-in-1 media card reader, an Ethernet RJ-45 LAN jack, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers with SonicMaster audio technology.

Windows 8 (64-bit) is the installed operating system. Windows 8 replaces the traditional Start menu with a redesigned Start screen. The Start screen features tiles, which provide notifications in real-time. Windows 8 also focuses more on cloud storage as well as apps, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Windows 8 provides a unique user experience that differs from previous versions of Windows.

ASUS D550CA

Dual-Core Intel Core i3-3217U Performance
The ASUS D550CA houses an Intel Core i3-3217U processor. Its dual cores can reach a stock speed of 1.8GHz. With a dedicated 3MB L3 cache, 6GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to push the processor up to four virtual cores for quick and efficient multitasking
15.6" HD Widescreen Glossy Display
The ASUS D550CA has a 15.6" HD widescreen display. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution, powered by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. The native resolution allows you to play 720p HD content without having to upscale. You can also output video to an external display via the HDMI port
SonicMaster Technology
ASUS SonicMaster technology revamps the D550CA's audio quality with sound balance and noise reduction. You'll also be able to use volume and dynamic range to minimize distortion and boost sound performance. The resonance chamber design and materials of the built-in stereo speakers coupled with ASUS SonicMaster technology provide you with an immersive listening experience
Connectivity
For a fast wired Internet connection, you can use the Ethernet RJ-45 LAN jack. You can also use 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet wirelessly and stay mobile
ASUS WebStorage
The ASUS D550CA comes with 32GB of free ASUS WebStorage for three years. With ASUS WebStorage, you'll be able to save music, photos and documents to the cloud and access them from any device. You'll be connecting to ASUS' secured network so all your files will be safe

Windows 8

The Redesigned Start Screen
Windows 8 introduces a new Start screen, which has all the information you need in one place. The traditional Windows desktop screen has been replaced with a tablet style design featuring tiles. Tiles are customizable as well as update in real time. News, weather forecasts, sports, contacts, apps and more are available for you to use. It's all right there on the Start screen
To the Cloud
With Windows 8, when signed in using your Microsoft account, you'll have instant access to your personal Start screen, themes, language preferences, browsing history and browser favorites. You can also connect to services such as Microsoft Outlook, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and more
Windows Store
In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse thousands of apps. Choose from the featured apps or grab one of the most frequently downloaded apps to see what all the hype is all about. You can also see how other people rate apps. For certain apps, you can try it out before you buy it so you can make sure you absolutely want an app before you spend your hard-earned money on it
Performance
Processor 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U Dual-Core Ivy Bridge
Cache L3: 3MB
Memory Type: DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 6GB
Capacity: 8GB
Graphics Card Type: Integrated
Installed: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 15.6"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Glossy
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 500GB 5400rpm
Type: SATA
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 1x USB 3.0 (A)
1x USB 2.0 (A)
Display 1x HDMI
1x VGA
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
Flash Media Slot 1x SD
1x MMC
Communications
Network Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth None
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Windows 8 (64-bit)
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Features: Numeric Keypad, Chiclet Style
Pointing Device TouchPad with Multi-Touch Control
Battery 4-Cell Lithium-Ion (2600mAh)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.0 x 1.2 x 10.0" / 38.1 x 3.0 x 25.4 cm
Weight 4.7 lb / 2.13 kg
ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 4-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • 30-Day Zero Bright Dot Guarantee
  • 1-Year Limited Labor Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    ASUSD550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)
     
    4.4

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (12)
    • Comfortable keyboard (9)
    • Quiet (9)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Quality display (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Web browsing (10)
      • Word processing (8)
      • Business use (6)
      • Video (5)
      • Music (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (5), Multimedia professional (3), Quality oriented (3), Technically challenged (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solid Budget Notebook Laptop

      Purchased for my parents who web browse / email / use productivity software and listen to music on occasion. Not sure why there isn't any included documentation or pre-installed software for recovery/restoration purposes....Read complete review

      Purchased for my parents who web browse / email / use productivity software and listen to music on occasion. Not sure why there isn't any included documentation or pre-installed software for recovery/restoration purposes. I had to do some searching to learn about and install the Asus Backtracker software, which can be used to backup the operating system and restore the computer to its stock / factory image state. The backtracker software requires usb/flash drive storage for the process, as there is currently no option in the 3.03 software to burn DVD/CD recovery media. I want to say the OS took up about 13GB and the Asus software another 3GB, not sure if both can be installed to the same drive. My other minor gripes with the laptop pretty much echo what was said in other reviews:-Doesn't come pre-installed with Windows 8.1, also difficult to clean install 8.1 at this time (unless you have a retail product key)-AC Adapter cord could be longer-Trackpad isn't the most responsive-Poor Webcam quality/resolution-Sealed-in laptop battery-Lack of indicator lights for processor / HD activity or num lock, caps lock and scroll lockStill a great value laptop with these shortcomings.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Weak Track Pad - Otherwise Good Value

      I gave this as a Christmas present to my wife. She's just a recreational user, so I didn't want to spend too much. But I still wanted it to be a decent system...Read complete review

      I gave this as a Christmas present to my wife. She's just a recreational user, so I didn't want to spend too much. But I still wanted it to be a decent system - just in case. The specs looked good, & B&H had it on sale, so here we are.

      We have not used this laptop very much yet, but here are my first impressions:

      Operating System:
      I was disappointed that it didn't come with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. The description did say Windows 8, so I wasn't surprised, just disappointed. 8.1 has been out long enough now that I hoped the shipping product would have it, but alas not. We downloaded 8.1 first thing as it had some features we wanted.

      Plastic Case:
      The only other laptop I've ever owned is my MacBook Pro (also purchased at B&H). It has an aluminum case (unlike my wife, I DO use my computer constantly). I knew this case would be plastic, but didn't realize it would actually flex some. It will be fine for our usage, but if you plan on carrying it around much, it seems a little fragile to me. I'd be careful - if the case twists & cracks a circuit board, well... I know plastic cases are common, maybe they're sturdier than they seem - remember I'm used to a MBP.

      Track Pad:
      Also coming from my experience with the MBP, this track pad doesn't respond very well. I'm sure we will end up getting a USB mouse.

      Summary:
      I don't mean for this to sound like a negative review. Other than the track pad, we've been very pleased so far. It also runs very cool temperature-wise. And you certainly can't beat the price at B&H!

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Kivaslav

      from Vancouver,WA

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Music
      • Video
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

      A good deal, and great online purchasing experience. Product works as advertised. I'm happy with it. THANK YOU!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Very fast

      By Dave

      from Knoxville Tn

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Web Browsing

        Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

        Windows 8 takes a while getting used to.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        4.0

        Solid Budget Notebook Laptop

        By cultureshak

        from Memphis, TN

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

          Purchased for my parents who web browse / email / use productivity software and listen to music on occasion. Not sure why there isn't any included documentation or pre-installed software for recovery/restoration purposes. I had to do some searching to learn about and install the Asus Backtracker software, which can be used to backup the operating system and restore the computer to its stock / factory image state. The backtracker software requires usb/flash drive storage for the process, as there is currently no option in the 3.03 software to burn DVD/CD recovery media. I want to say the OS took up about 13GB and the Asus software another 3GB, not sure if both can be installed to the same drive. My other minor gripes with the laptop pretty much echo what was said in other reviews:-Doesn't come pre-installed with Windows 8.1, also difficult to clean install 8.1 at this time (unless you have a retail product key)-AC Adapter cord could be longer-Trackpad isn't the most responsive-Poor Webcam quality/resolution-Sealed-in laptop battery-Lack of indicator lights for processor / HD activity or num lock, caps lock and scroll lockStill a great value laptop with these shortcomings.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Good value for price

          By cttb

          from Fort Worth, TX

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

            Use it for general word processing and internet access. Not a fan of Windows 8, but that is not the laptop's fault.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Expected reliability from Asus

            By cstirol

            from Winsted, CT

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Plastic

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

            Yes I would recommend this notebook for everyone to use for personal stuff!

            For this price it's really a good bargain.
            I don't recommend to use with professional softwares like Photoshop or Premiere but everything you need on your home stuff you will be satisfied.

            Good quality monitor, comfortable keyboard, enough connectors. Plus is a SuperMulti DVD Burner which is not basic nowadays.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            Good Computer Cheap Price Not Perfect

            By TonyF

            from Pueblo, CO

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Poorly Designed Keyboard

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

            The price is great. The screen is clear and bright. Windows 8 takes getting used to but is okay for now. The keyboard seems cheap but works for now.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            Excellent value in this product

            By Ben

            from Greenwood, IN

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing

            Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

            This is a great basic lapper that is quite fast.

            The camera and/or cam software leaves a bit to be desired - my gf thinks my five year old lapper that was replaced had a better cam when using Skype.

            Also, there are only two USB ports when there is easily room for four.

            The "500 gig" hard drive is actually two which can cause problems with VUDU and iTunes storing all your media files on the smaller OS drive instead of the larger data drive.

            Some common sense could have been infused for these three issues, but the price point makes it an attractive piece of tech regardless. Excellent value as always and had the device in my hands within 48 hours of placing my order, despite the fact I opted for standard shipping.

            Thanks B&H!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great!

            By PinguJapan

            from Tokyo, Japan

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                The best part of this computer was the quick delivery.

                It looks great also.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great Laptop for the price

                By lawrencedj

                from Lawrence, KS

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                    This is a great product for the price offered. I haven't had the computer long but it's functioned great so far!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Gran computador y economico

                    By Jose Pozo

                    from Quito, Ecuador

                    About Me Technically Challenged

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business Use
                      • Music
                      • Video
                      • Web Browsing
                      • Word Processing

                      Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                      Es un computador económico para las prestaciones que tiene, es un i3 de desempeño medio, lo único malo es la batería que no es tan durable, aproximadamente 2-3 horas

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Good Computer, Good Price

                      By GoodWork

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Dvd
                      • Fast
                      • HDMI
                      • Quiet
                      • USB 3
                      • Vga

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Use
                        • Video
                        • Web Browsing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                        This computer has great specs for the price and is a perfect laptop for moderate everyday tasks. The processor is great and the 6 GB of RAM is a real plus. It also has USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA ports. I'm generally a Mac and Thinkpad user, but the specs made this a good purchase for a friend.

                        The laptop casing is decent and the hinges are good. The screen is perfectly adequate for daily and prolonged use. With the RAM, Windows 8 is pleasantly responsive and it's able to run video and multiple programs all at once without any problems with lag. You will have to update to Windows 8.1, which wasn't a problem after reading the Windows update FAQ.

                        At the moment you can't really find a better daily laptop at this price. Good job B&H!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        3.0

                        Weak Track Pad - Otherwise Good Value

                        By Alien

                        from Valrico, FL

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Cool Temperature
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Display
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Poor Track Pad

                        Best Uses

                        • Web Browsing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                        I gave this as a Christmas present to my wife. She's just a recreational user, so I didn't want to spend too much. But I still wanted it to be a decent system - just in case. The specs looked good, & B&H had it on sale, so here we are.

                        We have not used this laptop very much yet, but here are my first impressions:

                        Operating System:
                        I was disappointed that it didn't come with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. The description did say Windows 8, so I wasn't surprised, just disappointed. 8.1 has been out long enough now that I hoped the shipping product would have it, but alas not. We downloaded 8.1 first thing as it had some features we wanted.

                        Plastic Case:
                        The only other laptop I've ever owned is my MacBook Pro (also purchased at B&H). It has an aluminum case (unlike my wife, I DO use my computer constantly). I knew this case would be plastic, but didn't realize it would actually flex some. It will be fine for our usage, but if you plan on carrying it around much, it seems a little fragile to me. I'd be careful - if the case twists & cracks a circuit board, well... I know plastic cases are common, maybe they're sturdier than they seem - remember I'm used to a MBP.

                        Track Pad:
                        Also coming from my experience with the MBP, this track pad doesn't respond very well. I'm sure we will end up getting a USB mouse.

                        Summary:
                        I don't mean for this to sound like a negative review. Other than the track pad, we've been very pleased so far. It also runs very cool temperature-wise. And you certainly can't beat the price at B&H!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Great first laptop at a Great Price!

                        By Wally

                        from Bath, NY

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                            I bought this laptop for my daughter who is a junior in high school upon the recommendation of the sales associate I spoke with. I appreciated his expertise and support in assessing the best laptop at the best price for my needs. My daughter is quite pleased with it, the only thing to note is that the speakers aren't that great.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Do it....a surprise

                            By doc

                            from Chesterfield, MO

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Childs First Computer

                              Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                              I was hesitant to buy this notebook computer, based on both price and the fact that ASUS computers are manufactured in China. Surprise.... it is a very well built computer, with outstanding specifications (life 6 GB RAM)... it's for my granddaughter so its perfect for a child.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              4.0

                              Nice & Sleek

                              By JB

                              from Brooklyn

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                                  works pretty fast

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  Excellent for regular users

                                  By aharon

                                  from israel

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast

                                  Cons

                                  • Lacks Power

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about ASUS D550CA-BH31 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                                    Excellent for internet browsing, movies and music!

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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