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ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)

B&H # ASK55NDS81 Mfr # K55N-DS81
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Product Highlights
  • 1.9GHz AMD A8-4500M Quad-Core
  • 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • Integrated AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics
  • 15.6" Widescreen LED-Backlit Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated Webcam, Microphone & Speakers
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)

The K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer from ASUS features a 15.6" widescreen LED-backlit display. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution powered by integrated AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics. There's also a HDMI port so you can output video to an external display, such as a HDTV.

The system is powered by a quad-core 1.9GHz AMD A8-4500M processor. It also 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a 4-in-1 digital media card reader, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in stereo Altec Lansing speakers.

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.

Hardware

Quad-Core AMD Accelerated Performance
This ASUS notebook houses an AMD A8-4500M accelerated processor. Its quad cores can reach a stock speed of 1.9GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 2.8GHz, thanks to TurboCORE technology. With a dedicated 4MB L2 cache and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, this ASUS notebook can run applications, open web pages, retrieve email and more
15.6" Widescreen LED-Backlit Display
The 15.6" widescreen LED-backlit display with true cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio delivers an optimal viewing experience. This ASUS notebook boasts a 1366 x 768 native resolution and integrated AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics with 512MB of graphics system memory. With support for Microsoft DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.0, you'll be able to experience smooth streaming of HD content. The HDMI port also allows you to output video to a larger external display, such as a monitor or an HDTV
Stay Connected
With 802.11b/g/n Wireless and 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, you can access email, browse the web, connect to your social networks and more. This ASUS notebook also has Bluetooth 4.0 technology so you'll be able to connect wirelessly to peripherals, such as a Bluetooth mouse or speakers. Engage in high-quality face-to-face video chats with the built-in HD webcam and digital microphone

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. If you prefer the traditional Start screen of Windows 7, you have the option to switch to it
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 1.9GHz AMD A8-4500M Quad-Core
Cache L2: 4MB
Memory Type: DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 4GB
Graphics Card Type: Integrated
Installed: AMD Radeon HD 7640G Shared
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 15.6"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Not Specified By Manufacturer
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 500GB 
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 2x USB 3.0 (A)
1x USB 2.0 (A)
Display 1x HDMI
1x VGA
Audio  Integrated Stereo Speakers (Altec Lansing)
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
Flash Media Slot 1x SD
1x SDHC
1x SDXC
1x MMC
Communications
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband None
Webcam Yes
.3MP Photo
General
Operating System Windows 8 (64-bit)
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Pointing Device TouchPad
Battery 6-Cell Lithium-Ion (4700mAh)
Power Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.9 x 1.4 x 9.9" / 37.8 x 3.5 x 25.2 cm
Weight 5.29 lb / 2.4 kg
ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • 30-Day Zero Bright Dot Guarantee
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty with 1-Year Accidental Damage
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    ASUSK55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Quiet (6)
    • Fast (5)
    • Comfortable keyboard (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Web browsing (9)
      • Word processing (9)
      • Business use (6)
      • Video (5)
      • Music (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      K55N-DS81 is a great value priced laptop

      This laptop has incredibly fast "boot-time" thanks to Asus's instant-on system.

      Display is OK with varying contrast with vertical viewing angle, but this is common to all low-cost...Read complete review

      This laptop has incredibly fast "boot-time" thanks to Asus's instant-on system.

      Display is OK with varying contrast with vertical viewing angle, but this is common to all low-cost laptops.

      OK battery-life, ~3-hours. Laptop does not get hot at all on the top surface and just a little warm on the bottom.

      I am very happy with its overall performance per dollar spent! I rate this a 5-star laptop for its price-range.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Decent Machine

      Good machine for the price. Fast for just basic stuff, not really a gaming machine or powerful for video editing. Only complaint has nothing to do with hardware. Windows 8...oh...Read complete review

      Good machine for the price. Fast for just basic stuff, not really a gaming machine or powerful for video editing. Only complaint has nothing to do with hardware. Windows 8...oh boy. Not my favorite operating system and I'm a regular Windows user. Getting more used to it after I disabled as much of the wondows features as I could.

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      4.0

      Excellent Value Laptop

      By Father of 3

      from Cedar Rapids, IA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Long Battery Life
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Music
        • Video
        • Web Browsing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

        Bought for my son to enter his 1st semester of college. It's large enough but still small enough to place in a backpack. Not too heavy but very solid construction. Not thrilled with Windows 8 but it's not a deal breaker either. Added RAM and I believe that is a pretty decent upgrade for the money.

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        • Personal

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        3.0

        Decent Machine

        By Alex

        from Boston

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

          Good machine for the price. Fast for just basic stuff, not really a gaming machine or powerful for video editing. Only complaint has nothing to do with hardware. Windows 8...oh boy. Not my favorite operating system and I'm a regular Windows user. Getting more used to it after I disabled as much of the wondows features as I could.

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          • Personal

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          4.0

          Great budget laptop

          By Chris

          from St. Louis, MO

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

              I spent a lot of time researching laptops for my budget. It's hard to get a quality laptop for under $ but I think this Asus fits the bill. I've had it about a month now and no complaints yet. Quality build that doesn't feel cheap and flimsy like other budget laptops. Great specs for the price and great performance. Packaged with another 4GB memory stick to really make the most of it.

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              • Personal

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              4.0

              Good choice for your money

              By Alex

              from Westlake village, CA

              About Me Technically Challenged

              Pros

              • Powerful
              • Price

              Cons

              • Poor display
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Web Browsing

              Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

              I liked everything in this laptop exсept of 1) battery - about 3,5 hours of browsing only 2) monitor with pretty bad color rendering

              Added 256gb SSD and 4GB memory

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              • Personal

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              5.0

              windows 8 is great, google classic shell

              By joey

              from hell, michigan

              About Me Humanoid

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

              get "classic shell" for windows 8 issues. upgrading to 16gb of ram and a ssd makes this unit scream.

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              • Personal

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              4.0

              Good Bang for your Buck

              By Mr Lanch

              from Milwaukee, WI

              About Me Multimedia Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Battery Life
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Word Processing

                Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                I purchased this laptop for my girlfriend who is going back to college. The laptop is light weight and for the price is a great buy. I like the "Ice Cold" technology preventing the hand rest from heating up after extended use. It is a little slow to transition from app to app but that is to be expected for the processor. This is great solution for some that is not needing a machine to do intense processing.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great Computer For A Low Price!

                By Rodi D

                from New York, NY

                About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adequate Storage
                • Durable Construction
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast
                • Large Screen
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                  I've got this laptop to watch HD vids and surf the web. Works perfectly for my needs. Very fast machine for such a low price! Will def upgrade the memory to at least 8Gb.

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                  • Personal

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                  (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Windows 8 -- Argh!

                  By Hosanna

                  from Spokane, WA

                  About Me Intermediate tech

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Operating system

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                    I am sure that this computer is fine, but it is defined by its operating system -- windows 8. Asus is a good brand -- where did Microsoft go wrong?

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great service, excellent product!

                    By Wendy

                    from Burbank, CA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adequate Storage
                    • Durable Construction
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Web Browsing
                      • Word Processing

                      Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                      This is my family's 6th ASUS computer and we have had a great experience every time. Great value for the price!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Similar:
                      • ASUS Laptops

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                      5.0

                      Just bought 2 ASUS Laptop again

                      By Tony

                      from Palau

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast
                      • Large Screen
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                      • Should Have More Storage

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                      Very good laptop for office use. I put another order for 2 ASUS laptop for my 2 daughters (more 2 for my 2 more kids upon replenishing cash flow) since that I am very much pleased with the performance. Installed more RAM for more power and this product really works great.

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                      • Personal

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      K55N-DS81 is a great value priced laptop

                      By Mr Sun

                      from Florida

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Quiet
                      • Value

                      Cons

                      • Windows 8

                      Best Uses

                      • Business Use
                      • Web Browsing
                      • Word Processing

                      Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                      This laptop has incredibly fast "boot-time" thanks to Asus's instant-on system.

                      Display is OK with varying contrast with vertical viewing angle, but this is common to all low-cost laptops.

                      OK battery-life, ~3-hours. Laptop does not get hot at all on the top surface and just a little warm on the bottom.

                      I am very happy with its overall performance per dollar spent! I rate this a 5-star laptop for its price-range.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Superb and quick service

                      By martalyn

                      from Syracuse, NY

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Quality Display
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Use
                        • Video
                        • Web Browsing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about ASUS K55N-DS81 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                        Laptop is in perfect condition at a great price and delivery was surprisingly fast. Very happy!

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                        • Personal

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