The X550CA-DB31 15.6" Notebook Computer from ASUS features a dark gray finish with a concentric circle pattern for a stylish look. Its slim profile is 5 percent thinner than previous versions of ASUS X Series notebooks. The X550CA still houses a large touchpad with intuitive Smart Gesture input while the ASUS IceCool technology keeps your palm rests cool so you'll be able to type comfortably on the Chiclet-style keyboard.
The system is powered by a dual-core Ivy Bridge 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor. It also has 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a Secure Digital (SD) media card slot, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers with SonicMaster 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.
Dual-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Performance
The ASUS VivoBook X550CA houses an Ivy Bridge Intel Core Intel Core i3-3217U processor. Its dual cores can reach a stock speed of 1.8GHz. With a dedicated 3MB L3 cache, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to multitask between applications quickly and efficiently
15.6" Antiglare LED-Backlit Display
This ASUS computer has a 15.6" LED-backlit widescreen display. LED backlighting provides lower power consumption and longer panel lifetime than their CCFL counterparts. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and an antiglare finish. The display has a 1366 x 768 native resolution, supported by integrated Intel HD Graphics
For a fast wired Internet connection, you can use the 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 LAN jack. You can also use 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet wirelessly and stay mobile. Bluetooth 4.0 technology is also supported so you can connect to all your favorite peripherals, such as a wireless keyboard or mouse
ASUS SonicMaster Technology
ASUS SonicMaster technology revamps your X550CA'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 provides you with an immersive listening experience
The ASUS VivoBook X550CA 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
ASUS Instant On by SHE II Technology
Super Hybrid Engine II incorporates elements of its SHE predecessor and builds on the vitals of better battery performance. Instant on allows notebooks to resume in less than 2 seconds and stay in standby for up to 15 days (battery life may vary depending on usage). Also, should battery levels fall below 5%, your data is automatically saved and backed up on the hard drive
ASUS IceCool Technology
This ASUS notebook has ASUS IceCool Technology, which keeps the palm rests cool by placing heat-generating components away from users
ASUS Power4Gear Technology
ASUS Power4Gear automatically adjusts fan speeds for quiet computing and prolonged battery life
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
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