Analysis of the P550LAV-XO1035G – Intel Core i3 4030U from Asus.

As an introduction to this analysis

Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.So we ran tests on Asus P550LAV-XO1035G to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

P550LAV-XO1035G the right choice for surfing the internet?

What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. An inexpensive computer such as P550LAV-XO1035G may seem to be the solution. The material used by Asus are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 15 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. No touch screen available on this model. It’s a shame because, when you get this P550LAV-XO1035G on your lap, you’ll see that it’s not so easy to move the cursor with the touchpad.
Nevertheless, it remains a quality product with an easy to use trackpad. After all Asus, has accustomed us to design quality products, just like this model, which will serve you for a long time to come.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i3 4030U. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it P550LAV-XO1035G is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Your computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 1000 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of 5 hours is one of the worst on the market. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the P550LAV-XO1035G is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.

P550LAV-XO1035G for videos?

With this laptop, Asus offers a product oriented toward general use. This P550LAV-XO1035G is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Equipped with a small screen size, 15 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 2.3 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish.  Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this P550LAV-XO1035G. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the P550LAV-XO1035G is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Core i3 4030U that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
On the application side, Asus chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 7 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the P550LAV-XO1035G has only 4 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
It P550LAV-XO1035G is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. That’s only 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.

P550LAV-XO1035G compatible with on the move use ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
With a weight of 2.3 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 15 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
If you prefer the touch screen mode, you will be disappointed by this P550LAV-XO1035G. The constraint being then to always have the mouse in the computer bag. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Intel Core i3 4030U; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
This laptop will therefore rather be intended to stay on the desk or to be taken away from time to time at the weekend. The moving parts that make up the hard drive can get damaged and cause the loss of the data it contains. About the hard drive, Asus has chosen a classic technology for its 1000 Gb hard drive; Good when it comes to storing data (photos, music, movies), less good for the time it takes to boot up or get out of standby mode. The disadvantage is that the boot phases will be slower than on an SSD technology disk.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Equipped with a compact 15 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
It P550LAV-XO1035G provides only 4 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
This model unfortunately does not have bluetooth; a shame when it comes to exchanging photos with your loved ones on holiday, or sharing an internet connection.
 Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this P550LAV-XO1035G for travel use.

The P550LAV-XO1035G- the right model for audio or video editing ?

Not really designed for video editing or music. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Core i3 4030U that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The 1000 Gb of storage size should be enough. A disk size equivalent to competing products. This is an important consideration since a few minutes of home video will fill your player faster than you thought. Asus has made a less expensive technological choice by putting only one standard hard drive. Flash memory, which is useful when you need to run a program quickly or run several tasks in parallel.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (5 hours). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point Asus could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it P550LAV-XO1035G receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
Clearly, it’s not P550LAV-XO1035G designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.

The P550LAV-XO1035G for online or local games.

It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this P550LAV-XO1035G, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Our tests have shown that for Asus this computer is not intended for playing video games. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 1000 Gb.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 2.3 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 5 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this P550LAV-XO1035G one. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

P550LAV-XO1035G the right choice for office automation ?

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 7.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 2.3 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
This computer was really designed for office use. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 1000 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it P550LAV-XO1035G is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.

The P550LAV-XO1035G – in summary

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it P550LAV-XO1035G is disappointing whatever the uses. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks