Asus X550CA Laptop, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6", Grey

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Product information

The sophisticated Asus X550CA features a classic design and great power inside. The spun-circle finish and patterned palm rests adds a touch of sophistication to a machine that’s as impressive on the outside as it is on the inside. With an Intel Core i3 processor, Sonic Master audio technology and 2 second resume, the X550CA delivers a superior laptop for everyday use.

Key features:

  • Powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM, the X550CA will provide smooth computing performance for your everyday tasks, whether that's word processing or streaming HD videos.

  • Store photos, videos, music and documents on the large 1TB hard drive.

  • SonicMaster technology and Asus AudioWizard combine to deliver high fidelity audio, allowing you to hear the nuances in every track. SonicMaster technology, developed in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen, balances sound, reduces electronic noise, eliminates distortion and boosts performance.

  • Powered by Super Hybrid Engine II Technology, Asus Instant On allows the X550CC to resume in under 2 seconds and stay in standby for up to 5 days. It also saves any data automatically should the battery life fall below 5%, so you don’t have to worry about losing your work.

  • The extra-wide dust repellent island-style keys on the chiclet keyboard combined with the palm rest makes for comfortable and accurate typing sessions for improved productivity and interaction.

  • The X550CA comes equipped with a DVD SuperMulti drive, allowing you to play CDs and DVDs and even copy information onto blank discs.

  • The X550CA features two USB ports and a card slot for easy transfer of files from your camera’s memory card or an external hard drive. Using the USB ports, you’ll also be able to connect peripherals like external mice.

  • VGA and HDMI give you options to output your display onto a bigger screen, such as a TV, monitor or projector to make it easier to share with others.

  • WiFi and a built-in Ethernet connection makes it easy to connect to the internet, with Wi-Fi giving you a wireless option, while the Ethernet connection means you can plug into a router for a faster, more stable connection.

Software Included:
ASUS Win flash
ASUS Face Logon
ASUS Life Frame III
Virtual Camera
ASUS Live Update
Power4Gear Hybrid
GamePark Console (JPN image not installed)
Asus WebStorage
ASUS Wireless Console 3
Windows Live4 package & Toolbar
ASUS AIRecovery
ASUS Color Enhancement (ASUS Splendid)
ASUS SceneSwitch
ASUSDVD player v9
Instant on,
USB Charger+


This device can be upgraded to Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store.

Battery life Information How long the battery lasts for (and if applicable) until it needs recharging
Up to 3.5 hours
Bluetooth Enabled Information Wireless way of transferring data between electronic devices over short distances
CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Information Whether this machine can play/burn Blu-ray discs, DVDs or CDs.
CD/DVD Read & Write
Computer Support Helpline Information We offer access to a 90 day helpline when you buy a new laptop or desktop computer from John Lewis. The service is available for a period of 90 days from the date you make your purchase.
Free 90 day computer support
H24.8 x W380 x D251 mm
Ethernet Port Information Allows a connection to a router via a cable (available separately).
Graphics card Information Generate the images you see on your computer screen
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics card type Information A dedicated graphics card enables you to run advanced programmes such as games or design packages more smoothly. Computers without graphics cards run these programmes through their processors.
Hard drive Information Stores files and programmes. A portion of this will already be consumer by pre-installed data. A solid state drive has fewer moving parts so allows for a quicker start up as well as providing more security if your computer is dropped.
Headphone socket
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN)
Memory (RAM) Information Random Access Memory (RAM) allows your computer to multitask.
Memory Card Slot Information A memory card slot allows you to transfer photos and files directly from a memory card.
3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC) Multi-media Card Reader
Model name / number
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Operating system Information Determines the interface you see on screen and the types of programmes you can run.
Windows 8 (64 Bit)
Ports Information Ports used to connect other devices, for example USB to connect peripherals or HDMI to connect to a high definition display.
1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
Processor Information The processor (also called CPU) is the "brain" of your computer and enables programmes to run.
Dual-core Intel Core i3-3217U
Processor speed Information Determines how quickly programmes run. Processors with 'Turbo Boost' can enhance their performance to deal with more demanding tasks.
Screen finish Information A matte screen is easier to view in bright light. Gloss screens can provide more vivid colours.
Screen Resolution Information Picture quality defined by the number of individual dots (pixels) used to create an image. The higher the number of pixels, the higher the image quality.
1366 x 768 pixels
Screen size Information Measured diagonally.
Screen Type
LED-backlit display
Built-in speakers with Asus Sonic Master Technology
Touch Screen
Voice Recognition
Webcam (front-facing) Information Used for making video calls
HD Web Camera
Webcam (rear-facing) Information A camera on the back of the device, typically used for taking photos and videos.
Wireless Display Information Wireless Display technology can be used to present your device's display on a compatible TV or display without using wires.
Wireless networking
Wi-Fi- 802.11b/g/n


Click & collect

Free Click & Collect from John Lewis and Waitrose shops for collection Saturday from 2pm
262 participating John Lewis and Waitrose shops

Standard UK delivery within 5 working days


Next, named or Saturday UK delivery.


Next/named working day UK delivery pre-10.30am.


Collect+ from a local shop from Saturday - postcode exclusions apply for Collect+ deliveries

5000+ participating Collect+ shops

International delivery not available


We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, just return the products to us or to one of our shops. Unless faulty, we'd like this to be within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Depending on the type of product, you can make free returns via our shops, Royal Mail (or courier collection for large or heavy items), Collect+ or via MyHermes.

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Q & As


Asus X550CA Laptop, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6", Grey 3.6 5 5 5
Good basic machine, but there's a good reason for the discount! This machine needed over 6 hours set-up, out of the box, even with a 50Mbps fibre optic connection. You might like to consider paying JL to do the set-up for you, though make sure they will bring it up to current 8.1 level and not just current 8.0. This isn't an ASUS problem, but rather applies to any Windows 8 PC sold with the basic original Windows 8 software loaded. Windows Defender showed that the build was 427 days old and the machine needed three cycles of Windows Update (more than 120 updates) to bring it up to the latest Windows 8 build level. It then needed a further major download (3.6Gb) to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Having got there, removing the bloatware and setting it up to lose the start screen and unnecessary apps took only a few minutes. A nice machine, rather plastic but then no more so than the competition. Once set up, it looks very good value at the price. 02 June 2014
Poor screen resolution lets it down! I was looking for something basic for everyday use, unfortunately I discovered this is less than basic. The screen resolution is poor (and there is no option to change it in settings as it is already set at the maximum by default), so when I tried to watch a popular show on BBCiPlayer it was heavily pixelated. The camera is dark and grainy, so not ideal for use with Skype. Each time I turned the laptop on there was a constant clicking sound, which sounded like it was coming from the CD drive/portal, however I can't be sure of this. Aestheticly, it's nice to look at and lightweight. The keypad is nice and smooth and easy to use, which why I've given it 2 stars. I returned it to JL and was given a refund with no fuss. Excellent customer service. 09 April 2014
Good for the price Bought this last week at JL as replacement for a Dell that I have had for about 4 years. My philosophy is to buy what you need for what you do. I use it for the obvious things like web etc but also with software such as Photoshop/Indesign/Dreamweaver. Handles all with ease. It has a pretty high spec for the price and enough ram and disc space. Connectivity is good. Looks good and well made. Excellent for the price. Why spend more? Average person simply wastes money on a machine they don't need. 01 April 2014
Ideal sleek design. easy to use product just as described 01 April 2014
Good Value For Money If you're looking for a basic laptop for everyday tasks, or something inexpensive for school or university, this model from Asus is certainly worth considering. It boasts decent specifications for its price range, and will handle web surfing, email, Office applications, music and film streaming without issue. It isn't too heavy or bulky either, which makes it ideal for students to carry between lectures or to the library without being too weighed down. The battery life is a little on the shorter side, but that would be my only real criticism of this model. I would say this was great value for money, and designed with students, or basic computer users in mind. 20 March 2014
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