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

As a preamble to this test

Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

P550LAV-XO1035G to surf the Internet?

We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. With this P550LAV-XO1035G, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Asus; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 15 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this P550LAV-XO1035G if you have to work on the road.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. An important parameter for those whose laptop is not a daily work tool but who wish to make it last for several years; Asus thought it over carefully in this case.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core i3 4030U; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. 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.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 5 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. 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.

The P550LAV-XO1035G- the right model for streaming and videos ?

Asus has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the P550LAV-XO1035G; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. 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. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. 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. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 2.3 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this P550LAV-XO1035G product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. P550LAV-XO1035G will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
On the sound side, it P550LAV-XO1035G has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core i3 4030U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
On the application side, Asus chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 7 on which you can install the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 4000, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Asus. Indeed, it P550LAV-XO1035G has only 4 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this P550LAV-XO1035G may not be suitable. Indeed, with 5 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

The P550LAV-XO1035G- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes P550LAV-XO1035G to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
Its weight of 2.3 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. A 15 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this P550LAV-XO1035G do not generally have touch screens. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Core i3 4030U is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Asus; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because of the technology used, it will be better not to move this computer too much. The reasons are its size, and the hard drive that the brand Asus decided to put in it. 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. On the other hand, unlike an SSD type hard disk drive, it will be slower in terms of the time required to boot up or to leave the standby mode.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Its 15 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
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.
 Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not P550LAV-XO1035G really made for travelling.

P550LAV-XO1035G the right choice 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. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i3 4030U does best. 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. And that’s what you’ll need to store your films and music locally. Regarding the speed at startup, Asusmade the choice of the conventional hard drive. The SSD would have been much faster than the current one even though the life span is shorter.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. Maybe the next model will be better off.
On the connection side, the P550LAV-XO1035Gi s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
As you will have understood, it P550LAV-XO1035G proposes a rather basic oriented use. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.

P550LAV-XO1035G for video games?

It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis P550LAV-XO1035G wasn’t designed for video games. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.1000 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 2.3 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this P550LAV-XO1035G a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.

The P550LAV-XO1035G for office automation.

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It’s the latest version of Windows 7 that’s running it.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. 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.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
With only 1000 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
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 conclusion

The conclusion of the test P550LAV-XO1035G is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
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