THE HEAVY ULTRABOOK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nandagopal Ra­jan

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THE S550C IS A full 15.6-inch ultrabook that weighs a hefty 2.1kg. The screen size cou­pled with this weight makes it a big un­wieldy to be used, and clas­si­fied, as an Ultrabook. Yes, it is slim­mer than note­books with a 15.6-inch dis­play, es­pe­cially since it has a DVD drive. To cope with Win­dows 8 there is a touch­screen on the HD 1366x768p LED panel. The touch is very re­spon­sive as we could test with the su­perb Fresh Paint app. The key­pad is well spaced out and have a good travel. The touch­pad is even bet­ter and you can pinch, zoom, swipe and use all Win­dows 8 ges­tures here as well. The sound qual­ity has to be one of the bet­ter fea­tures of this de­vice. The Son­icMaster tech­nol­ogy makes good use of th­ese and give sound that is fuller than what you would see in reg­u­lar lap­tops. We would have loved it to be a bit louder.

The per­for­mance of this ultrabook is just above aver­age. We were not re­ally im­pressed by the fact that it took a leisurely 20 sec­onds to open a high-res­o­lu­tion pic­ture and had a longer lag in play­ing a HD video from an USB drive. How­ever, it took us to the Win­dows 8 log in screen from power off in just 8 sec­onds. It is also quite cool con­sid­er­ing its size. Reg­u­lar com­put­ing shouldn't be a prob­lem, but for high-end stuff buy the In­tel Core i7 ver­sion.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT:

Re­ally heavy for an Ultrabook, but

de­cent per­for­mance

ASUS S550CM

` 57,999

SPECS: Win­dows 8, 15.6" HD , In­tel i53317U. 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB + 24GB ROM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M graph­ics, 38.0 x 26.6 x 2.2 cm (WxDxH), 2.6 KG

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