THE HEAVY ULTRABOOK
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
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