The performance of the ASUS K50IJ-C1 with an Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 processor and Intel X4500M integrated graphics is reasonably good. We generally like to see discrete graphics on multimedia desktop replacement notebooks, but the K50IJ should provide more than enough power for general use around the house. This notebook should have no problems running Microsoft office, Photoshop CS4, or playing 720p or 1080p video over the internet. Just don’t expect to play cutting edge 3D games and you’ll be fine.
The 5400rpm hard drive provides acceptable performance, but considering the amount of bloatware that comes pre-installed on this laptop the K50IJ takes some time to wake up from sleep or hibernation. Vista performance is much snappier after you uninstall some of the superfluous applications.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
|Dell Studio 15 (1555) (Core 2 Duo P8600 @ 2.4GHz)||32.995 seconds|
|Toshiba Satellite A355 (Core 2 Duo P7450 @ 2.16GHz)||35.848 seconds|
|ASUS K50IJ-C1 (Core 2 Duo T6500 @ 2.1GHz)
|Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 (Core 2 Duo P7350 @ 2.0GHz)||38.455 seconds|
|Lenovo G530 (Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 @ 2.16GHz)||38.470 seconds|
|HP Pavilion dv5z (Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 @ 2.1GHz)
|Dell Studio 15 (1535) (Core 2 Duo T5750 @ 2.0GHz)||41.246 seconds|
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
|Toshiba Satellite A355 (2.16GHz Intel P7450, ATI Radeon HD 3650 512MB)||5,842 PCMarks|
|Dell Studio 15 (1555) (2.4GHz Intel P8600, ATI Radeon HD 4570 256MB)||5,731 PCMarks|
|Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 (2.0GHz Intel P7350, Nvidia 9300M 256MB)||4,844 PCMarks|
|ASUS K50IJ-C1 (2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500, Intel X4500M)||4,560 PCMarks|
|Lenovo G530 (2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400, Intel 4500MHD)||4,110 PCMarks|
|Dell Studio 15 (1535) (2.0GHz Intel T5750, Intel X3100)||3,998 PCMarks|
|HP Pavilion dv5z (2.1GHz Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, ATI Radeon HD 3200)||3,994 PCMarks|
3DMark06 measures video and gaming performance (higher scores mean better performance):
|Dell Studio 15 (1555) (2.4GHz Intel P8600, ATI Radeon HD 4570 256MB)||4,189 3DMarks|
|Toshiba Satellite A355 (2.16GHz Intel P7450, ATI Radeon HD 3650 512MB)||4,084 3DMarks|
|Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 (2.0GHz Intel P7350, Nvidia 9300M 256MB)||1,833 3DMarks|
|HP Pavilion dv5z (2.1GHz Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80, ATI Radeon HD 3200)||1,599 3DMarks|
|ASUS K50IJ-C1 (2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500, Intel X4500M)||862 3DMarks|
|Lenovo G530 (2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400, Intel 4500MHD)
|Dell Studio 15 (1535) (2.0GHz Intel T5750, Intel X3100)||493 3DMarks|
All of the 3DMark06 scores for all of the systems listed above were run at 1280 x 800 (16:10 ratio screens) or 1280 x 768 (16:9 ratio screens) resolution.
With the screen brightness set to 70%, wireless active, and the Vista power profile set to “Balanced” the ASUS K50IJ stayed on for 3 hours and 22 minutes of constant use. We’ve seen other 15-inch notebooks with discrete graphics deliver better battery life numbers than this, so we aren’t too impressed. Still, this is acceptable for a desktop replacement or for average use around the house. If you need a notebook to be your constant travel companion then the K50IJ might not be the best choice.
Heat and Noise
The cooling system does an acceptable job keeping temperatures under control. The area around the hard drive, RAM, and GPU produced the most obvious heat on the external surfaces of the notebook, but temperatures weren’t hot enough to prevent me from using the K50IJ as a “laptop.” The temperature readings below (listed in degrees Fahrenheit) were taken after stressing the system with performance benchmarks for 30 minutes and should reflect typical external temperatures after more than an hour of serious use.
Noise wasn’t much of an issue with the K50IJ. The hard drive was reasonably quiet with only some minor noise during heavy activity. The cooling fan only kicked into high mode during our benchmarking and the rest of the time the K50IJ was nice and silent.
The ASUS K50IJ is a relatively unimpressive budget notebook that offers reasonable performance for the price, but not much else. ASUS describes this laptop as a “no-frills” computer and that is probably a nicer way of saying this laptop doesn’t offer much in the way of features. Compared to similarly priced 15-inch notebooks like the Dell Studio 15 or the HP Pavilion dv5 the ASUS K50IJ falls short. Yes, you get a free laptop bag and optical mouse, but the lack of ports and upgradeability are somewhat disappointing.
Most average users won’t care about the lack of HDMI, FireWire, eSATA, or ExpressCard. Likewise, most people probably won’t care about upgrading the hard drive or the RAM in this laptop. Still, considering what else is available for the same price the ASUS K50IJ has some tough competition.
- Bright, colorful screen
- Nice keyboard
- OK performance for the price
- Limited ports
- Limited upgradeability
- Unimpressive touchpad