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Asus N551JK-CN073H 15.6-inch Full HD LED Notebook (Intel Core i5-4200H 2.80GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1) £592.53 @ Amazon
Asus N551JK-CN073H 15.6-inch Full HD LED Notebook (Intel Core i5-4200H 2.80GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1) £592.53 @ Amazon

Asus N551JK-CN073H 15.6-inch Full HD LED Notebook (Intel Core i5-4200H 2.80GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1) £592.53 @ Amazon

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R.R.P £599.99 a grand saving of £7.46, better hurry up people you won't see savings like this every day.

While I agree it's a good spec laptop with the GTX950 inside, but I don't think it's the best under £600 Laptop now if it was under £500 then I'd definitely agree.

This looks a decent laptop for the money. The only concern I have is regarding the screen. The description refers to a Full HD screen from which I'd presume it to be a 1080p, 1920 x 1080 screen. However I read a review (admittedly translated from Polish) which said this model had a 720p, 1368 x 768 screen. It's a shame Amazon don't add a bit more detail to their adverts.

Just in case anyone is following this thread, I phoned up Asus to check whether this exact model had a 1080p screen. The nice lady with the sexy oriental voice checked and confirmed this model had a Full HD screen which should mean 1080p (but the spec she was looking at didn't say 1080p).

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asus.com/uk/…ns/
This is the link to the laptop, if you click where to buy it takes you straight to amazon.
I thought this was a good deal as it is more powerful than the lenovo z50-70 and only costs £42 more. I am getting paid soon soon so if anyone can find a better deal please tell me, if not I will be buying this.

alexrazzz

http://www.asus.com/uk/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/N551JK/specifications/This is … http://www.asus.com/uk/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/N551JK/specifications/This is the link to the laptop, if you click where to buy it takes you straight to amazon.I thought this was a good deal as it is more powerful than the lenovo z50-70 and only costs £42 more. I am getting paid soon soon so if anyone can find a better deal please tell me, if not I will be buying this.



I found this spec earlier when I was trawling the net for info. This spec sheet talks about an Intel 4210M whereas the Amazon blurb refers to a 4200H. Both CPUs exist and are related. I would prefer it if the spec sheet was right and it was the 4210M as this is a 37 Watt CPU. The 4200H is a tad faster but can suck up 47 Watts of power, which probably makes for a noisy laptop with the fan needing to work that much harder. Wish the specsheet explicitly said 1080p instead of FHD but there you go. If you do go ahead and buy it, any chance you could post a quickie review here for us old ditherers!!

I've been waiting for this to come into stock for around 4 months now, Asus must have been having issues somewhere in the production chain. A decent thread describing the laptop but bear in mind there are a multitude of international variations. I wasn't 100% sure whether there's an IPS screen or not, but the Asus website blurb states it is. Shame Amazon's description isn't better. Should be a very good laptop with this spec and I agree, this is the best you can find for sub-£600 that is a 'jack of all trades' to some degree with a good CPU, good graphics card, HD screen, sound etc. I searched for a long time over 5 or 6 months and discounting the Dell Outlet models that you have to be lucky with, I couldn't find anything better.

However, the Asus spec sheet states an i5-4210U whereas Amazon say it's an i5-4200H which is more powerful. I want the 4200H as I specifically don't need/want a ULV CPU. If it is the 4210U then that changes my opinion quite a bit as to it's value, as there are a lot of other laptops around with ULV CPU's that would then become better options (or at least alternatives worth considering) to this.
Edited by: "hollger" 8th Jan 2015

Joe90_guy

I found this spec earlier when I was trawling the net for info. This spec … I found this spec earlier when I was trawling the net for info. This spec sheet talks about an Intel 4210M whereas the Amazon blurb refers to a 4200H. Both CPUs exist and are related. I would prefer it if the spec sheet was right and it was the 4210M as this is a 37 Watt CPU. The 4200H is a tad faster but can suck up 47 Watts of power, which probably makes for a noisy laptop with the fan needing to work that much harder. Wish the specsheet explicitly said 1080p instead of FHD but there you go. If you do go ahead and buy it, any chance you could post a quickie review here for us old ditherers!!



Good thing is that if you buy it from Amazon and the spec doesn't conform to their description, you can return it at no cost so you'll not lose anything.

hollger

I've been waiting for this to come into stock for around 4 months now, … I've been waiting for this to come into stock for around 4 months now, Asus must have been having issues somewhere in the production chain. A decent thread describing the laptop but bear in mind there are a multitude of international variations. I wasn't 100% sure whether there's an IPS screen or not, but the Asus website blurb states it is. Shame Amazon's description isn't better. Should be a very good laptop with this spec and I agree, this is the best you can find for sub-£600 that is a 'jack of all trades' to some degree with a good CPU, good graphics card, HD screen, sound etc. I searched for a long time over 5 or 6 months and discounting the Dell Outlet models that you have to be lucky with, I couldn't find anything better.



Thanks for the thread. I missed that one. Regarding the display, ASUS talk about an EWV (Extra Wide Viewing angle) screen. Not 100% sure if this truly means IPS but this isn't a deal breaker for me if it's not. TBH, getting any 15.5" lappie with 1080p, an 850m, a 1TB HDD (albeit a slow one) and a decent amount of RAM for less that £600 is rare. Very, very tempted...

There's a review of the Asus N550JK-CN109H on Notebookcheck.com. Yes it's the predecessor of the Amazon laptop but conveniently it details the performance of a laptop with an i5-4200H CPU, an 850m DDR3 GPU and a 1TB 5400 rpm HDD. If like me, you have laptop on AC 99% of the time, the 1080p gaming performance, for most games is pretty damn good. Think I'm just abour ready to open my wallet!

Does this come with the DDR5 850m?

Coldfox

Does this come with the DDR5 850m?



No, this is the DDR3 version. Worse I know but it is less than six hundred notes...

I ordered one. Not sure on the specs mind, still unsure if the i5 is the H or U. Amazon's live chat was utterly useless although unless they can get someone to go and look at/open the box in the warehouse I suppose they couldn't do much more. The pictures on Amazon's page also shows a blu-ray drive yet there's no mention of it (or any optical drive) in the specs... think they're using some of the same pics for all models.

Amazon also have several other N551JK models for sale including one that seems to list the blu-ray drive and apart from 4GB memory on the GPU I can't see any other differences, yet it's £260 more. Poor customer review, but appears to be a German customer.

Asus' site only lists the 1 CPU - the i5-4210U - despite the overall blurb stating that it's available with a variety of options, so it may well arrive with the 4200H after all.

hollger

I ordered one. Not sure on the specs mind, still unsure if the i5 is the … I ordered one. Not sure on the specs mind, still unsure if the i5 is the H or U. Amazon's live chat was utterly useless although unless they can get someone to go and look at/open the box in the warehouse I suppose they couldn't do much more. The pictures on Amazon's page also shows a blu-ray drive yet there's no mention of it (or any optical drive) in the specs... think they're using some of the same pics for all models.Amazon also have several other N551JK models for sale including one that seems to list the blu-ray drive and apart from 4GB memory on the GPU I can't see any other differences, yet it's £260 more. Poor customer review, but appears to be a German customer.Asus' site only lists the 1 CPU - the i5-4210U - despite the overall blurb stating that it's available with a variety of options, so it may well arrive with the 4200H after all.



Good luck. After it's arrived and you've had a chance to play with it, could you possibly post a quickie review here? I am very interested in this laptop but would like an honest user opinion first. Many thanks.

Yeah no worries, I'll let you know what turns up tomorrow.

hollger

Yeah no worries, I'll let you know what turns up tomorrow.



Hope your review is a positive one. The price just dropped to £563 for the last one on stock and I just couldn't resist!!

Joe90_guy

Hope your review is a positive one. The price just dropped to £563 for … Hope your review is a positive one. The price just dropped to £563 for the last one on stock and I just couldn't resist!!



Went down £30?! Wonder if I can get any money back.... doubt it though as they don't have stock. Maybe worth a try. Got any screen shots I could use?

Anyway, it arrived at 18:20 last night, just before I went out so I have had no time to do anything but check the specs (on the box before opening) were what they should have been, and apart from the lack of blu-ray drive (which I didn't expect anyway) it seems to be as advertised. i5-4200H, 1TB Hitachi hdd, 8GB RAM and 2GB GTX-850m graphics.

The screen is good, perhaps not as bright and vibrant as the Dell I'm replacing but that has a proper RGB HD panel, not much I've seen comes close to matching it. The keyboard is nice, chiclet style and is easy to type on. Don't think it's backlit though, which is a shame. The touchpad is average - I prefer separated buttons rather than a 1-piece thing so I was always going to find fault here.

Hard disk I don't really care about as I'll be putting an SSD in anyway, but it's an HGST rather than a Seagate which I wasn't expecting. In use the laptop won't feel as fast until I put the SSD in obviously, but it's not slow. Seems fairly quiet too which is a bonus, as my Dell can often be whiny even when idle. I've not stressed it with anything yet so I'm sure there'll be some noise from the exhaust.

You get an external subwoofer with it which is a little weird, sounds alright but no substitute for decent headphones or a proper hifi connection.

The only real negative for me so far is that it seems to have Windows 8.1 standard installed, so there's no BitLocker available. I use the whole drive encryption with pre-boot authentication on my Dell so I'll see what I can do about that when I swap the disks over.

First impressions very good though, certainly not unhappy with the purchase.

hollger

Went down £30?! Wonder if I can get any money back.... doubt it though as … Went down £30?! Wonder if I can get any money back.... doubt it though as they don't have stock. Maybe worth a try. Got any screen shots I could use? ;)Anyway, it arrived at 18:20 last night, just before I went out so I have had no time to do anything but check the specs (on the box before opening) were what they should have been, and apart from the lack of blu-ray drive (which I didn't expect anyway) it seems to be as advertised. i5-4200H, 1TB Hitachi hdd, 8GB RAM and 2GB GTX-850m graphics.The screen is good, perhaps not as bright and vibrant as the Dell I'm replacing but that has a proper RGB HD panel, not much I've seen comes close to matching it. The keyboard is nice, chiclet style and is easy to type on. Don't think it's backlit though, which is a shame. The touchpad is average - I prefer separated buttons rather than a 1-piece thing so I was always going to find fault here.Hard disk I don't really care about as I'll be putting an SSD in anyway, but it's an HGST rather than a Seagate which I wasn't expecting. In use the laptop won't feel as fast until I put the SSD in obviously, but it's not slow. Seems fairly quiet too which is a bonus, as my Dell can often be whiny even when idle. I've not stressed it with anything yet so I'm sure there'll be some noise from the exhaust.You get an external subwoofer with it which is a little weird, sounds alright but no substitute for decent headphones or a proper hifi connection.The only real negative for me so far is that it seems to have Windows 8.1 standard installed, so there's no BitLocker available. I use the whole drive encryption with pre-boot authentication on my Dell so I'll see what I can do about that when I swap the disks over.First impressions very good though, certainly not unhappy with the purchase.



Thanks for answering. Sorry, I didn't get a screen shot of the ad. I woke up, checked the Amazon ad, saw the price had dropped and I was out of bed like a rocket to grab the last one before anyone beat me to it!
That said, I think we both got a true bargain. I've been on the lookout for a laptop to do 1080p gaming for ages now. I've been looking at PCSpecialist, Dino and Medion and typically the equivalent to what we have bought is £650 - £700. It's not that I can't afford to spend that much but I already have three laptops and you know that they age so quickly, buying expensive is a mug's game.
The comment I was most pleased to hear was that (so far), the Asus is quiet. I was a bit worried that the H4200H might generate too much heat but this doesn't seem to be the case.
I opted for Super Saver delivery so mine wont arrive for a few days but when it does, I'll post my thoughts here. If Amazon are going to get more in stock, there may be others that gravitate to this thread.
Thanks again for the review.

Joe90_guy

Thanks for answering. Sorry, I didn't get a screen shot of the ad. I woke … Thanks for answering. Sorry, I didn't get a screen shot of the ad. I woke up, checked the Amazon ad, saw the price had dropped and I was out of bed like a rocket to grab the last one before anyone beat me to it! That said, I think we both got a true bargain. I've been on the lookout for a laptop to do 1080p gaming for ages now. I've been looking at PCSpecialist, Dino and Medion and typically the equivalent to what we have bought is £650 - £700. It's not that I can't afford to spend that much but I already have three laptops and you know that they age so quickly, buying expensive is a mug's game.The comment I was most pleased to hear was that (so far), the Asus is quiet. I was a bit worried that the H4200H might generate too much heat but this doesn't seem to be the case.I opted for Super Saver delivery so mine wont arrive for a few days but when it does, I'll post my thoughts here. If Amazon are going to get more in stock, there may be others that gravitate to this thread.Thanks again for the review.



I'll test a bit more today but I don't want to do too much until I've changed the hdd over, as I'll just be doing it all again. Seems easy to change the disk - some instructions - but if you do, make sure to slide the cover rather than lift it!! There are clips that are a **** to see and thankfully I saw them before I yanked the lid up too high. It should slide off the case with a bit of effort.

hollger

I'll test a bit more today but I don't want to do too much until I've … I'll test a bit more today but I don't want to do too much until I've changed the hdd over, as I'll just be doing it all again. Seems easy to change the disk - some instructions - but if you do, make sure to slide the cover rather than lift it!! There are clips that are a **** to see and thankfully I saw them before I yanked the lid up too high. It should slide off the case with a bit of effort.



Thanks for the SSD instructions. I saw on HUKD a few weeks ago, that you could get a 480GB Crucial SSD for about £110 on Amazon. It's gone back up again but if a deal like that comes along again, I'll pounce.
Can I ask one last question? Is the screen matt or glossy? This Dell I'm typing on is glossy and I've always hated it! I'm hoping it's matt. All the reviews I've read say it's matt but I thought I'd check.

It's a matte IPS screen. Quite a few pictures in this review and most of that applies here I'd say. In fact, the N551JK seems like an increment to the N550JK in many ways, although there are marked differences like the keyboard backlight etc.

Message from Amazon to say my laptop will be delivered tomorrow which isn't bad for free Super Saver delivery.
Can I just say a big thank you to Alexrazzz for posting this deal in the first place!

Original Poster

Hope the laptops turn out great. As soon as I get paid I will be getting one, if they are in stock!

My new laptop arrived first thing this morning which was nice except that the carrier (Hermes) just left the box on the door step, not even bothering to knock! Good job we live in a quiet neighbourhood otherwise anyone could have swiped it.

First impressions are extremely good. The matt IPS screen is just superb and it's WAYYYYY faster than my old Dell. The first thing I did was load up Cryrostasis, a visually beautiful (but very weird!) game that my Dell, with it's ATI 5650 and i3-370M, always struggled to run even at the lowest settings. The game now runs so fluidly at 1080p I feel like I'm at last playing the game the way the developers intended me to. There are faster GPUs than the Nvidia 850m but I suspect it will do for me for several years to come. I was also very pleasantly surprised by how quiet the Asus was when running Cryostasis. The fan on my old Dell used to get really noisy.

At £563 I reckon I've got a true bargain...



This is probably a dead thread now but just in case someone's still watching, this laptop comes with a 12 month warranty (not the standard 2 year one Asus usually offers) and the keyboard isn't backlit. Neither is a big deal for me but this might be worth knowing if you're planning on getting one when they come back instock at Amazon.

alexrazzz

Hope the laptops turn out great. As soon as I get paid I will be getting … Hope the laptops turn out great. As soon as I get paid I will be getting one, if they are in stock!


It's back at £575.01 still with free delivery but there's only one in stock now. Time to ask your boss for an advance??

Glad i found this,thank's all.is this the model in question.
amazon.co.uk/dp/…VXV
i was looking at msi and gigabyte laptops but these seem great value.The only gaming i do is dayz and sims4.







frankspencer67

Glad i found this,thank's all.is this the model in … Glad i found this,thank's all.is this the model in question.http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NWE10IC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_img?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2CWPP75C8LKNQ&coliid=I2RVDBZ57CRVXVi was looking at msi and gigabyte laptops but these seem great value.The only gaming i do is dayz and sims4.



Trust me, you won't regret buying this laptop. The more I use it, the more I love it. Even at load, it's quiet, the keyboard is great, the screen you have to see to believe AND it's about the cheapest 850m equipped laptop you can buy. Even the hard drive seems pretty fast. I'm still playing Cryostasis in 1080p but a few days back I installed the game's advanced Physx patch. Whilst this makes the game so much more life like, the patch had a bad reputation for really taxing graphics cards. The Asus handles it like a dream! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

One last comment on the off chance someone is still reading...
I read somewhere that someone was ultra peed off because they couldn't update their graphics driver on their Asus laptop. I could relate to this because I had the same problem on my old Dell. Well I just updated my N551 with the latest Nvidia driver and the whole process was easy-peasy. Probably won't make a lot of difference to the old games I play but I was pleased all the same...

Should anyone find their way here, there's a brand new review of the Asus N551 JK-CN166H on Notebookcheck.net. The only problem is the review is currently only available in German and you'll need to use Google Translate to read it.
The model reviewed is essentially the one on offer on Amazon. The only difference seems to be that the German one has Blu-ray drive.
Overall the review is very positive but have a read for yourself...

ordered one for myself, got delivered today
first impressions:
- display is superb. colors look great almost from every angle. fhd resolution should be sufficient for any type of work (have not tried my business applications yet)
- heavier than expected and bigger than my old ibm z60m ... not for 'on the move' use really
- external subwoofer.. nice, but only useful in desktop mode (with laptop sitting on the desk)
- built-in speakers are very good
- windows 8.1 is ****. waiting for w10 upgrade
- internal hdd is medium spec, need to replace it in the future
- dvd drive - bluray would be nice to have
- keyboard.. average. IBM one was better.. no keylight

as my criteria were 'i5 with good IPS FHD display, good build, primarily for home use', im fully satisfied with the machine so far

The Notebookcheck.net review of the N551JK is now on their English webite. A rating of 85% is pretty respectable for such a relatively cheap laptop.

Reviews mention that the laptop is plastic painted silver including keyboard and not aluminium as might appear from photographs. Nothing wrong with this except the paint tends to rub off especially on keys over time. It would have been better to leave keyboard black.

Capt Kirk

Reviews mention that the laptop is plastic painted silver including … Reviews mention that the laptop is plastic painted silver including keyboard and not aluminium as might appear from photographs. Nothing wrong with this except the paint tends to rub off especially on keys over time. It would have been better to leave keyboard black.


Yes the top cover is plastic but as imitation aluminium goes, it's a pretty convincing copy. Bottom is bog standard black plastic but I never look at the underside so who cares what it's made from.

Desperately seeking this one now, looks like it's out of stock for the foreseeable :\

steviebwoy78

Desperately seeking this one now, looks like it's out of stock for the … Desperately seeking this one now, looks like it's out of stock for the foreseeable :\


My advice... be vigilant and keep watching the Amazon page like a hawk. They had eight come in stock a few days back at just £563 and they all sold out within 24 hours. If you can bag one, you won't be disappointed. I've downloaded Assassin's Creed III onto mine and it looks utterly beautiful in 1080p. It plays well too even with textures and what not all set to high.

Wicked, cheers Joe. Do you reckon it'd look as good as an Xbox One if I hooked it up to my TV? Probably asking a bit much really..

steviebwoy78

Wicked, cheers Joe. Do you reckon it'd look as good as an Xbox One if I … Wicked, cheers Joe. Do you reckon it'd look as good as an Xbox One if I hooked it up to my TV? Probably asking a bit much really..


Sorry. I've never owned a console so I couldn't honestly say. However I can say the actual laptop screen is just wonderful. For the last few years I've used a Dell Inspirion with a glossy 720p screen. The Asus is so much better to looks at.

Okay, no probs. Have you tried running any really recent games? AC3's a few years old now isn't it? I'm pretty much sold on this one, just wondering whether to buy a full gaming PC rather than a laptop really; that's the only toss up.

steviebwoy78

Okay, no probs. Have you tried running any really recent games? AC3's a … Okay, no probs. Have you tried running any really recent games? AC3's a few years old now isn't it? I'm pretty much sold on this one, just wondering whether to buy a full gaming PC rather than a laptop really; that's the only toss up.


The only games I've tried so far are AC3, Dead Space 1 and Cryostasis. I would try some of my newer games but Steam are being a pain at the mo. Steam detects you're logging on from a new computer and says input the code from the e.mail we have just sent you. Unfortunately I have received no e.mail. Contacted Steam Guard hoping for a quick response but after two days, absolutely zip. Very frustrating...
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