The Asus N550LF is part of the Taiwanese company's annual product refresh for 2013/2014 and runs on Intel's fourth generation Haswell architecture, one which was launched in June.
Online laptop specialist Laptopsdirect sells it for just under £796, that's after a £15 discount when you take a £1 subscription to Which? consumer magazine.
The laptop, which is also known as the N550LF-CK026H, runs a dual-core Intel i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6GHz with an Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU. There's also 8GB of RAM, a 750GB hard disk drive, Windows 8, a Blu-ray combo drive, a 15.6in touchscreen display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution and a dedicated numeric keypad.
Haswell promises to increase the battery life of laptops quite significantly while marginally improving their graphics performance. We do also question the pertinence of a touchscreen display on a device where its use will be limited.
Unfortunately though, there's not much that manufacturers can do to differentiate themselves from other brands and their products from their siblings.
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