ASUS VivoBook S550, 15-inch Core-i5 Windows 8 touchscreen notebook for P36,995

ASUS just launched the availability of the latest addition to their VivoBook range, the S550, which sports a 15.6-inch screen on an Ultrabook frame.

The VivoBook series is ASUS’ answer to the mainstream market looking for a touchscreen Windows 8 notebook. The S550 is the biggest one they have so far and can also be a desktop replacement for casual users and gamers. It’s also one of the nicest-looking 15-inchers around with its all-glass panel covering the screen, hairline-spun textured metal surface and slim design.

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This notebook is quite similar to our recently-reviewed VivoBook S400 with the same Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive plus 24GB SSD for faster resume from sleep and caching applications. The only difference would be the bigger 15.6-inch display, an optical drive, and the inclusion of a dedicated graphics card to give it more power and perform better on games.

Also loved the keyboard on the VivoBook and also the responsive touchpad that supports multi-finger gestures including Windows 8 commands. What’s probably missing here is a Full HD resolution on its display. It only has a 1366 x 768 HD resolution.

Since it’s a VivoBook, it uses ASUS’ SonicMaster audio technology to deliver impressive sound quality from its large speakers and resonance chambers. I was impressed with the sound coming from the S400 and it’s safe to assume that it will be the same or better with the S550. You’ll get deeper and richer bass, a wider audio range, true-to-life surround, powerful output, distinct vocals, and pristine clarity.

The ASUS VivoBook S550 is already available for just Php36,995 which is just a thousand pesos more than the S400.

ASUS VivoBook S550CM Specs:
1.7GHz 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U, TurboBoost up to 2.6GHz
15.6-inch 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight Glare multitouch display
4GB DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT635M DDR3 2GB
Windows 8 OS
24GB SSD, 500GB SATA HDD
Super-Multi DVD drive
802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, SD card reader, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI
HD webcam
2.6 kg.
SRP: Php36,995

21 Comments

  1. lawrence /

    for just a thousand more, you get
    + NVIDIA GeForce GT635M DDR3 2GB
    + bigger screen
    + Super-Multi DVD drive

    Panalo. I was contemplating on buying the S400. Buti na lang nakita ko ‘tong post. :-)

  2. hcaseria /

    Hmmm.. I saw this in octagon the other day in SM Fairview.

    The question is the keyboard backlit?

    • no i dont think so if it follows the mold of the S400.

      • hcaseria /

        Looks close enough to the N55VZ.

        We will see once PTB posts a full review. I’m hoping for that

        • you may want to refer to our S400 review. it uses the same processor. it will be just be better on games with the dedicated gpu.

  3. parang gusto ko haha

  4. I think though Ultrabooks don’t sell that well their pretty awesome. Thinking of buying this as well. Loving the ASUS quality :-)

  5. mike /

    can anyone tell me where i can buy 1, with the inclusion of that 24gb ssd. i already check stores near my place here in marikina, but the specs just dnt have the 24gb ssd. pls anyone tell where can i buy… thanks in advance.,

  6. Forest /

    It’s all good, and all, but it’s annoying to me that the S550 in the US has 6gb RAM and is cheaper by P8,000.

    • electronics are significantly cheaper in the US. just have to get used to it. bili ka na lang doon if it’s an option for you.

    • myla /

      S550CA pa lang available sa US, walang kasamang video card. P32,000 ang price niya inclusive of sales tax.
      Sa Octagon at villman, 34,000 so 2000 lang difference.

    • Angela /

      I know! I just bought this last Sunday, I’ll be getting it on Wednesday. I’m so psyched to test it out so I can’t really say much about the quality or anything for the matter but it was just so heartbreaking to see how much cheaper it actually is (and should be)in the U.S. (around $700) Oh well! Sana sulit!

  7. Skykez SKy /

    Is this good for gaming?

  8. Planning to buy one this month. I was actually comparing it to acer. I’m not a gamer, but the specs of this one is exceptional. Planning to use it for video editing, and the salesman is offering to upgrade it to 8gb ram. hmmmm.should I go for it?

  9. Kenneth Laqui /

    Ask ko lang po if meron pong available keyboard nito ? Alam ko kasama yung buong aluminum dito. Meron pu ba dito sa pilipinas?

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