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|GPU||GTX 850M DDR3|
|Screen||Excellent 1080p IPS display (Samsung SDC324C)|
|Weight||~6 lbs (~2.7 kg)|
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The Asus N551JK is selling for $900 on Microcenter now. For gamers, it’s not the fastest gaming machine for the price, but it does have some good advantages. The Samsung IPS screen is a very good one according to reviews – way better than anything else currently offered for this price on a gaming machine. The keyboard is good and some will say it’s very good. This model also comes with 16GB of RAM.
All these qualities make this model a very candidate for video/photo editors who want some 3D power or for gamers who appreciate the excellent display alongside the good enough 3D performance. Keep in mind that the GTX 850M DDR3 is a very powerful GPU and will run most games on very high settings.
The N551JK does have some disadvantages, like high heat under full load (but that’s not the usual case), it has only one storage port except the DVDRW and it might be a little bulky, but these are not deal killers in my opinion, if you feel that otherwise this is the machine for you. Also, the DVDRW can be removed and Sata port housed with an SSD, for example.
Competitors for this price, like the Y50, VN7-591G and Clevo / MSI models, do offer GTX 860M GPU for the same price (easily 35% faster on average) and the VN7-591G even has an IPS display, but the N551JK has a superior display with near 100% sRGB color coverage, a very high contrast ratio and very good brightness. The keyboard is probably better for most. So, there is a tradeoff between some qualities and you have to weigh those one against the other.
Bottom line, if top performance / price ratio is not your main goal and you’ll appreciate the good 3D performance and excellent display, then it’s an option to consider.