Summary: With an attractive design, strong audio and a low price, the ASUS X550CA is a solid sub-$500 notebook. However, you have to be willing to live with a few compromises, such as limited viewing angles and mediocre battery life. At this price, we prefer the HP Pavilion g6t because of its brighter screen and longer endurance. But if you want a handsome budget laptop with above-average sound and good enough performance for everyday tasks, the X550CA is worth the investment.
Excerpt: We were big fans of Asus’s S series of VivoBooks when they first launched in 2012, but last year’s newer models failed to impress with their aging hardware and dimly-lit touchscreens. Thankfully, Asus seems to have found the right balance between price and performance for its latest VivoBook, the X550CA.