What do you think of the new Asus Vivobook 550cm and should I buy?


Sep 17, 2012
Hey guys,

Here's the specs :
ASUS 15.6" Touchscreen Ultrabook - Black (Intel Core i7-3537u /750GB HDD/24GB SSD/8GB RAM/Windows 8)
Model #: S550CM-BS71-CB

While my knowledge of desktop computers is pretty good, I must admit I don't know much about the laptop world...

But this one seems like a good deal. For 50$ more than the i5 non touchscreen version, I might go with this one boasting an i7 (I know it's not that useful for what I need) and touchscreen capabilities for the new windows 8.

I can have it at 850+ sale taxes in canada (near 14%) and I don't intend on buying any extended plan to protect my purchase as they are ridiculously priced (near 25% of the laptop value).

So what do you guys think? I'll use it mostly for work (office suite) and for some occasional gaming. Will the machine handle some games at a decent rate? Benchmarks for gt m635 are limited....

Here are the full specs :

Screen Size 15.6 Inches
Native Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
LED Backlit Display Yes
Touchscreen Display Yes
3D Capable Display No
Processor Type Intel Core i7-3537u
Processor Cores 2
Processor Speed 2 GHz
Processor Cache 3 MB L2
Storage & Memory
Hard Drive Capacity 750 GB + 24 GB (Solid State)
Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute) 5400 rpm
RAM Size 8 GB
RAM Speed 1600 MHz
RAM Slots 2 (0 Available)
Optical Drive DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
Built-in Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Reader - Compatible Memory Type SD
Graphics Chipset GT 635M
Video Memory Configuration Dedicated
Dedicated Video Memory Size 2 GB
Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable No
Speaker Wattage Not Applicable
Integrated Microphone Yes
Microphone Input Yes
Digital Audio Output Yes - Optical
Hardware Volume Control No
Inputs & Outputs
Webcam Yes
Keyboard Language Bilingual
Numeric Keypad Yes
Backlit Keyboard No
Type of Pointing Device Touchpad
Number of Touchpad Buttons 2
Type of Modem Not Applicable
USB 2.0 Ports 2
USB 3.0 Ports 1
VGA Output Yes
HDMI Output Yes
HDCP Compliant No
IEEE 1394 Input/Output No
eSATA Port No
ExpressCard/34 Input No
ExpressCard/54 Input No
IR Receiver No
Other Input or Output Ports None
Ethernet Port 10/100/1000
Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Integrated Bluetooth Yes - 4.0
Approximate Battery Life Up To 5 Hours
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Battery - Number of Cells 4
Battery - Capacity 2950 mAh
Energy Star Qualified Yes
Pre-loaded Operating System Windows 8 64-Bit
Operating System Language Bilingual
Loaded Software ASUS Win flash; ASUS SmartLogon; ASUS Life Frame III; Virtual Camera; FancyStart; Power4Gear Hybrid; Fast Boot; GamePark Console (JPN image not installed); Asus WebStorage; eManual; E-Driver; ASUS Super Hybrid Engine; ASUS AIRecovery; ASUS Color Enhancement (ASUS Splendid); ASUSDVD player v9
Physical Features
Colour Black
Laptop Thickness (closed) 2.1 cm
Laptop Depth 26.6 cm
Laptop Width 38 cm
Laptop Weight (including battery) 2.65 kg
Warranty Labour 1 Year(s)
Warranty Parts 1 Year(s)

PS : pardon my english if I made any mistakes ;)



Jan 18, 2007
Benchmarks for GT 635 m are on http://www.notebookcheck.net/

Currently running the s46cm. I wish I had a touch screen -- this seems like a nice product.

Only issue I see if your lack of warranty coverage. Stop looking at it as some percentage of the total cost: a pretty looking brick in 1.5 years is of no use to you.

Hope this helps!



Sep 17, 2012
Hey Cheese, thanks for the feedback and for the benchmark of the video card.

In regard of the warranty, it's 319.99 + sales taxes for a 3yr plan at bestbuy which is a crime IMHO. Quebec residents are protected by a "legal warranty" which states that "The Consumer Protection Act provides a warranty on the goods you purchase or lease: they must be usable for normal use for a reasonable length of time.".

But yeah.... it's taking a risk that I will have a useless brick in like 13months lol... I'm pretty sure we can argue that 2 yr is a reasonable lenght of time for a near 1000$ laptop, but yeah, that kind of legal extra coverage isn't hassle-free.



Jan 18, 2007
I think NCIX has three year coverage for $170. Not sure how well/if it works but I would look into that.

Got my laptop from London Drugs (also Canadian!): it came with two years Asus warranty and they let me add another two for $160.

I can definitely see where you're coming from on $320 for warranty. I'd say shop elsewhere.



Sep 17, 2012
Just bought it and my warranty was extended with my credit card provider for a total of 3 yr.

I'll post a review when I'll get used to windows 8. I definitely need a start button software add on :p