Asus K50IJ-BNC5

The Good Solid build quality; long-lasting six-cell battery; comfortable, backlit keyboard; multitouch touch pad; a year of AV protection included.

The Bad Next Class features add to the bill; underwhelming preinstalled software; no HDMI.

The Bottom Line The Asus K501J-BCN5 serves up long battery life, a backlit keyboard, and a year of AV protection. Unfortunately, these Next Class features add a considerable sum to the price; we like a cheaper yet similarly configured Asus K501J model better.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Support 7.0
6.2 Overall

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Asus K50IJ-BNC5

Editors' note:This review is part of our 2010 Retail Laptop and Desktop Back-to-School roundup, covering specific fixed configurations of popular systems that can be found in retail stores.

The Asus K501J-BCN5 is a member of Best Buy's Next Class program, which elicits feedback from college students about the features they want to see in a laptop. College students told Best Buy they would like a preloaded Office suite, long battery life, antivirus protection, and a backlit keyboard--all in a portable package at an affordable price. The Asus K501J-BCN5 hits on all of these features by and large, but you do pay for it. The K501J-BCN5 costs $699 and is nearly identical to the

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $700
  • Brand Asus
  • Type Pentium
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.6 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel GL40 Express
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