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Based on 2,723 expert and owner reviews, Asus has good ratings for its portable PCs. Asus also has good ratings specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs compared to other manufacturers.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The Asus S56 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.
Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity
At 524 gigabytes, the Asus S56 has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. Similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have total storage capacity of between 1GB and 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB.
Has a Front Camera
The Asus S56 has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the S56.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.
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AC Cable Included
This laptop has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.
2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot
This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This laptop has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.
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Only HDD Storage Medium
This laptop has an HDD+SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed
The Asus S56 has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1.7 gigahertz) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. The slowest processor clock speed of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the S56 is 0.8GHz and the fastest is 3.1GHz.
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many portable PCs of this type and age.
Only 24 Solid-State Drive Capacity
Most portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the S56 have between 8 and 511 solid-state drive capacity, including the Asus S56 which has 24 solid-state drive capacity.
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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on laptops of a comparable type and age to it.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Asus S56 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a touch sensitive screen.
Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency
At only 2.6 gigahertz, the Asus S56 has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the S56. The maximum turbo frequencies of notebook PCs of this age and spec range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz.
5 Other reasons to consider the Asus S56
Released Over Four Years Ago
This portable PC has been on the market for over four years.
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus S56 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.
Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family
The Asus S56 has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most laptops of a comparable spec and age to it. Most laptops of a comparable type and age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.
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The Asus S56 has a relatively average weight (2.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.
Average Internal Memory
With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Asus S56 has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the S56.
Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the Asus X550CA[plb_2093287_price] (6GB).
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor Clock Speed
Intel HM76 Express, Intel HM76
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
333, 1333, 133, 1600
Processor Memory Type
DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x8, 1x16, 1x1, 2x4, 2x8
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Size
Total Storage Capacity
HDD, HDD+SSD, SSD, SSD
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
1366 x 768
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 400
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
DisplayPort, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
DVD Super Multi
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 7 Home Premium
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Power
Wireless Display Connectivity
Weight & Dimensions
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video