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Asus S56CA 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 750GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 4GB Jan 2013
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Beyond being extra thin and light, ASUS S56 ultrabooks pack a full feature set in just 21mm. The cool grey hairline design expresses a personal professional approach. One-piece molded top casing... More
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8 Reasons For

Asus Has Good Laptop Reviews

Asus is one of the superior notebook PC manufacturers according to average user and expert review score data that we have collected for all laptops.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Asus S56CA supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most comparable spec laptops that came out more than two years ago. In addition, this Asus laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of laptop.

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Very Big Screen Size

Portable PCs of this spec and age have screen sizes of between 11" and 18", and the average screen size is 14". The Asus S56CA has a very big screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the S56CA.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of laptops of a similar spec and age to the S56CA range from 64GB to 1.1TB. At 750 gigabytes, the Asus S56CA has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that are a similar age to the S56CA.

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many ultrabooks that were released around the same time as it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

At 750 gigabytes, the Asus S56CA has a fairly big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the S56CA. The average hard drive capacity of laptops of a similar spec and age to the S56CA is 550GB.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The biggest memory slots of the Asus S56CA is 2x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of a 1x SO-DIMM laptop, which is the most common memory slots.

This notebook PC's memory slots (2x SO-DIMM) is actually the best memory slots amongst all portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the S56CA.

A 1x SO-DIMM memory slot is the worst memory slots across comparable types of notebook PC.

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13 Reasons Against

Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this portable PC is Not supported, which is typical of many ultrabooks that are a similar age to it.

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The Asus S56CA is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the S56CA have a front camera, however the Asus S56CA does not have a front camera.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other ultrabooks that were launched more than two years ago, the Asus S56CA does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of ultrabooks that are a similar age to the S56CA range from 1GHz to 2.9GHz. At only 1.7 gigahertz, the Asus S56CA has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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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 a comparable spec and age to it.

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Heavy

The average weight of comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the S56CA is 1.6kg, and the weights range from 870g to 3.3kg. The Asus S56CA is one of the heaviest portable PCs of this age and spec (2.3 kilograms) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Asus S56CA does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other laptops of this spec and age also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on ultrabooks that are a comparable age to it.

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Only SonicMaster Audio System

This notebook PC audio system, which is typical of many ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as it.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

Most portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have between one and three USB 3.0 ports, including the Asus S56CA which has one USB 3.0 port.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

Across all the comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the S56CA the battery capacities range from 14mAh to 7,600mAh, and the average battery capacity is 4,300mAh. The Asus S56CA has one of the smaller battery capacities (only 2,950 milliamperes * hour) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

At only 44 watt-hours, the Asus S56CA has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the S56CA. Across all the laptops of this type and age the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 72Wh, and the average battery capacity is 46Wh.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Asus S56CA

Released Over Three Years Ago

Asus released the S56CA over three years ago.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Asus S56CA has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most ultrabooks that are a comparable age to it. Most ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Internal Memory

The Asus S56CA has a relatively typical internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were launched around the same time as the S56CA.

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HDD Storage Medium

The Asus S56CA has an HDD storage medium which is better than the SSD storage medium found on most ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as it. 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.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£697.00) (SSD).

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Specification

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Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Cabling
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Networking Feature
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
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 Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
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
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
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
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
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Power
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AC Adapter Input Voltage
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Security
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Weight & Dimensions
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Expert Reviews

(10)
12 May 2013

The Asus VivoBook S56CA-DH31-CA ultrabook boasts an integrated DVD burner, reasonable price tag, and generous two-year warranty...

10 May 2013

Although the Asus VivoBook S56CA-DH31-CA boasts an integrated DVD burner, reasonable price tag, and generous two-year warranty, its subpar keyboard and average performance hold it back from...

8 January 2013

Buying Guide 25 best laptops in the world Let's get this bit out of the way: Is the Asus S56CA a good Ultrabook? No. It's too heavy, too large, too noisy and too slow. But is it a good mid-range...

8 January 2013

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11 December 2012

As a very recent release, the S56CA unsurprisingly runs Windows 8, which we?ve noted before isn?t ideal for a device without a touchscreen such as this. So a third-party widget to reinstate the...

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User Reviews

(33)
Reviewed 11 April 2013 by Ryan L.

I don't know what the first reviewer is talking/mad about. First is stating Cons that it isn't a "Touchscreen" that's because it's not. Windows 8 "steep" learning curve? I have recently setup... Read more…

Reviewed 10 December 2012 by Brad H.
(Verified Purchase)

For $500, I thought it was a great deal for what you get. I don't think you can find a better laptop for that price (I looked)...

Reviewed 9 December 2012 by Ian W.
(Verified Purchase)

I am very happy with this ultrabook given the $500 price tag. It is perfect for daily usage. Handles most recent/older games well, though the integrated graphics aren't the best. My only real... Read more…

Reviewed 30 November 2012 by Jayme A.
(Verified Purchase)

- The Newegg description doesn't mention that it has bluetooth, but it does. - The Newegg description says it's upgradeable to 8gb of RAM, but I put in an 8gb stick of RAM along with the default... Read more…

Reviewed 11 February 2013 by William P.

Bought this for my girlfriend to replace an old AMD turion x2 powered laptop. She likes the portability and the decent graphics power of the ivy bridge intel hd 4000. Complains about wireless and... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers asus s56, asus s56c, s56caxx056, asus s56ca, s56caxx056r, asus s56caxx081, asus s56caxx081h

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