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

2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.7GHz 4GB Sep 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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11 Reasons For

Asus Has Good Notebook PC Reviews

Notebook PCs built by Asus generally have good ratings.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Asus S56CA has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

The Asus S56CA has a front camera. Most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago also have a front camera.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

The average screen size of laptops of this spec and age is 14". With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Asus S56CA has a fairly big screen size compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the S56CA.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

The Asus S56CA has a quite big total storage capacity (750 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that were launched more than two years ago. The total storage capacity of ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago range from 64GB to 1.1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 360GB.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many ultrabooks that came out around the same time as it.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Asus S56CA is a two USB 2.0 port laptop. Most of the other ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the S56CA only have one USB 2.0 port.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

The Asus S56CA has one of the bigger hard drive capacity (750 gigabytes) amongst similar spec laptops of this age. Across all the portable PCs of this age and type the hard drive capacity range from 120GB to 1TB, and the average hard drive capacity 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 frequently found memory slots.

This notebook PC's memory slots (2x SO-DIMM) is in fact the best memory slots across all similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the S56CA.

The worst memory slots across similar types of notebook PC is 1x SO-DIMM.

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17 Reasons Against

Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this notebook PC is Not supported, which is typical of many ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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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 laptop. Most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the S56CA have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of ultrabooks that are a comparable age to the S56CA range from 4GB to 16GB. The Asus S56CA has one of the smallest internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

Notebook PCs with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the DELL XPS 13 (8GB).

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Heavy

The average weight of ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the S56CA is 1.6kg, and the weights range from 870g to 3.3kg. The Asus S56CA is one of the heaviest notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago (2.3 kilograms) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the S56CA do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Asus S56CA is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only 24 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Asus S56CA is a 24 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and type have between 16 and 511 solid-state drive capacity.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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Only SonicMaster Audio System

This notebook PC audio system, which is the most frequently found audio system on portable PCs of this age and spec.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

Most portable PCs of this type and age 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

At only 2,950 milliamperes * hour, the Asus S56CA has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type. The average battery capacity of ultrabooks that have been available for around the same time as the S56CA is 4,300mAh, and the battery capacities range from 14mAh to 7,600mAh.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the S56CA range from 23Wh to 72Wh, and the average battery capacity is 46Wh. With a battery capacity of only 44 watt-hours, the Asus S56CA has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Thick

The average height of comparable spec laptops that have been available for more than two years is 19mm. The Asus S56CA is one of the thicker laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the S56CA (21 millimeters) amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The slowest maximum turbo frequency of similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the S56CA is 1.3GHz and the fastest is 3.6GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.6 gigahertz, the Asus S56CA has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the S56CA.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The average processor cache of portable PCs of a similar type and age to the S56CA is 3.3MB, and the processor caches range from 1MB to 6MB. The Asus S56CA has a quite small processor cache (only 3 megabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed

With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Asus S56CA has a fairly slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that came out more than two years ago. Notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the S56CA have hard drive speeds of between 5,400 RPM and 7,200 RPM.

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Quite Small L3 Cache

The L3 caches of laptops that have been available for more than two years range from 2MB to 6MB, and the average L3 cache is 3.3MB. With a L3 cache of only 3 megabytes, the Asus S56CA has one of the smaller L3 caches amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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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 laptops of this age and type. Most ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.7 gigahertz, the Asus S56CA has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age.

Notebook PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Asus UX301LA (1.8GHz).

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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 are a similar age to 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.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Device Type
Colour
Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
L3 Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
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
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G WiMAX
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
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
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology

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

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User Reviews

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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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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers asus s56, asus s56c, s56caxx056, asus s56ca, s56caxx056h, asus b01kt84, asus hdd4324, asus hdd4324g, asus b01kt84t, asus s56cadh51, asus b01kt84tn, asus hdd4324gb, asus b01kt84tng
Barcodes 06953040925151, 06953040950252
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