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Asus VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U Ultrabook Cheap with Touch-screen Specs Review

Are you looking for a new 15.6 inch Touch solid ultrabook for daily use, but did not want to break the bank? Few months ago, its looks hard to find that, but now there are few nice and solid laptop that you can get for price under $500. If you are Asus fan, the latest and cheapest 15.6 inch VivoBook Touch portable laptop, named Asus VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U Ultrabook is one of the best choice that you can get without need break the bank.

Yeah, if you are not too concern about game performance, Asus VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U Ultrabook that comes with Intel Core i3-3217U dual core “Ivy Bridge” processor and clocked around at 1.8GHZ will gives the power you need for hard working and play. Features a 3MB L3 cache with Mobile Intel HM76 Express Chipset and incorporated with 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, the 15.6 inch budget friendly ultrabook delivers fast and seamless multitasking performance. The 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 for operating system also promises stable platform and smooth performance for almost all modern office and light multimedia applications.

Like common Core i3-3217U’s laptop from other series, the S500CA-SI30401U also integrated with a Intel HD graphics 4000 for graphics accelerator. Its promised up to 30 percent faster performance than the previous HD graphics 3000. Combined with a 15.6 inch High Definition Touch screen display, the laptop can produces very bright images, crisp and stunning video experience. The LCD display uses LED-backlit technology to improve visibility and support a 1366 x 768 native resolution. Its mean you can watch 720 video, streaming movies from Netflix and play most casual modern games with ease.

Asus VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U review
Asus VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U Budget Friendly Ultrabook

Asus VivoBook Ultrabook S500CA-SI30401U is a budget friendly laptop, but its still comes with an attractive sleek and stylish brushed hairline finish design like other VivoBook from Asus company. On the center of black cover, there is a glossy Asus logo and palm rest is have a stylish silver color. At 4.6 lbs and measures just 10.1 x 15 x 0.9 inches, the 15.6 inch entry level ultrabook is a bit heavy than other competitor, such as Acer Aspire V5-572-6872 that measures just 0.8 inch thick and weighing only around at 4 lbs. Of course, its still easy to carry around and perfect for companion in office or when you on the occasional trips.


Unlike common Asus VivoBook ultrabook that lacks numeric keypad, the S500CA-SI30401U’s black keyboard with chiclet design has a full numeric keypad on the right side. Its brings faster and more accurate typing, especially for business user or student that works with many documents and spreadsheets. Built into bezel, the 1.0MP camera is not the best web camera, but still provides bright and clear face to face video communications. The stereo speakers also still gives fairly crisp and can produces decent audio, along with clear voice chat from digital microphone.

Yeah, like other 15.6 inch ultrabook on its class, this model also lacks optical drive. But you did not too worries. You can still easily connect it into external optical drive via USB port. The 500GB of Serial ATA hard disk drive also gives a plenty of stoarge capacity. Furthermore, this machine also equipped with 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, two USB 2.0 port, multimedia card reader slot, single USB 3.0 port, 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN with RJ 45 connector, VGA port, HDMI port and integrated WiFi 802.11 b/g/n to connect into wireless network. According to reliable source, the Lithium Polymer battery can produces up to 4 hours and 30 minutes of battery life between charges.

Yeah, this is an entry level 15.6 inch ultrabook and did not have an ultimate power for hard multimedia and video editing tasks. But, with a High Definition Touchscreen display and sleek design, it is still hardly to find another Touch-based laptop alternative from other brand than Asus VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U that can you get for price under $500. So, what do you think? If you really need a touch screen laptop, this model will be available soon in US market with a starting price around at $430. Have more budget and preferred with AMD’s performance? If you are one of Toshiba fan, we recommend you to check Toshiba Satellite E55DT-AST2N02 laptop that powered by AMD A6-5200 Quad-Core Processor with AMD Radeon HD 8400 and priced around at $680.

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