With the recent release of ASUS S56, the manufacturer brought to the market its new ultrabook series, which boasts elegant and stylish design, high-end performance, an integrated optical drive and a long-lasting battery.
Let’s have a quick look at the ASUS S56 ultrabook’s specifications and briefly review them to get a general idea about the device:
|CPU||Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 3517U / i5 3317U / i3 3217U|
|OS||Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate / Professional / Home Premium|
|RAM||DDR3 1,600 MHz SDRAM (up to 8 GB)|
|Display||15.6″ 16:9 HD (1,366×768) LED Backlight|
|GPU||NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 635M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM|
|Storage||2.5″ SATA, 320GB 5,400RPM HDD (up to 1TB)
24GB SSD Cache
|Optical Drive||Super-Multi DVD (Optional)|
|Wireless connectivity||Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0 (Optional)|
|I/O Ports||1 x COMBO audio jack, 1 x VGA port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x RJ45 LAN jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD-card reader|
|Battery||4-cell 2,950 mAh, 44 Whrs|
|Dimensions||14.9 x 10.5 x 2.10 ~0.82 in (WxDxH)|
|Weight||4.41 lbs (with 4 cell battery)|
The above specs show that the ASUS S56 ultrabooks go on sale powered by Intel Ivy Bride chips and are available in the following configurations: i3 3217U, i5 3317U or i7 3517U versions with up to 8GB RAM, 5,400 RPM HDD with the options of 320 GB, 500 GB, 750 GB or 1 TB HDDs paired with 24GB SSD (cache only), along with the an NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M GPU with 2 GB of DDR3 VRAM.
In terms of build quality, the S56’s cool grey design featuring one-piece molded top casing makes the machine feel extremely sturdy and reliable. Though featuring a larger 15.6-inch display (1,366×768), it measures just 0.83 inches thick and weighs only 4.4 pounds, thus being the perfect size to slip into a slim briefcase or bag.
The new ASUS S56 ultrabook packs the SonicMaster Lite audio technology with a built-in subwoofer, which delivers immersive sound while you’re listening to music or watching videos. In addition, it excels with a solid chiclet-style keyboard and spacious Smart Gesture touchpad smoothly supporting various multi-touch gestures and delivering accurate and responsive navigating experience.
In terms of prices, there are several buying options for the ASUS S56 depending on the ultrabook’s configuration. In particular, the USA consumers can buy the laptop for $799, which is the best price at the moment.