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Beyond being extra thin and light, ASUS S56 ultrabooks pack all the best features in just 21mm. The cool grey streamlined design expresses a personal and professional approach. One-piece molded top casing reinforces the notebook's strength and rigidity, and the overall style embodies a subtlety that meets all your performance portability needs.
ASUS SonicMaster Lite gives the ASUS S Series the ability to deliver more powerful sounds and richer bass - providing the best audio experience in the mainstream-notebook class.
Only ASUS notebooks offer you true, 2-second instant-on from sleep or hibernate, cutting out long reboot times and getting you back to your work and entertainment right where you left off. Thanks to ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology, you also get up to 13 days of standby, with auto data backup should battery charge drop to 5% or less.
*Actual S56 standby time may vary due to specific component performance, connected devices, and environmental differentiation.
The large Smart Gesture touchpad enables fingertip-natural computing, and the back-assembled chiclet keyboard assures extra-solid typing for greater comfort.
Excellent Ultrabook for the $$
Pros: Design, price, spec's, warranty. Solid feel. Thin yet comes with a DVD drive. Hybrid Drive SSD for fast boot ups and OS functions. Yet larger space for other storage.
Cons: Track pad a little finicky. There aren't that many that are actually good.
Other Thoughts: 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 windows 8 laptops with people in their 60's and they were good to go within a day or two, I wouldn't call it steep.
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Kevin in Houston
Pros: Nice build quality, light weight, warranty. SSD makes startup very quick.
Cons: Power State error, no touchscreen. Touch pad takes some getting used to. Windows 8 has steep learning curve.
Other Thoughts: When computer goes into standby mode, when you wake it up it has a "Driver Power State Failure" requires a reboot. Was rebooting extremely slow. I took it to the guys who wear white shirts with black ties. It failed hardware test. Sent in to replace motherboard under warranty. Will writ follow up review later.
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Customer service and laptop design are a joke.
Pros: Very pretty design at a good price. Core i5 is very nice, even the low power (uLV) version is very capable and runs flawlessly. would be perfect if it had 16GB of RAM and Bluetooth (some versions of the S56CA series have the Centrino card installed).
Cons: I contacted Asus customer support and I was appalled at the fact that the customer representative blatantly lied to me about the RAM capacity. The warranty policy and computer design that make it impossible to upgrade the simple and removable components of a laptop are frustrating and ridiculous (Half PCIe card for WIFI/Bluetooth upgrade not accessible, not having all available RAM slots customer accessible, and not having the mSATA card accessible). When I asked the customer representative what I can do about this (expecting to have to send/take it to a service center, which while not preferable still makes it feasible) the representative told me “we don't allow users to upgrade any notebook parts except RAM and HDD” and essentially told me that they don’t care. When I confronted the service representative about lying about the RAM (Intel directly states a maximum RAM capacity of 32GB and I know someone directly who is currently running 16GB in the same notebook) they gave me an attitude of not caring with “8GB has tested by asus and it is steable and safe”. I do understand that there can be an issue with customers opening up and tampering with the BIOS or other items, but to make it impossible to upgrade common parts is absurd. I had an ASUS F9Dc notebook before this and it was wonderful, but after this pain and frustration I do not believe I will buy another ASUS.
Other Thoughts: I am not a personal fan of Windows 8, it works and has some nice features added but is really meant for at least a touch screen but really seems to be meant for a tablet and "feels" a little clunky and awkward. Also I should not have to install third party applications to revert to the start menu setup.
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Decent entry level laptop
Pros: Very slim and light weight,
Cons: Big screen bezel,
Other Thoughts: 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 the mouse pad. Also mb it is just because windows 8 is too new but I am not sure this laptop has enough cpu power to run all the glitz and on a side note windows 8 is terrible.
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“Very slim and light weight,— billpull 2/11/2013
Decent price point for "ultrabook" ( I got mine open box for $579 IMHO a more ...”
“Nice build quality, light weight, warranty. SSD makes startup very quick.”— 3/10/2013