Asus S400CA-RSI5T18

ASUS S400CA-RSI5T18 is a touch screen Ultrabook which is available at around $600 and is powered by Intel core i5 3317u ULV processor. This 14” Ultrabook belongs to Asus award winning S400CA series. It comes with 500 GB hard drive along with 24 GB SSD cache. This helps in improving the performance up to a large extent and booting would be faster. ASUS Vivobook S400CA-RSI5T18 offers 4 GB memory and weighs around 4 pounds. This laptop is appropriate for those who are looking for well-rounded mobility package. It suits office users and students alike. However, it can be used at home as well to enhance the productivity.  Is this Ultrabook with brushed Aluminum cover worth its value? Here is a brief review about Asus S400CA-RSI5T18.

ASUS S400CA-RSI5T18 specification and performance

ASUS Vivobook S400CA-RSI5T18 houses a 3rd generation core i5-3317u processor from Intel, which is clocked with 1.7 GHz and can auto-overclock up to 2.6 GHz, if system demands. The processor is Hyperthreading enabled, thus each core can handle two threads at a time. As told earlier, this laptop is good for small office use, you can make presentations and print pdfs, work with spreadsheets, edit photos and do casual video editing. Intel core i5-3317U is ULV processor and operates with lower frequency than other mainstream core i5 mobile processors. Thus, you shouldn’t expect applications like AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds max to run fluently on this machine.

Asus S400CA-RSI5T18 comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics which is merged with the processor chip. The graphics operates at comparatively lower speed than HD 4000 graphics, coming with mainstream core i5 processors. When it comes to gaming, ASUS Vivobook S400CA-RSI5T18 can run low end games in low to medium details. Starcraft II Guild Wars 2, Counter Strike – Global offensive, Skyrim, borderlands 2, Portal 2, Dead Space 2, Tomb Raider can be played with reasonable frame rates in low to medium settings and details. However, Asus S400CA Ultrabook laptops are not for gaming but they are designed to get extended battery life.

Asus S400CA-RSI5T18 comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive and 24 GB SSD cache. Due to SSD cache, programs will load faster and will respond quickly. Basically, the software that enables SSD Caching will detect the applications or programs which a user used most and copy its files onto the SSD drive. The system runs on Windows 8 OS.

This ASUS ultrabook comes with 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM soldered to the motherboard. The 14” display LED Backlit display offers 1366 by 768 pixel resolution, thus it will support 720p HD playback but not 1080p playback.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, Asus S400CA-RSI5T18 offers sufficient number of ports and connectivity features. On the left side of the laptop there are 2x USB 2.0, headphone/microphone combination, SD card reader and on the right side there is 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and power input.

Network connectivity features include, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and  Gigabit Ethernet LAN. However, Bluetooth feature is not available with this machine

Pros of Asus S400CA-RSI5T18

24 GB SSD cache

Affordable

HDMI port

Cons of Asus S400CA-RSI5T18

No Bluetooth

No displayport

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