If you need a sleek touch screen laptop that is appropriate for everyday computing, then you can take a look at ASUS Vivobook S500CA-HCL1002H. This light weight laptop is powered by 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 2117U dual core processor. You can type documents, watch movies/videos and surf web easily but it is not suitable for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like working with photo and video editing software, 3D designing or animation designing. When it comes to gaming, old or low games are playable in ASUS S500CA-HCL1002H. The laptop offers 4 GB memory and 500 GB hard drive. Being a lightweight laptop, it lacks optical drive, which is normal. The price of ASUS Vivobook S500CA-HCL1002H is around $380. Here is a brief review about the machine.
ASUS Vivobook S500CA-HCL1002H specification and performance
ASUS Vivobook S500CA-HCL1002H is equipped with Intel Pentium 2117u processor which operates with 1.8 GHz. It comprises of 2 MB of smart cache. As told earlier, this processor will be able to furnish basic computing tasks. Though ASUS Vivobook S500CA is not meant for gaming still some of the latest 3D games can be played at low resolution and detail settings. For instance, low end games like Fifa 13, Anno 2070 can be played on this machine. Playing videos in Full HD resolution is not a challenging task for the laptop. Source Engine based games, like Dota 2, Half life 2 etc., are playable in this machine but in low details and settings.
ASUS S500CA-HCL1002H comes with 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz on board memory and the memory can be expandable up to 8GB (1x DIMM socket available). It comes with conventional 2.5” 500 GB SATA hard drive that operates with 5400 rpm speed. Windows 8 OS is preloaded on the Hard Drive.
15.6” glare LED backlit panel offers 1366 by 768 resolution and supports 720p HD video playback.
ASUS Vivobook S500 offers impressive number of ports as following :
1 x COMBO audio jack
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
Media reader which supports SD formats
HD Web Camera
Network connecitivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth.
In spite of being a budget laptop, its brushed aluminum metal surface allows this ASUS S500 to stand out from other plastic surfaced laptops. It comes with chiclet style keyboard with dedicated numeric pad. The laptop weighs only 4.61 pounds
ASUS Vivobook S500CA-HCL1002H comes with non removable 3-cell lithium-polymer battery.
Pros of ASUS Vivobook S500CA-HCL1002H
Cons of ASUS Vivobook S500CA-HCL1002H
No as such cons considering the price of the laptop.