Asus Vivobook S500CA-SI30401U is a light, budget friendly ultrabook which is powered by Intel core i3-3217u dual core processor. The processor is 3rd generation i3 CPU which is clocked with basic 1.8GHz frequency. You can expect moderate performance from this touch screen laptop which include typing, surfing internet, casual photo editing (using adobe Photoshop, after effects or other similar tools), converting formats of video and audio and running PowerPoint or similar applications. More precisely, this 15.6″ Touch-Screen Vivobook Laptop is designed to improve regular computing. It is not a high end ultrabook and cannot be used as gaming device either. S500CA-SI30401U comes with 4 GB memory and 500 GB hard drive. It is listed at presale price of just under $430. Let us see what we can expect from this touch screen device.-
Asus Vivobook S500CA-SI30401U performance and specification
Asus S500CA-SI30401U comes with two toned chassis- black and silver, with brushed aluminum finish. In fact, entire S500CA series comes with similar outfit. The touch screen laptop is light in weight and weighs only 4.6 lbs. It comes with Chiclet style keyboard.
As told earlier the device is powered by dual core Intel core i3-3217u processor which is clocked with 1.8 GHz. The processor comes with low TDP rating of 17W which makes it energy efficient. It has Intel HD 4000 graphics, which is integrated graphics and it shares system memory. It is almost equivalent to entry level dedicated graphics card. Streaming HD movies would not be a problem with S500CA-SI30401U Asus. But if you want to edit video or run high end games like Battlefield 3, call of duty Black ops, you will experience bottlenecks. Older games like Borderland2, world of warcraft, left 4 dead, starcraft II would run on this laptop but at low details and settings
Asus S500CA-SI30401U comes with 4GB onboard memory, solder on motherboard. So, it is hard to replace the memory. One more memory module (removable) is present which can support additional 4GB. Thus, memory can be upgraded up to 8GB. The laptop comes with 500 GB hard drive which offers 5400 rpm speed. You may like to have 7200 rpm speed hard drive but, at this price, it won’t be feasible to get it. Windows 8 is preloaded on the HDD.
15.6” display offers 1366 by 768 pixels resolution which supports up to 720p video playback. There is an HDMI port, which can connect Asus S500CA-SI30401U with 1080p HDTV to view full high definition contents.
Ports are well placed- one USB 3.0, HDMI-out, VGA-out, LAN Jack are housed on the right side of this touch screen laptop and two USB 2.0, 3.5 mm combo audio, SD card reader are presents on the left side of the device.
Asus Vivobook S500CA-SI30401U comes with 3 network connectivity options- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and Bluetooth
3 cell lithium polymer, 44 whr battery provides up to 6 hours of battery life in normal condition ( wireless turned off, low work load)
Pros of Asus Vivobook S500CA-SI30401U
Touch Screen Inexpensive laptop
Cons of Asus S500CA-SI30401U
Only 4 GB memory