Conclusion: Although the Asus VivoBook S56CA-DH31-CA boasts an integrated DVD burner, reasonable price tag, and generous two-year warranty, its subpar keyboard and average performance hold it back from ultrabook greatness.
Pros: Integrated DVD burner. Two-year warranty. Reasonably priced.
Cons: Only one USB 3.0 port. Subpar keyboard doesn't include backlighting. Some bloatware.
Summary: The ASUS S56CA-DH51 delivers strong performance, a speedy boot time and good sound inside a slim and solid design. We just wish this system lasted longer on a charge and that the keyboard had a little more spring in its step. If you want to dip your toes into the Windows 8 pool --and you don't need touch -- then the S56CA-DH51 should serve you well for years to come.
Conclusion: Let's get this bit out of the way: Is the Asus S56CA a good Ultrabook? No. It's too heavy, too large, too noisy and too slow. But is it a good mid-range home laptop in general? It's not bad. It packs the waking speed of an SSD, an optical drive and good usability into a body that's still slimmer than most non-Ultrabook laptops.
Excerpt: ASUS S56 è un notebook appartenente alla serie Ultrabook in grado di combinare un design raffinato ed elegante, con un profilo di appena 21 mm, con specifiche tecniche di elevata qualità. Realizzato in alluminio monoblocco, per garantire una maggiore resistenza, è l’ideale da portare in giro.
Pros: Scheda grafica NVIDIA, Processore potente, Design, Capacità di archiviazione, Instant on, Sistema operativo nuovo, Porta HDMI