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.
Pros: Slim design with DVD drive, Strong overall performance, Loud and clean audio, Speedy boot time, Runs cool,
Conclusion: As a very recent release, the S56CA unsurprisingly runs Windows 8, which we’ve noted before isn’t ideal for a device without a touchscreen such as this. So a third-party widget to reinstate the Start button might be essential if you want to continue the mode of working you are used to with Windows 7 and before. But otherwise this is a commendable variation on the Ultrabook theme of the moment.
Pros: Keen price, Big hard disk, Decent battery life, Optical drive
Cons: Screen only has a 1,366 x 768 resolution, Overly sensitive trackpad