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8.1 out of 10

Asus S56CA

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Overall 7


LAPTOP Magazine
30 October 2012
  • 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,
  • Cons: Keyboard somewhat mushy, Below-average battery life,
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Overall 8

Asus S56CA review

11 December 2012
  • 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
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