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ASUS S500CA-DS51T 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (OLD VERSION)

by Asus
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  • Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (1.7 GHz)
  • 6 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 24 GB Solid-State Drive, 32 GB Cloud Storage
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Windows 8
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Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366x768 pixels
Processor1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U
RAM6 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel GMA HD
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameAsus
SeriesVivoBook
Item model numberASUS VivoBook S500CA-DS51T
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 8
Item Weight4.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.10 x 10.20 x 0.80 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size24
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA-300
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeNo
Battery TypePolymer
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  
Additional Information
ASINB00BC4QMVE
Best Sellers Rank #8,250 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 4, 2013
  
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Product Description

Capacity: i5

Black/15.6-Inch HD (1366*768) LED + Touch/Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz) Ivy Bridge with Turbo (2.6GHz)/6GB DDR3/Intel GMA HD/500GB 5400RPM + 24G SSD/No Optical Drive/Windows 8 (64 bit)/802.11BGN/0.3MP/Bluetooth 4.0/1YR International/1YR Accidental Damage/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support

Customer Reviews

Windows 8 takes some getting use to, but I love it.
Ty
Fast--performs well and boots up very quickly; the instant-on feature is awesome.
Joseph J.
Touch pad with touch screen is not really working for me.
Lance McGrew

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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Masslfe on March 9, 2013
Size Name: i5
Bought this from another retailer with the i5 processor, which was more than enough speed. I hadn't had any slowdowns even before I upgraded certain items. Windows 8 takes a bit to get used to but so far I like it. I'm getting more used to the app OS's like Android so the mixture in Windows 8 is becoming more convenient.
I still like the 15" size over the smaller sizes so this was the way to go for me. I also find it convenient to have a keypad on the laptop since it cuts some inefficiency when doing a lot of accounting work. I also felt that if I were to get a new laptop with Win 8 I'd have to go touchscreen and that, I feel, has been a great advantage - makes surfing the web and other tasks much quicker than using a mouse.
I'm used to an ASUS UL50VT so the screen was no drop off and thus I was still used to the 1366x768 resolution, some may find it lacking but for the price, you've gotta expect some shortcomings - I'm tired of seeing people posting how the screen is terrible when you're only trying to spend $500-700 on the thing.
I'm not sure about the other touchscreen laptops (from my research many of the others are difficult to upgrade in the ultrabook sizing) but it's easy to take off the bottom cover to add RAM (I added aCorsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory (CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10) bought off Amazon for $40 - NOTE: many stats say you can only add another 4 GB but I've found others using the S400CA were able to upgrade up to 12 GB instead). This allowed me to push(through the BIOS) dedicated graphics RAM to 512 MB.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Duderino on April 1, 2013
Size Name: i5
Overall:
Fast, responsive, lightweight, solid.

Screen:
720p is off-putting after being used to 1080p or better. I overlook it because I knew those were the specs when I bought it.

The touchscreen aspect is solid, no lags, very responsive.

HDD:
Before I replaced the hard drive, I thought it was really fast. The use of the 24GB mSATA is key here. I don't think the ultrabook would be any use without it.

HDD upgrade to SSD:
And I thought the hybrid aspect was fast, this baby is blazing. 5 seconds or less to get this baby running, 5 seconds or less to shut down. I loaded Win 8 without all the bloatware, it's amazing. Very easy, the BIOS seems to have kept my Win8 license key, so the install of the OS was easy with a USB DVD drive.

6GB RAM:
Plenty of memory for what I need it for: browsers, word processing, pic/vid viewing, skype, eReader, etc. I might upgrade eventually, but so far so good. Windows OS handles RAM a little differently since VISTA. More free RAM isn't necessarily a good thing anymore. Win8 handles everything very efficiently.

WIFI:
Just had to update the driver and most problems go away. I still ordered the Intel Centrino Dual-band N wifi card because I have randomly lost wifi connection a couple of times. Not a big deal for me though.

Bluetooth:
Works as expected. My mouse connected perfectly. EDIT: at first it did but it's having trouble staying connected. I'm working on figuring out if it's the mouse, the OS, or the hardware. will update hopefully

Touchpad:
Takes a while to get used to, but once you "get it" you're good.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Andy Do on March 27, 2013
Size Name: i5
First, I didn't get this laptop at Amazon, but from another retailer (for $600).

The reason why I chose this laptop is because it's portable (it meets intel's requirement for ultrabook specification) and meet all of my specification as a school's laptop. I debated for a long time between a touchscreen laptop (portable) versus a laptop that has superior processing capability with a good video card (a dinosaur). However, I realized that I wanted something to be able to take to a café or a library and be able to do my homework and other work.

So from this point on, I'm just going to write my review based on what information that I find useful in the buying process.

LOOKS
Smooth edges all around, aluminum all around with the exception of the bottom panel, which is a smooth-rubberized finished. Screen is glossy and contained mostly glass, so it is a good idea to invest in a typical clear screen protector. There's none at the moment, but you can find by a third-party seller on ebay.

OPERATING SYSTEM
Get retroUI or startdock version to bring the "start" button back

HARDWARE
This laptop has a 4GB built in ram with one additional ram slot. This model comes with 6GB so there's an additional 2GB stick in the slot. Speakers are on the bottom (they sounds great by the way! I would say it's louder and clearer than the typical speakers and "beats" brand on HP's envy line). SD slot is there but your card will stick out like a sore thumb.

TOUCHSCREEN/TOUCHPAD
Navigating on the touchscreen is smooth and doesn't produce that much lag when you're zooming in or out. The response is quick and accurate. The touchpad too, is responsive.
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