Overall User Rating (3.6 Out of 5 based on 68 ratings)
Overall: If anyone is looking for a slim affordable notebook then the Asus S56CA is a decent buy
Have used it or couple of days now and below are my observations
For most part the build quality is quite good. The aluminium finish is probably the best thing on a laptop in this price range. It feels and look good. But the black aluminium finish on the top is a fingerprint magnet. And it hard to wipe those fingerprint off the laptop.
The screen bezel is made of plastic and that spoils the look of the laptop when the lid is open. Also my laptop has a slight but noticeable gap in the optical drive slot
Its a 15.6" 1366x768 screen. Not the sharpest display. I think this is the standard resolution at this price range.
But the colors are slight washed and not very accurate. I have seen equivalent samsung laptops with better display. Overall this is a average screen.
The i5 3317U is a low voltage processor clocked at 1.7Ghz with TurboBoost upto 2.6Ghz.
For normal operations like browsing, movies, music you cant go wrong with this. I never felt there was a lack of processing power. There is no slowdown even while having multiple tabs open while watching HD movies
I have not installed too many apps. And the 4gb RAM looks ok for now. The 4gb stick is in one slot, so you can get another 4gb and pop it in if needed
There is a 24gb SSD and 750gb 5400 rpm HDD. The SSD acts as cache. The couldn't find any difference in speed due to the SSD. Its as fast as my desktop running on some old HDD
This has got a Intel HD 4000. So i don't expect any games to run on this. You might get some games running at low, low-mid settings. But this laptop is not equipped or intended to be a gaming machine
Windows 8 has got some steep learning curve. It mght be good for touch devices, but i prefer Win7 over it. There is another version of the laptop with Win 7. Its better to go with that. This also is not Win 8 pro. The upgrade costs Rs 8000.
There is no easy way to downgrade to Win 7.
With Windows 8 prebuilt computers and notebooks that are deemed "Windows 8 Certified" adhere to certain security protocols on the BIOS level that make installing an OS other than what came with the machine increasingly difficult.
And the BIOS on this is lacking a lot of features.
So you are stuck with Win 8. I got some apps to get back the start button and got the windows aero theme.
EDIT: I did manage to get windows 7 installed. Its so much better now
Touchpad and Keypad
The touchpad is quite good on this. Initially it was having some issues with single tap. Make sure you update to the latest elan touchpad drivers. All your issues will be solved.
It has a keypad with numeric keys. It is not backlit. Key press gives a good tactile feedback.
It has got a 4cell battery and i could manage around 4 hrs on full charge with medium brightness. Charging is quite quick.
There is not much of them. Some 6-7 apps. You can uninstall all of them
Do not have any wifi or bluetooth issues
Overall this is pretty good slim laptop. It wont call it an ultrabook because of it weight. It weighs 2.3 kgs which is quite heavy