Display and Design
The Asus S56CA-XX056H Ultrabook carries the typical 15.6 inch HD LED backlit display with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Its components are packed in a slim 21mm casing which exhibits a professional as well as personal touch with its superb grey hairline design. The solid body with a strongly attached lid makes the laptop easily portable.
Processor and Platform
The ultrabook relies on the power of a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 3317U processor loaded on the Mobile HM76 Express chipset from the 3rd generation series. While the 4GB DDR3 RAM assists the CPU in executing fast and smooth multitasking, the Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU accounts for the graphics bit. The notebook gets into action from where you left it from hibernate or sleep modes in just 2 seconds courtesy the Super Hybrid Engine II technology.
The gadget sails on the latest Windows 8 (64 bit) OS which is good for professional or personal needs.
Camera, Storage and Multimedia
The HD webcam guarantees crystal clear video calls on the go even in low light situations. In order to offer the capacity of a hard disk and the fast performance of an SSD, the device combines a SATA HDD of 750GB with a SSD cache of 24GB. The ASUS SonicMaster Lite technology powering the speakers ensures richer bass and better sounds. The availability of an 8X Super Multi DVD Drive supporting dual layers in such a thin gadget deserves a mention.
Battery and Connectivity
The Asus S56CA-XX056H Ultrabook promises to render an uninterrupted service for a maximum period of 3 hours with the 4 cell Li-ion battery. Connectivity features include Bluetooth v4.0, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, VGA port, 2-in-1 card reader, VGA port, HDMI out, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Ethernet 10/100/1000 BASE-T.
Built to solve all kinds of business needs properly, the Asus S56CA-XX056H Ultrabook scores well on all fronts. The combination of HDD space and SSD performance gives an edge to this decently priced ultrabook. It packs all the required connectivity options and has a slim design which makes it easily portable.