Asus, one of the big Computer Electronics company has added a new 15.6 inch sleek, stylish and powerful mainstream ultrabook on its S56CA series, the S56CA-WH31. Like other Asus S series, ASUS S56CA-WH31 comes with a sleek brushed aluminum design, ASUS SonicMaster Lite technology with the latest Intel HD graphics 4000 as graphics accelerator and powered by the third generation of ultra-low-voltage Intel Ivy Bridge architecture with dual hard drive provides superb capabilities for play and work hard.
Similar to HP ENVY 4-1105dx laptop, ASUS S56CA-WH31 ultrabook will be powered by a 1.8GHZ Intel Core i3-3217U dual core processor that paired with 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM and offer 3MB L3 Cache with Intel’s Hyperthreading to increase performance when you run multi tasks. Preloaded with Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit version as the operating system with a 500GB Serial ATA II HDD as internal storage, a 24GB Solid State Drive for system and Super Hybrid Engine II technology, the latest generation of ASUS S56CA series delivers strong performance and offer fast boot system (claims a mere 21 seconds).
The S56CA-WH31 ultra portable laptop comes with a brushed aluminum design with a silver ASUS logo in the center and measures 14.9 x 10.5 x 0.83 inches. Weighing only at 5.1 lb / 2.31 kg with a 4-Cell Lithium-Ion 2950mAh battery, this ultrabook is comfortable to carry around with and fit perfectly in your carry bag. The island-style keyboard and Smart Gesture touchpad offer fast, accurate, pleasant to use and for always fingertip-natural computing.
For graphics accelerator, the Asus ultrabook integrated with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and brings a 15.6-inch High Definition glossy screen with LED-backlit technology and offer clear, crisp, 200cd/m2 brightness and support 20p HD video playback. Reportedly, it’s offer 16:9 aspect ratio and support a resolution display of 1366 x 768 pixel. Unlike Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 ultrabook and other conventional ultrabook that lacks optical drive, this model has a SuperMulti DVD Burner for load more applications and burn your files into CDs or DVDs formats.
The 2.0 Megapixel web camera built into bezel with internal digital microphone for face to face video communications and a pair of stereo speakers with SonicMaster Lite provides loud and clean audio when you play games, watching DVD Films or streaming video. On the right side, there are a combination microphone and headphone jack, Kensington lock slot and dual USB 2.0 port, while on the left, you will find a USB 3.0 port for faster transfer speed, RJ port for Ethernet, VGA port and a HDMI port as HDTV connector.
Other features are a ASUS IceCool Technology, ASUS Converter, access in Windows Store, Adobe Reader, windows Essential, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n WLAN or wireless internet connection. Sleek design with only 0.83 thick, optical drive and a dual core Intel Core i3-3217U processor make ASUS S56CA-WH31 is one of the best 15.6 inch ultra portable laptop for price under $500. If you are looking for cheaper laptop, you can take a look at Asus X501A-HPD121H which has price tag around of $329.