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ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Dual-Core
  • 6GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 5400rpm HDD + 24GB SSD Cache
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 15.6" HD LED-Backlit Touchscreen
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated Webcam and Microphone
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)

The VivoBook S500CA-DS51T 15.6" Notebook Computer from ASUS features a traditional notebook computer design, but has a touchscreen for added convenience. You'll be able to use your keyboard, mouse and now your fingers as you can tap directly on tiles instead of clicking on them.

The system is powered by a dual-core Ivy Bridge 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor. It also has 6GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive with a 24GB solid state drive cache, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a Secure Digital media card reader, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated webcam and microphone.

Windows 8 (64-bit) is the installed operating system. Windows 8 replaces the traditional Start menu with a redesigned Start screen. The Start screen features tiles, which provide notifications in real-time. Windows 8 also focuses more on cloud storage as well as apps, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Windows 8 provides a unique user experience that differs from previous versions of Windows.

Performance

Dual-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 Performance
This ASUS VivoBook is powered by an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317U processor. Its dual cores can reach a stock speed of 1.7GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 2.6GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. With a dedicated 4MB L3 cache, 6GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to multitask between applications quickly and efficiently
15.6" HD Capacitive Touchscreen
The 15.6" HD widescreen LED-backlit display of this ASUS VivoBook supports capacitive touch capabilities. With the Windows 8 operating system, you'll be able to take full advantage of the 1366 x 768 native resolution by tapping on tiles, pinching to zoom and dragging icons using just your fingers. The visuals are handled by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
Stay Connected
For a fast wired Internet connection, you can use the 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 LAN jack. You can also use 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet wirelessly and stay mobile. Bluetooth 4.0 technology is also supported so you can connect to all your favorite peripherals, such as a wireless keyboard or mouse
Hybrid Solid State Drive Cache
With a 24GB hybrid solid state drive cache, this ASUS notebook will be able to deliver faster load times and responsiveness than your traditional hard drive

Windows 8

The Redesigned Start Screen
Windows 8 introduces a new Start screen, which has all the information you need in one place. The traditional Windows desktop screen has been replaced with a tablet style design featuring tiles. Tiles are customizable as well as update in real time. News, weather forecasts, sports, contacts, apps and more are available for you to use. It's all right there on the Start screen. If you prefer the traditional Start screen of Windows 7, you have the option to switch to it
Seamless Integration Between Touch, Keyboard & Mouse
Windows 8 supports notebook computers with highly responsive touchscreens. Now, you can use your keyboard, mouse or just your fingers. Whether you're browsing apps, reading a book or typing on the go with touch, you'll be able to seamlessly switch between all three interactive components. On touch-enabled computers, Windows 8 supports multi-touch gestures, such as swipe, drag, tap, slide, pinch-to-zoom and more
To the Cloud
With Windows 8, when signed in using your Microsoft account, you'll have instant access to your personal Start screen, themes, language preferences, browsing history and browser favorites. You can also connect to services such as Microsoft Outlook, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and more
Windows Store
In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse thousands of apps. Choose from the featured apps or grab one of the most frequently downloaded apps to see what all the hype is all about. You can also see how other people rate apps. For certain apps, you can try it out before you buy it so you can make sure you absolutely want an app before you spend your hard-earned money on it
Performance
Processor 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Dual-Core Ivy Bridge
Cache L3: 4MB
System Bus 5GT/s
Memory Type: 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 6GB
Capacity: 8GB
Graphics Card Type: Integrated
Installed: Intel HD Graphics 4000 Shared
Display
Type Touchscreen
Size 15.6"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Not Specified By Manufacturer
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 524GB (1x 500GB 5400rpm; 1x 24GB SSD)
Type: SATA
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 1x USB 3.0 (A)
2x USB 2.0 (A)
Display 1x HDMI
1x Mini-VGA
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
Flash Media Slot 1x SD
Communications
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband None
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Windows 8 (64-bit)
Security Not Specified By Manufacturer
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Pointing Device TouchPad
Battery 4-Cell Lithium-Polymer (44Wh)
Power Requirements AC: 100-240 V AC, 50/60Hz
Consumption: 65W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.0 x 0.9 x 10.5" / 38.0 x 2.2 x 26.6 cm
Weight 5.73 lb / 2.6 kg
ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black)
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    ASUSVivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable keyboard (12)
    • Fast (12)
    • Quality display (11)
    • Quiet (11)
    • Lightweight (9)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (3)

    Best Uses

    • Web browsing (13)
    • Word processing (12)
    • Business use (8)
    • Music (7)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (9), Multimedia professional (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than expected

    This machine is the second Asus notebook machine I've owned, very impressed with the quality of their products. This machine has a more robust Bluetooth 4.0 interface, not that I really do much...Read complete review

    This machine is the second Asus notebook machine I've owned, very impressed with the quality of their products. This machine has a more robust Bluetooth 4.0 interface, not that I really do much with Bluetooth but a mouse that seemed to drop its BT 3.0 connection at arbitrary and frequent intervals works flawlessly with this machine. I installed a free Classic Shell program from sourceforge.net to get a reasonable facsimile of a Windows 7 desktop. The touch screen works well but the color rendition isn't quite as good as the other Asus notebook I have, but it's OK. The battery is small but lasts about 4½ hours, that's OK too. Overall the machine is very good, the 2 second startup time is really nice. I would recommend this notebook without reservation.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good entry level ultrabook

    Good battery life, good processing speed, and quick start up from sleep. Touchscreen makes browsing the internet convienient, although, it has a few hiccups from when trying to scroll up and down...Read complete review

    Good battery life, good processing speed, and quick start up from sleep. Touchscreen makes browsing the internet convienient, although, it has a few hiccups from when trying to scroll up and down on certain web pages. My biggest complaint would be the small keys on the keyboard. Mostly used for college school work and browsing. Overall, a good value for the price.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Paci

    from Bujumbura,Burundi

    About Me Multimedia Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life
    • Quality Display
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

      Very good laptop! I bought it for my nefew and his so happy that I was rich I would buy a more powefull for my work!

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      5.0

      Excellent Ultrabook

      By Wheelgunner

      from Culpeper, Virginia

      About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Glass Toughscreen
      • Hybrid Ssd
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Numeric keypad
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet
      • Vibrant Display

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Graphics
        • Music
        • Video
        • Web Browsing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

        I purchased the S550CA for my daughter (young teenager) as her first laptop computer for general use - schoolwork, social media, internet, gaming, etc. My profession is a Sr. EE specializing in embedded systems design for over 23years. I have built many tower systems from the ground up to deliver engineering and simulation power. This is the first pre-configured computer I have ever purchased. I am very impressed with the speed, performance, display, and overall GUI. Considering purchasing another for myself as I have to fight her for time on it.

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        • Personal

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        5.0

        Better than expected

        By Mitchell v. 2.0

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bluetooth Works Well
        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

          This machine is the second Asus notebook machine I've owned, very impressed with the quality of their products. This machine has a more robust Bluetooth 4.0 interface, not that I really do much with Bluetooth but a mouse that seemed to drop its BT 3.0 connection at arbitrary and frequent intervals works flawlessly with this machine. I installed a free Classic Shell program from sourceforge.net to get a reasonable facsimile of a Windows 7 desktop. The touch screen works well but the color rendition isn't quite as good as the other Asus notebook I have, but it's OK. The battery is small but lasts about 4½ hours, that's OK too. Overall the machine is very good, the 2 second startup time is really nice. I would recommend this notebook without reservation.

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          • Personal

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          4.0

          Great product for the price

          By SepticSavior

          from Rochester, MN

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

            This is for my wife to use for email and facebook. And a toy for me. My wife and I actually like the keyboard, I know some don't. I would agree with other post about the screen resolution, if you are looking for better resolution, this is not for you. The resolution if fine for our needs. Overall for the price I think it is a great laptop.

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            5.0

            great laptop!

            By sewpro

            from Mobile, Alabama

            About Me Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Long Battery Life
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Music
              • Web Browsing
              • Word Processing

              Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

              I am not a computer person and have bought several lemons. I bought this one with the help of a computer friend and have been very pleased!!! It's fast and reliable. I take it everywhere I go!!1 I like it's very slim.

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              • Personal

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              4.0

              Great, but keep in mind...

              By Jay in TN

              from Memphis, TN

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Keyboard
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Music
              • Video
              • Web Browsing
              • Word Processing

              Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

              I had my eye on this item from the Asus site for weeks, and bounced back and forth comparing to other items and brands. All around this is a nice product, but when I saw a sale I jumped a tad too soon. I couldn't make up my mind between a tablet, or something that split, where the touchscreen would be greatly used. On this item, I personally doubt I will need the touchscreen often.--Just something to think about.

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              5.0

              VivoBook S550CA

              By Moe

              from Sacramento

              About Me Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Keyboard
              • Fast
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Graphics
              • Video
              • Web Browsing
              • Word Processing

              Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

              I am a student and needed a laptop that would be reliable, light weight, and easy to maneuver and this is laptop definitely was it. I needed a laptop that I could pretty much take everywhere with me and with the 3 year drop and spill warranty I never worry about where I am taking it. This computer is fast, light weight (which as stated was a major requirement), easy to maneuver around (since I was new to windows 8 it made it very easy to adjust to the changes), and it comes with a lot of apps that are necessary for students which makes acclimating to the laptop that much easier. So far I have not found anything about this laptop that I do not like or that is wrong with it. The way in which the hard drives are set up is kind of weird since the solid state is used only for programs pre-installed but other than that I love it!

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              • Personal

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              4.0

              Nice mid range laptop

              By cfws

              from Glenelg, MD

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Keyboard
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Web Browsing

                Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

                Love the fact that you can toggle back and forth between the Windows screen and the desktop screen. Love tnat I can use the touch screen, my mouse or the pad. Dislike how hidden Windows 8 has put everything. Easy once you know how to find stuff. I finally dragged my icon for the control panel onto my desktop so I can find it quickly. Hate the fingerprints all over my screen, guess that is the downside of a touch screen. Not as fast as I had hoped. Perhaps that is because Windows8 has so much junk (games etc) with it. Perhaps with some tweeks I can speed it up.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Beautiful Computer

                By Teddy the medic

                from Stuart, FL

                About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cool
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Graphics
                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

                  This incredibly beautiful laptop is lightweight, fast, and visually very sharp. The screen is crisp and easy to see. The touch feature is as good as it gets with Win 8. I've used it for gaming graphics without any hesitation or problems. A really nice machine.

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                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Quality and Value

                  By Archanut

                  from Lafayette, la

                  About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Fast
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Powerful
                  • Quality Display
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

                    I love ASUS. They are quality machines without the Sony price tag. The rest competition are flimsy junk in this price range of laptops. It does not have a discreet GPU or a maxed out CPU but you don't pay for that, so it's not for avid gamers. It does multitask and web surf very well. The VivoBooks are nice to but this is the least expensive entry level i5 VivoBook with a CD/DVD rom drive. Screen is glass so be careful but it does come with a 1 year accident protection straight from ASUS. The aluminum shell is awesome but the cover does show fingerprints.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Sleep to Google in 20 seconds!

                    By gerschman

                    from Indiananapolis, IN

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

                    This laptop is quite nice. As many other reviews have stated, the worst part is getting used to Windows 8 which has nothing to do with the laptop itself. Waiting patiently for 8.1!!!
                    Its nice to have the option to use the touch screen.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great Laptop

                    By TheGuyFromVA

                    from Fairfax, Virginia

                    About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Display
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphics
                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

                    Great laptop and a great price. Quick start thanks to the SSD, nice size screen with a very good display.

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                    • Personal

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                    3.0

                    Good entry level ultrabook

                    By joe

                    from Clarksville, TN

                    About Me Technically Competent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Quality Display

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Poorly Designed Keyboard

                    Best Uses

                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

                    Good battery life, good processing speed, and quick start up from sleep. Touchscreen makes browsing the internet convienient, although, it has a few hiccups from when trying to scroll up and down on certain web pages. My biggest complaint would be the small keys on the keyboard. Mostly used for college school work and browsing. Overall, a good value for the price.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Absolutely awesome laptop

                    By Yeah uh huh

                    from Solano County

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer (Black):

                        Windows 8 takes a bit of getting used to, but overall not a problem. The touchscreen is pretty nice.

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