The S56CA-DH51 15.6" Notebook Computer from ASUS features a cool black hairline design in a one-piece molded top casing, which reinforces notebook strength and rigidity. The 15.6" HD widescreen display uses LED backlight technology for low power consumption. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution, which is supported by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.
Windows 8 is the installed operating system. Windows 8 replaces the traditional Start menu with a redesigned Start screen. The Start screen features tiles that update in real-time, which provide faster access to news, weather forecasts, sports scores, social network updates and more. 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.
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 750GB 5400rpm hard drive with a 24GB solid state drive cache, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a SD media card slot, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in Altec Lansing stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster Lite technology.
Dual-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 Processor
This ASUS notebook 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 3MB L3 cache, 6GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to experience smooth multitasking
15.6" HD Widescreen LED-Backlit Display
The 15.6" HD widescreen LED-backlit display of this ASUS notebook provides full-screen views of HD content. With a 1366 x 768 native resolution powered by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, subtle yet significant refinements elevate your viewing experience. You can connect this ASUS notebook to an external display via the HDMI or VGA port
Hybrid Hard Drive
With a hybrid hard drive with a solid state drive cache, this ASUS notebook delivers faster load times and responsiveness than a traditional hard drive for a faster computing experience
ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II Technology
With ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology, this ASUS notebook provides long standby times and instant on 2-second resumption from sleep mode
ASUS SonicMaster Lite Technology
With ASUS SonicMaster Lite technology, this ASUS notebook gives you the ability to deliver more powerful sounds and richer bass for an immersive audio experience
ASUS IceCool Technology
This ASUS notebook has ASUS IceCool Technology, which keeps the palm rests cool by placing heat-generating components away from users
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 more tablet style design featuring tiles. These tiles are customizable to your liking 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
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 as well as Microsoft Outlook, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and more
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