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Thin at 1.0" and weighing 5.1 lb, the 15.6" R556LA Notebook from ASUS is powered by a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4005U Dual-Core processor, allowing you to run multiple applications simultaneously. If you need more power, the processor can be overclocked to 3.0 GHz and the system's 4GB of DDR3L RAM not only allows efficient multitasking, but also allows the computer to quickly access frequently-used files and programs.
The 15.6" display features an HD 1366 x 768 native resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 delivers a sharp, clear picture and you'll also be able to output video to an external display using the built-in HDMI port. For connecting to the Internet, wired RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi are included. For connecting external peripherals such as additional storage or optical drives, this may be accomplished using the 2 x USB 3.0 ports and 1 x USB 2.0 port. Additional compatible peripherals may be paired using Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
For long-term storage of your files, the R556LA has a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. Whether you are listening to music, watching a movie, or playing a game, the built-in stereo speakers offer high quality sound. There is also an integrated VGA webcam which allows you to engage in face-to-face conversations using Skype or other software, an integrated mic, and an SD media card reader.
Included with this system is a 2-cell / 37Wh Lithium-ion polymer battery that lasts for up to 5 hours before recharging is required, as well as an AC adapter. The installed operating system is Windows 10 (64-bit).
SuperMulti DVD Burner
The built-in optical drive supports DVD±RW (single and dual-layer), as well as CD-RW media, among other formats
UBS 3.0 & USB 2.0
The R556LA has 2 x USB 3.0 ports and 1 x USB 2.0 port. These may be used for connecting external peripherals such as external storage, optical drives, card readers, printers, and more
Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11ac Wi-Fi
The R556LA connects to the Internet using its integrated Gigabit Ethernet jack or 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Additional compatible peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, headsets, and more, may be connected using Bluetooth 4.0 technology
SD Card Reader
A built-in memory card reader supports SD cards
Users will be able to output video to an external display using the built-in HDMI port
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