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ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook

ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook
ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook

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ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook

ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook

S400CA-DH51T, Black, 14.1-Inch HD (1366 x 768), Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz), 4GB DDR3, Intel GMA HD, 500GB 5400RPM + 24G SSD, N/A, W8 Home Premium (64-bit), 802.11BGN, HD Camera, 1YR Global/1YR Accidental Damage/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support

  • Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7 GHz Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz SD-RAM
  • 500GB 5400RPM Hybrid Hard Drive with integrated 24GB Solid-State Drive
  • 14″ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED backlight glare panel
  • Windows 8

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  1. 144 of 147 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Viva VivoBook!, November 3, 2012
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    I have been using this laptop for the last few days and my initial impressions are highly positive. I bought it as a gift for my wife but I had to take some time with it before giving it up. She was using an older 17″ Dell and was tired of carrying around an 8 pound laptop so I started my search. With Windows 8 coming out I knew I wanted a touch screen and the only model in my price range was this Asus. I have had plenty of experience with Asus motherboards and video cards and they have always been great products so I decided to take the plunge. So far it has been a wise decision.

    When I opened the box I was impressed with how thin and light the laptop is. Compared to my Dell XPS 15 this thing is tiny but packs a screen just 1.3″ smaller. While it is light weight it still feels very solid in your hands. The laptop weighs about 4.0lbs by my scale. Surprisingly the power brick is tiny as well, measuring about 3″x3″x1″ and weighing 1.2lbs. My wife wanted something smaller to carry around and this fits the bill perfectly.

    Opening the lid reveals a 14″ touch screen with 1366×768 resolution and the keyboard/touchpad combination. The screen is bright and clear and the viewing angles are very good. Love it or hate it Windows 8 is included and having a touchscreen makes it even better. The screen responds well to your touch and the only time I see fingerprints on it is when the screen is off. The top of the laptop however shows more fingerprints than the screen. I was initially concerned with the lower resolution but on this size of screen it works well and my wife actually prefers it over the HD resolution of my Dell as it makes text easier to read.

    The laptop has a Chiclet style keyboard that is not backlit. I have read about people having issues with the space bar on other Asus models but it appears to have been resolved because every key has been very responsive. The touchpad works well and supports multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom and two finger scrolling. After some use I like the touchpad and buttons. The touchpad and buttons are all one piece with the buttons slightly elevated to provide a click when you press them. You do not have to press very hard on the buttons and they do not feel stiff or mushy. In the center of the buttons is a line to show you left and right. I prefer the touchpad on the Asus over my XPS.

    On the left side of the laptop are two USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader and the microphone/headset jack. On the right side there is 1 USB 3.0 port, a full size HDMI port, a VGA port, an Ethernet jack and the AC jack. There is no optical drive but with high speed memory sticks and the internet I don’t see this as a problem. If you really need it there are plenty of small, cheap external drives available.

    We have had the laptop for a few days day now and the battery life is very good. Over the first few days we used it quite a bit and only charged it once a day. Tonight I unplugged the laptop from the charger (it was at 93%) and watched Netflix for the next 3 and a half hours and the battery meter says it still has 1 hour or 21% of the battery left. The brightness was set to about 30% for my test. I would guess 4 to 5 hours of battery life will be average.

    Sound on this laptop is good but not to the level of my XPS 15. There are two speakers on the bottom of the laptop to the left and right sides, angled to bounce the sound off whatever surface the laptop is sitting on. I cranked up some music and the sound is clear at any volume with no distortion but lacked a little fullness in the low and mid-end. I listen to a lot of music while at work and I certainly would not complain if I had to use this laptop to do it.

    The included wireless N adapter has good performance with speeds up to 7 MB/s when transferring files to and from my HTPC in the living room over 40 feet away. It connected to my wireless network right away and reconnects almost instantly when resuming from sleep. The wireless radio only operates on the 2.4mhz band and while Asus’ webpage says that Bluetooth is included, I don’t believe it is. I can’t find anything in Device Manager for Bluetooth Devices.

    Performance has been very snappy thanks to the dual core I5 processor and 24gb SSD caching drive. Applications launch quickly and boot times are minimal. Even my wife has noticed how much speedier the computer is than her old one. I have not done any gaming on it yet but will amend my review when I get a chance. I will note that there is some bloatware installed on the machine such as McAfee that you should get rid of as soon as you can. Windows 8 includes Defender by default so why Asus loads McAfee is beyond me. Asus Updater was also showing an error in the desktop when I booted but that cleared up after Windows 8 installed some updates.

    Overall this is a fun little computer and using the…

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  2. 73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice machine if not for preinstalled bad software, November 10, 2012
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    This is one of the cheapest 14″ touch screen laptops available (<$800 total). While this is the first touch screen laptop I used, I have/had several other laptops: Acer, Dell and Toshiba. I can say this Asus is the best among them.

    The screen’s display quality is good and the text is clear and easy to read.

    The stereo speakers have good and enjoyable sound for music and movies.

    The laptop is thin. This makes it possible to slip it into a thin bag.

    Fan spinning is noticeable but still pretty quiet.

    The keyboard is good and easy to type, with no problem so far.

    The microphone picks up voice well. It does have slight echo and a little muddy for voice but voice is loud and clear enough.

    Windows literally takes only a few seconds to boot. I have never seen it this fast.

    I get battery life of 4.5 to 5 hours, not the best. But the charger is compact so it is easy to carry.

    The BIOS has password settings for restricting access to HDD and IO ports. The password can protect HDD content so that others cannot easily assess data even if the drive is taken out of the laptop when stolen/lost.

    While only one of the three USB ports is USB 3.0. This can be extended by using a USB 3.0 hub if more Super Speed ports are needed.

    The touch pad does cause the cursor jumping around but it’s easy to disable by FN+F9 keys. With touch screen, I rarely need touch pad.

    There is no internal DVD drive. This makes laptop more compact and reduces the extra space and weight for something rarely used. For occasional use of DVD, there are many choices of cheap USB DVD drives.

    A small enhancement could be made to allow the FN to be sticky or ON by default so that volume and other controls can be done by single key press. These controls are more frequently used than the function keys. Hopefully Asus will make this possible in their keyboard filter driver.

    There is no built-in Bluetooth. So a USB Bluetooth adapter is necessary.

    Despite a few limitations, the laptop is well built. Windows 8 is fast. And the touch screen works really well.

    Updates -

    1. System was slow and sometimes practically stops for up to 1 or 2 minutes (mouse pointer barely moves). This happens many times per day. This was very frustrating. I uninstalled Asus Power4Gear Hybrid Utility and this problem seems no longer happen.

    2. The machine’s built-in 4GB memory chips are soldered on the motherboard and it appears to be configured on the same channel rather than separate channels. This single channel configuration hurts performance but makes adding another SODIMM easier. Adding the second SODIMM (DDR3 4GB 1666MHz <$30) not only doubled memory size, it also doubled (minus the overhead) performance because the memory is now dual channel. It’s a big boost of memory performance and I feel the programs are lighter and faster.

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  3. 42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best ultrabook that can be found at this price, November 25, 2012
    Alexis U (Costa Rica) –

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    First, sorry for the bad English, this is a translation by google. The review was written in Spanish, but Amazon does not want to publish it (what kind of racism is this?), So I have not much encouragement to rewrite everything in English.
    I’m pretty happy with this laptop, and is that really a ultrabook, with almost everything you would expect from it.
    The design is exquisite, very thin and certainly looks better “live” than in photos. The materials feel tough, but obviously they are cheap, especially the back cover, which is impregnated traces are too easily, so you have to clean it constantly, but ultimately it’s a minor detail that is justified by the low price. The weight is right, neither too heavy nor too light, it is very easy to carry.
    The screen is nice, but does not have any anti-glare system, and, like the cover, the tracks are always there, but at least not noticeable when lit. The touchscreen works well, has at least 10 points and pressure definitely helps improve Windows 8 experience, no matter if the laptop can not be used without a keyboard, is still very useful.
    The keyboard works well, is comfortable and have useful shortcuts.
    The touchpad is what I disliked, in the first place, is in my opinion very big, it feels as if you pass up space. But what is really annoying is friction, my fingers suffer every time I use it intensively, it is as if passed through a sandpaper or something. Clarify that this may be a thing of my fingers, and it is a minor problem for those who will not use the touchpad much (having the touchscreen is dispensed much of it), but it is something that bothered me a lot.
    As for software, it comes with a lot of applications ASUS, most likely never will use them, but the drawing tool I must say that is quite complete, but drawing with your fingers is not very common.
    I use this mainly for ultrabook simple productivity tasks, this section has behaved quite well, moving Photoshop, Flash CS6 and others with decent ease. If I receive more than 3 positive votes will update the review with performance in several games :) (Skyrim, AC …)
    The battery usually last me between 3-5 hours depending on what I do, it’s nothing spectacular, but good enough for me, I have always made clear that the screen brightness to maximum and wifi on.

    Overall, a great ultrabook, may have some flaws, but when you remember that just invested $ 700 for it, you realize certainly that is the best option with difference in the market at that price, you can not ask for more, and probably do not want to ask more.
    Again, sorry for the terrible English.

    UPDATE: some testing with games:
    Works great:

    -Worms reloated
    -Portal (a bit lag)

    Works bad/Not work:

    Worms Revolution
    Skyrim (so slow)
    The Witcher

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