"Budget-hunter special: Asus VivoBook S500CA"
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Budget-hunter special: Asus VivoBook S500CA
I'm Scott Stein and if you're interested in a budget laptop that also happens to be big, and has a touchscreen, and doesn't cost too much money, then you maybe interested in this: the Asus Vivabook S500CA, which is $699 and less, depending on where you buy it.
What's nice about this laptop is it's reasonably attractive; it's pretty well-packed with specs.
And again, it has that nice capacitive touchscreen.
you're getting up a few things in this package.
One, it's got not that big of difference in specs from what you'd get on an Ultrabook, some sort of thin 13-inch laptop.
This is thinner, but it's not ultraportable.
This is 4.8 pounds, and this thing is big.
In a 14-inch laptop, you, kind of, expect maybe a DVD drive, or [unk] graphics, something like that.
There isn't any of that.
There's a quarified processor, 6G of RAM, 500G hard drive.
It's a hybrid hard drive.
Those aren't bad specs, but you do see them on thinner laptops.
Two, the screen on this is 1366x768 on a 15.6-inch screen.
That's low-res for this screen size.
It's fine if you want to do any basic application work or even watching videos, looks pretty good; for pictures, for photos, for texts, you can see the pixels, you can definitely do better.
It's not bad.
And three, the battery life on this,
not so great, 4 and a half hours, which is not horrible, it's not fantastic, it's certainly not fantastic.
So, it's enough to get you through a good chunk of the day, but if you have time asking me those questions, and when you need to plug it in, well, there are laptops that last longer; also, the fact that there is no backlight keyboard here.
Do I sound a little ambivalent about this laptop?
Sure, because this probably isn't the laptop that I want to buy.
But there are people who do like the idea of just a sheer-ly large
screen, resolution not withstanding.
You saw those things being sold a while ago, laptops and the budget-end that are big bone and don't really have specs that are that exciting.
But hey, you got a big laptop.
The speakers on this do sound much better than average.
So, if you like good sound, there is that.
And if you want to get sign in the $600 range, again, that has touch, you can always get something in that price.
Consider this but no, there maybe better solutions on the horizon.
I'm Scott Stein, and that's a look at the Asus Vivabook S500CA.
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