The Asus S400CA-SI30305S model from the PC maker’s VivoBook slim notebook series, is one of the best priced laptops with touch screen display on the market today, besides the X202E series.
For a regular price of $530, the S400CA-SI30305S provides multitouch capability as the crowning feature on a 14-inch 720p screen, ultrabook-class components, and sleek design. Parts hidden inside the 0.8″ slim four-pound silver aluminum chassis with dark gray lid are the 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3217U dual-core processor at 1.8GHz with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM memory, and a 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive supplemented by a 24GB solid state drive for faster performance.
The included Core i3-3217U is all you need to do most day-to-day tasks you’d want to do with a PC, but video editing and other hardware intensive tasks are generally better done on the i5 and i7 chips.
To give you impression about performance, here are some PassMark benchmark results:
Intel Pentium B960 (budget standard laptop CPU): 1,896
Intel Core i3-3217U (ultrabook CPU): 2,281
Intel Core i5-3317U (ultrabook CPU): 3,116
Intel Core i3-3120M (standard laptop CPU): 3,329
Asus’ S400CA has a feature set almost as wide as on the standard laptops. It has a webcam, three USB ports (officially, although some retailers in their specs sheet claim there are only two USBs), HDMI and VGA external display connectors, a multi-format card reader, Wi-Fi, and Gigabit LAN. What is missing is a built-in optical drive and Bluetooth.
The keyboard has chiclet-style buttons, but doesn’t sport backlight.
Asus has enhanced sound on this model using SonicMaster technology with Waves MaxxAudio 3, enabling better sound and especially bass through larger speakers and chambers.
The battery life with the provided 3-cell 44 Whrs battery hasn’t been disclosed, but given the battery specs and 14″ display, it doesn’t look too promising.
The Asus S400CA-SI30305S can be found at Best Buy.