ASUS S46CM Review – THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION


The ultrabook S46CM from world famous manufacturer ASUS belongs to the series S, which was introduced last summer. She managed to please the really productive laptops with optical drives that have a relatively large, both for ultraportable devices, display. Ultrabook ASUS S46CM will be good and at leisure, and daily tasks, because it is quite mobile and productive. Do not be upset that S46CM don’t have too high autonomy, because each time taking it in hand, you’ll feel like you own is not just attractive, but very stylish ultrabook.

Technical characteristics

Processor: Intel Core i7-3517U 1900 MHz
Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
Storage: 750 GB HDD 5400 rpm SATA II, 24 GB SSD
Display: 14 “1366×768 WXGA LED, glossy
Video: Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
Drive: DVD +-RW DL
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: SonicMaster Lite, 2 speakers
Interfaces: 2xUSB 2.0, USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45, card reader SD / MMC / SDHC, combo audio jack
In addition: HD webcam
Battery: 4-cell Lithium-Ion 2950 mAh
Dimensions and Weight: 348x248x21 mm 2 kg
Operating system: Windows 8 64-bit
Options: ASUS S46CM-WX026H (90NTJH414W13845813AU)

Design

ASUS S46CM looks like, and what should be the ultrabook – very thin. Housing cover and platform made of aluminum, so are strong enough and relatively resistant to mechanical stress. Unable to avoid the only one – the soiled, though, fingerprints are not too noticeable, perhaps because of the surface texture. By the way, do not think that the plastic that makes up the rest of the body to be less reliable. It is just as sturdy and the lid.

Coloring ultrabook can be considered a serious and even some business, but it is a stylish and modern enough. Here, the designers used two basic colors: black and silver that perfectly match each other.

Device dimensions are 348x248x21 mm, weight – 2 kg. For the daily commute or frequent trips Ultrabook ASUS S46CM fits almost perfectly, especially because it is very well built. In particular, there is no backlash, all the parts fit very tight, can not be heard creaking body panels. In addition, the laptop offers a very smooth and the display is very high quality. We should note that the laptop is equipped with a large number of vents located mostly on the bottom. There you can see the bay, behind which are hidden memory and hard drive.

Display, audio, webcam

The image is displayed on a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and LED backlight. Despite the fact that the more common 11-minute and 13-inch ultrabooks, to work, however, like to play for the 14-inch is much more comfortable. Unfortunately grieve constantly GLARE glossy surface and not too much visibility TN-matrix. By the way, among the pros screen can be called a good color reproduction with ample shade, good brightness and excellent contrast. Is the picture quality will appeal to all who love to watch movies or play games.

Also, the laptop will appreciate the high-quality sound supported by proprietary technology SonicMaster Lite, which is characterized by a wide frequency range and clarity. However, at the same time, the sound is slightly inferior acoustics multimediynikah as it lacks the volume and possibly power. In general, listening to your favorite music may soon built-in speakers or an external audio system.

Videoconferencing should use the HD webcam and integrated microphone. You can also take pictures or videos.Near the camera is light, it shows when it operates.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Ultrabook ASUS S46CM equipped with a full-size keyboard with a standard layout. It does not have a separate numeric keypad, but the ergonomics of it does not suffer, as all the main buttons are of average size, the keys [PgUp] – [End] in a separate row, and the arrows are very convenient to manage, since they are not reduced.

The surface of each key is not convex, but the fingers still comfortable to type texts, except that someone does not like the move buttons, which can be described as close to short. Ideally, this Ultrabook is missing backlit keyboard to work comfortably even in complete darkness.

Among pleased touchpad input device, which has a fairly large size. Some buttons are not available, but on the touch site bear special markings which delineates the area left and right keys. With the touchpad can not only control the cursor, scroll or move objects using one or two fingers, but also rotate images, resize them. You can also go to the next page or switch between active applications, using three fingers. To disable the touch pad, press [Fn] + [F9].

Performance

ASUS S46CM-WX026H (90NTJH414W13845813AU) runs on 64-bit operating system Windows 8. It is set low voltage processor third-generation Intel Core i7-3517U clocked at 1.9 GHz, which if necessary can be increased up to 3 GHz. The CPU has a cache in the amount of 4 MB, support for multi-threading Hyper-Threading, which thanks to a dual-core processor can handle up to four simultaneous data streams. In general it is quite fast chip that can handle most simple and complex tasks. The processor complemented by 4GB of memory standard, DDR3. Such amount will be enough for your daily work and the majority of applications today. RAM frequency is 1600 MHz. graphics tasks to cope with integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 and discrete accelerator NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M. The first is used when you do not need complex processing graphs, and helps to save energy, and for games and demanding computing the best fit discrete. To switch between controllers, use technology Optimus.

And she and the other card has support for DirectX 11 capable of decoding video, but the GT 635M as opposed to the HD 4000 in a private video memory capacity of 2 GB standard GDDR3, which also helps cope with complex applications, or run modern games at medium to high settings even . For example, you can play FIFA 13 with a frequency of more than 130 frames per second with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels at high settings or in Diablo III, which will show 60 fps at medium graphics settings to the same screen resolution. interesting is the case with storage devices. Thus, in the Ultrabook ASUS S46CM established not only a 2.5-inch hard drive, but the solid state drive. Hard drive capacity of 750 GB, which is enough to create a full-fledged multimedia collection. Depending on the configuration in the laptop can stand a smaller hard drive (320 GB) or larger volume (500 GB or 1 TB). In our case, the HDD has a speed of 5400 revolutions per minute. Along with it is used SSD-cache of 24 GB. Such a hybrid option is good for fast loading of the operating system and applications, and at the same time – to store a large number of files.

Ports and Communications

On the left side of the Ultrabook ASUS S46CM ports are VGA and HDMI. Also, there is a network RJ-45 connector and standard USB 3.0 with support for USB Charger +, allowing you to charge mobile devices when the laptop is turned off. This group of interfaces is separated from the vent slots for charging, located at the very end.

The right side is filled with a little less. It has two USB 2.0, combo audio jack and a Kensington lock slot. The main part of the right side is occupied by a built-in optical drive DVD +-RW DL, surprisingly, not only taking into account the thickness of the shell ASUS S46CM, is 21 mm, but also for the form factor.

Two other facets of the ports are free.

However, the front you can see the card reader reads the formats SD / MMC / SDHC, and LED indicators displaying the work laptop, storage, and battery status, and activate the wireless network mode Caps Lock.

Wireless communications of the ultrabook standard: a module Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.

Battery

In the ASUS S46CM installed 4-cell lithium-ion battery is charging 65-watt power supply. Frankly speaking, the battery capacity 2950 mAh (44 Wh) is not too high, which is directly related to Battery life: up to 3-6 hours depending on the power plan and operation. For example, when web surfing and 100% of the level of brightness the battery is discharged after 4 hours. At the same time, the ultrabook can stay in sleep mode for about two weeks and come out of it with the Super Hybrid Engine technology in just a few seconds.

Conclusion

Not everyone can recognize ASUS S46CM classic ultrabook, since it is much like a conventional laptop. However, this model is worthy to rank with other ultraportable devices because it is equipped with the third generation of low voltage processor, SSD-drive, discrete graphics card, and also has a relatively small mass in the presence of built-in optical drive. I would also like to note the appearance of a solid, good build quality, which does not let you down on the road, and to justify the cost of about $ 1,000 for this equipment. Of course, this brings ultrabook enough capacity battery, which can not work for long without recharging. Somewhat disappointing and a small display visibility. Whatever it is, ASUS S46CM can become a worthy contender in the ultrabook segment.

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