Asus S46CB Review
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The Asus S46CB is an ultra-thin notebook, which in addition to its beautiful appearance it has a discrete graphics card, which is not often found among its segment. In this case, the Asus S46CB has a pretty reasonable price for Ultrabook. Let’s look at it in more detail.
The body of the device is made of aluminum and in some places has a plastic finish. The Asus S46CB cover was painted black and has a fine grind that protects the surface from this greasy hands. In the center of the lid is engraved in large letters the Asus logo. The cover is fixed one adjacent loop decorated plastic with a rear side.
Interior laptop has both aluminum and plastic surfaces. The monitor frame is made of hard black plastic which provides additional safety screen matrix. The operating panel is made of brushed silver aluminum, which also does not leave fingerprints.
Build in quality doesn’t have any claim: the cover and operation panel does not bend, loop securely locks the screen and do not falter, there are no gaps and play.
The Asus S46CB has a 14-inch monitor with a resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. Such a decision is not the highest, but a ultrabook with a powerful discrete graphics card, optical drive, and a price tag of under $700 is quite acceptable.
The screen has a fairly wide horizontal viewing angles, but the vertical angles are a bit distressed. Because of this we have to once again adjust the angle of the lid when you change position. Also, the screen has high brightness and contrast ratio acceptable.
Such a screen is well suited for simple entertainment such as video games and screenings. Also, this screen is ideal for work with a text editor, browser and other office applications.
Here we have a fairly spacious keyboard with keys slightly rounded, slightly recessed into the base unit. All buttons are large enough and located at a convenient distance from each other. Also, the keys have a middle course and good tactile feedback, which is a big plus for those who have a lot of prints.
The Asus S46CB has a large and stylish touchpad without physical keys that the design resembles a similar device at the MacBook. It is perfectly pressed almost anywhere, does not create excessive noise and has a pretty high accuracy, which is very important for those who are working without a mouse.
As we have said, the Asus S46CB has on board a powerful graphics card, namely the NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M with 2GB of internal memory. There is also additional graphics core integrated into the processor. This solution is perfect not only for different weighty applications, but also for video games, where the schedule is one of the most important aspects.
It should also be noted that our laptop is based on typical Ultrabook CPU Intel Core i5-3317U clocked at 1.7 GHz. This solution allows you to save energy without sacrificing performance. In addition, the Asus S46CB has 4 GB of RAM and a hybrid hard drive, the bulk of which is 500 GB, and the amount of additional SSD-drive is 24 GB. This solution is perfect for the operating system Windows 8.
There is nothing surprising, except for the optical drive. Apple has refused such solutions as unnecessary in their new laptop. In this case, Asus has decided to do the opposite: to equip pretty slim laptop optical drive. Anyway, this solution will be useful for those who purchase video games and software on CD-ROM.
Sam optical drive is on the right side. Next to it are two USB 2.0 ports, combined an audio jack and Kensington lock. The left side is occupied by VGA and HDMI, USB 3.0, the Internet RJ-45 connector, as well as the AC adapter. On the front panel there is a SD-card reader slot.
The Asus S46CB is the best solution for those who work a lot at home or in the office and sometimes works on the trip. Because of its performance, this laptop will suit both business and students who will use it not only for learning but also for entertainment.