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ASUS VivoBook S500C Touchscreen Ultrabook Laptop Review

By: Trace Hagan | Touchscreen Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 12:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ASUS

Final Thoughts


With the hard data out of the way, let's do a bit more analysis and figure out who, if anyone, this Ultrabook is good for. Throughout the testing, we saw that the budget S500C fell towards the back of the pack, though this is not unexpected considering the price.


The system is good looking. It's got a sleek profile and is made from attractive materials. It's on the large size for an Ultrabook. It's a bit thicker than most Ultrabooks and a bit heavier, too.


Let's pull in the factor of price into this discussion. The ASUS S500C can be had for under $700, making it affordable on most budgets. It also makes the S500C one of the lowest priced Ultrabooks to include touch capabilities, a nice addition.


A few hundred dollars will get you an upgraded machine with a higher resolution screen and solid state drives for storage. These will help your everyday usage and make the system snappier and more usable. Whether or not this is something you need will be something you'll have to decide for yourself. The system is adequate for the price, though it's probably not something I would buy for myself. It's a bit too heavy and unwieldy for an Ultrabook. Battery life is more than adequate, but not outstanding.


Performance of the S500C is plenty for most users. If you're planning on doing some heavy duty rendering or other CPU intensive tasks, you're better off with a full size notebook or desktop. For web browsing and general use, however, the S500C fits the bill.


1366x768 is still the bane of my existence, but with a touchscreen, it makes much more sense. On systems with higher resolution, Windows 8's desktop mode becomes nearly unusable. If you're going to use the system for lots of typing, you're better off looking elsewhere as the keyboard on the S500C is only adequate at best. It's not backlit and it's not the most comfortable keyboard to be typing on.


For the weight and size, I'd also expect an optical drive to be included, which it isn't. There is also a limited selection of connectivity ports, which could be a problem depending on your needs.


Now, I know I've badmouthed the ASUS S500C quite a bit above, but the fact still remains that it posted decent battery life times, performance numbers, and the price can't really be beat, especially when you consider that it has a touch screen.



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