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Asus S400CA-CA071H VivoBook

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An inexpensive hybrid laptop, the Asus VivoBook has a unique touchscreen feature. It is compact, well designed and responsive. However, battery life is a little lacking and it is slightly on the heavy side.

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      11.09.2013 13:10

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      Beautifully Designed compact hybrid laptop, but is a little heavy and short lived battery

      I purchased this laptop for my wife, she is regularly working from her lap or on the bed and her current laptop being a 15 inch was a little cumbersome. Being a technical geek, the latest and greatest it must be, with Windows 8 and following my hatred for Metro on non touch interfaces it must be touch-screen. Not only this it must be on a budget. The ASUS Vivobook S400CA matched all my requirements and reading reviews of similar products this was chosen based on its few report downsides of battery life and touch-pad gestures. Well my view on touch-pad gestures is that they are all terrible and battery life I can live with is it never used more than 3 feet from a plug socket. When the laptop arrived I was not expecting much from the Core i3 and 4GB RAM however I was pleasantly surprised. It was quick, responsive and the touch-screen got me to like metro a little more. This laptop cost £394 and it performs brilliantly, its not going to play amazing games or out compute Google, but for internet, e-mail and Office 2013 its got admirable performance. The laptop is a Touch-screen Hybrid it does not fold to be tablet like the Yoga its just a laptop with a touch-screen. I was sceptical at first as why or how would I use this feature, but after a few days i now point and click buttons instead of using the touch-pad. On well designed applications and websites I can forget the touch-pad exists, I am using it really well as a hybrid laptop and find it really nice to use as the internet and applications mature into a touch friendly place. The design is beautiful and it looks like something 3 times its value. The screen adds some weight and in turns they added weight into the base to balance the unit, this makes the unit feel solid and sturdy but does feel unnecessarily heavy for a 14" notebook. The battery life is about 3 hours realistic use, which is fine for use around the house but is rather limited in the field. The reports of the touch-gestures being poor, they are no better than other laptops I have used but no worse either. Over all I love this laptop and I would recommend it to anyone after a good budget laptop for internet and Office.

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    Intuitive TouchASUS VivoBook S400CA-CA071H expands all aspects of customer happiness and Windows 8 experiences on frameless touch panels; making the most of the new operating system.Stylish MobilityASUS designers gave ASUS VivoBook a distinct...