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The ASUS S56CM is a 15" Ultrabook with a wide range of options to choose from. With its thickness of only 21mm and 2.3kg weight this is a light 15.6" laptop. It runs on Intel's Ivy Bridge platform sporting a 1.8GHz Core i3 in its cheapest configuration and a Core i7 with 1.9-3GHz clockrate at the end of the price-spectrum. There is a sibling model of this laptop at 14" which lacks the NVIDIA GeForce GT635M graphics card.
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Specifications for the Asus S46CM
|Specifications (base version)|
|Model name||S46CM||CPU type||Intel Core i3 3217U (Ivy Bridge)|
|CPU speed||1800 Mhz|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4000|
|OS||Windows 8 / 8.1|
||14.0" 1366 X 768||Touch Technology
|Hard Disk||320 GB|
|Battery capacity||44 (Wh)|
|Weight||2300g / 81.1 oz.|
|Size (w/h/d mm)||380/21/99.9 mm|
|Size (w/h/d inches)||15/0.8/3.9|
|Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)|
|No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)|
|Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)|
|Optional Specs and Accessories (can vary)|
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Alternatives to the Asus S46CM
|Alternatives to the Asus S46CM|
|Dell Latitude E7440, 14.0", 1630gm||Datasheet|
|Dell XPS 13 Linux Developer Edition, 13.3", 1360gm|
The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is one of the first official Linux Ultrabooks to come to market. It packs an Intel Core i7-3667U processor in that package with 8GB of RAM. The 13" screen is protected by Gorilla Glass. Dell delivers this Ultrabook with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and offers support for it.
|Dell XPS 13, 13.3", 1400gm|
Available as an updated Ivy Bridge build now the XPS 13 is a quality bit of kit. Unfortunately it only has a 720P HD screen rather than 1600x900 or FullHD so that might put some people off. We'd love to see an update of this with a 1600x900 touchscreen.
|Toshiba Portege Z830, 13.3", 1120gm|
The Toshiba Satellite/Portege Z830/Z835 is turning out to be one of the best specified 13" Ultrabooks so far. It has a leading 1.1KG weight, aluminium casing and a great range of ports and features. The features match its business-like looks. Wi-Di is included for those looking at wireless 1080p to TVs. The price is competitive. Watch out for: Noisy fan in quiet environments, slightly 'squishy' keyboard. Z835 is the US-only Core i3 model.
|Acer Aspire S3, 13.3", 1350gm|
The Acer S3 was always the honest, budget option in the market. Now updated with Windows 8 (from Oct 26th 2012) it still offers good value for money. CPU starts with Core i3 Sandy Bridge, the older generation, and other specs remain unchanged. [Oct 2012]
|Lenovo Thinkpad X240, 12.5", 1460gm|
The Lenovo Thinkpad X240 is a fine long-duration compact traveler with build quality and great working fascia. The change to buttonless touchpad might disappoint those coming from the previous Thinkpads. Hot-swap battery with sizes up to nearly 100Wh, many security options and docking-port capable. A classic Thinkpad.
|Samsung NP350, 12.5", 1352gm|
A very well rounded Ultrabook alternative. This hard-disk based laptop is available with Core i3 and Core i5 (mobile, not ultra-low voltage CPUs) and offers very similar battery life and performance figures to a standard ultrabook. The boot and program start times are slower than an Ultrabook though. Not available in all regions and pricing varies. In some areas the Core i3 version can be a real bargain.
|Samsung Series 5 13.3 (NP530 U3B), 13.3", 1430gm|
The Samsung Series 5 13" could be a good value Ultrabook although entry level versions will come with a Hybrid hard drive rather than an all-SSD build and it's relatively heavy at nearly 1.5KG. The keyboard is good, port selection is good and you've got an Intel Centrino WiFi card capable of Wi-Di so at the current €799 pricing in Europe we think it's a better choice than the Acer S3. US pricing is looking a a little higher at $999 [Jan 18 2012]
|Inhon Blade 13 Carbon, 13.3", 870gm|
Taiwanese company Inhon has introduced the Blade 13 Carbon Ultrabook with dimensions that make it the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook available, taking the throne from the NEC LaVie Z. Coming in at 1.9lbs (870g) and 10.7mm thin the Blade 13 Carbon beats the NEC by 5g and 2mm while still packing specs comparable to any current Ultrabook. Options include Core i5 or i7 CPU, 13″ 1080p screen, 128 or 256GB SSD and 4GB RAM. Pricing is quoted at $1,350 with a lower priced option with a 1600×900 screen and fiberglass body with still impressive dimensions of 2.6lbs (1,195g) and 12.6mm for about $1000.
|ASUS UX31, 13.3", 1297gm|
The UX31 (and smaller UX21) were the first true Ultrabooks to become available and ASUS have included a good set of specifications that include USB3, a high brightness 1600x900 screen and 128GB of fast SSD. We've reviewed the UX31 (and UX21) and it's an amazing bit of kit but you'll need to watch out for the keyboard which didn't work-out for us. Our review link is above.
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