Launched: ASUS Laptops with HD Touchscreens and Windows 8 Available Starting at $699

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by in Laptops, Laptops

Asus VivoBook Series S500 and S550Introduced as a stylish class of do-everything-anywhere Windows laptops the ASUS VivoBook line has expanded to included 15.6-inch sized models. The 15.6-inch Asus VivoBook S500 and Asus VivoBook S550 come with the latest 3rd gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, Windows 8 and HD (1366-by-768) touchscreen displays all with the affordable base price of $699 for North American buyers.

The Asus VivoBook S500 and S550 share a lot of the same design elements. With both laptops you will find brushed metal for the lid and palm rest areas as well as a chiclet keyboards, multi-gesture trackpads and glossy style displays. With the VivoBook family of laptops Asus wanted to offer consumers a computer that was very thin and portable, the S500 and S550 measure 0.8-inches thick with a weight of 4.6 pounds. With the entire VivoBook line you can see parts of the design used on the beautiful 2011 Asus Zenbook Ultrabook’s.

At this time Asus has been able to get major retailers in North America a single version of the S500 and a single version of the S550. Both the S500 and S550 models are available online through Amazon.com. The model priced at the $699 (mentioned above) goes by the full model name ASUS VivoBook S500CA-DS51T and that model has the following features:

  • Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (1.7 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz)
  • 6 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 24 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, 1366×768, back-lit, capacitive multi-touch support
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Windows 8

Keep in mind that the standard set of ports that you’re used to are provided with every S500 and S550 laptop. The inputs and outputs offered include 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Kensington lock, Ethernet, Headphone/Microphone jack, and a SD card reader.

The only Asus VivoBook S550 model being sold online at the moment is $749.00 and carries the full model name of ASUS VivoBook S550CA-DS51T. With the S550CA-DS51T setup you’re getting an actual optical CD/DVD drive, that is something the S500 doesn’t have at all. The main features of the S550CA-DS51T are listed as follows:

  • Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (1.7 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz)
  • 6 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 24 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, 1366×768, back-lit, capacitive multi-touch support
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Tray-loading DVD±RW/CD-RW optical drive
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Windows 8

ASUS posted an overview video for the VivoBook S500 and S550 on YouTube, you can watch that below:

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