Asus A56CM Review

Among all ultrabook manufactures, Asus has been the one that is most interested in the ultrabook concept. They have released so many slim laptops over the past few months that we have started to loose count of them. The A56CM is only 21mm thick and packs Intel Core i5 3317u processor that runs at 1.7GHz clock speed (2.6GHz under Turbo boost mode). However, since the Asus A56CM does not features an SSD for neither storage or cache, it is not technically an ultrabook.

Asus A56CM

Asus A56CM specs:

Display: 15.6-inch, WXGA (1366 x 768) Glossy
Processor: Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7 – 2.6 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 635M (2GB), Intel HD Graphics 4000
Memory: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (1600 MHz)
Storage: 500 GB (5400 rev / min)
Interface: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, card reader (SD), HDMI, VGA, 1x Audio
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (b / g / n), Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0
Dimensions / Weight: 382 x 22-24 x 268 mm, 2250 g
Other features: DVD burner

Folks at notebookjournal have done a review of it and they are fairly impressed with it. They love its 700 Euros price tag and the fact that it comes pre-installed with Windows 8. The Asus A56CM delivers blistering CPU and GPU performance, thanks to the Intel Core i5 3317U CPU and switchable Nvidia graphics card. You can read about the performance and benchmarks of 3317u at this link –

asus a56cm review

The laptop has 15.6 inch screen that has decent brightness but since it is reflective in nature, it is not that ideal for using outdoors. Another thing not to like about it is its lack of touchscreen. Touchpad felt oversensitive too. Read the full review here. (German)

30 Oct 12