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Asustek Computer on Tuesday started to sell mainstream VivoBook S500 and S550 laptops with Windows 8 operating system and 15.6” multi-touch-enabled displays. The VivoBook S500 laptops will be among the most affordable laptops with touchscreens in Asus’ lineup, yet they will offer rather serious performance. Unfortunately, screen resolution of the mobile PCs is rather low by today’s standards.

Asus VivoBook S500 and S550 laptops are based on Intel Core i-series 3000-family “Ivy Bridge” microprocessors with integrated HD graphics cores as well as Intel 7-series core-logic sets. The systems are equipped with DDR3 memory, 500GB – 1000GB hard drive with 24GB caching solid-state drive option, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 0.3MP webcam, USB 3.0, SDcard reader and so on. The more advances model VivoBook S550 is also equipped with Nvidia GeForce GT 635M graphics core as well as DVD-RW optical disc drive.

The VivoBook S500-series laptops are feature 15.6" LED backlit capacitive touch panel with multi-touch functionality and 1366*768 resolution, which is pretty low by contemporary standards.

Asus VivoBook S500-series offers stylish design, true-to-life Asus SonicMaster sound, and instinctive touch capabilities via the highly responsive multi-point HD touch panel or the oversized touchpad incorporating Asus Smart Gesture technology. The laptop features 2-second instant on resume from sleep mode provides near-instantaneous access to Windows 8 and its energy-conserving design allows standby for up to two weeks on 4000mAh (44Wh, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion) battery.

The new VivoBook S500 laptops with multi-touch displays are only 20.3mm (0.85”) thick and weigh around 2.1 kilograms (4.6lbs). The S550-series models are around 300 grams (0.66 pounds) heavier.

Asus VivoBook S500-series laptops are available today beginning from $699.

Asustek Computer also offers other types of laptops with multi-touch displays, including VivoBook X202E/S200E/Q200E with 11.6” screens as well as VivoBook S400 with 14.1” monitor.

Tags: ASUS, VivoBook, Intel, Windows 8, Core, Microsoft

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Discussion started: 03/13/13 04:11:29 PM
Latest comment: 03/17/13 01:18:29 AM

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These are for people too dumb to be able to operate a trackball or touch pad...

On the cash registers at the Fast Food joints they put pictures of a burger, fries, drink, etc. for those too illiterate to read and the touch screens are just more dumbing down to accommodate the mentally challenged.

No one ever lost money under estimating the intelligence of U.S. consumers.
1 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 03/13/13 04:11:29 PM]
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Just when I thought highly reflective screen were bad for my eyes, now I'll have to see past smudges as well. But it is an inevitable technology that will be adopted by the younger crowd.
0 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/14/13 11:12:13 PM]
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So I wonder what the life expectancy of these new touchscreens will be, not that many ppl will ever use that useless feature on a lappy but for those too dumb to use a trackpad or mouse I can see a lot of degraded screens on the horizon, along with an increase in RMA's
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 03/17/13 01:18:29 AM]
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