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    ASUS K56 NotebookReview

    Review ASUS K56

    ASUS company could well be counted among its new 15.6-inch model K56 to trend ultrabook class, because it is made in ultra-slim metal body and is based on a cost-effective processors Intel Ivy Bridge, providing a solid battery life. On the other hand, the device is equipped with a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M and an optical disc drive, that is, the estimated its scope considerably wider than that of a typical ultrabook. So in the end let's get acquainted with a thin medium-format notebookASUS K56 Has a balanced performance /endurance.

    Design

    Cover ASUS K56 Finished painted black aluminum sheet with a characteristic horizontal texture. In its upper part, above the placement of antennas Wi-Fi-module, you can find a plastic cap with a visor for easy opening the laptop.

    Review ASUS K56

    The lower part of the cover is made quite unusual, there is present an original U-shaped cutout extending above the working panel. Because of textured porous coating this structure much like the acoustics, but in reality this is only a decorative overlay on top of the battery.

    Review ASUS K56

    In the front portion of the base housing ASUS K56 Hatch is provided to upgrade the RAM (there are two SODIMM slots) and the HDD, two speakers are placed in the far-off part of the bottom member. By the way, if such placement acoustics which sound very much depends on what kind of laptop is the surface (table, blanket, knees, etc.).

    Review ASUS K56

    The notebook comes with a relatively easy removable battery or irregular capacity 44 Wh (15 V, 2950 mAh). In addition to the usual punching a cooling radiator on the bottom you can find some more groups openings for air intake, which is not surprising given the small thickness of the body and the presence of a discrete graphics card.

    Review ASUS K56

    Operating panel laptop and upper sidewalls formed in a single aluminum plate silver. On the front face of the ASUS K56 Handed a card reader and a group of point indicators, the rear edge is completely free of connectors. The left side panel contains a USB 3.0, the fold-out AC plug RJ45, two video outputs (HDMI and D-sub), as well as the radiator grille of the cooling system and the charger. Most of the right-side edge is the optical disc drive, for which there is an opening for Kensington lock, in the area closest to the user posted a pair of USB 2.0 ports and audio ports combined.

    Review ASUS K56

    Note that the ASUS K56 Comes with a compact power unit of the new model, which simply can not be confused with the "charge" of other laptops.

    Ergonomics

    The internal surface of the notebook ASUS K56 Made in the classic black and silver color scheme. Edging the glossy 15.6-inch TN-matrix standard resolution as 1366 by 768 pixels is made of non-staining matte black plastic.

    Review ASUS K56

    The maximum angle of inclination of the display unit is noticeably wider on average, so that problems with the selection of a comfortable position during the test does not arise.

    Review ASUS K56

    Island style keyboard is also black, but the aluminum panel work has retained its natural color. The keys are arranged in a shallow recess with metallic "bottom", so that the keyboard enviable different stiffness. The keyboard layout is typical for medium models from ASUS: the main character block supplemented with numeric keypad, and between them a "wedged" block arrows. In general, such a solution does not cause any inconvenience, but for those who actively use the arrow keys and the "dialer" would need some time to adapt. Cyrillic characters localization is made of green in the lower right-hand corner, the English and the standard signs are marked in the center of the keys.

    Review ASUS K56

    Thanks to solid height podladonnoy panel touchpad in ASUS K56 Turned out pretty big, it is really convenient to use. The surface of the touch panel to the touch very slightly different from the operation panel of the metal, so that the moment of the fingers of its borders has to catch on the Sharp edge of the slot under the touchpad.

    Review ASUS K56

    Despite the small thickness of the shell and the presence of the optical drive laptop case features a good stiffness, but the ultra-thin cover turned out pretty flexible - despite the reinforcing metal plate under the influence of the outside of the matrix is quite easy to exhibit characteristic "divorce."

    Functionality

    ASUS K56 Model is available in two basic models: K56CA Only uses the integrated graphics processor in the Intel HD Graphics 4000, while K56CM Version is additionally equipped with a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M with support for Optimus. In all cases, the use of fuel-efficient Intel processors with a TDP of 17 watts, it can be treated as the Celeron 847 and Pentium 987, and more vysokurovnevye Intel Core i7-3517U. The maximum amount of pre-installed memory is 8 GB, zhesktogo drive - 1 TB.

    Review ASUS K56

    It got us to the test ASUS K56CM In the configuration above average: Intel Core i5 3317U, 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM and a hard disk of 750 GB. The results of performance testing laptop you can see in the screenshot, for speed is quite balanced solution, with a decent 3D-graphics and with a noticeable attention to the battery life. As a result, not of the most capacious four segment 44 Wh battery on the laptop worked for 1 hour 40 minutes at maximum load, and 5 hours and 30 minutes in the emulation mode of reading.

    Review ASUS K56

    The results

    As a result, ASUS K56CM - cute sredneformatnik ultra slim with a discrete graphics card, built-in optical drive and a decent autonomy. Due to such a combination of performance, this laptop is quite capable of becoming the main computer at home and in the office, because if you want, and it can provide a decent gaming performance and long battery life in comfort for 15-inch form factor.

    Review ASUS K56

    Liked

    + Slim and lightweight body with metal finish + Hybrid graphics engine Intel + NVIDIA + Availability of the optical drive + Solid area of the touch panel Do not like it

    - Not the highest capacity battery

    - The rigidity of the display unit

    - Features of the keyboard

    ASUS K56CM (K56CM-XX055D)

    Type

    Notebook

    Screen size, inches

    15.6

    Type of matrix

    TN + film

    Type of covering the screen

    Gloss

    Screen Resolution

    1366x768

    Processor Type

    Intel Core i5-3317U

    Frequency, GHz

    1.7

    Pre-installed OS

    DOS

    Mass, kg

    2.3

    Dimensions in mm

    380x266x21

    Chipset

    Intel HM76

    The amount of memory (Std / Max)

    4096/8192

    Hard disk, GB

    750

    Optical drive

    DVD-RW

    Graphics card, memory

    NVidia GeForce GT 635M, 2GB

    External Ports

    2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, headphone / mic-in (combo)

    Expansion Slot

    -

    Card reader

    SD, SDHC, MMC, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo

    WEB-camera

    0.3 MP

    Network Adapter

    10/100/1000

    56K modem

    -

    Wi-Fi

    802.11 b / g / n

    WiMAX

    -

    Bluetooth

    +

    3G

    -

    Battery capacity, mA. ch

    2950

    Battery voltage, V

    N

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