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Review: Asus VivoBook S550CA offers Windows 8 and touchscreen in mainstream package

At a Glance

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At a Glance

The Asus VivoBook S550CA is an affordable 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook with full Windows 8. While it falls short in media playback and battery life, it's still one of the better deals currently available.

Price when rated: $750
Lowest price: $899.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Nice touchscreen
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Low screen resolution
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Shallow-travel keyboard and trackpad
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