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For full specifications see the Asus S46CA specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core i7 3517U Processor
Intel Core i5 3317U Processor
Intel Core i3 3217U Processor
|Screen||14.0“ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
24GB SSD Cache
|Optical Drive||Super-Multi DVD (Optional)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|Display Port||Not Tested||There was no Display Port on my machine.|
|Microphone-In Port||Not Tested|
|USB||Yes||I do not own an USB 3.0 device to test the Super Speed port, but it is properly detected so it should just work.|
|Firewire||Not Tested||There was no Firewire port on my machine.|
|Card Reader||Yes||Both SD and MMC.|
Only issue you could run into with this laptop is the SecureBoot. To disable it, go to Setup (F2 during boot, but be quick as it is almost instantaneous. Afterwards, go to Security tab and disable Secure Boot Control. Then go to Boot tab and disable Fast Boot, then enable Launch CSM. Suboption Launch PXE OpROM will appear - enable it. Save changes and restart the system. Secure Boot is disabled, while legacy mode is enabled.
Now you should be able to install your favorite Linux distro. You can access boot menu by pressing Escape key during POST.
Tests were done on both Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10, both 64-bit versions.
I have no notable issues using my Asus S46CA under Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit. Steam works just fine, and Left4Dead 2 with USB controller and TV display over HDMI (resolution of 1366×768) works very smooth under recommended settings (which are set close to high details).