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Asus VivoBook S14 and S15

New Series Asus VivoBook S14 (S430) And S15 (S530) Review

Asus VivoBook S14 (S430) And S15 (S530) 2018 All-New Series (First Look/Review)

The vivobook is Asus’s general consumer-focused product line with s-series which is portable, great battery life and performance which make it a great general purpose notebook. Asus has designed a stylish and lightweight laptop which is VivoBook S14 and S15, which come in Green, Star Grey, Silver Blue, Gun Metal, or Icicle Gold. They are 14 and 15 inches respectively and that have used Asus’s NanoEdge bezel on three sides.

Asus VivoBook S14 (S430) And S15 (S530)

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There are two Intel 15-watt U-series processors to choose from which are the i5-8250U 4C/8T at 1.6/3.4 GHz and the i7-8550U 4C/8T at 1.8/4.0 GHz. The graphic has been upgraded from the MX130 (rebranded GT 940MX) to the MX150. MX150 is enough for gaming at 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 in many games at lower graphics settings. It supports up to 16 GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics to make light work of multitasking, multimedia editing, or casual gaming. Both the S430 and S530 have a similar Ergo Lift hinge to the new ZenBook Pro S. the new and exclusive ASUS wifi master technology interference for faster and more reliable dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connections at extreme distances. Its top speed of up to 867Mbps is 6X faster.

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They are easier and more secure and have a full-size keyboard that is also perfect for dim environments. Both S15 and S14 have reversible USB Type-C™ (USB-C™), port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, and a microSD card reader with the design to make connecting devices easy. The battery is high quality with all-day battery life and a lifespan that’s up to 3X-longer than standard lithium-ion batteries. ASUS Battery Health Charging technology makes charging experience safer, with measures designed to decrease the battery expansion rate during charging to help the battery stays in good condition. The 15-inch S530 weights 1.8 kg, while the 14-inch S430 is 1.4 kg that cost starting at US$875.

Below are the specs available with Asus VivoBook S14 (S430) And S15 (S530):

Asus VivoBook S14 S430 Specs:

Asus VivoBook S14 (S430) And S15 (S530)

Model Asus VivoBook S14 S430UN
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U

Intel Core i5-8250U

Intel Core i3-8130U

Operating System Windows 10 Pro/Windows 10 Home
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX150

2GB GDDR5 VRAM

Display 14” LED-backlit Full HD (1920×1080)
Memory (RAM) 4GB/6GB/8GB/12GB/16GB 2400MHz DDR4
Storage Dual Storage: 512GB/256GB/128GB SATA SSD+1TB/500GB HDD
Connectivity USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 2.0, HDMI, Audio, MicroSD
Battery/Power 42Wh 3-cell lithium-prismatic battery

45/65W power adapter

Weight 1.4kg
Dimensions Height: 1.8cm

Width: 32.34cm

Depth: 22.55cm

Color Icicle Gold, Gun Metal, Silver Blue, Star Grey, Firmament Green

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Asus VivoBook S15 S530 Specs:

Asus VivoBook S14 (S430) And S15 (S530)

Model Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U

Intel Core i5-8250U

Intel Core i3-8130U

Operating System Windows 10 Pro/Windows 10 Home
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX150

2GB GDDR5 VRAM

Display 15.6” LED-backlit Full HD (1920×1080)
Memory (RAM) 4GB/6GB/8GB/12GB/16GB 2400MHz DDR4
Storage Dual Storage: 512GB/256GB/128GB SATA SD + 2TB/1TB/500GB HDD
Connectivity USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 2.0, HDMI, Audio, MicroSD
Battery/Power 42Wh 3-cell lithium-prismatic battery

65W power adapter

Weight 1.8kg
Dimensions Height: 1.8cm

Width: 36.14cm

Depth: 24.35cm

Color Icicle Gold, Gun Metal, Silver Blue, Star Grey, Firmament Green

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Asus VivoBook S14

Asus VivoBook S14 (2018) Review

The new Asus VivoBook S14 is designed giving portability in mind, much like the Acer Swift 5. Now, in addition to the stylish looks, this VivoBook is also portable and well-priced. Let’s see other details of this laptop.

Display:

The softball trim on the model looks really good and the lid offers good protection for the display. It also has the spun metal finish which issues have been using for a while on its products. It doesn’t attract fingerprints and it’s fairly resistant structures. The lid of the Asus VivoBook S14 doesn’t bend all the way back and it doesn’t have that support either. But you do get a full HD resolution IPS panel with an undeclared finish. This helps get rid of most of the reflection issues. And, we found the brightness, there has to be quite adequate.

We also like the slim bezel on the sides of the display which has allowed issues to fit a 14 inch screen in a chassis typically designed for 13 inch laptops. However, the hinge doesn’t have very good torsion causing the display to wobble easily. This could be a problem and using the laptop in a moving vehicle.

Asus VivoBook S14

The key travel is also pretty good. The keys have backlighting feature and they are well spaced and sized. However, there’s quite a bit of flex which makes an annoying sound when you type. Due to the plastic build, Asus VivoBook S14 is quite light to wing it around 1.2 to 1.4 kilograms, depending on the model you pick. The trackpad area is wide and there’s a fingerprint sensor in the corner to authentication. Tracking performance is all right but not great as compared to the most mainstream windows laptops.

Asus VivoBook S14 Specs and configuration:

Physical connectivity includes two USB ports, a single type C port, a micro HDMI port instead of a standard one for some reason, a microphone and headphone combo port and a micro SD card slot. The lack of a full-size SD card reader is still a bit disappointing.

Now the laptop is available in multiple storage and CPU options. But, all of them have 8GB of RAM and the base model is equipped with an Intel core i3 7100U CPU which we don’t particularly recommend you. Also, you get an option of an 8th gen i5 8250U CPU or a Core i7 8550U CPU. If you look online, you’ll find the s410 UA models which ship with the SSD and a 1TB mechanical hard drive.

Performance of Asus VivoBook S14:

Asus VivoBook S14

The Asus VivoBook S14 has no trouble taking on the workloads. Boot time in Windows 10 is quick and the quad core CPU handles multitasking quite well. The display has good viewing angles and colors are vibrant and punchy. The laptop also runs smooth. We can hear the fans ramp up while playing heavy 3D Games or running benchmarks test. Besides, the Asus VivoBook S14 stay quiet, smooth in nature and doesn’t get uncomfortably hot, which is good.

Audio, Gaming and Battery Life:

Audio performance is not too shabby either. The stereo speakers placed underneath on either side of the laptop have a warm Sonic signature. There isn’t too much bass but vocals and highest sound crisp. Videos look good too. Thanks to the IPS panel.

Asus VivoBook S14

The gaming performance isn’t great as we mostly got single digit frame rates in our tests. However, it isn’t much of an issue. Battery life is slightly better. If your primary use involves working within a browser most of the time, then we found it to run for about six to six and a half hours. This has come at a slight cost to the build quality of the keyboard area but overall it’s not a bad package.

Price and Features:

You can get this Asus VivoBook S14 for the price of about $700 during this review. For this price, you will get core i7 7th gen intel core processor and a 1TB hard drive and in addition, you can go for the 256GB SSD as well. Fi modem provided is the best bet. You can also get the Apple MacBook Air that does offer rugged dependability compared to this laptop. However, when you look at the price to performance ratio, then the Asus VivoBook S14 has the edge over the other.

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