Thin and light-weight laptops that additionally provide good processing energy have prior to now, been fairly costly. However, this situation is slowly altering with a brand new breed of laptops in 2018. Intel’s new eighth Gen Core CPUs are partly liable for this alteration, as for the primary time, low-voltage cell components aren’t restricted to 2 CPU cores anymore. Now, even lower-end gadgets profit from a substantial enhance in efficiency.
Asus’s new VivoBook S14 has been designed retaining portability in thoughts. There are two sequence: the offline-only VivoBook S14 (S406U) fashions are barely lighter and slimmer, and solely have SSDs for storage. The VivoBook S14 (S410UA) fashions are unique to Flipkart and have exhausting drives along with SSDs, however are barely thicker and heavier. The different specs are mainly equivalent, aside from just a few little issues that we’ll level out. We have an S406U variant with us for evaluation. It’s slim and light-weight, and appears fairly good, particularly within the all-gold trim that we’ve.
One apparent competitor that involves thoughts is the Acer Swift 5, one other slim laptop computer that suggestions the scales at a mere 970g. However, Asus is banking on pricing to make the VivoBook extra interesting. Has it succeeded? Let’s discover out.
Asus VivoBook S14 (S406U) design
The VivoBook S14 is trendy, and we predict its design will work for each skilled and informal use. It’s obtainable in two color choices, so you’ll be able to select whether or not you wish to go for a flashy gold or understated gray look. The lid is claimed to be scratch-resistant with a ‘spun-metal’ end. Asus has been utilizing this remedy for its excessive finish ZenBook sequence for a very long time, however you get vertical strains on the VivoBook as an alternative of the trademark concentric circles. The lid does provide superb safety for the show, and we didn’t see any warping when making use of stress.
The hinge extends about 120 levels backwards, which we discovered snug sufficient for typical utilization positions. However, the hinge doesn’t have superb torsion, inflicting the show to wobble simply. This could possibly be an issue when utilizing the laptop computer in a transferring car.
There’s no touchscreen however you do get a full-HD decision IPS panel with an anti-glare end. This negates points with reflections indoors, and we discovered the brightness to be fairly satisfactory, even when utilizing it below daylight. We additionally just like the slim borders on the perimeters of the show. Asus has managed to suit a 14-inch panel in a chassis usually designed for 13-inch ones.
The base of the laptop computer options exhausting strains however with smoothened edges so utilization is not uncomfortable. You get a number of ranges of backlighting for the chiclet keys, that are nicely spaced and sized. They even have a 1.4mm of journey, which usually must be snug. However, there’s a whole lot of flex if you sort, which makes the keys unnecessarily noisy. In truth, even the palm relaxation space flexes if you apply slight stress, as a result of plastic physique. The trackpad is huge and there’s a fingerprint sensor within the the nook for person authentication. Tracking efficiency is alright however not nice, as is the case with most mainstream Windows laptops.
The sides of the laptop computer are pretty skinny at 18.8mm, which is simply sufficient room for full-sized USB ports. You get two of those (one USB 2.zero on the appropriate and one USB three.zero on the left) and a single Type-C port, which is of the USB three.1 (Gen1) commonplace. There’s a Micro-HDMI video output as an alternative of a full-sized one for some purpose, plus a microphone and headphones combo port. There’s a microSD card slot which is sweet for increasing the interior storage. It would possibly come in useful if you happen to choose up the mannequin we’re reviewing, which solely has a 256GB SSD. The barely thicker VivoBook S14 (S410UA) fashions have a SD card slot and an HDMI port as nicely, each full-sized.
Asus VivoBook S14 (S406U) specs and options
The VivoBook S14 is out there with a number of CPU and storage choices, however the factor that is still fixed is 8GB of RAM. There are three primary fashions in India with a Core i3-7100U, Core i5-8250U, or Core-i7 8550U CPU. Note that the Core i3 is a seventh Gen mannequin, and so there shall be a major distinction between that and the eighth Gen Core i5 mannequin by way of efficiency.
All fashions which are listed on Flipkart in the mean time function an SSD (both 128GB or 256GB) in addition to a 1TB mechanical exhausting drive. The unit that Asus despatched us for evaluation (S406U) is simply obtainable offline and is barely completely different, with a Core i5-8250U and a 256GB SSD however no exhausting drive.
Other options which are frequent throughout the SKUs embrace an HD-resolution webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth four.zero, stereo audio system tuned by Harman Kardon, and a complete weight of round 1.4kg. You’re restricted to built-in graphics, nevertheless in some nations such because the US, the VivoBook S14 is out there with Nvidia’s entry-level GPUs. In the field, you get a protecting sleeve and the charger.
The VivoBook S14 ships with Windows 10 Home. There’s a 30-day trial of McAfee LiveSafe, the complete model of Microsoft’s Office suite, and the standard preloaded video games and apps from the Windows Store. Asus has its personal suite of packages put in too, for updating drivers and managing the well being of the battery. Finally, you additionally get a full model of CyberLink’s PowerDirector 14 video modifying program.
Asus VivoBook S14 (S406U) efficiency and battery life
The VivoBook S14 had no hassle taking over our typical on a regular basis workloads. Booting is fast and the SATA SSD really delivered outcomes corresponding to these of some gadgets with PCIe SSDs that we have examined just lately, such because the Microsoft Surface Pro. The show has good viewing angles, and hues are vibrant and punchy. There is not an excessive amount of jaggedness round textual content, however the default Windows scaling makes every little thing look unnaturally huge. We discovered 125 % scaling to be ideally suited for a display screen this dimension. The laptop computer runs cool more often than not, and we solely heard the followers ramp up when taking part in heavy 3D video games and working benchmarks. The palmrest additionally doesn’t get uncomfortably scorching, which is sweet.
Audio efficiency will not be too shabby both. The stereo audio system are positioned on the underside, and have a heat sonic signature. There isn’t an excessive amount of bass, however vocals and highs sound crisp. Videos look good too, due to the IPS panel.
We obtained some good benchmark numbers due to the eighth era CPU. We obtained three,536 factors in PCMark 10, and content material creation assessments didn’t take too lengthy to complete both. Encoding our check video file in Handbrake took about 1 minute and 51 seconds, which is simply barely behind what the Lenovo Yoga 920 managed with a eighth Gen Core i7 CPU. Predictably, gaming efficiency wasn’t nice and we obtained single-digit framerates in most of our assessments. Casual video games from the Windows Store will not be a lot of a problem although.
Battery life is barely higher than what the Acer Swift 5 delivered. We didn’t get an excellent rating with the worrying Battery Eater Pro, which solely ran for 1 hour, 47 minutes. However, if you happen to do most of your work inside a Web browser, you need to be capable of go for about six to 6 and a half hours constantly. This means you possibly can nearly capable of squeeze in a complete workday on a single cost.
Asus has managed a reasonably aggressive vary of costs for the VivoBook S14 sequence. This has come at some price to the construct high quality, however general, it’s not a nasty package deal. The S406U variant that we reviewed is priced at Rs. 54,990 and is simply obtainable offline. You even have the selection of the Flipkart-exclusive S410UA model priced at Rs. 59,990 with the identical processor and specs, aside from a 128GB SSD and a 1TB exhausting drive instead of the 256GB SSD, the full-sized ports and slots, and the elevated thickness and weight. Looking it at it purely by way of specs, the VivoBook S14 provides higher worth than the Acer Swift 5 at this worth.
The Swift 5 continues to be advisable if you happen to’re within the pursuit of final portability. Another various could possibly be the Apple MacBook Air, which does not have as up-to-date specs and is not as gentle, however has a a lot sturdier physique.
Price (M.R.P) – Rs. 54,990
- Relatively gentle
- Anti-glare show
- Good efficiency
- Competitive pricing
- Lid wobbles simply
- Keyboard flexes below stress
- No full-sized SD card slot
Ratings (out of 5)
- Design: four
- Display: four
- Performance: four
- Software: four
- Battery life: three.5
- Value for Money: four
- Overall: four
Adapted From: Gadgets360