The brand new £699 (inc. VAT)/$699.99 Asus VivoBook S 14 is a solidly constructed 14-inch Home windows 10 computer working on a 10th technology Intel Core processor. And in case you are on the lookout for one thing a little bit extra hanging than standard, it is to be had with a inexperienced or purple lid along with black and white. That stated, I may handiest to find it on-line in the United Kingdom with the similar black lid I used to be despatched for evaluate.
The steel chassis supplies just right coverage for the innards. I used to be ready to bow the lid in my palms a bit, however general this can be a sturdy tool. You will have to elevate 1.4kg (three.08lbs) round for your backpack or bag, although, and this computer will occupy an area 32.49cm huge via 21.35cm deep via 1.59cm thick (12.79in. x eight.4in. x zero.62in.). The bottom has ‘diamond minimize’ edges to the higher of 3 facets, which even if the lid is closed provides visible passion.
Whilst you open the lid the attention is interested in the Input key, which has been given a marker-pen yellow encompass. It actually does glance unusual. The keyboard itself is at ease to make use of, and particular person keys are massive and springy. Alternatively, there may be numerous flex — sufficient for even a light-fingered typist like me to note. That is actually the one construct factor of word, and it is a bit of a sadness.
The trackpad has a actually great really feel to it, and is responsive. Asus supplies 2nd monitors within the touchpad on a few of its ZenBook laptops (the ZenBook Turn 15 UX563FD and ZenBook 14 UX434FL for instance), however the trickery is extra muted within the VivoBook vary. There is a small icon within the most sensible proper nook of the touchpad that, when tapped, brings up an embedded calculator that lets you do a little elementary maths. I relatively like this concept — it is environment friendly, easy, and does not appear over-specified. If my computer had this selection I’m positive I might use it. There may be an possibility and not using a calculator and a fingerprint reader most sensible proper of the touchpad as a substitute.
The 14-inch display screen is what Asus calls ‘frameless NanoEdge’, even supposing if truth be told there is a bit extra bezel right here than on another fashions, and ‘frameless’ is a little bit of a stretch. Asus does not give us bezel dimensions however I measured the quick edge bezels at 7mm and the highest edge at 11mm (various room for the webcam, even supposing it does lack a sliding privateness duvet). The recess of the display screen makes it glance a bit outdated, and it is not contact delicate. Nonetheless, it has nice viewing angles, is relatively vibrant, and the matte end will enchantment to those that do not like gazing their very own mirrored image.
The Intel Core i5-10210U processor within the £699/$699 iteration of this computer has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. You additionally get a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Non-public and 1TB of cloud garage. There may be a Core i7-10510U variant, and choices for as much as 16GB of RAM and 1TB of on-board garage, however none of those are to be had in the United Kingdom.
There are many ports and connectors on board. At the proper edge are two USB 2.zero ports and a MicroSD card slot, whilst the left edge homes the round-pin energy jack, a full-size HDMI port, a USB three.2 port and a USB-C port in addition to a three.5mm audio jack. It is great to look Wi-Fi 6 rounding out the connectivity possible choices.
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Battery existence is lovely just right. I spent one four-hour consultation writing right into a internet app whilst streaming song about part the time and performing some internet surfing, all over which era the battery went from 100 p.c to 55 p.c. All-day battery existence may well be achievable with in a similar way undemanding workloads.
The Asus VivoBook S14 S443FA is a sturdy and environment friendly Home windows 10 Professional computer with a nifty function within the touchpad-embedded calculator. All-day battery existence is every other plus level, however beware the flexy keyboard.
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