Thin and light laptops with relatively higher processing power in the past has been quite expensive. However, Intel is changing the game with its 8th Gen Core CPUs. Now, even lower-end devices too can have a considerable boost in performance.
Asus’s new VivoBook S14 has been designed keeping portability in mind. It is thin and light consumer laptop. It has 14-inch display with ultra-thin bezel which makes device display even smaller. For the sake of making device thinner and lighter, the laptop is mainly built with plastic.
Asus VivoBook S14 (S430) Specs
- 14-inch Full HD 1080p IPS panel, Anti-glare coating
- Intel Core i3-8130U/Core i5-8250/Core i7-8550
- Intel HD Graphics 620
- 4/6/8/12/16 GB DDR4 RAM
- 128GB/256GB/512GB M.2 SATA3 SSD + 1TB/500GB HDD
- USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A, micro HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
- MicroSD card reader, 3.5mm combo jack, USB 2.0 Type A
The given specs might seem familiar to other similar devices, but this particular device is better than other devices in some way or other. There is another SKU with Intel Core i5-8250U with 256GB SSD.
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Pros and Cons of Asus VivoBook S14 (S430)
A device might be presented with top of the line specifications, but it cannot be perfect. There has to be done some compromises, little bit here and there. The higher the specs provided, the higher will be the cost. To manage the cost and features provided, some cutting has to be done in the features or specifications. Some of the pros and cons of the VivoBook S14 (S430) is given below.
- Thin and lightweight (1.2KG)
- Full HD IPS display with an ultrathin bezel
- Anti-glare display
- SSD as the standard storage device
- Good thermal and cooling
- Great battery life
- Good value for money
- Competitive pricing
- Good sounding dual speakers
- Top-class hardware
- Fast charging
- Lid wobbles easily
- Keyboard flexes under pressure
- No full-sized SD card reader
- Not Strong enough due to the use of plastic
- Battery management is good, but Battery life could have been better
- Lack of raw performance
If you are looking for a laptop just for the looks, then you are into the wrong taste. This VivoBook S14 has a mixed feeling to it. Looking at the price, the specification looks out of the world, while the overall build quality seems to be on par. The S14 has no trouble at all taking on the daily workloads. The device doesn’t have any hiccups at all loading your favorite browser, surfing through the internet is like knife cutting through butter.
The SSD has been doing great booting the device. The display has great display and comes with anti-glare technology. The laptop runs cool most of the time, the fan can only be heard when the hardware struggles through the high-end requirements. The palmrest also stays relatively cool. Audio quality isn’t too shabby either, stereo speakers are placed on the bottom and have warm sonic signature, but it doesn’t have enough bass to it.
The problem starts when you require the laptop to do things more than just surfing through the web and performing simple tasks. Performing the intensive tasks like rendering videos, playing high-end games etc. It’s like it isn’t built for such intensive tasks. The battery life too disappoints you when doing such intensive task. The general battery backup time is around 7 hours with general web surfing and light works. But the intensive tasks would bring it down to 3-4 hours.
The device is not perfect and it isn’t made that way either. It is built to decrease the gap between the price and the specifications provided by high-end manufacturers. The battery life could have been great but the fast charging ensures the frequent usage of the devices.