Asus VivoBook S14 S433FA, hands on: Stylish and affordable, with all-day battery life Review

The new £699 (inc. VAT)/$699.99 Asus VivoBook S 14 is a solidly created 14-inch Windows ten laptop running on a tenth era Intel Main processor. And if you happen to be hunting for a little something a little bit additional hanging than usual, it’s out there with a green or pink lid in addition to black and white. That claimed, I could only find it on the internet in the British isles with the exact same black lid I was sent for review.

The metal chassis presents very good protection for the innards. I was able to bow the lid in my fingers a very little, but all round this is a resilient device. You are going to have to carry 1.4kg (3.08lbs) close to in your backpack or bag, even though, and this laptop will occupy a space 32.49cm wide by 21.35cm deep by 1.59cm thick (twelve.79in. x 8.4in. x .62in.). The foundation has ‘diamond cut’ edges to the upper of three sides, which even when the lid is shut adds visible interest.

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The 14-inch Asus VivoBook S14 S433FA runs on tenth-era Main i5 or i7 processors with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. Lid colors are out there in white, pink, green and black.


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In scenario you are unable to find the Enter key, it’s prominently highlighted.


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When you open up the lid the eye is drawn to the Enter key, which has been presented a marker-pen yellow surround. It truly does look odd. The keyboard itself is comfortable to use, and personal keys are significant and springy. Nevertheless, there’s a good deal of flex — more than enough for even a light-fingered typist like me to discover. This is truly the only develop challenge of take note, and it’s a little bit of a disappointment.

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Tap the icon in the leading right of the touchpad, and an embedded calculator appears.


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The trackpad has a truly awesome really feel to it, and is responsive. Asus presents second screens in the touchpad on some of its ZenBook laptops (the ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD and ZenBook 14 UX434FL for case in point), but the trickery is additional muted in the VivoBook vary. You will find a compact icon in the leading right corner of the touchpad that, when tapped, delivers up an embedded calculator that makes it possible for you to do some essential maths. I relatively like this idea — it’s successful, very simple, and would not seem to be more than-specified. If my laptop experienced this feature I am positive I would use it. There is an selection with no calculator and a fingerprint reader leading right of the touchpad rather.

The 14-inch monitor is what Asus calls ‘frameless NanoEdge’, although in actuality there’s a little bit additional bezel below than on some other versions, and ‘frameless’ is a little bit of a extend. Asus would not give us bezel proportions but I calculated the short edge bezels at 7mm and the leading edge at 11mm (a good deal of room for the webcam, although it does deficiency a sliding privateness protect). The recess of the monitor can make it look a very little old-fashioned, and it’s not touch sensitive. Even now, it has good viewing angles, is very shiny, and the matte end will enchantment to all those who never like staring at their individual reflection.

The Intel Main i5-10210U processor in the £699/$699 iteration of this laptop has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. You also get a twelve-month membership to Microsoft 365 Particular and 1TB of cloud storage. There is also a Main i7-10510U variant, and alternatives for up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of on-board storage, but none of these are out there in the British isles.

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There are a good deal of ports and connectors on board. On the right edge are two USB 2. ports and a MicroSD card slot, while the remaining edge homes the spherical-pin electric power jack, a comprehensive-measurement HDMI port, a USB 3.2 port and a USB-C port as effectively as a 3.5mm audio jack. It’s awesome to see Wi-Fi six rounding out the connectivity alternatives. 

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Battery life is pretty very good. I expended 1 4-hour session crafting into a net app while streaming songs about half the time and undertaking some net browsing, in the course of which time the battery went from 100 % to fifty five %. All-working day battery life may well be achievable with likewise undemanding workloads.

The Asus VivoBook S14 S443FA is a resilient and successful Windows ten Pro laptop with a nifty feature in the touchpad-embedded calculator. All-working day battery life is another as well as stage, but beware the flexy keyboard.

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