25/06/2021

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

The new £699 (inc. VAT)/$699.ninety nine Asus VivoBook S 14 is a solidly crafted 14-inch Windows 10 notebook running on a tenth era Intel Main processor. And if you’re hunting for some thing a bit a lot more hanging than typical, it can be out there with a green or crimson lid in addition to black and white. That mentioned, I could only uncover it on-line in the British isles with the identical black lid I was sent for evaluate.

The steel chassis gives great defense for the innards. I was equipped to bow the lid in my palms a tiny, but overall this is a resilient system. You will have to have 1.4kg (three.08lbs) close to in your backpack or bag, although, and this notebook will occupy a house 32.49cm broad by 21.35cm deep by 1.59cm thick (12.79in. x eight.4in. x .62in.). The foundation has ‘diamond cut’ edges to the upper of a few sides, which even when the lid is shut adds visible fascination.

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


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In situation you can not uncover the Enter important, it can be prominently highlighted.


Impression: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

When you open the lid the eye is drawn to the Enter important, which has been offered a marker-pen yellow surround. It actually does seem odd. The keyboard itself is cozy to use, and specific keys are massive and springy. Having said that, there’s a good deal of flex — plenty of for even a gentle-fingered typist like me to observe. This is actually the only create concern of notice, and it can be a bit of a disappointment.

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Faucet the icon in the top rated proper of the touchpad, and an embedded calculator appears.


Impression: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

The trackpad has a actually nice come to feel to it, and is responsive. Asus gives next screens in the touchpad on some of its ZenBook laptops (the ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD and ZenBook 14 UX434FL for illustration), but the trickery is a lot more muted in the VivoBook range. You will find a compact icon in the top rated proper corner of the touchpad that, when tapped, brings up an embedded calculator that allows you to do some standard maths. I fairly like this idea — it can be effective, easy, and doesn’t appear to be in excess of-specified. If my notebook had this feature I am certain I might use it. There is an solution with no calculator and a fingerprint reader top rated proper of the touchpad alternatively.

The 14-inch display screen is what Asus calls ‘frameless NanoEdge’, though in reality there’s a bit a lot more bezel here than on some other products, and ‘frameless’ is a bit of a extend. Asus doesn’t give us bezel dimensions but I measured the shorter edge bezels at 7mm and the top rated edge at 11mm (plenty of area for the webcam, though it does lack a sliding privateness deal with). The recess of the display screen would make it seem a tiny old-fashioned, and it can be not contact sensitive. Still, it has terrific viewing angles, is quite brilliant, and the matte finish will charm to individuals who do not like staring at their very own reflection.

The Intel Main i5-10210U processor in the £699/$699 iteration of this notebook has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. You also get a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Individual and 1TB of cloud storage. There is also a Main i7-10510U variant, and options 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 plenty of ports and connectors on board. On the proper edge are two USB two. ports and a MicroSD card slot, when the still left edge properties the round-pin electrical power jack, a complete-size HDMI port, a USB three.two port and a USB-C port as very well as a three.5mm audio jack. It really is nice to see Wi-Fi six rounding out the connectivity alternatives. 

SEE: Microsoft 365: A cheat sheet (absolutely free PDF)

Battery lifetime is quite great. I put in one four-hour session crafting into a world wide web application when streaming audio about fifty percent the time and executing some world wide web browsing, throughout which time the battery went from a hundred percent to fifty five percent. All-working day battery lifetime may be achievable with likewise undemanding workloads.

The Asus VivoBook S14 S443FA is a resilient and effective Windows 10 Professional notebook with a nifty feature in the touchpad-embedded calculator. All-working day battery lifetime is one more plus level, but beware the flexy keyboard.

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