Review: Asus VivoBook S14 (S431F)

Asus’ new VivoBook S14 is a laptop that is targeted at users who prefer thin and light-weight devices that can be carried around effortlessly. It is a laptop made for everyday computing that is powerful in performance, but at the same time does not burn a hole in your pocket.

In terms of design, the VivoBook S14 flaunts a minimalist design. Clad in an all-grey plastic shell the overall build quality seems pretty good. The lid of the S14 extends a little bit beyond the base – called “ergolift”, this feature raises the base when the laptop is open. It’s an interesting design because now, the base gets better air flow for cooling things down.

You will find all the ports on the right and left edges of the laptop. On the left edge, you get the power port, an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, and a USB Type-C port alongside the battery and power indicators LEDs. On the right edge, you get the memory card slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, and another USB port.

At the back of the laptop and the bottom, you get the exhausts for pushing out hot air. You also get Harman Kardon speakers on the device. The bezels on the VivoBook S14 are quite thin, while the IR webcam can be found on top of the display, which also comes with facial recognition capabilities.

In terms of specifications, the S14 is quite filled up to the brim. The laptop is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor running at a clock speed of 1.80GHz, which can overclock to 1.99Ghz when needed. You also get 16GB RAM and 500GB of storage space.

While there is no touchscreen display, it isn’t a biggie. The illuminated chiclet keyboard on this one is quite good and comfortable to type on. The laptop runs on Windows 10 operating system.

For everyday computing, the Asus VivoBook S14 does a really good job, thanks to the Core i7 processor and the 16GB of RAM. Multi-tasking is effortless, too. The laptop was able to handle all the jobs we threw at it including video editing and rendering on DaVinci Resolve 16, gaming on Fortnite and League of Legends, Photoshop edits, and switching between multiple open app windows. Multimedia performance was also very good thanks to the Harman Kardon speakers.

On a single charge, the laptop stayed alive for a little more than 4 hours. The Asus VivoBook S14 is a very capable machine coming in at an affordable price of AED 3,999. It is thin and light, comes in with very good specs, and offers powerful performance. If you are on the market for a capable thin and light laptop to carry around effortlessly, the Asus VivoBook S14 is definitely worth checking out.

Price: AED 3,999

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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