While ASUS was also one of the headlines breaker from CES 2013 show floor, the company couldn’t bring its Windows 8-running VivoBook S400 Ultrabook up to show off. But since the Ultrabook is already up for grabs through various retailers such as Amazon.com and the Microsoft Store, we couldn’t wait to invest for this ASUS’s latest addition to see what all the fuss is about with this mid-tier device; as undoubtedly the company’s S series of Notebook has been packing pretty nice feature and specs, we heard. Head down for a quick specs run down.
ASUS VivoBook S400 features and specs:
- 1.8GHz Intel Core i3 dual-core CPU
- Windows 8 64-bit OS
- 4GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 8GB)
- 500GB SATA hard drive
- 3-cell battery (provides 4-6 hours worth of power)
- HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, SD reader and WiFi
- HDMI, 2x USB 2, 1x USB 3, VGA, LAN ports
For our $700 (£500) bucks, not only we got latest generation of Intel chip but also overall improvements alongside a big touch screen and other bits and bobs, when compared to the its S200 sibling.
At 1.8Kg and 21mm thick, the unit is easy and light to hold and carry. The screen is what that might lure the customers, as with a 16:9 ratio on a 14 inch TFT display with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution is pretty good; it is no 1080p, but it’s an usable resolution on a Win8 touchscreen UI-supported LED-backlit LCD panel nonetheless. Furthermore, with an offering of aluminum-plastic build with a hairline finish for the lid – it looks every bit a star.
What’s surprising about the ASUS VivoBook S400 is just how quiet and cool it runs Microsoft’s Windows 8 64-bit operating system on the i3 chip and we can’t see the requirement for more horsepower unless you’re into video processing and advanced gaming.
The result is a comfortable palm rest and a pleasant experience when using the notebook on the lap. Meanwhile, the keyboard is a joy to use and we’ve encountered no issue using it on a daily basis, apart from sometimes a key stroke may not be registered correctly (which may well be limited to the unit we received).
Audio is actually pretty good — thanks to ASUS’s pair of SonicMaster (www.sonicmaster.asus.com) speakers under the unit’s belly — providing some decent levels of bass and rich audio, the sound quality surpasses the MacBook we used for comparison by a clear mile, especially with the subtle surround effects.
Talking about battery life, despite other reviewers slammed the device for only providing 3 hours worth of power, we Techsnapr team managed get through 6 hours on a single charge — well it depends on what you’re doing with the unit so far.
The S400 might not be a perfect device around, but if you’ve been pondering to snap up a slightly cheaper Windows 8-powered Ultrabook/Notebook with a touchscreen we will suggest you this one, of course. Do you own this beast or planning to grab one lately? What do you guys think of this? Lets sounds off in comments area below.