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

Nancy J. Delong

The new £699 (inc. VAT)/$699.99 Asus VivoBook S fourteen is a solidly crafted fourteen-inch Home windows 10 notebook operating on a 10th technology Intel Core processor. And if you might be on the lookout for a thing a bit far more hanging than common, it’s out there with a eco-friendly or purple lid in addition to black and white. That reported, I could only obtain it online in the Uk with the same black lid I was despatched for review.

The metallic chassis provides good protection for the innards. I was ready to bow the lid in my hands a tiny, but overall this is a durable system. You’ll have to have one.4kg (3.08lbs) around in your backpack or bag, though, and this notebook will occupy a room 32.49cm large by 21.35cm deep by one.59cm thick (12.79in. x eight.4in. x .62in.). The base has ‘diamond cut’ edges to the upper of 3 sides, which even when the lid is shut provides visual desire.


The fourteen-inch Asus VivoBook S14 S433FA operates on 10th-technology Core i5 or i7 processors with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. Lid colours are out there in white, purple, eco-friendly and black.

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In case you can not obtain the Enter important, it’s prominently highlighted.

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When you open the lid the eye is drawn to the Enter important, which has been specified a marker-pen yellow surround. It actually does look odd. The keyboard alone is at ease to use, and unique keys are large and springy. On the other hand, there is certainly a whole lot of flex — adequate for even a light-fingered typist like me to see. This is actually the only build difficulty of be aware, and it’s a bit of a disappointment.


Tap the icon in the top rated suitable of the touchpad, and an embedded calculator appears.

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The trackpad has a actually awesome really feel to it, and is responsive. Asus provides 2nd screens in the touchpad on some of its ZenBook laptops (the ZenBook Flip fifteen UX563FD and ZenBook fourteen UX434FL for illustration), but the trickery is far more muted in the VivoBook vary. You will find a little icon in the top rated suitable corner of the touchpad that, when tapped, brings up an embedded calculator that enables you to do some standard maths. I relatively like this idea — it’s effective, very simple, and would not seem above-specified. If my notebook had this characteristic I am guaranteed I might use it. There is an selection with no calculator and a fingerprint reader top rated suitable of the touchpad instead.

The fourteen-inch monitor is what Asus phone calls ‘frameless NanoEdge’, whilst in simple fact there is certainly a bit far more bezel right here than on some other versions, and ‘frameless’ is a bit of a stretch. Asus would not give us bezel dimensions but I measured the shorter edge bezels at 7mm and the top rated edge at 11mm (lots of place for the webcam, whilst it does deficiency a sliding privacy cover). The recess of the monitor will make it look a tiny previous-fashioned, and it’s not touch sensitive. Still, it has excellent viewing angles, is pretty dazzling, and the matte end will charm to these who really don’t like staring at their personal reflection.

The Intel Core 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 membership to Microsoft 365 Private and 1TB of cloud storage. There is also a Core 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 Uk.

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There are lots of ports and connectors on board. On the suitable edge are two USB 2. ports and a MicroSD card slot, although the still left edge houses the round-pin energy jack, a comprehensive-measurement HDMI port, a USB 3.2 port and a USB-C port as perfectly as a 3.5mm audio jack. It is really awesome to see Wi-Fi six rounding out the connectivity decisions. 

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Battery lifetime is really good. I spent one particular four-hour session creating into a world wide web app although streaming songs about 50 % the time and accomplishing some world wide web searching, all through which time the battery went from 100 percent to 55 percent. All-working day battery lifetime could possibly be achievable with in the same way undemanding workloads.

The Asus VivoBook S14 S443FA is a durable and effective Home windows 10 Professional notebook with a nifty characteristic in the touchpad-embedded calculator. All-working day battery lifetime is an additional plus point, but beware the flexy keyboard.

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