Asus VivoBook laptop is a touch above the rest: Review

May 21, 2013
The unique selling point of the S400 is the 14 inch touch screen that blends in so well with the Windows 8 operating system.

, The first impression you get about the Asus VivoBook is how sleek and stable it looks despite its 1.8kg weight. The S400 notebook has a metallic finish on the top and a smooth velvet feel on the battery-pack side, making it comfortable to use. With an i7 Intel Core processor, the S400 is an upgrade of its predecessor, the core i3 S200 but still in the reasonably affordable range.

The VivoBook S400 has Windows 8 with 500GB HD and 1.9GHZ. In addition, all models arrive bundled with 32GB of ASUS WebStorage space at no charge for three years. But the magic of the S400 is the 14 inch touch screen that blends in so well with the Windows 8 interface. Asus has delivered touch-focused interaction based on high precision and responsive gesture technology, which extends to the large touchpad.

Asus VivoBook

The all-glass screen offers a more elegant appearance. Textured metal-treated surfaces and an ergonomic edge design stand out. The S400 has an uncanny resemblance to the MacBook Pro, only more affordable. With round smooth edges, carrying the Asus S400 around is convenient, stylish and reassuring.

Asus VivoBooks is equipped with the ASUS SonicMaster technology that creates clearer sound and deeper bass.

The VivoBook is extremely fast powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors. It takes 2 seconds from hibernate to resume. The Asus Super Hybrid Engine technology offers up to 15-day standby, with auto data backup should battery charge drop below 5 percent.

For about Sh80,000, the Asus VivoBook is a good buy and can be found in major electronic and computer stores.


Processor                     Intel Core i7-3517U

Intel Core i5-3317U

Intel Core i3-3317U


Operating System         Windows 8

Main memory               2GB/4GB DDR3 1600MHz

Display                         14” 16:9 (1566 x 768) LED backlit

Graphics                       Intel HD Graphics 4000

Storage                        320GB/500GB 5400rpm hard drive

24GB SSD cache

Camera                        HD web camera

Dimensions                   33.9cm x 23.9cm x 2.1cm

Weight                         1.8kg

Color                           Steel Grey


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