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Detailed analysis of the ASUS VIVOBOOK S14 S406UA

If you are the type of user who is absolutely disgusted by slow boot times and unexpected crashes on a PC, your next laptop should simply have the following minimum configuration: the latest generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD drive. Remember that this is always the minimum. The problem is, there aren’t many laptops that offer all this for less than half a lakh rupees. Earlier this year, we found an HP 15 that made it, and now we’ve dug up another.

The Asus VivoBook S14 S406U was launched in India last October with a hardware update. Among the CPU options are Intel’s eighth-generation Core i5 and i7, with a maximum internal memory capacity of 512 GB. The review device we received is powered by an Intel Core i8th generation processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD drive. According to Asus, this VivoBook S14 configuration is sold. Let’s see how it went in our test.

CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN

In terms of design, the Asus VivoBook S14 is noticeably as robust as a patched Masala Dosa. According to Asus, the top cover of the laptop is made of aluminum alloy, while the bottom cover is made of molded plastic. In reality, both panels, like the wings of a passenger plane, bend at the slightest touch during strong turbulence. While cautious PC users don’t have to worry about this, they certainly have a reason to be disappointed by the laptop’s poor build quality.

While the screen can be opened easily with a single touch of the finger, the panel shows a considerable flex when touched and fastened. The same applies to the base panel. If you try to lift the laptop to the side with one palm on the other palm, the bottom panel will fold like a sheet of cardboard. To make matters worse, the hinge has a noticeable gap, which causes the screen to rotate a little when using the laptop. Although the VivoBook S14 seems to be able to absorb a drop or two in its lifespan, it certainly doesn’t feel too stiff when held and used, which can damage the motherboard structure in the long run. On the plus side, it’s very simple.

In terms of design, the VivoBook S14 is very attractive to look at. The top cover gets a brushed finish, which gives the laptop that much-needed touch of class. The area around the screen is matte black, and the area around the keyboard covers acquires a dotted surface in the basic color of the laptop. The panels on the sides of the display are 8.4 millimeters in size, which is wider than the panels of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S, a similar price. the VivoBook S14 is available in two colors: icicle gold and star grey.

Although the screen was bright enough for indoor use, I needed more NITs in sunny areas such as balconies. According to our test kit, the display handles a brightness of 232.6 nits at maximum setting. I would also like to have a touch screen, but it is too much in demand, given the price. On the positive side, the matte surface of the display ensured that there was no unnecessary glare. In summary, it can be said that the display of the VivoBook S14 is suitable for work and media consumption and is not too objectionable.

The audio quality of the VivoBook S14 is a pleasant surprise. The sound through the two face-down speakers of the thin and light laptop is loud and clear. The laptop’s SonicMaster configuration is ideal for light music and VoIP calls in a quiet conference room. In the review unit, songs like The Weeknd’s Starboy and Armin van Buuren and Sharon’s in and Out of Love noblesse played with respectable volume and clarity in the mids and highs when the laptop was placed on a desk. Surprisingly, motorists managed to reproduce part of the bass on the tracks with a light touch. In short, the audio quality of the VivoBook S14 speakers exceeds that of some more expensive laptops – and that says a lot.

Although it falls into the thin and light category, the VivoBook S14 has several usable connectors. On the left side there is a round power connector, a USB Type A 3.0 connector, a USB Type C 3.1 connector and, oddly enough, a micro HDMI connector. On the right side there is a USB Type A 2.0 connector, a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and a microSD card slot. The VivoBook S14 also has a fingerprint scanner in the upper right corner of the touchpad, which works quickly when connecting. Video on CMOS 720p webcam looks grainy and pixelated.

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