Asus came up with the perfect solution for those who want a great everyday notebook at their disposal but don’t have that large budget at the same time. VivoBook Slim S410UA-BV134T, a 13-inch notebook that is powerful enough to get your everyday jobs done pretty comfortably. Let’s review it then.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.6 GHz
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics
- Memory – 8 GB
- Screen – 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768)
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It houses an 8th gen Core i5 processor along with 8 GB of RAM. The 256 GB SSD though is not the fastest but it would certainly help make the machine act faster. While it isn’t the most powerful laptop in the world it would be enough for your everyday jobs. And if you are a fan of killing time at the not-so-long flights then you can stay assured that it’s capable of handling a certain bit of intense tasks like this as well. Light and low demanding titles like Bioshock or Dota are pretty much playable at Low (or even Medium) settings.
- Portability – Asus did a really good job at making it as small as possible by putting in a 14-inch display in a 13-inch body. At 1.43 kg, it weighs pretty low making it great for taking it up and putting in your backpack.
- Price – Now one reason behind the relatively low specced design is the rock bottom price. It’s supposed to be a cheaper and more affordable version of the Dell XPS or HP Spectre notebooks. And priced at £800, it certainly is.
- Display – The 14 inch HD display is at most average. The relatively low resolutioned HD display really sticks out like a sore thumb while watching movies. The brightness or colour coverage of the panel is merely passable as well making it not suitable for multimedia tasks.
- Battery – The 42 Wh battery is unable to make it last for the promised 10 hours. It hardly stays up for 5 hours while doing moderate to heavy web browsing. That time might go up as far as 6 to 6 and half hours. But that still falls short in comparison to the category average of 8 hours or more.
- Noise – While the fan is relatively quieter in VivoBook S410UA it always stays running for some strange reason. As a result, it might be really bothersome for some.
It’s a good (but not quite great), cheaper alternative to the much pricier options like XPS, Spectre or even Zenbook. The only part where it lags slightly is the disappointing display and the slightly lacklustre battery backup. Other than those it’s a fine everyday notebook for your college or office works.