ASUS S400CA 14-inch Touchscreen VivoBook (4GB RAM, 500GB HDD)
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The Asus VivoBook expands all aspects of customer happiness and Windows 8 experiences on frameless touch panels, making the most of the new operating system.
Asus designers have giuven the VivoBook a distinct look showcasing the flair and fun of Windows 8, while highlighting chic portability. Textured metal-treated surfaces, and an ergonomic edge design stand out, matching the dynamic nature of new high-mobility intuitive computing. Being ultra-light and extra-slim, VivoBook excels at making getting around easy.
The Asus VivoBook features exclusive SonicMaster technology with Waves MaxxAudio 3 for more powerful sound and richer bass, through speakers and chambers that have been designed for bigger 14/15 inch notebooks. It provides the best audio experience in its class, far outshining the competition.
The VivoBook is Larger, accurate, and greatly more intuitive with a wider range of gestures detected for true touch fidelity on touchpads. For quick delay-free resume from sleep or hibernate, 2-second instant on (with upto 15 days standby time) has you back into Windows 8 with seamless spontaneity.
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I'd have given this a 5-star rating but for the LED screen. In normal internal use this is bright and not at-all washed out as some reviews have suggested. Response is excellent with no discernable ghosting when watching video and blacks a fairly dense. However, this is NOT an IPS screen so viewing angles are limited and take it outside and the combination of the screen tech and the glossy finish make it less than perfect. I mention this because some need to use these outside but given I mostly use this in my office or home this is not an issue for me. Battery life is more than acceptable with somewhere around 6-hours on mixed use - much like any ultrabook. Whilst ultimately I will buy a dockable tablet when prices are sensible, this is an excellent stop-gap. Recommended!
A key thing for me is the heat generated, after all a laptop should be usable in your lap. It's been on for over 4 hours and the base of the machine is barely warm.
My only gripe is the keyboard, not the use of it. It has the best response and feel of any laptop I have used and I've used a lot of them. The problem is that while there is space for a proper numeric keypad it doesn't have one.
Now even though this a separate issue I would like to say something about windows 8. What the hell, have Microsoft finally got it right? It's so easy to use. I have have an android tablet and boy is the OS rubbish, but Win8 is a doddle, it's intuitive and whats more I've loaded old Vista software and it works without having spend hours fiddling with settings, compatibility modes etc. Next to try is installing some old XP software I have
All in all an excellent package that I can thoroughly recommend
I initially had some issues with the touch pad which is very sensitive but you get used to it and I have downloaded gesture controls which allows you to do a lot more with the touch pad. The keyboard on the whole good, although the keys are shallow I would like them to be a bit deeper but that is my only one issue with the keyboard. The start up is also quick. my main issue is with the display, it is not a good as a expected and is a bit washed out, I have set it and dark as possible but its still lacking, which is a shame considering all the good things. I use the device for work on the whole and find it is great, and also very portable, sleek and looks great. My colleague asked me which type of Air book it was! it does look good and much more expensive then the £500.00 price tag. On the whole excellent value for money. You can pay a lot more and get something really similar but why can you save the money! anyone looking for a light compact laptop you should seriously consider this device.
Note, the processor is a dual core i7 (bottom of the range i7) but it scores only .6 behind a £900 Lenovo quad core i7 laptop. :)
-ve points: Pointless touch screen, small hdd 500gb (partioned into C and D Why???.), no CD/DVD drive.
+ve points: very light,, good battery life, remains cool to touch even after 8 hours of constant use, good keyboard, build quality ( much better than dell), usb3 port on right hand side,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Using the i3 core processor I found this laptop INCAPABLE of running windows 10 to an adequate standard, running LINUX mint however everything is fine. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J.D.Salinger
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I would like to say I am extremely disappointed that my order has been cancelled without any notice or even an apology. This wont go unheard about, thanks Asus....Published 10 months ago by isaac sedgwick
Purchased just a few days ago as a "Refurbished" Laptop from "mydigitaltech.com for £199.99. The unit is as good as new with absolutely no marks or defects whatsoever. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jan
Good but the mouse pad and buttons are awful. Also the Asus mouse pad software always defaults the settings by itself.Published 16 months ago by Jaspal Gahunia
Use this every day and it's a great laptop, I've upgraded it to 8GB and have insalled an SSD, it really really flies with these mods.Published 18 months ago by DC