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Much better than the price suggests,
This review is from: ASUS VivoBook S400CA 14-inch Touchscreen Laptop - Silver (Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, BT, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8) (Personal Computers)
Firstly, I'm a fan of Win8 but having run the pre-release and consumer preview on a non-touch laptop, I realised it's limitations on non-touch hardware. So I've been waiting for Win8 (not Win-RT) tablets/keyboard convertables (I need the keyboard for work) to appear since Win8's launch. Availability has been shockingly poor up to now and what's out there is stupidly expensive when compared to other OS or form-factor offerings. Then comes along Asus and their VivoBook range. Whilst I wasn't looking for an Ultrabook format, the price and spec of this range just can't be ignored. So I took the plunge and ordered the i5 (Ivybridge) version. At a little over £500 for an i5, ultrabook style AND touch screen (you need to pay almost a grand for this type of spec on a convertable), my expectation were quite low as to quality of materials. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. The VivoBook uses a combination of aluminium and quality plastic to deliver a very pleasant, quality feel. Performance is excellent - Win8 is silky smooth - and the capacitive touch-screen very responsive and at 14" gives a very nice viewable landscape on Win8. This just works!
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!
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2013, 08:37:45 GMT
Hi pls can you tell me if it has Bluetooth?
Posted on 9 Oct 2013, 00:50:47 BST
Hi, is Windows 8 as annoying as they say?
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2013, 07:47:40 BST
Win8 REALLY needs a touch PC. Of course, people don't like change and Win8 is very different to Win7 so that'll always cause negative comments. Add to that, as I have said, it REALLY need touch then it's a recipe for a bunch of unhappy punters who've installed or purchased Win8 on a non-touch PC.
I find Win8 to be quite intuitive with touch so the Asus lends itself to Win8 working well. I also have a Samsung tablet on which I've installed the Win8.1 preview. Win8.1 is what Win8 shuld have been from launch. It's really a delight to use... faster, more reliable, more intuitive. Just better in every way! Win8.1 is available for free download from the 18th October, so if you get a PC now, you'll be able to download and install for free from then. I guess it'll take a few months for it to work it's way onto all new PC's and Tablets. I guess, in summary, my personal opinion is that Win8(.1) is overall a step in the right direction for MS.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2014, 12:15:37 BST
Amazon Customer says:
Actually, WIN 8 (or 8.1 in my case) doesn't require a touchscreen. You can use it like a win 7 machine. I run it on a 5 year old netbook.
Thanks for the review.
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