ASUS VivoBook S400CA review: 14-inch touch notebook
20 February 2013
Excerpt: ASUS has been releasing some pretty interesting Windows 8 products as of late. We've already reviewed the affordable ASUS VivoBook X202E/S200E, the ASUS Vivo Tab RT and the Vivo Tab Smart. Today we will take a closer look at the VivoBook S400CACA, a 14-inch notebook with touch that's available in a number of different configurations.
Conclusion: The first impression is positive: The case looks elegant and is able to score points with its metallic surfaces . The manufacturing quality is also good at this price, and only a few areas leave some room for improvement in terms of the stability. On top of this there is also the light weight of the device and the compact dimensions . The connectivity features are not overly extensive, but nevertheless fit for purpose .
Pros: Good manufacturing quality, Elegant design, Large touchpad, Touchscreen, Low system noise, Good speakers, The touchscreen combined with Windows 8.
Cons: Only one USB 3.0 port, Reflective display with low brightness, Difficult to upgrade
Summary: The $699 ASUS VivoBook S400CA-UH51 represents a pretty solid value for students, mainstream users and those who have been waiting to pull the trigger on their first Windows 8 machine. This is the lightest and thinnest Ultrabook we've seen that has a 14-inch touch screen. However, while five hours of battery life isn't terrible, other Windows 8 touch screen notebooks last longer on a charge. We also wish the keyboard had a firmer feel.
Pros: Affordable for a touch screen laptop, Speedy boot time, Lightweight and sleek aluminum design
Summary: This model is very much about the Windows 8 experience. It looks good, the touchscreen works superbly, and the laptop is itself light and nimble. As an overall system, the Asus is a model you'll want to come back to.
Excerpt: Windows 8 has given rise to an unexpected breed of computing devices that had probably never been envisaged when the new OS was being designed. While it should have been meant for tablets, we are seeing an increasing number of laptops with touchscreens cropping up and some of them are Ultrabooks.
Pros: Good performance; Large responsive touchscreen; Ergonomic keyboard.
Cons: Poor display quality; Battery backup could have been better; Pricey.