Summary: Like its bigger screen sibling, the more affordable S400CA walks the same path of very good build quality and fairly good performance. The touchscreen has added a bit of bulk to the entire package, which does take away from the actual ultrabook experience. But, it is still lighter than a notebook!
Pros: Nicely built, Premium finish, Impressive performance, Good battery life, Touchscreen is an additional feature
Cons: Touchscreen adds bulk, Display loses out on contrast at high brightness, Lacks dedicated graphics
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.