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
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
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.
Summary: The Asus S400E packs an Intel Core i7 processor into a burly metal shell and doesn't charge an arm and a leg for it. Its touchscreen makes it easy to navigate around Windows 8 but it's let down by a poor resolution and unimpressive colours.
Pros: Affordable price; Good performance; Sturdy, portable design.
Cons: Lacklustre display; Unimpressive battery life.