Asus VivoBook S451LA Review: Buy it if you must


The Asus VivoBook S451LA is a midsize fancy looking machine that offers an 11 second boot time, and only sets you back about $650.  That’s about Rs. 40,000 for this 14 inch touchscreen laptop. Let’s take a geekier look at this.

Hardware Specifications

As mentioned before it has a 14 inch screen, and a resolution of 1366 x 768. It also has a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor, which can be upgraded to a Core i7-4500U processor. This Vivobook has 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, and a 32MB Intel HD 4400 Graphics card. It has a 500Gb 5400 RPM hard drive. However it does not come with an optical disk drive. The machine runs on a 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS, and is 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. It also comes with an HDMI port, stereo speakers, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader.

Design and Looks

The makers have used a brushed metal look on the VivoBook S451LA, and yes they have pulled off the rich look again. The S451LA is merely 0.97 inches thick, which gives it a deceptively light appearance, however weighs just over 2 kilograms. This suave machine might have a nice glossy touchpad, and a smooth looking body, but lacks when it comes to the screen. Its 1366 x 768 resolution does not offer a variety of viewing angles, which is a setback for users like me, since I just can’t sit still.

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Asus really should have thought of putting an illuminated keyboard, as I have a tendency to work in the dark. The limited viewing angles of the screen make it even harder to work, as I had to find a fine balance between viewing the keyboard, and viewing the screen. The makers could have spent some more time on the speakers as they had a slightly echoing sound.

Performance, and Battery

The combination of Core i5-4200U processor and the Windows 8.1 is tremendously good enough to manage the position of VivoBook series. While it lags behind competitors on every single one during the test. However, I didnt have too much trouble with day-to-day usage.

As the machine reliance on the Intel’s integrated graphics that means this system is not for the gaming. However, you have plenty of games on the Windows 8 store and around the Web thatll chug along just fine on this hardware.

As far as battery life is concerned, the company promise to last about 5 hours on a single charge and I have used it for more than 6 hours in watching video in average brightness.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, Asus did manage to please its valued customers by offering 3GB of cloud storage on Asus’s Web Storage systems. The Asus VivoBook S451 is fine looking touchscreen laptop, but seems to have compromised a bit too much whilst focusing on the looks. Apart from that, my final words would be: Buy it if you must.

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