ASUS VivoBook S400CA preview

ASUS has been releasing some pretty interesting Windows 8 products as of late. Hardware.Info 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.

The VivoBook comes with a Core i3, a Core i5, or a Core i7. It has a pretty deluxe finish like the X202E/S200E. The bottom is constructed in plastic, but the cover around the keyboard is aluminium. The high-end look continues with the large touchpad and the screen which has 10 touch points. The display is a TN panel with 1,366 x 768 resolution. For the entry-level model that's fine, but for the more powerful configurations a better resolution and panel would be preferable

The different versions of the S400CA are very similar in terms of specifications, the only different component is the processor. They all come with 4 GB of onboard RAM and a DIMM slot. The prototype we saw had a module in that slot that was equipped with an extra cover, likely because it sits so close to the bottom. It's something to keep in mind if you want to add memory.

The storage is the same in all versions, in the shape of a 5400 rpm Seagate hard disk and a 24 GB Sandisk U100 startup SSD on a special module. That means you're not able to replace it by a larger SSD, but you should be able to put a different 2.5-inch hard disk in there. Again ASUS did not invest a lot in the wireless department. It's odd, since this is the type of laptop that you want to use wirelessly. Nevertheless, the wireless chip is a single-band 2.4 GHz 150 Mbit chip from Atheros, which also has Bluetooth 4.0. Connectors consist of gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0 port and a card reader. You can connect monitors via HDMI and VGA. The 14-inch laptop weighs 1.85 kg.

The rest of this review you can read on Hardware.Info.