The Asus Vivobook S 14: Affordable OLED and Unexpected Power

Finding the right laptop can be a challenge, especially with the constant influx of new models and fluctuating prices. While the general advice for 2024 has been to stick with slightly older models for cost savings, the Asus Vivobook S 14 presents a compelling case for considering a 2024 release. 

Coming to you from Matthew Moniz, this informative video review explores the Vivobook S 14, highlighting its unique value proposition. Moniz emphasizes the surprising inclusion of a Core Ultra 9 processor, typically found in laptops starting at $1,100, in a device priced at just $849. He discusses performance benchmarks, demonstrating that while sustained workloads see performance similar to a Core Ultra 7, the Vivobook S 14 excels in short bursts, offering a noticeable advantage.

Beyond the processor, Moniz praises the laptop's 1,920x1,200 OLED display, noting its vibrant colors and sharp text, making it ideal for content consumption and design work. He also covers additional features like the 180° hinge, 1080p webcam, and ample port selection, including Thunderbolt 4 and USB-A. While the keyboard receives positive marks for its layout and key size, Moniz expresses a preference for white backlighting over the implemented blue, which can hinder visibility on the black keys. He also points out a minor issue with the trackpad sticker placement. 

The review concludes with a look at battery life, exceeding 14 hours in PCMark's Modern Office test, and internal components. Moniz notes that while the Core Ultra 9 processor runs slightly hot, it remains within acceptable limits. Overall, the Vivobook S 14 looks like a well-rounded laptop offering a premium OLED display, impressive performance capabilities, and a sturdy metal chassis at a competitive price point. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Moniz.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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