The notebook for everyday use.
We reviewed the VivoBook S430 earlier this year and we praised its great design and performance. Fast forward a couple of months later and today we’re reviewing the new VivoBook S14 S431F.
The S431F maintains the same color schemes that we loved in the past VivoBooks. The modern colors make it an ideal choice for school or even for work if you want to stand out. The exterior of the notebook plastic, but the matte finish gives it a certain premium feeling. You’ll find most of the connectivity options on the side that includes HDMI, USB 2.0/3.0. USB-C, 3.5 mm jack and an SD card reader.
There’s a backlit keyboard that’s comfortable to type on, there’s also Harman Kardon down-firing speakers along with a standard-sized trackpad. One of the things we loved about the previous VivoBook is the inclusion of a fingerprint reader on the top right corner of the trackpad. Unfortunately, the fingerprint reader is now gone – it’s a biometric function I prefer using on the S431F. In place of the fingerprint sensor is an IR camera, which allows you to log in to Windows 10 using your face.
The notebook has a 14-inch LED-backlit display that comes with a full HD resolution – while we would’ve wanted a higher resolution screen, the near bezel-less design, and great viewing angles make up for it. It still has ErgoLift, the hinge that enables the S431F to tilt the keyboard slightly when you open up the screen.
Powering the S431F is an Intel Core i7-8565U processor with 16 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics chip. Performance is fairly good on everyday usage, but don’t expect games to run properly on this. That being said, it managed to handle my everyday tasks without any hiccups, which included checking emails and doing some minor image editing along with the occasional YouTube viewing.
We got around 4 and a half hours of usages from the S431F on a typical workday, respectable in our opinion. You can always plug it in while your battery runs out, and good thing Asus included a small and compact power brick to go with the S431F.
Overall, the Asus VivoBook S14 S431F (prices start at 3,999 AED) does what it promised: an all-around notebook capable of handling your daily tasks – too bad they took out the fingerprint reader.
– Excellent build quality
– Great keyboard
– Decent overall performance
– No fingerprint reader
Final Rating: 4/5