ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 Thin & Light laptop Review

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as of Sep 28 2018 21:33 GMT (Details)

ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 Review

The ASUS VivoBook S410UN-NS74 is without doubt among the most portable 14-Inch laptops in the market today. It weighs an impressive 1.3Kgs and is 18.8mm thick. Best of all, it features a powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics along with a fingerprint sensor and backlit keyboard. All this is powered by a long battery run-time. Find out more about it here – ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 Review.

Pros


  • Thin and light for easy portability
  • Fast boot time thanks to the Core i7 processor and SSD
  • Has a backlit keyboard and fingerprint sensor
  • Sturdy metallic exterior
  • Very lightweight for its category
  • Impressive FHD antiglare IPS display
  • Has a premium look to it
  • Affordably priced
  • Good sound quality

Cons


  • Notable flex on the frame and keyboard

Verdict


For mid-range laptops, the ASUS VivoBook S410UN-NS74 comes very well equipped for productivity. It goes without saying that a lot went into its design to make it portable yet powerful enough to be a daily driver. It makes an excellent choice for anyone constantly on the move and needs an attractive, reliable and cost-effective daily driver.

ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 Specs


Processor7th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U | Quad-core | 1.8 – 4.0 GHz
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM
Internal Storage256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD
Display14-Inch | Resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels (FHD) | 45% NTSC | IPS | Anti-glare | LED-Backlit
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics 2GB VRAM
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2 | Integrated 802.11ac
Interface
  • 1 x COMBO audio jack
  • 1 x Type C USB3.0
  • 1 x Type A USB3.1 (GEN1)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x SD card reader
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Integrated WebcamYes | VGA Web Camera
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
AudioBuilt-in Stereo 2 W Speakers And Microphone
Dimensions326.4 x 225.5 x 18 mm (WxDxH)
Weight3.2 lbs | 1.45 kgs
Battery3 Cells 42 Whrs Battery
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DESIGN AND FEATURES


The ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 is among the best-designed laptops in the market today. That of course when we consider all factors around the external finish, portability, and durability. At first glance, you will likely be persuaded to think that its exterior is made up of aluminum or some other alloy. Heck, even holding it may not get you to change your mind. However, is as far from metallic as it can be.

That goes to tell you how strong and well crafted the chassis is made. Not only, is it attractive, it is strong enough to withstand some good amount of use. However, applying pressure at the top of the machine and on the keyboard dashboard does demonstrate some notable flex. Nonetheless, we don’t think that the degree of this flex is not significant to get your too worried.

Impressively enough, the ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 weighs only 3.2lb and is only 18mm thick. This is significantly lower than what most 14-Inch laptops weigh today. Simply put, you can load it into the sleeve that the package comes with, slip it into your backpack, put it on your back and forget that it even there. (Well, that is subjective… )

Its speakers are located at its bottom, and its two fans just below the palm rest. More on this later. Also, in a bid to cut on weight, the DVD player is excluded. This is nothing out of the ordinary these days in the thin and light category of computers.

Display

On swinging it open, you won’t help but notice how smooth yet strong the hinges feel. You can expect that even when typing heavily, screenplay will not be one of your worries. Once open, you are ushered to a 14-Inch display with a 1920 x 1080p resolution. Worth noting is the thin bezel around the display that Asus advertises as ASUS NanoEdge display. The thin bezel makes it possible to fit a 14-Inch display in much smaller chassis, one that would ordinarily be ideal for a 13-Inch display laptop.

For a laptop featuring an 8th Generation processor and a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card, a cost of less than $800 is very decent. So when we say that it comes with a TN panel display, that ought not spark a riot. TN displays often suffer from poor viewing angles and poor color reproduction. IPS display are what is considered premium in the market today. They address the above-mentioned challenges but cost significantly more. It is interesting to note that while the VivoBook S14 comes with a TN panel, its performance is quite impressive. Color reproduction is quite good (45% NTSC) along with enjoying a 178˚ viewing angle. The secret – an IPS level TN panel, ie. a premium type of TN panel. Further, it comes with an Anti-Glare coating which takes care of glare when working in open sunlight or in a brightly lit room.

Input devices

Worth noting here is that the chiclet keys that adorn the ASUS VivoBook S410UN-NS74 are backlit. One can also adjust the backlight brightness by pressing the Fn key and arrow keys (up and down). In addition to that, the keys offer good tactile feedback and have a 1.4mm travel which facilitates a smooth typing experience.

The touchpad, on the other hand, is centrally located, for comfort and accuracy. It offers smooth tracking and multi-finger gesture recognition thanks to the Windows Precision Touchpad (TPT) drivers that it supports. In addition to that, it features the palm rejection technology to isolate and ignore palm swipes when typing.

CONNECTIVITY


It is comforting to see that the ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 did not go against expectation at this point. It does not have an out of this world port selection, but you get an everything you need and would have gotten with another laptop in this category.

Included is an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports for slow peripheral connections, a USB 3.0 port (Type A), a USB 3.1 port (Type C), a full-size SD-Card reader and a headphone/ microphone combo jack.

It also enjoys a robust wireless connectivity via an integrated 802.11ac module, along with a reliable Bluetooth 4.2 connection.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE


What’s the use of a good looking a machine that just doesn’t have the capacity to handle the work you need to do with it? You’d rather keep that money and spend it on something better, probably a new set of shoes, or a weekend out.

Processor

Now, the ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 charts out a good course in this too. Nothing in all of it sounds its thunders like the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor that it comes with. That, plus an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics card, then throw in 8Gb of RAM and ice it with 256GB of internal storage and you have a winner.

Let’s have a close look at the processor. The Intel Core i7-8550U processor is an efficient mobile CPU based on the 14nm Kaby Lake R architecture. It has 4 Physical Cores and 8 threads and has a base clock speed of 1.8Ghz. In addition to that, it has 8Mb of L3 Cache (the more of this you have, the better. And 8Mb is plenty). Some of its special features include HyperThreading, Turbo Boost, and Virtualization. Thanks to the Turbo Boost feature, clock speed can shoot up to 4GHz whenever the system needs the back-up to power through heavy tasks. Learn more about processors here. With this processor, those tasks that made your former computer look like an old hag will receive their deserved beating and shaming. Tasks such as movie streaming, video rendering, video editing, moderate gaming, word processing and spreadsheet work are walkovers.

Graphics

Along with the powerful processor is an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of VRAM. It is an entry-level mobile graphics card for notebooks based on Pascal Architecture. While this is not a gaming laptop, it does manage to handle games quite well. 4GB of VRAM is usually what is considered ideal for gaming at 1080p. We covered that in this article right here. Our unit is thus equipped to handle games at 720p, and other modern and demanding games run at low settings and resolutions. This is the case for games such as Call of Duty WW2 and Assassin’s Creed.

Memory

Moving on to RAM, you can rest assured that 8 GB of RAM is all you will need for most of your tasks in 2018. Read our article on that here. However, if you need to install more RAM, there is an extra RAM slot for that.

Boot up time and the time it takes to open up a program to the point where you can use it takes only a few seconds. This we attribute to the fast 256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD that comes installed in the ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74. We absolutely love it. (Now, of course, a PCLE interface would have been better than an M.2, but at what cost?)

Audio, heat management and battery life

For such a thin laptop, the sound quality is pretty impressive. Volume levels are decently high and sound does not get distorted at high volume peaks. However, considering the downward firing position of the speakers, the position onto which you place your laptop will affect the quality of sound you will receive.

Seldom does the machine heat up, when using it on light and moderately demanding tasks. Thanks to what Asus refer as the Ice Cool technology, the computer is kept cool even when under heavy load. The fans are located right under the palm rest to ensure that it is kept below 35 degrees at all times.

The battery, on the other hand, lasts between 8 and 9 hours depending on use.

CONCLUSION


Satisfying the needs of an ambitious clientele is not that easy, more so when the expectation is that you combine power, efficiency and looks in one package. The ASUS VivoBook S14 S410UN-NS74 does a very good job at that while letting you keep those extra Dollars safe in your wallet. Its powerful 8th Gen. Core i7 processor, dedicated graphics card, solid state drive and good heat and sound management make it a top pick in the 14-Inch category.

If it impressed you like it did us, make sure to add it to your shortlist.

Edwin M

Professionally a Mechanical Engineer and a Tech Nerd at heart, Edwin is above all a passionate hobby guitar player and proud gospel music listener. He writes reviews of gadgets he would love to buy and recommend.