The Asus VivoBook series is meant to appeal to consumers who want a laptop that looks a tad more…unconventional, and that’s exactly what the new VivoBook S14 and S15 promise. With over five different colours to choose from, these two laptops are ideal for those who want a productivity laptop with a bit of flair.
Out of the two laptops, the VivoBook S14 is the better equipped machine for our market. It come with a 14-inch 1080p display with a matte finish, an Intel Core i7-8565U processor paired with 8GB of RAM, Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, as well as 512GB of fast PCIe SSD storage.
For a productivity laptop, it’s important for it to be lightweight and thin enough to be carried around effortlessly, and the VivoBook S14 excels in these two areas. Measuring only 18mm thin, it’s definitely slim enough to slip into most backpacks. On top of that, tipping the scales at only 1.4kg, you wouldn’t really feel the weight of the laptop in your bag either.
As for the VivoBook S15, it’s for those who want a bigger laptop. It has the same design as the S14, but it comes with a larger 15.6-inch 1080p display, as well as an Nvidia GeForce MX250 dedicated GPU. Unfortunately, it only comes with a Core i5-8265U processor paired with 4GB of RAM. Thankfully, the 512GB PCIe SSD and 18mm thin chassis are retained, though it is naturally heavier at 1.8kg.
What makes the VivoBook S15 particularly unique is the fact that it’s available in five distinct colours: Moss Green (we kid you not), Cobalt Blue, Punk Pink, Gun Metal, and Transparent Silver. Out of the five colours, the Moss Green is arguably the most unique model; it’s a darker, almost jade-like shade of green.
Unfortunately, the VivoBook S14 is only available in Gun Metal and Transparent Silver for our market; the other three colour options are exclusive to the bigger S15 model.
I’ve managed to spend a brief time with the VivoBook S15, and it’s a reasonably good productivity laptop. Its keyboard is decent with just enough key travel to not feel shallow, the slim bezels surrounding the display make for a sleek-looking laptop, and I really quite like the colour options.
That being said, there are a couple of things I don’t quite like about the VivoBook S15. While it is mostly made out of metal, Asus decided to use plastic for the bottom chassis, which detract from the laptop’s otherwise solid (almost premium, in fact) build quality.
The Asus VivoBook S15 can now be purchased in Malaysia for RM3,199, while the VivoBook S14 is expected to arrive here by the end of this month. Given its faster processor and bigger RAM capacity, it also costs slightly more at RM3,899.