ASUS took the wraps off of their newly refreshed ZenBook 13 and VivoBook S14 laptops a few days ago, promising even better performance out of the two product lines than ever before. The ZenBook 13 is the brand’s top-tier performer, offering excellent performance in a package that’s incredibly thin package, while the VivoBook S14 is their mid-range offering that gives professionals and content creators even more ways to express themselves. Here are the top 5 features of both laptops:
Tough, beautiful metal construction
ASUS has been building laptops for a long time, and has pretty much mastered the art of making incredibly handsome laptops as tough as nails. The VivoBook S14 uses plenty of aluminum alloy in its construction, making it incredibly resistant to everyday wear and tear as you take it around with you.
ASUS takes things to the next level durability-wise with the ZenBook 14. Despite being an incredibly thin-and-light laptop, its tougher than you’d expect, passing military-grade MIL-STD-810G testing, including drop tests as high as 100mm, and operating in temperatures that range from -25 degrees Celsius to 63 degrees Celsius.
No one wants to carry dead weight around with them all day when they’re out and about, which is why ASUS has made it a point to make both the ZenBook 13 And VivoBook S14 the lightest and thinnest notebooks in their respective classes. The VivoBook S14 weighs in at just 1.4 kilos despite having a large 14-inch display, and only measures in at 15.9mm thin.
The ZenBook 13 is even thinner and lighter, with the laptop measuring in at an even thinner 13.9mm thickness and 1.11 kilo weight.
No-compromises on ports and keyboard comfort despite skinny profile
While it’s easy to make a laptop thin, it’s a lot harder making them thin while retaining a solid number of ports and connectors on them. ASUS has done a great job with the ZenBook 13 and VivoBook S14 in this regard, as both laptops still have a solid selection of ports and connectors on their chassis despite their incredibly thin profile.
The ZenBook 13 still has all the ports you’d expect and need from a laptop of its caliber, including two Thunderbolt Type-C ports, USB Type-A port, HDMI port and a microSD card reader, which means you’ll never lack connectivity options when you’re out and about.
Big displays with skinny bezels that do more
Both the ZenBook 13 and VivoBook S14 are noticeably smaller than comparable models from the competition thanks to the dramatic shrinking of the bezels of their displays. Thanks to their nano-edge bezels, both laptops enjoy excellent screen-to-body ratios (85% for the VivoBook 14 and 88% for the ZenBook 13) which allow them to pack more screen in a smaller space.
The VivoBook S14’s display also covers 100% of the sRGB color space, making it perfect for people who require a color-accurate screen for more serious, professional work.
The biggest change for both models this generation is the fact that they’re the first laptops locally to ship with Intel’s new 11th generation Core processors, giving both of them even more power than ever before.
Intel’s new 11th generation Core i7 and i5 processors that ship in the VivoBook S14 and the ZenBook 13 respectively bring Intel’s new Iris Xe integrated graphics, which promise to deliver improved GPU performance as well as better power endurance compared to the previous generation.
While both laptops are still productivity machines at their core, Intel’s new Iris Xe integrated graphics solution give both a heck of a bump on the GPU side of things, allowing for faster rendering duties when you’re using them as video editing machines as well as allowing users to game with e-Sports titles like CS:GO and Valorant in full HD resolutions with higher than 60 FPS.