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Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA (i7, FHD) Laptop Review

Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Marius S.), 12/12/2018

Small rose. There are countless compact 13.3-inch laptops on the market. This should come as no surprise, since laptops such as the Dell XPS 13 are ideal companions for day-to-day life. With the Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA, we are testing a new model from Asus that is slightly cheaper than the popular XPS 13 from Dell.

Asus VivoBooks are laptops directed at home users and even though they are not on the same level as the expensive Asus ZenBooks, they are not entry-level devices either. In other words: The VivoBooks represent the middle class among the Asus laptops. While devices with 15.6-inch displays are the most sought-after when it comes to home user notebooks, laptops with 13.3-inch screens are a close second. Today, we are testing one of the latter: The Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA.

The test device contains the Core i7-8550U, 8 GB of RAM, a Full HD LCD and 512 GB SSD storage space. This configuration of the Asus VivoBook S13 S330 currently costs around 1.000 Euros (~$1136). Since there is quite a bit of competition, we have chosen to compare it to the Dell Inspiron 13 7370, the Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-13IKBR and the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air here.

Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T (VivoBook S13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-2133, soldered
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, N133HCE-EAA, IPS-LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ, 512 GB 
, M.2 2280, 448 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 1, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 305 x 196 ( = 0.7 x 12.01 x 7.72 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: 6-row Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Asus GiftBox, Asus eManual, MyAsus, McAfee LiveSafe, Microsoft Office Trial, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.224 kg ( = 43.18 oz / 2.7 pounds), Power Supply: 143 g ( = 5.04 oz / 0.32 pounds)
Price
1000 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case & Maintenance

"Rose Gold" is what Apple calls the rose-metallic hue that the cases of some MacBooks put on display. With the Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA, this is the case as well, at least on our test device. Alternatively, a golden variant is also available. Whether these colors are to your liking is a matter of personal preference - it seems as though Asus is trying to appeal to students and undergraduates. This hypothesis is not just validated by the color, but also by the compact dimensions of the VivoBook S13 S330, where it almost matches the gold standard, set by the Dells XPS 13, in terms of depth and width. Thus, its size fits the bill and it is very portable in terms of weight as well.

Since this Asus notebook is a mid-range device, the case is mainly made of plastic and only the wrist rest is made of aluminum. The overall quality of the case is good. However, it is unable to match the Dell XPS 13 in terms of feel, but it is also slightly cheaper. The wrist rest is solid and the case of high-quality.

After removing a few screws and clips, the base plate can be taken off. Subsequently, the fan can be cleaned, the battery replaced and the SSD swapped for another model. The soldered RAM cannot be upgraded however. Similarly, the Wi-Fi module cannot be swapped either, since it is soldered to the motherboard as well.

Size Comparison

309.7 mm / 12.2 inch 215.7 mm / 8.49 inch 16.4 mm / 0.646 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs307.4 mm / 12.1 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.2 kg2.74 lbs309 mm / 12.2 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.3 kg2.89 lbs305 mm / 12 inch 196 mm / 7.72 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.2 kg2.7 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 1.2 kg2.67 lbs

Connectivity

The port selection of the VivoBook S13 S330 is fairly limited. Since the case is significantly thicker than, for example, the Dell XPS 13's, Asus has managed to integrate two USB type-A ports and HDMI - it should be noted however that one of the USB type-A ports only supports the USB 2.0 standard. While a USB type-C is available, the single port is capable of neither Thunderbolt nor DisplayPort and the notebook cannot be charged through USB type-C either. Furthermore, the VivoBook has an SD card reader that only supports microSD cards and is very slow.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
78.1 MB/s ∼100% +143%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=120)
62.4 MB/s ∼80% +94%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
32.2 MB/s ∼41%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.8 MB/s ∼34% -17%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.9 MB/s ∼100% +114%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=123)
79 MB/s ∼93% +99%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
39.7 MB/s ∼47%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.5 MB/s ∼36% -23%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
609 MBit/s ∼100% +49%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
520 MBit/s ∼85% +27%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
410 (min: 231, max: 484) MBit/s ∼67%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
326 MBit/s ∼54% -20%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
688 MBit/s ∼100% +10%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
623 (min: 313, max: 643) MBit/s ∼91%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
492 MBit/s ∼72% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
295 MBit/s ∼43% -53%

Input Devices

The Chiclet keyboard has 6 key rows and a white-blue backlight with three brightness settings. The silver Chiclet keys are rounded-off slightly and have sufficient key travel that, combined the robust base and a crisp pressure point, make for a comfortable typing experience. It will still take some time to get used to the keyboard, since its overall width has been slightly reduced. The single-row enter key of the ANSI-QWERTZ layout is an oddity for a device aimed at the German market. Usually, German devices have an ISO layout with a larger enter key. Unfortunately, Asus cuts corners here by only producing one keyboard variant.

The touchpad has a plastic surface. It is a ClickPad with integrated mouse buttons. Due to its good gliding properties, its solid driver implementation and the well done click mechanism, the touchpad leaves few things to be desired.

Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA keyboard area
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA keyboard area

Display

Subpixel array N133HCE-EAA
Subpixel array N133HCE-EAA

Asus offers only one display option for the VivoBook S13 S330: A matte, full HD resolution (1.920 x 1.080) 13.3-inch display. The installed panel is IPS-based and able to reach a brightness level of 250 nits, according to Asus. At 265 nits, the panel even exceeded this specification slightly in our tests, but in comparison with its competition one thing becomes very apparent: Out of the compared 13.3-inch notebooks, the VivoBook definitely has the darkest display. Even the Lenovo and Dell models, which are also on the cheaper end, outperform the Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA in this respect.

That said, the other displays of cheap competitors use low-frequency PWM. Although here, the installed display exhibits flickering as well, the frequency is extremely high, which makes PWM a non-issue. There is only a hint of Backlight-Bleeding on the display and the brightness is evenly distributed across the screen.

255
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
268
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
N133HCE-EAA
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 280 cd/m² Average: 264.8 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 279 cd/m²
Contrast: 1167:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 4.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
63% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 40.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.44
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
N133HCE-EAA, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
BOE071A / NV13FHM / Dell G64PY, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
InfoVision M133NWF4R0, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
SHARP LQ133M1JW15, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
SHP1484, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
-41%
-48%
-32%
-68%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40.8 (22, 18.8)
46 (21, 25)
-13%
56.8 (27.6, 29.2)
-39%
39.6 (18.4, 21.2)
3%
62.4 (32.4, 30)
-53%
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 (16.4, 13.2)
33 (17, 16)
-11%
31.6 (17.6, 14)
-7%
29.3 (14.8, 14.5)
1%
45.6 (24.4, 21.2)
-54%
PWM Frequency
26040 (20)
201 (90)
-99%
198.4 (99)
-99%
220 (18, 100)
-99%
1008 (20)
-96%
Screen
5%
34%
13%
34%
Brightness middle
280
301
8%
330
18%
370
32%
428
53%
Brightness
265
291
10%
304
15%
355
34%
405
53%
Brightness Distribution
89
87
-2%
88
-1%
90
1%
87
-2%
Black Level *
0.24
0.33
-38%
0.25
-4%
0.23
4%
0.26
-8%
Contrast
1167
912
-22%
1320
13%
1609
38%
1646
41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.6
5.39
4%
1.8
68%
6.9
-23%
3.8
32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.7
8.56
59%
4.3
79%
12.2
41%
7.2
65%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.3
1.4
67%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.1
5.93
-45%
2.5
39%
7.4
-80%
4.4
-7%
Gamma
2.44 90%
2.6 85%
2.11 104%
1.76 125%
2.21 100%
CCT
6614 98%
6358 102%
6588 99%
7529 86%
7067 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40.1
56
40%
61.8
54%
62.8
57%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
63
86
37%
97.3
54%
96.4
53%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-18% / -6%
-7% / 15%
-10% / 2%
-17% / 10%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 18.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 50 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 26040 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 26040 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Color values
Color values
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscale
Grayscale
Color values (calibrated)
Color values (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Saturation (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
sRGB: 63%
sRGB: 63%
AdobeRGB: 40.1%
AdobeRGB: 40.1%
Outdoors (cloudy)
Outdoors (cloudy)

The screen of the Asus ultrabook has to concede points in terms of colors, since the color space coverage of only 63% of the sRGB color space is far worse than that of the competition. The contrast ratio of 1167:1 is decent on the other hand, since the black value of 0.24 nits is rather low.

The matte display surface is beneficial for outdoor use, making the VivoBook suitable for use in the shade or in cloudy weather. The only other competitor with a matte display is the Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-13IKBR, although the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air and the Dell XPS 13 are able to somewhat compensate for their glossy screens with their higher brightness levels.

Performance

There are four different configurations of the VivoBook S13 S330 for the German market. They cover a price range from about 720 (~$818) up to 1000 Euros (~$1136), although the differences between the models are quite minor in some cases. All of the models come with 8 GB of soldered LPDDR3 RAM and only the most expensive model uses the Intel Core i7-8550U and a 512 GB SSD - the three other configurations are equipped with a Core i5-8250U and a 256 GB SSD. All configurations share the built-in Intel UHD Graphics 620. Another distinction comes from the case color; some models are pink, others are golden.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z caches
CPU-Z caches
CPU-Z mainboard
CPU-Z mainboard
CPU-Z memory
CPU-Z memory
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
LatencyMon
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-8550U is a processor with four cores that can run at a maximum of 4 GHz. The base clock is 1.8 GHz. For a comparison with other CPUs, please consult our CPU comparison table.

We test the long-term performance of a laptop with the Cinebench multi-core loop. In this test, the VivoBook managed to consume more than 40 watts during the first 30 seconds, enabling all four cores to run at 3.7 GHz. Meanwhile, the CPU temperature reached a maximum of 96 °C (~205 °F). After 30 seconds, the clock dropped to approximately 3 GHz due to the consumption then being limited to 25 watts. Following that, the temperatures stabilized at 85 °C (185 °F) - at least for a while, before the consumption had to drop to 20 watts in order to keep the temperatures within this range. Accordingly, the clock rates then dropped to around 2.7 GHz.

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Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø579 (552-696)
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø597 (581.49-636.79)
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00 Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø633 (602.16-721.94)

This is a very good result for the Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA. Although the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s and the Dell XPS 13, both of which have the same processor perform even better, these laptop models are, of course, more expensive as well. The competitors in the same price-range as the VivoBook cannot match it in terms of CPU performance, neither under continuous load nor in short-duration boost performance.

Ex-factory, the CPU performance in battery mode is reduced. When the power supply is not connected, the VivoBook only reaches about 560 points instead of around 700 points in the Cinebench R15 multi-core test.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Intel Core i7-8550U
171 Points ∼78%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
165 Points ∼76% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (108 - 172, n=75)
160 Points ∼73% -6%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼66% -16%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 (min: 143.11, max: 143.49) Points ∼66% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
132 Points ∼61% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=281)
117 Points ∼54% -32%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Intel Core i7-8550U
703 Points ∼16%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
639 Points ∼15% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (301 - 761, n=77)
569 Points ∼13% -19%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel Core i5-8250U
565 Points ∼13% -20%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
522 (min: 490.92, max: 522.49) Points ∼12% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
516 Points ∼12% -27%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=291)
346 Points ∼8% -51%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
56.77 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
703 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
171 Points
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System Performance

The Asus VivoBook S13 S330UN achieved good results in the PCMark benchmarks. The performance in day-to-day use does not warrant criticism either.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
3160 Points ∼26%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2815 Points ∼23% -11%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1506 - 3160, n=28)
2749 Points ∼23% -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 4338, n=95)
2504 Points ∼21% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
2115 Points ∼18% -33%
Productivity
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
6302 Points ∼65%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4889 - 7006, n=28)
6169 Points ∼64% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5995 Points ∼62% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5834 Points ∼60% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=95)
5268 Points ∼54% -16%
Essentials
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6628 - 9291, n=28)
7786 Points ∼69% 0%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
7783 Points ∼69%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
6955 Points ∼62% -11%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6887 Points ∼61% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=95)
6875 Points ∼61% -12%
Score
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
3851 Points ∼50%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2629 - 4072, n=30)
3605 Points ∼46% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3467 Points ∼45% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3191 Points ∼41% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4609, n=98)
3186 Points ∼41% -17%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3902 Points ∼64% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3796 Points ∼62% +6%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3656 Points ∼60% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3024 - 4197, n=33)
3614 Points ∼59% +1%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
3566 Points ∼59%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4211, n=248)
3044 Points ∼50% -15%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3566 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5033 points
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Storage Solution

The storage solution consists of a single M.2 SSD. It originates from the manufacturer Kingston. What becomes immediately apparent from the benchmark results is the fact that this is a SATA III SSD, due to it being significantly slower than modern PCIe NVMe SSDs. Here, its competitors are better equipped across the board - it is a shame that Asus cuts corners when it comes to the SSD. The differences between a PCIe NVMe SSD and a SATA III SSD are particularly noticeable during large file transfers.

Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Average Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
195%
175%
180%
-4%
112%
Write 4K
64.54
170.9
165%
132.33
105%
128.22
99%
59.8 (55 - 64.5, n=2)
-7%
95.1 (3.23 - 191, n=104)
47%
Read 4K
24.91
46.43
86%
41.72
67%
48.09
93%
26.9 (24.9 - 28.8, n=2)
8%
68.2 (5.37 - 3738, n=104)
174%
Write Seq
453.4
995.7
120%
1146.67
153%
1088.31
140%
380 (308 - 453, n=2)
-16%
809 (48.9 - 2334, n=103)
78%
Read Seq
424.9
941.9
122%
1117.65
163%
1876.58
342%
427 (425 - 430, n=2)
0%
1081 (142 - 2760, n=103)
154%
Write 4K Q32T1
257.8
469.1
82%
352.16
37%
367.07
42%
204 (150 - 258, n=2)
-21%
292 (3.6 - 868, n=104)
13%
Read 4K Q32T1
200.4
539.8
169%
420.02
110%
411.88
106%
204 (200 - 207, n=2)
2%
327 (17.4 - 1580, n=104)
63%
Write Seq Q32T1
504.2
1582
214%
1173.7
133%
1077.6
114%
447 (389 - 504, n=2)
-11%
954 (16.7 - 2992, n=104)
89%
Read Seq Q32T1
459.6
3218
600%
3368.2
633%
2770.7
503%
478 (460 - 497, n=2)
4%
1818 (113 - 3563, n=104)
296%
Write 4K Q8T8
284.4
284
0%
559 (12.4 - 1273, n=14)
97%
Read 4K Q8T8
301.2
301
0%
640 (31.7 - 1172, n=14)
112%
Kingston RBU-SNS8180DS3512GJ
Sequential Read: 417.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 443.2 MB/s
512K Read: 244 MB/s
512K Write: 398.2 MB/s
4K Read: 33.98 MB/s
4K Write: 69.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 281.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 312.5 MB/s

GPU Performance

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is an integrated GPU and part of the SoC on all current Intel U-class (15 watts TDP) processors. The fact that this is the only GPU option for the VivoBook S13 S330UA is an important consideration and contrasted by competitors such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-13IKBR or the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air. The last two of the aforementioned devices are both available with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. This, of course, puts the VivoBook at a significant disadvantage in terms of GPU performance when compared to these competitors.

Although the 3DMark11 test result in battery mode was slightly worse, this can most probably be attributed to the lower CPU performance. The GPU itself does not appear to have been limited in terms of performance.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
3539.5 (min: 3537, max: 3543) Points ∼100% +82%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
2796 Points ∼79% +43%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1949 Points ∼55%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1729 Points ∼49% -11%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=174)
1716 Points ∼48% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 10699, n=368)
1319 Points ∼37% -32%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
2873 (min: 2870, max: 2876) Points ∼100% +118%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
2324 Points ∼81% +76%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1320 Points ∼46%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1140 Points ∼40% -14%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1401, n=144)
1128 Points ∼39% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=247)
1057 Points ∼37% -20%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
18120 (min: 18100, max: 18140) Points ∼100% +70%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
16227 Points ∼90% +52%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
10677 Points ∼59%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9551 Points ∼53% -11%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=162)
9146 Points ∼50% -14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=276)
7743 Points ∼43% -27%
3DMark 11 Performance
2199 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9123 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1206 points
Help

Gaming Performance

The omission of a dedicated GPU prevents the VivoBook from being well-suited to gaming. Only titles with very low demands and older games can be played.

The Witcher 3
1366x768 The Witcher 3 medium
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.6 - 84.9, n=37)
21.2 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (8 - 10.9, n=16)
9.71 fps ∼46%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 high
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.8 - 46.3, n=27)
14.2 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4.2 - 8.8, n=12)
5.74 fps ∼40%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.1 - 27.5, n=19)
9.3 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2.97 - 5.2, n=5)
3.45 fps ∼37%
3840x2160 The Witcher 3 4K
Average of class Subnotebook
 
17.5 fps ∼100%
1024x768 The Witcher 3 low
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7.4 - 138, n=60)
28.4 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (9.59 - 19.7, n=38)
15.3 fps ∼54%
3840x2160 The Witcher 3 4K ultra
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (122 - 122, n=190)
122 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (122 - 122, n=672)
122 ∼100%
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (123 - 123, n=190)
123 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (123 - 123, n=672)
123 ∼100%
1280x720 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x720
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (148 - 148, n=190)
148 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (148 - 148, n=672)
148 ∼100%
1280x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (149 - 149, n=190)
149 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (149 - 149, n=672)
149 ∼100%
1366x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1366x768
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (229 - 229, n=190)
229 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (229 - 229, n=672)
229 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 High
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (230 - 230, n=190)
230 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 230, n=672)
230 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Med
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (231 - 231, n=190)
231 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (231 - 231, n=672)
231 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Low
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (232 - 232, n=190)
232 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (232 - 232, n=672)
232 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 High
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (233 - 233, n=190)
233 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (233 - 233, n=672)
233 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Med
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (234 - 234, n=190)
234 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (234 - 234, n=672)
234 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Low
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (235 - 235, n=190)
235 ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (235 - 235, n=672)
235 ∼100%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 81.44 40.66 33.87 11.11 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fan always remains switched off during idle, which is a positive aspect of the VivoBook. The active cooling solution does, of course, come online under load, although it stays fairly conservative in terms of overall volume. Still, the fan noise may be perceived as slightly annoying due to its relatively high frequency.

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 29 dB(A)
Load
29.9 / 33.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2027.128.731.92525.224.4283126.126.528.64024.226.726.15028.128.129.26325.323.325.68022.822.227.710023.924.52512523.322.621.416021.722.221.720020.823.222.925020.921.52231520.220.822.140019.920.120.750019.719.621.363019.619.420.980019.118.620.9100018.617.821.4125018.817.521.6160019.316.622.4200018.116.522.2250016.815.821315016.615.420.9400016.515.222.55000161521.763001514.822.1800014.814.816.91000014.714.715.31250014.514.515.21600014.314.214.6SPL29.92933.3N1.31.21.9median 18.8median 17.5median 21.4Delta22.8129.53130.531.630.13128.332.729.929.229.230.227.925.626.227.226.527.827.831.127.627.127.230.228.73332.531.630.230.125.927.927.726.327.427.325.527.926.724.626.426.728.528.429.628.32826.425.824.623.324.124.125.126.322.722.821.623.625.327.623.423.523.322.725.424.421.820.821.720.92325.921.520.719.719.423.122.719.618.718.718.120.52419.718.718.117.621.724.820.118.718.117.222.625.820.118.217.316.722.42620.118.11716.423.425.920.317.817.516.322.427.420.918.717.616.223.827.921.318.917.916.52428.320.91817.916.624.62819.817.517.516.724.930.320.317.917.51724.725.518.717.817.617.421.323.918.41817.917.82022.718.418.318.118.119.320.818.618.518.418.418.719.718.618.618.518.418.519.318.81918.918.818.738.832.230.530.129.435.131.71.41.31.22.2median 25.8median 20.1median 18.7median 18.1median 17.8median 232.31.41.81.421.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034TLenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB

Temperature

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

Even under load, the Asus laptop remains relatively cool and we measured maximum temperatures of 43 °C (~109°F). The VivoBook reached a maximum internal temperature of 88 °C (~190 °F) during the stress test with Prime95 and FurMark, although this was only a short peak load. In the long-term, the temperature stabilizes at around 75 °C (167 °F), since the CPU can only run at 3 GHz or a consumption of 36 watts for around 30 seconds. Subsequently, the power limit of 25 to 20 watts kicks in. Since the CPU and the GPU share this "power budget", the CPU clock then sits at between 1.1 to 1.2 GHz, which is less than the base clock.

The 3DMark11 results from after the stress test were normal.

Max. Load
 41.3 °C
106 F
38.5 °C
101 F
38.7 °C
102 F
 
 38.1 °C
101 F
37.5 °C
100 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 31.4 °C
89 F
27.5 °C
82 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 41.3 °C = 106 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
43 °C
109 F
40.4 °C
105 F
41 °C
106 F
32.3 °C
90 F
36.2 °C
97 F
37.2 °C
99 F
25.3 °C
78 F
26.1 °C
79 F
27.1 °C
81 F
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 34.3 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  49.3 °C = 121 F | Room Temperature 20.9 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.3 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 40 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.3 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.4 °C / 88.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (-2.8 °C / -5 F).
Load (top)
Load (top)
Load (bottom)
Load (bottom)

Speakers

The VivoBook S13 S330UA contains two speakers, both of which are located on the bottom of the Asus laptop. They are too quiet to fill a room with sound and they lack any semblance of bass as well. The laptop speakers are of average quality. Alternatively, sound playback can be handled by the combined audio jack, which works very well.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.731.22524.425.83126.527.54026.726.85028.130.46323.327.48022.224.610024.526.712522.62816022.233.220023.23725021.54231520.844.340020.149.250019.655.263019.45380018.653100017.856.1125017.559.4160016.658.8200016.552.4250015.857.5315015.457.1400015.254.950001558.7630014.860.4800014.853.61000014.753.81250014.552.11600014.252.8SPL2968.8N1.224.1median 17.5median 53Delta2.86.134.230.529.729.430.228.43028.227.529.126.82824.925.723.832.12335.121.948.621.752.62157.419.558.119.158.718.262.718.26517.371.917.371.816.772.11672.615.672.715.968.616.168.916.465.916.571.616.973.717.172.617.167.217.163.71755.329.182.81.255.8median 17.1median 65.91.58.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034TDell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 54% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 26% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Consumption

The Asus VivoBook 13 notebook proved itself to be very efficient during idle: A minimum of 2.8 watts during idle is a very good value, as is a maximum idle consumption of 8.3 watts. However, most of its competitors are more economical under load, since Asus lets the CPU consume more power. At 65.8 watts, the maximum consumption even exceeds the capacity of the power supply that is capable of delivering a maximum of 45 watts to the laptop. Since this high consumption value only represents a short-lived peak however, the small power supply is sufficient, even for the stress test.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.35 / 9.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.8 / 5 / 8.3 Watt
Load midlight 42.8 / 65.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Charging time: 158 minutes
Charging time: 158 minutes

Asus has installed a relatively small battery in the VivoBook S13 S330. The internal battery has a capacity of just 42 watt hours. Although this is not an excessive amount, directly competing devices have even smaller batteries. Combined with the low energy consumption, the VivoBook reached a respectable 8 hours in the Wi-Fi test - only the expensive Dell XPS 13, with its 52 watt hour battery, was able to outlast it in the Wi-Fi test. 

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
644 min ∼24% +29%
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
501 min ∼19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (206 - 806, n=222)
475 min ∼18% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
8250U, GeForce MX150, 39 Wh
368 min ∼14% -27%
Dell Inspiron 13 7370
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 38 Wh
345 min ∼13% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
8250U, GeForce MX150, 36 Wh
344 min ∼13% -31%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
8h 21min

Pros

+ compact, well-made case
+ keyboard: good typing experience
+ solid touchpad
+ significantly better CPU performance than the competition
+ cool chassis, even under load
+ good battery life despite the low battery capacity
+ matte display

Cons

- worse brightness and color space coverage than competitors
- ports with outdated standards/missing features
- slow microSD card reader
- slow SATA III SSD
- no webcam
- CPU throttling on batteries
- no dGPU option
- odd ANSI-QWERTZ layout

Verdict

Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA, courtesy of Asus.
Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA, courtesy of Asus.

The design of the Dell XPS 13 has changed the laptop world. Now, even some lower-priced laptops are almost as compact as the expensive Dell XPS. The Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA is an example of a heavily XPS-inspired lower-priced laptop that, with its rose gold case, tries to appeal to different customers as well.

It left a good impression in a number of ways: Although the case is far from being as luxurious as the Dell XPS 13's, it serves its purpose and is well-made. Typing on the keyboard feels good, but we deduct some points for the odd ANSI-QWERTZ layout with its small enter key. Much like the case, the touchpad, which does not have a glass surface, is more functional than luxurious and does not warrant much criticism. In terms of CPU performance, it is vastly superior to competitors in the same price-range, only the XPS 13 outperforms it - despite the good CPU performance, the device remains fairly cool under load. Although the battery is smaller than on more expensive laptops, Asus has still managed to get decent battery life out of it, thanks to the high efficiency of the VivoBook.

Of course, not all that glitters is (rose) gold and the lower price has to come from somewhere. The display, for example: While it is a matte display, which is a plus, it is also darker than the screens of the competition and it displays far fewer colors. In terms of port selection, users have to make do with an outdated USB type-A port, a USB type-C port without DisplayPort or charging functionality, and a very slow microSD card reader. Corners have been cut in the SSD department as well, since Asus has only installed a slow SATA III SSD here. A webcam has been omitted completely - this, of course, makes it easier to achieve the narrow bezels. The throttled CPU performance in battery mode is another irritating drawback. Finally, the lack of a dGPU option can be seen as a disadvantage, since some of the VivoBook S13's competitors are equipped with an Nvidia GeForce MX150.

A good subnotebook for home users, even with the unusual selection of colors: The Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA.

All in all, we can definitely recommend the VivoBook S13 S330UA, but you should be aware of the downsides. The VivoBook can be a particularly  good choice for students, since it is quite a bit cheaper than the Dell XPS 13. At least currently, you will have to get used to the golden or rose golden case however.

Asus VivoBook S13 S330UA-EY034T - 12/11/2018 v6(old)
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
78 /  98 → 80%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
43 / 80 → 54%
Weight
72 / 35-78 → 87%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
61 / 68 → 90%
Application Performance
81 / 87 → 93%
Temperature
92 / 91 → 100%
Noise
98%
Audio
41 / 91 → 45%
Average
75%
85%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2018-12-12 (Update: 2018-12-14)