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Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL in review: Colorful laptop with stable case

Lifestyle laptop. Asus spices up the VivoBook S14 visually and delivers a robust device with various color options. In addition, there are various features, which are partly mutually exclusive. Our review will show what else the VivoBook S14 offers.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T

The laptops in the VivoBook series cover a wide price range and include affordable office laptops, such as the Asus VivoBook 15 F512D, and also slim mobile models like the Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA. The Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL presents itself as a slim lifestyle laptop and is tested here in its best configuration. We also compare the 14-inch laptop to the competitors listed below, to which further laptops from our database can be added.

Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T (VivoBook S14 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10510U 4 x 1.8 - 4.8 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 - 2048 MB, Core: 1519 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GP108 A1, NVIDIA 441.45, Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory
16384 MB 
, dual-channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei CMN14D4, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combined 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 325 x 214 ( = 0.63 x 12.8 x 8.43 in)
Battery
50 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2, stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, ASUS Splendid, ASUS Tru2life Video, ASUS AudioWizard, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 203 g ( = 7.16 oz / 0.45 pounds)
Price
1100 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81 %
07/2020
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
1.4 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
87 %
06/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7
1.2 kg16.55 mm14"1920x1080
86 %
04/2020
Schenker VIA 14
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg16.5 mm14"1920x1080
78 %
01/2020
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
1.6 kg18 mm14"1920x1080

Case and connectivity - Stable Asus laptop with Wi-Fi 6

Maintenance
Maintenance

Asus uses metal in the VivoBook S14's case, which makes the laptop look very stable. The workmanship is high quality, and there are no uneven gaps or similar in our test model. Buyers can also choose between different colors, which Asus calls Gaia Green, Resolute Red, Indie Black, and Dreamy White. If the screws on the laptop's bottom are loosened, the bottom cover can be removed. This will allow you to access the storage device, but the other components are firmly installed.

The VivoBook S14 has a microSD card reader, which achieves comparatively slow read and write speeds with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference memory card. On WLAN, we measure good speeds with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, but these don't correspond to the full potential of the built-in Wi-Fi 6 module. Users have access to a 0.9 MP webcam for video chats and the like. It illuminates our ColorChecker Passport brighter than it should be and shows blurred details even in good light.

Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T

Size comparison

327 mm / 12.9 inch 226 mm / 8.9 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.6 kg3.42 lbs325 mm / 12.8 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs323.4 mm / 12.7 inch 218.9 mm / 8.62 inch 16.55 mm / 0.652 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 216.8 mm / 8.54 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.1 kg2.37 lbs

Port configuration

Left side: power supply, HDMI, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 3.5 mm headset connection
Left side: power supply, HDMI, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 3.5 mm headset connection
Right side: microSD card reader, 2x USB 2.0
Right side: microSD card reader, 2x USB 2.0
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Schenker VIA 14
 
77.5 MB/s ∼100% +230%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 204, n=202)
61.1 MB/s ∼79% +160%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32 MB/s ∼41% +36%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
23.5 MB/s ∼30%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Schenker VIA 14
  (Toshiba Exceria pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
87.1 MB/s ∼100% +244%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=198)
76.3 MB/s ∼88% +202%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
33 MB/s ∼38% +30%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
25.3 MB/s ∼29%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1532 (min: 788, max: 1670) MBit/s ∼100% +75%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=61)
1153 MBit/s ∼75% +32%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1070 MBit/s ∼70% +22%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
904 (min: 879, max: 923) MBit/s ∼59% +3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
875 (min: 787, max: 909) MBit/s ∼57%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1472 (min: 1403, max: 1492) MBit/s ∼100% +137%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1666, n=61)
1015 MBit/s ∼69% +63%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
928 MBit/s ∼63% +49%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
660 (min: 642, max: 680) MBit/s ∼45% +6%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
621 (min: 554, max: 657) MBit/s ∼42%
01002003004005006007008009001000110012001300140015001600Tooltip
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø875 (787-909)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø904 (879-923)
Schenker VIA 14 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1506 (788-1670)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø621 (554-657)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø660 (642-680)
Schenker VIA 14 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1471 (1403-1492)
ColorChecker
14.9 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
6 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T: 13.65 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 24.42 ∆E

Input devices - 14-inch laptop with keyboard backlighting

The keyboard of the Asus VivoBook S14 has a three-level backlight, which users should only activate in low-light conditions, though. The white light and the silver keys cause the labeling, which is actually easy to read during the day, to not be recognizable otherwise. When typing, all keys are within easy reach, but the feedback is a bit soft. The keyboard is very quiet in return.

A ClickPad is available as a mouse replacement, with which the mouse pointer can be navigated well. Clicks triggered both by touch and mechanical pressure are reliably recognized. In our test configuration, Asus has installed a fingerprint scanner in the upper right corner of the pad, which responds reliably to saved fingerprints. Buyers who can do without this sensor get the integrated number pad instead. Both functions are not available at the same time, though.

Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Input devices
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Input devices
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Backlight
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Backlight

Display - Good contrast but weak colors

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Asus VivoBook S14's screen consists of a 14-inch IPS panel and offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The maximum brightness of 238 cd/m² is at the lower end of our test field. The same applies to the brightness distribution of 68%. However, we were able to detect PWM at a brightness of under 20%, which could lead to problems for users with sensitive eyes due to its low frequency of 250 Hz.

201
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
163
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei CMN14D4
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 238 cd/m² Average: 203.8 cd/m² Minimum: 12.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 68 %
Center on Battery: 216 cd/m²
Contrast: 1419:1 (Black: 0.155 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.23 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 4.4
ΔE Greyscale 3.77 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
62% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 40% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.35
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Chi Mei CMN14D4, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AU Optronics B140HAN04.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Schenker VIA 14
B140HAN06.2, a-Si AHVA-IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
AUO543D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-13%
-63%
-51%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 (16, 18)
41 (19, 22)
-21%
60.8 (28.4, 32.4)
-79%
60.8 (29.2, 31.6)
-79%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (14, 10)
25 (14, 11)
-4%
35.2 (17.2, 18)
-47%
29.6 (13.2, 16.4)
-23%
PWM Frequency
250 (20)
Screen
3%
44%
27%
Brightness middle
220
269
22%
335
52%
395
80%
Brightness
204
244
20%
309
51%
375
84%
Brightness Distribution
68
83
22%
84
24%
91
34%
Black Level *
0.155
0.23
-48%
0.17
-10%
0.26
-68%
Contrast
1419
1170
-18%
1971
39%
1519
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.23
4.94
6%
2.3
56%
5.92
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
21.51
20.37
5%
5
77%
9.79
54%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.4
5.03
-14%
1
77%
0.91
79%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.77
1.71
55%
3.9
-3%
6.69
-77%
Gamma
2.35 94%
2.52 87%
2.19 100%
2.78 79%
CCT
6666 98%
6535 99%
6556 99%
7596 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40
35
-12%
65.5
64%
63
58%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62
56
-10%
99.6
61%
98
58%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-5% / 0%
-10% / 28%
-12% / 15%

* ... 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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 18 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. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39 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 250 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 250 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 250 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17916 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Our measurements show that the Asus laptop has a good contrast ratio of 1,419:1 and a very good black value of 0.155 cd/m². The color-space coverage is only average at 62% (sRGB). Out of the box, the panel displays colors with too much green and too little red. However, this situation can almost be completely evened out through calibration. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded in the window located at the top, to the right of the display's brightness distribution graph.

Moreover, the IPS panel is very stable in terms of viewing angles and only shows a low degree of screen bleeding. Despite the comparatively low brightness, the VivoBook S14 can be used well outdoors as long as users prioritize places in the shade. Due to the matte screen surface, mirroring and reflections don't pose a problem.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Viewing angles
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Viewing angles
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Outdoor use
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Outdoor use
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Screen bleeding
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - Screen bleeding

Performance - Up to many tasks

Asus isn't only aiming at office users with the VivoBook S14 S433FL, but it also enables applications with a somewhat higher demand on graphics performance with the use of the Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. In addition, there are two configurations for the RAM, two for the CPU, and two for the storage. The variant tested here represents the best possible configuration.

Processor

In our test configuration, an Intel Core i7-10510U and 16 GB of RAM ensure a smooth system operation. The processor achieves results that are on par with other laptops that we have reviewed with this CPU. During our Cinebench R15 endurance test, however, we found that the performance drops by about 12% after a short time and is then maintained at this level.

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Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø568 (535.78-642.12)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: Ø932 (907.83-1035.01)
Schenker VIA 14 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø574 (555-722)
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø625 (592.25-691)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
474 Points ∼100% +5%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
466 Points ∼98% +3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
451 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (362 - 497, n=24)
438 Points ∼92% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.6 - 493, n=48)
401 Points ∼85% -11%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
395 Points ∼83% -12%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2401 Points ∼100% +57%
Average of class Multimedia
  (148 - 3422, n=49)
1787 Points ∼74% +17%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1543 Points ∼64% +1%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
1525 Points ∼64%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (1015 - 1897, n=24)
1428 Points ∼59% -6%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
1150 Points ∼48% -25%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
190 Points ∼100% +7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
180 Points ∼95% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (113 - 202, n=29)
179 Points ∼94% +1%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
177.6 Points ∼93%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
154 Points ∼81% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 204, n=406)
132 Points ∼69% -26%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1035 Points ∼100% +61%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
722 (min: 555, max: 722) Points ∼70% +12%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
691 Points ∼67% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (482 - 856, n=31)
685 Points ∼66% +7%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
642 (min: 535.78, max: 642.12) Points ∼62%
Average of class Multimedia
  (72.4 - 1600, n=426)
525 Points ∼51% -18%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (330 - 8394, n=34)
1162 Seconds * ∼100% -49%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
1004 Seconds * ∼86% -28%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (680 - 1051, n=18)
809 Seconds * ∼70% -3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
781.8 Seconds * ∼67%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
523.9 Seconds * ∼45% +33%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
4681 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3747 - 4891, n=18)
4542 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4292 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
4282 MIPS ∼91% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1445 - 5335, n=30)
4276 MIPS ∼91% -9%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
26652 MIPS ∼100% +62%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2537 - 41529, n=30)
21046 MIPS ∼79% +28%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (12196 - 21298, n=18)
17785 MIPS ∼67% +8%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
16487 MIPS ∼62%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
15424 MIPS ∼58% -6%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
1211 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (977 - 1287, n=18)
1202 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1101 Points ∼91% -9%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
1089 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (207 - 1320, n=20)
1060 Points ∼88% -12%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4792 Points ∼100% +29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (392 - 7825, n=21)
4200 Points ∼88% +13%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
3831 Points ∼80% +3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
3721 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (1713 - 4467, n=19)
3597 Points ∼75% -3%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
7.81 fps ∼100% +70%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.46 - 11.1, n=34)
5.54 fps ∼71% +20%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.6 fps ∼59%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3.41 - 5.5, n=18)
4.55 fps ∼58% -1%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
3.69 fps ∼47% -20%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Multimedia
  (47.1 - 137, n=17)
67.9 s ∼100% +22%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (50.7 - 77.8, n=14)
59.9 s ∼88% +7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
59.83 s ∼88% +7%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
55.76 s ∼82%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
0 s ∼0% -100%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.58 - 2.86, n=21)
0.865 sec * ∼100% -36%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.712 sec * ∼82% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (0.638 - 0.81, n=15)
0.688 sec * ∼80% -8%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.638 sec * ∼74%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.629 sec * ∼73% +1%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
177.6 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
642 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
75.36 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.62 %
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System performance

In everyday life, the VivoBook S14 presents itself with a smooth system operation. The small laptop starts very quickly and opens applications and files without delays. In the PCMark 10 test, however, the overall result is slightly below the performance that other laptops with this hardware configuration achieve.

Our CPU Benchmarks article shows the performance other laptops were able to achieve in our tests.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4709 Points ∼36% +62%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1001 - 7296, n=133)
3784 Points ∼29% +30%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2621 - 5547, n=9)
3311 Points ∼26% +14%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3233 Points ∼25% +11%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
2903 Points ∼22%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
2649 Points ∼20% -9%
Productivity
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
7433 Points ∼71% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (6625 - 7972, n=9)
7320 Points ∼70% +7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
7273 Points ∼70% +6%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
6845 Points ∼66%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
6450 Points ∼62% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1407 - 8020, n=134)
6357 Points ∼61% -7%
Essentials
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
9244 Points ∼81% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (8190 - 9764, n=9)
9033 Points ∼79% +9%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
8912 Points ∼78% +7%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
8791 Points ∼77% +6%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
8310 Points ∼73%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2891 - 10539, n=134)
7822 Points ∼68% -6%
Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4886 Points ∼60% +24%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3861 - 5409, n=9)
4299 Points ∼53% +9%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4289 Points ∼53% +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1144 - 5758, n=135)
4077 Points ∼50% +4%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3933 Points ∼48%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
3810 Points ∼47% -3%

» No benchmarks for this notebook found!

DPC latencies

The LatencyMon test shows that the Asus laptop doesn't have any major interruption times. However, real-time applications could be affected by delayed ISR and DPC routines.

Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - LatencyMon (Main)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - LatencyMon (Main)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - LatencyMon (Drivers)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL - LatencyMon (Drivers)
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
2339 μs * ∼100% -308%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
1086.5 μs * ∼46% -90%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
573 μs * ∼24%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

Asus offers buyers of the VivoBook S14 two storage configurations. The first comes with 16 GB of Intel Optane memory and a 256 GB SSD; in the second one, 32 GB of Intel Optane memory and a 512 GB SSD are built in. This should bring file access speeds up to the level of high-quality SSDs.

The storage benchmarks show that the storage device reaches good values here but that high-quality SSDs are faster. However, the results are still good, and at any rate, users benefit from significantly faster access speeds than would be the case with conventional HDDs or flash memory. Our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article shows what performance can be expected from different storage devices.

Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Schenker VIA 14
Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Average Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
13%
74%
63%
-3%
-17%
Write 4K
124.9
98.85
-21%
201
61%
181.6
45%
118 (88 - 163, n=8)
-6%
99.1 (0.76 - 213, n=140)
-21%
Read 4K
147.9
32.44
-78%
60.17
-59%
57.41
-61%
140 (114 - 191, n=8)
-5%
35 (0.29 - 148, n=140)
-76%
Write Seq
753
1582
110%
2471
228%
1982
163%
517 (450 - 753, n=8)
-31%
928 (64.8 - 2910, n=139)
23%
Read Seq
1223
1471
20%
2104
72%
1899
55%
1383 (1223 - 1624, n=8)
13%
1069 (65.9 - 2820, n=139)
-13%
Write 4K Q32T1
369.2
375.4
2%
323.6
-12%
509.4
38%
376 (237 - 556, n=8)
2%
309 (0.84 - 1707, n=140)
-16%
Read 4K Q32T1
358.1
491.9
37%
551
54%
544.7
52%
364 (287 - 531, n=8)
2%
342 (0.417 - 1015, n=140)
-4%
Write Seq Q32T1
1057
1574
49%
3407
222%
3072
191%
1172 (937 - 1320, n=8)
11%
1126 (65.6 - 3349, n=140)
7%
Read Seq Q32T1
2738
2329
-15%
3475
27%
3281
20%
2451 (2145 - 2738, n=8)
-10%
1779 (65.7 - 3550, n=140)
-35%
AS SSD
37%
215%
166%
2%
-543%
Score Total
1581
1552
-2%
5782
266%
4568
189%
1728 (1420 - 2594, n=8)
9%
1585 (20 - 5355, n=252)
0%
Score Write
763
533
-30%
2180
186%
1853
143%
799 (580 - 1117, n=8)
5%
598 (7 - 2992, n=252)
-22%
Score Read
544
682
25%
2373
336%
1801
231%
619 (531 - 975, n=8)
14%
669 (8 - 2132, n=252)
23%
Access Time Write *
0.046
0.034
26%
0.022
52%
0.03
35%
0.08 (0.045 - 0.138, n=8)
-74%
1.85 (0.019 - 34, n=280)
-3922%
Access Time Read *
0.107
0.06
44%
0.094
12%
0.0823 (0.065 - 0.107, n=8)
23%
2.27 (0.031 - 33, n=278)
-2021%
4K-64 Write
605.09
262.07
-57%
1745.72
189%
1456.46
141%
644 (438 - 948, n=8)
6%
409 (0.27 - 2716, n=286)
-32%
4K-64 Read
386.2
454.71
18%
2051.94
431%
1473.01
281%
448 (366 - 789, n=8)
16%
485 (0.36 - 1823, n=286)
26%
4K Write
122.82
116.61
-5%
172.28
40%
147.5
20%
115 (101 - 128, n=8)
-6%
70.2 (0.24 - 195, n=286)
-43%
4K Read
62.4
31.56
-49%
72.76
17%
52.09
-17%
67.5 (62.3 - 76, n=8)
8%
28.6 (0.23 - 69.1, n=286)
-54%
Seq Write
353.13
1547.44
338%
2615.01
641%
2493.03
606%
397 (305 - 836, n=8)
12%
603 (29.7 - 2604, n=286)
71%
Seq Read
957.04
1960.06
105%
2487.9
160%
2762.37
189%
1027 (769 - 1241, n=8)
7%
952 (48.7 - 2890, n=286)
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
25% / 26%
145% / 156%
115% / 123%
-1% / -0%
-280% / -322%

* ... smaller is better

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2738 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1057 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 358.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 369.2 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1223 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 753 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 147.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 124.9 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

An Nvidia GeForce MX250 handles the rendering of image content in the Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL. It delivers significantly better graphics performance than is the case with the internal graphics units of Intel processors. With AMD, the internal Vega 8 graphics units achieve similar results when fast RAM is available in a dual-channel configuration.

This is also reflected in our test results, with the GeForce MX250 in the VivoBook S14 performing slightly above average. Our GPU Benchmarks article also shows how the comparison with other graphics cards turns out.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4990 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
4785 Points ∼96%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-1065G7
4614 Points ∼92% -4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3593 - 4942, n=23)
4426 Points ∼89% -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 26292, n=669)
3210 Points ∼64% -33%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1537 Points ∼31% -68%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Multimedia
  (142 - 7372, n=90)
1664 Points ∼100% +43%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
1163 Points ∼70%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-1065G7
1105 Points ∼66% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (881 - 1169, n=17)
1071 Points ∼64% -8%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
973 Points ∼58% -16%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
357 Points ∼21% -69%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3819 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-1065G7
3580 Points ∼94% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2939 - 3885, n=24)
3537 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
3134 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 19655, n=446)
3100 Points ∼81% -19%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1230 Points ∼32% -68%
3DMark 11 Performance
5022 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3460 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1282 points
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Gaming performance

The Nvidia GeForce MX250 installed here can also run modern games, but users have to live with low graphics settings. However, you can also play somewhat older titles smoothly at higher graphics settings and Full HD resolution.

The gaming performance that can be expected in different titles can be found in our GPU Games article.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average of class Multimedia
  (2.9 - 80.8, n=120)
21.1 fps ∼100% +62%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
13 fps ∼62%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9 - 16, n=20)
11.8 fps ∼56% -9%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
10.9 (min: 8) fps ∼52% -16%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
10.7 fps ∼51% -18%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.8 - 138, n=130)
32.3 fps ∼100% +54%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21 fps ∼65%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.3 - 23.1, n=22)
20.2 fps ∼63% -4%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
18.8 (min: 15) fps ∼58% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16.5 fps ∼51% -21%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.2 - 206, n=125)
48.3 fps ∼100% +34%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
36 fps ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (30 - 40, n=22)
35.6 fps ∼74% -1%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
33.5 (min: 26) fps ∼69% -7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
33.5 fps ∼69% -7%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Multimedia
  (8.9 - 296, n=128)
72.2 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (47.4 - 70, n=19)
61.4 fps ∼85%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
56.4 (min: 37) fps ∼78%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
51.6 fps ∼71%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 high (2/3)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
71.3 (min: 62) fps ∼100%
Average of class Multimedia
  (12.8 - 139, n=61)
61.4 fps ∼86% -14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (8.6 - 77.4, n=17)
59.1 fps ∼83% -17%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
46.4 (min: 41.6) fps ∼65% -35%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
18.2 (min: 15.8) fps ∼26% -74%
X-Plane 11.11 - 1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average of class Multimedia
  (9.28 - 84.3, n=40)
40.6 fps ∼100% +3%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
39.3 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 43.8, n=13)
37.7 fps ∼93% -4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
24.9 fps ∼61% -37%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.6 fps ∼24% -76%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 36 21 13 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 102.4 90.5 71.3 63.8 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 47.7 42.8 39.3 fps

Emissions and energy - VivoBook S14 offers good battery life

Noise emissions

Noise
Noise

The Asus VivoBook S14 is usually inaudible in office usage. Even when the fan starts up, only an even noise can be heard, which can easily fade out. However, the fan turns up clearly audibly under load but also remains in a sound range that can be tolerated well.

When the power adapter is connected, a very quiet coil whine can be heard, which turns into a light pulsating noise when the battery is fully charged.

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 31 / 31.3 dB(A)
Load
43.4 / 41.5 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: 30.7 dB(A)
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Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

During our test, we measure a maximum of 44.8 °C (~113 °F) under load in the VivoBook S14 S433FL. The warmest point is located in the rear section of the center, under the screen, so that the palm rests only heat up moderately. However, the laptop always stays cool enough in daily use to be able to use it on the lap, for example.

In our approximately one-hour stress test, the core temperatures rise to just under 80 °C (~176 °F), whereby the clock rates average around 1.5 GHz. As a result, the CPU's base clock speed of 1.8 GHz is undercut, but the system can still be operated smoothly. Because a scenario like the one that occurs in our stress test is almost impossible in practice, users don't have to expect limitations due to the temperatures being too high. 

Max. Load
 38.5 °C
101 F
43 °C
109 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 36.6 °C
98 F
41.1 °C
106 F
34 °C
93 F
 
 33.2 °C
92 F
30.6 °C
87 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
40.2 °C
104 F
44.8 °C
113 F
40.4 °C
105 F
36.5 °C
98 F
39.4 °C
103 F
37.6 °C
100 F
32.8 °C
91 F
34.5 °C
94 F
34.5 °C
94 F
Maximum: 44.8 °C = 113 F
Average: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.2 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 23.9 °C = 75 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 38.9 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.7 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.2 °C / 95 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33.2 °C / 91.8 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-4.2 °C / -7.6 F).
Heat development in idle usage - Top
Heat development in idle usage - Top
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Heat development in idle usage - Bottom
Heat development under load - Top
Heat development under load - Top
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Heat development in our The Witcher 3 test - Top
Heat development in our The Witcher 3 test - Top
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Speakers

Speakers
Speakers

The Asus VivoBook S14's speakers offer a rather low volume and a fairly broad sound spectrum. Mid tones are emphasized a bit more, which makes the 14-inch laptop suitable for playing media content in very quiet environments. In the long run, however, users should resort to external speakers or headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.334.133.32530.733.630.73132.233.532.24030.330.830.35031.73131.76328.728.628.78029.226.729.210036.82536.812542.92542.916041.323.841.320034.523.234.525047.223.247.231554.421.854.440062.820.362.850065.919.765.963065.119.765.180066.318.566.3100070.218.370.2125066.918.166.9160064.718.164.7200063.718.163.7250064.61864.6315060.918.560.9400056.418.556.4500059.718.559.7630057.818.657.8800064.118.664.11000063.318.663.31250057.31957.31600060.919.260.9SPL76.330.976.3N38.21.538.2median 60.9median 18.6median 60.9Delta6.61.56.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029TApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.22 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.1% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (16.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 35% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 25% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy consumption

In our test, the VivoBook S14 proves to be a quite energy-efficient laptop with a maximum consumption of 7.8 watts in idle usage. However, the energy consumption increases considerably under load and reaches a peak value of 64 watts. Consequently, the included 65-watt power adapter has enough capacity to guarantee a reliable power supply.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.4 / 4.2 / 7.8 Watt
Load midlight 57 / 64 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery life

In our practical WLAN test, the VivoBook S14 S433FL reaches a runtime of about 8:30 h. In this way, it can make good use of its 50 Wh battery and lasts a bit longer than other laptops with this hardware combination.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Schenker VIA 14
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 73 Wh
843 min ∼32% +64%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7, 48.85 Wh
715 min ∼27% +39%
Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, 50 Wh
514 min ∼19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (96 - 942, n=285)
373 min ∼14% -27%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250, 41 Wh
368 min ∼14% -28%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 34min

Pros

+ stable case
+ suitable for a wide range of applications
+ good battery life

Cons

- slow microSD card reader
- display should be brighter
- slight coil whine can be heard

Verdict - Lifestyle laptop for many use cases

In review: Asus VivoBook S14. Test device provided by: Asus Germany
In review: Asus VivoBook S14. Test device provided by: Asus Germany

The Asus VivoBook S14 proves to be a very versatile laptop in our test. There is more than enough performance for office applications, and the Nvidia GeForce MX250's performance is also sufficient for casual gamers. In combination with the good battery life and the small size, the 14-inch laptop is also a good mobile companion.

The Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL is a good all-rounder that presents itself with good performance in many situations.

Only the slow microSD card reader and the keyboard, which is a bit too soft for our taste, are really worthy of criticism. The rest of the configuration is definitely adequate for the price level of this laptop. However, sensitive users could have a problem with the slight coil whine when the power adapter is plugged in and with the PWM at low brightness levels. Those who value a fingerprint scanner will also have to do without the number pad. On the other hand, users who would like to use the number pad will have to do without the fingerprint scanner in return.

Asus VivoBook S14 S433FL-EB029T - 07/20/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
85 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
51 / 80 → 64%
Weight
70 / 20-72 → 97%
Battery
83 / 95 → 87%
Display
79%
Games Performance
64 / 90 → 71%
Application Performance
85 / 90 → 94%
Temperature
90%
Noise
85 / 95 → 89%
Audio
59%
Camera
32 / 85 → 37%
Average
73%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-07-23 (Update: 2020-07-23)
Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Editor
I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.