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Computex 2018 | The colorful Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) and S14 (S430) get a refresh with the MX150 dGPU

The Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 come in five different color options. (Source: Asus)
The Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 come in five different color options. (Source: Asus)
The VivoBook is Asus’s general consumer-focused product line, with the S-series sitting in the crossroad of trade-offs between portability, battery life, and performance, making it a good general-purpose notebook.

Asus has refreshed the VivoBook S14 and S15, which come in Green, Star Grey, Silver Blue, Gun Metal, or Icicle Gold. We’re at a loss as to why green isn’t cool enough to get a snazzy marketing name. Perhaps green slept through their alarm and missed the naming session (Edit: The marketing name for the green appears to be Firmament Green). The displays (14 and 15 inches respectively) utilize Asus’s NanoEdge bezel on three sides.

There are two Intel 15-watt U-series processors to choose from, the i5-8250U 4C/8T at 1.6/3.4 GHz and the i7-8550U 4C/8T at 1.8/4.0 GHz. The dedicated graphics on offer have been upgraded from the MX130 (rebranded GT 940mx) to the MX150, but no mention has been made of whether this is the cut down 10-watt variant or the fully fledged 25-watt model. Either way, the MX150 is enough for casual gaming at 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 in many games at lower graphics settings. Up to 16 GB of RAM is supported.

Both the S430 and S530 share a similar ErgoLift hinge to the new ZenBook Pro S. This works by placing the hinge in such a way that the display acts as a large foot that lifts the rear of the laptop as the screen is opened. This increased angle is supposed to provide a better angle for typing (as long as you don't rest your wrists on the keyboard deck), and also means that the intake fans aren't as restricted so cooling should be improved.

The 15-inch S530 weights 1.8 kg, while the 14-inch S430 is 1.4 kg, putting it closer to the weight of a 13-inch ultrabook with dGPU. Expected availability is in the third quarter of 2018, starting at 749 Euros (US$875). Note: European pricing includes around 19 percent tax.

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Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 ErgoLift hinge design. (Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 ErgoLift hinge design. (Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 two-tone colors. (Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 two-tone colors. (Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 color extends around the whole body and keyboard deck. (Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook S15 and S14 color extends around the whole body and keyboard deck. (Source: Asus)

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Craig Ward, 2018-06- 5 (Update: 2018-06- 5)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.