ASUS VivoBook S430UN Review: Laptop with Unique Color Accents

ASUS VivoBook S430UN Review: Laptop with unique colour accents that stay concerned with performance. See ASUS VivoBook S430UN features here.

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ASUS VivoBook S430UN ergolift
ASUS VivoBook S430UN ergolift

For young consumers, giving non-mainstream colour accents to technology products is one strategy to attract target markets. Not only smartphone manufacturers, laptop brands also use this strategy.

The newest example is the ASUS VivoBook S430 which gives colour accents around its body. Apart from being different, this laptop also has reliable specifications.

Solid design with different colours

One thing that immediately caught our attention was the yellow accents around the side of the silver body. Apart from being different, this contrasting colour accent gives a fresh feel to the design of laptops which are usually less daring to experiment with non-primary colours.

The lines of minimalist design are rounded at the ends of the laptop body, in line with the rounded box-shaped keyboard design at the end. Besides being smooth when touched, this design concept is also pleasing to the eye.

Despite its lightweight, the body quality feels solid. There is no impression of weakness when pressing the laptop body with a little power. Port placement is also quite ideal. Two USB Type A ports and a microSD card slot are placed on the left. While on the right there is one USB Type A port, one USB Type C port, one HDMI port and a headphone jack. With the placement of ventilation holes under the body and near the screen hinges, there is no heat for mouse users both on the right and left side of the laptop.

Another unique design aspect of the VivoBook S430 can be found on the hinges. This hinge design called ErgoLift will increase the position of the keyboard when the screen is opened. In addition to providing extra comfort when typing, the bottom of a raised laptop also provides better ventilation. Warm air is only felt on the top of the keyboard that is close to the ventilation hole.

Not only comfortable when typing, the keyboard depth is sufficient and the distance between the keys that are not too tight can increase speed and accuracy. But there are two things that interfere with the VivoBook S430UN keyboard. Laying the power button above the Backspace button and the Delete button will make some users press wrong and send the laptop to “Sleep” mode. Placement of the Page Down, Page Up, End, Home buttons on the F9-F12 button will also make some users uncomfortable because of its unusual location.

Overall, the ASUS VivoBook S430 not only looks fresher thanks to its unique colour accents but also has a solid and comfortable design.

Reliable performance for various needs

When trying to run various heavy applications such as photo and video editing, the VivoBook S430UN is able to present good performance. Not too surprising considering this laptop has been equipped with an Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. This reliable performance makes it suitable to accompany work while on the trip. Then what about performance for gaming?

Casual games like Star Control Origins can run smoothly at the middle graphic level. For heavier games like Hitman 2 and Assassin’s Creed Oddysey, the VivoBook S430UN is able to run it when set at low resolution and graphics levels. So the performance is indeed enough to be invited to play games, but at a low level. Remember, this is not a gaming laptop so don’t expect to be able to function as a thin gaming laptop.

For those who love watching videos on a laptop, they will like the screen that has a matte finish. With this type of screen, bright objects such as room lights will not reflect on the screen. For sound quality, the speakers at the bottom of the body feel less loud and sound thin.

For battery life, laptops with 8th generation Intel Core processors can last around 10 hours for light use and 8 hours if intense is used to watch videos with a 50% brightness setting. This achievement is enough for those who want to take him as a co-worker.

It’s time for more colourful laptops

If the smartphone appears with a more varied colour tinge, the laptop still survives with a “safe” colour choice such as gold, black, or silver. The ASUS VivoBook S430UN is one step towards a laptop that looks more cheerful, while still maintaining good performance and a functional design.

ASUS VivoBook S430UN ergolift
ASUS VivoBook S430UN ergolift

For the variant with the Intel Core i7 processor, the ASUS VivoBook S430UN sells for N755,000 naira. The price is quite premium. But if you consider the specifications, especially the storage media that combines a 256GB SSD and a broad 1TB HDD, the selling price is still included on average.

Then for whom is the ASUS VivoBook S430UN? By considering the performance and design, this laptop will be suitable for content creators or office workers who need a fast laptop but still want to look different.

Pros:

  • Fast performance for productive applications
  • The matte screen has minimal reflections with good quality
  • Light and attractive design with unique colours
  • Comfortable keyboard with the ErgoLift design concept
  • Large storage capacity
  • Complete port
  • Long battery life

Cons:

  • The power button is easily squashed accidentally
  • Laying the PgDn, PgUp, End, Home buttons is less common
  • The sound from the internal speaker is less loud and thin

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