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ASUS VivoBook S14 S433 Unboxing and First Impressions

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ASUS recently revealed that the Intel 10th Gen-based VivoBook S14 and S15 will go official to the Philippine market.
A beautiful-looking mid-range work laptop

Dubbed as the laptop for students and young professionals, the ASUS VivoBook S14 S433 is equipped with a stylish and slim design with capable overall specs and capable speakers for its expected price tag.

Ahead of its July 31 PH launch, let's take a look at the new S14 S433JQ.

Today, let's take a look at the new S14 S433 with Intel i5 inside. Is this your possible new school or work from home partner?

Unboxing/Accessories

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Simple. The new VivoBook S14 S433JQ comes in a not that bulky box with everything you'll need for basic laptop use inside. Upon opening, you'll be greeted with the laptop itself followed by the traditional 65W charger and a 3 prong cable, plenty of stickers, and paper documents.


Build Quality/Design

Gaia Green variant
Gaia Green variant

The ASUS VivoBook S14 S433 is nicely built for a mid-range laptop. The chassis is mostly made out of aluminum metal with chamfered edges for sturdier construction and a more premium look. The few non-metal parts of the laptop are the plastic bezel and the IPS display.

In terms of looks, the laptop uses a color blocking design. When closed, you'll see its Indie Black, Gaia Green, Resolute Red, or Dreamy White colorways with a matte-like texture finish. You can decorate that with the stickers of your choice included in the package.
Reasonably slim bezels
Reasonably slim bezels

When opened, the first thing you'll notice is the 14-inch big FHD+ display. This display has 100 percent sRGB with decent brightness levels. So, it could be good enough for photo editing and light video editing.

The top and side bezels are slim. The side bezels and top bezels are just 5.7 and 10.5 mm slim, respectively. Despite having a slim top bezel, ASUS managed to add an HD webcam.

This NanoEdge display design has 85 percent of the screen-to-body ratio. It also has a 178-degree wide viewing angle.
Keyboard and trackpad
Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard is backlit with generous size and spacing. The typing experience is good so far. It also has a Color-blocking keycap to easily distinguish the "Enter" key. It also has a regular-sized trackpad and a fingerprint sensor (Windows Hello) for secured unlocking.
Bottom view
Bottom view

Below, it has a total of 5 rubber feet to prevent the laptop from slipping. You will also see that it has 2x Harman Kardon speakers (which are loud and clear by the way) and vent in the middle portion.

This laptop also has an AudioWizard app with fine-tuning presets (Music Mode, Movie Mode, Gaming Mode, Recording/Speech Mode, Manual Mode).
Left
Left

At left, you'll see the DC input, HDMI, USB-A 3.1, USB-C 3.1, and 3.5mm headphone jack slot. At right, you'll find the microSD card slot and the 2x USB-A 2.0 ports.
Right
Right

It also has an array microphone with Cortana voice-recognition support.

To nitpick, I would have liked it better if it has the universal USB-C charging port.



ASUS VivoBook S14 S433 Specs

Display: 14-inch IPS w/ FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 157 ppi
CPU: 3.90GHz 10nm Intel Core i7-1065G7 quad-core processor, 3.60GHz 10nm i5-1035G1 quad-core processor
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Iris Plus/UHD Graphics
RAM: 8GB DDR4
ROM: 512GB SSD w/ microSD card slot
Selfie Camera: 0.9MP HD camera
Battery: 50WHr w/ 65W fast charger
OS: Windows 10 Home
Connectivity: WiFi 6 802.11ax GIG+, Bluetooth 5.0, 1x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-C 3.1, 2x USB-A 2.0, 1x HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
Others: Fingerprint scanner, backlit keyboard, 2x Harman Kardon speakers, Colors: Indie Black, Gaia Green, Resolute Red, Dreamy White
Dimensions: 324.9 x 213.5 x
Weight: 1.4 kg
Price: PHP 49,995 (Core i5), PHP 59,995 (Core i7)


As of the moment

The ASUS VivoBook S14 S433 is a pretty good school, work, and a bit of play notebook. 

So far, we like its slim profile with the solid build quality and a good display as well as its reasonably fast for basic laptop use (even if I only have the i5 version) with listed around 6 hours of battery life and fast charging capability.

But before jumping into conclusion, let's wait for its official SRP on July 31 to see if it is worth it.

See you in our full review.
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