The VivoBook brand is ASUS’s way of capturing the attention of the younger consumers, which are always connected and need a stylish-looking and powerful notebook. The VivoBook S14 offers exactly that.
It also features the Ryzen 5000 U-series chips, which while are still built on the Zen 2 architecture, still offer plenty of performance and power efficiency, which is essentially what the VivoBook S14 needs. Without wasting any more time, here are LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the ASUS VivoBook S14 M433.
3 reasons to BUY the ASUS VivoBook S14 M433
1. Design and build quality
The laptop comes with several color options, all of which look fantastic. Our laptop came in black, which looked stealthy and mysterious. Of course, for the more adventurous consumers, the other colors are there for them. The build materials aren’t specified, but the laptop remained sturdy, and while there was some flexing, it wasn’t anything to worry about. The unboxing experience was great as well, with the laptop coming with an ASUS bag to carry it around, which is great attention to detail.
2. Battery life
The laptop comes with a 50Wh battery unit, which managed to last for 8 hours and 38 minutes of Web browsing, and 9 hours and 45 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
Our laptop came powered by the Ryzen 7 5700U, which crushed our benchmarks, especially when compared to the previous VivoBook devices.
Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
2 reasons NOT to buy the ASUS VivoBook S14 M433
The laptop suffers from poor upgradeability, with all of the RAM being soldered onto the motherboard. You can upgrade the storage through a single M.2 PCIe x4 drive slot.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows exactly how to access the M.2 SSD slot.
The laptop’s I/O looks fine at first glance, but if you look deeper you’ll start seeing the cracks. You get a power plug, an HDMI connector, one USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, one USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and a 3.5mm audio jack, which is all on the left. Switch sides and you find two USB Type-A 2.0 ports, which are archaic in today’s standards, and a MicroSD card reader.