ASUS introduced its new generation mid-range VivoBook S-series laptops at Computex earlier this month. The new notebooks are equipped with the company’s proprietary ScreenPad 2.0 — a touchpad with an integrated display — along with a host of other premium features. By equipping a mid-range PC with its ScreenPad, ASUS kills two birds with one stone: it popularizes its exclusive technology and it makes its mainstream laptops more competitive.

Traditionally, ASUS’s VivoBook S14 (S432/S431) and VivoBook S15 (S532/S531) notebooks come in chassis made of brushed aluminum and lightweight plastic thus bringing together durability while keeping the weight relatively low (1.4 – 1.8 kilograms) and z-height relatively thin (0.7 inch, 1.778 cm). Aimed at the young audience, the new VivoBook S-series come in Moss Green, Transparent Silver, Gun Metal, Cobalt Blue, and Punk Pink.

Different versions of the new VivoBook S14/S15 come equipped with a 14 or 15-inch LCD panels with thin bezels featuring a Full-HD (1920×1080) resolution as well as 178° wide viewing angles. Meanwhile, the S432/S532 notebook SKUs also feature rather massive 5.65-inch ScreenPad 2.0 touchpads with a Full HD+ (2160×1080) resolution. The ScreenPad can be used as a second screen for Windows (select programs), or to run specially designed applications that make life easier. Since the ScreenPad needs support from software developers, ASUS needed to make it more widespread and this is why it integrated it into its new VivoBook S-series laptops. Meanwhile, the S431 and the S531 models come with a traditional trackpad without a screen.

As far as internal hardware is concerned, the VivoBook S14 (S432) and VivoBook S15 (S532) notebooks are based on Intel’s 8th Gen Core processors (up to quad-core Core i7-8565U) that are accompanied by up to 16 GB of memory as well as up to 1 TB of PCIe/NVMe SSD. Premium models will also come with NVIDIA’s GeForce MX 250 with 2 GB of RAM discrete GPU.

When it comes to connectivity, everything is more or less standard for today’s advanced laptops: the 2019 VivoBook S-series laptops feature Intel’s 802.11ax Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 5 solution, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connector, three USB Type-A (1×3.0, 2×2.0) ports, one HDMI output, a microSD slot, and a 3.5-mm audio jack. Interestingly, the S431 model comes with an SD card reader.

The new ASUS VivoBook S14 (S432/S431) and VivoBook S15 (S532/S531) notebooks will be available in the coming months. Prices remain to be seen, but given the fact that configurations will vary greatly, so will prices of actual PCs.

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  • nandnandnand - Saturday, June 08, 2019 - link

    The "screenpad" looks very dim. Also no good if you're laying down with the laptop. Reply
  • jordanclock - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    Am I reading this right in that the Screenpad has a higher resolution display than the main display? Reply
  • PeachNCream - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    The screenpad is a good idea, but it's hobbled by this need for special software support. If it can just function as a second display, it'd gather up enough support among end users to make a credible case for something with additional requirements (and associated features) later on. The cart is currently before the horse. Reply
  • KirkLorensen - Friday, July 05, 2019 - link

    I also use this computer. Not yet used it to the full force. I mainly use it for office work. I perform various assignments online. But this computer may do much different missions. I think it is good laptop for work and games. Reply
  • KirkLorensen - Friday, July 05, 2019 - link

    Good! Reply
  • arturw90 - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

    To be honest I don't like this screen on a touch panel. This is a really stupid feature for a laptop. People buy such things for a read https://ukessay.com/assignment-writing-service or assignment writing work and this laptop should be a workhorse. Personally, I would not buy such a laptop. Reply

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