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Asus Vivobook S S430 Review: Beautiful Laptop with Premium Features

    I have discussed a premium class Asus laptop, namely the Asus ZenBook S UX391UA. This laptop is a high-end laptop that is expensive and not necessarily everyone needs this laptop. Interestingly, Asus knows this because it has a class Notebook called "Vivobook".

    If the “Zenbook” is in the premium class targeting the high-end user market, the “Vivobook” is in a more affordable price class than “Zenbook”. In fact, this Vivobook has its class again because there are Vivobooks under Rp. 10 million, and Vivobooks above Rp. 10 million.

    The Vivobook, whose official price is above Rp. 10 million, is generally aimed at users who really need a laptop for productivity needs, have premium features, and are affordable. And this is addressed through a Vivobook series called the Asus Vivobook S S430.

    What does the  Asus Vivobook S S430 look like? How is the performance? Without further ado, let's look at my review regarding this Asus Vivobook S S430 product.

    Asus Vivobook S UX391UA specifications

    Asus Vivobook S S430
    Asus Vivobook S S430 Review

    • Screen: 14 inches LED-backlit FHD 1920 x 1080 pixel with NanoEdge Display
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 8250 or  Intel Core i7 -8550U CPU 8M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz
    • Graphics Card: Nvidia MX MX150 2GB GDDR5 VRAM with Intel UHD 620
    • RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM
    • Storage: 256GB SATA 3 M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
    • Connectivity: 1 x Type C USB3.1 (GEN 1), 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB 3.1 port (Gen 1), 1 x Microphone-in / Headphone- out jack, 2 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x MicroSD Card Reader , Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
    • Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C gen 1, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, mic / headphones
    • Battery: 3 Cells 42 Whrs  Lithium-Polymer Battery

    Review of Asus Vivobook S UX391UA

    After knowing the specifications of the Asus Vivobook S UX391UA, let's now see the reviews and what are the interesting things about this laptop. Check the details at the following points!

    Beautiful and Attractive Design

    The thing that was interesting when I first saw the Asus Vivobook S S430 was its design. The design of this laptop has contrasting colors. If it looks outward, this laptop has a solid black color like a laptop in general. But the inside of this laptop, as well as some of the sides, shows that this laptop has a cool and attractive color.

    Asus Vivobook S S430 Review

    The colors displayed on the body of this laptop look striking, making this laptop look more beautiful and attractive. Even though the body construction of this laptop uses a plastic body, Asus is able to mix it into a laptop with a solid and attractive plastic body.

    It can be seen in the picture that the striking color combination with a black body surface doesn't make this laptop feel tacky. The premium impression is actually very visible from the overall body color.

    Because of this color, opening the port to the left and the hole port right of that line neat look together and stand out. Compare this with a laptop body which has a black tone, which sometimes makes the port array less prominent.

    Oh yeah,  the right port of this laptop comes with an audio jack port, USB Type-C, HDMI, USB 3.1, and also a DC port. The presence of an HDMI port on the right makes this laptop easier to connect to the second screen which is generally on the right.

    In the port on the left, there is a  port for a microSD reader. There are also two  USB 2.0 ports. The rest no other ports are visible on the right. This makes the right side of this laptop look more spacious.

    The presence of ports on both sides does not make a minus value for this laptop body design as a whole. The thing I like is when this laptop is opened which then shows its striking color reflection to anyone who can see it.

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    Good Performance for Work and Play Games

    After discussing the design, let's see how this laptop performs. For those who don't know or are lazy to read the specification table, the Asus Vivobook S S430 is equipped with an Intel Core i5 8250 combined with an Nvidia MX150 graphics card. In the RAM section, 8 GB of RAM is embedded.

    Asus Vivobook S S430 Review
    Asus Vivobook S S430

    With these specifications, the Asus Vivobook S S430 can be used for productivity needs or for entertainment. I have done several tasks using this laptop and it is quite comfortable to use for typing and watching needs.

    How for entertainment such as playing games or for heavier productivity such as editing videos. Clearly, the Asus Vivobook S S430 is capable of doing this. This has been proven when I tested the Asus Vivobook S S430 through several benchmark software.

    An example is using Cinebench R15. I tested Cinebench R15 with the laptop using battery power. The results obtained, the Asus Vivobook S S430 got an OpenGL score of 45.35 fps and a CPU score of 435 CB.

    battery cinebench

    I did the second test with the Cinebench R15 benchmark but with the condition of the laptop connected to electricity. As a result, the benchmark value is higher than before. This Asus Vivobook S S430 gets a value of 561 CB for CPU performance and gets 73.08 for OpenGL performance, aka its graphics capabilities.

    cinebench power

    I also tested the Asus Vivobook S S430 using the PCMark 10 benchmark. This test resulted in a score of 3,576, a pretty decent score. If you look at the details, this laptop has a score of 7,063 for essential use needs, a score of 5,494 for productivity needs such as using Microsoft Office applications, and a score of 3,200 for the digital content creation process.

    Judging by these benchmarks, this laptop can be said to be capable enough for productivity needs. How about playing the game performance? To test this, we tested the PUBG Mobile game. The choice of this game is because the game is currently busy playing and more people are playing this version compared to the Steam version of PUBG.

    I play the PUBG Mobile game and I can get HD graphics with "High" framerates which are quite comfortable. Whereas initially, PUBG Mobile suggested setting the graphics to medium, aka "balance" only.

    If you want more performance, the Asus Vivobook S S430 provides an Intel Core i7 8550 processor variant. The Asus Vivobook S S430 with an Intel Core i7 8550 processor clearly offers better gaming performance. In fact, it has been tried to play the game Sid Meier's Civilization VI smoothly.

    After testing to play games, how about for video creation needs? This section is currently being asked a lot considering that many people are looking for laptops for content creators. Therefore, we tested it according to the needs of today's video creators, namely rendering videos from 4K videos to 1080P videos.

    There are two 4K videos that I tested, one video is 1 minute long, another video is 30 seconds long. You combine the two videos and we render using Wondershare Filmora to an MP4 format video with a resolution of 1080p. With this test, I got a render time of  8 minutes 37 seconds for a 2 minute2-minute video.

    These results do not show the ability to render long duration videos. But at least the test describes how long the 4K video rendering duration to 1080p is. And in my opinion, these results have shown that this laptop can be invited for video editing and rendering needs.

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    Rich Color Screen and NanoEdge Display

    Asus Vivobook S S430
    Asus Vivobook S S430

    The thing that makes me like the Asus Vivobook S S430 besides its design is the screen display. This laptop comes with a 14-inch screen with a rich and clear color display. Several times I tested playing 4K videos, the result, the laptop was able to display 4K quality images well and was sharp enough.

    Asus Vivobook S S430

    In addition to the bright color display, this laptop has a widescreen stretch, even though the screen is only 14 inches. This turned out to be influenced by the NanoEdge Display technology. With this technology, the Asus Vivobook S S430 can present a screen with a thin bezel, making the Asus Vivobook S S430 a high screen-to-body ratio of 84%.

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    Has a Large Capacity SSD

    Asus Vivobook S S430

    Asus Vivobook S S430 is equipped with two types of storage. One main storage, namely an SSD with a capacity of 256 GB and another HDD with a capacity of 1 TB. With these two storages, of course, the Asus Vivobook S S430 has a large storage capacity.

    Besides being big, the Asus Vivobook S S430 also has a pretty fast SSD. I tested using CrystalDiskInfo to see the SSD specifications used by this laptop. It turns out that the SSD used in this laptop is a Micron brand with the SSD type is SATA SSD.

    SSD micron vivobook

    Unfortunately, the SSD used on this laptop is not an NVMe SSD. However, this is no big deal. After all, the SATA SSD is also quite fast and doesn't overheat like an NVMe SSD. So what is the speed of the Sata Micron SSD on this laptop? I tested the speed using CyrstalDiskMark and the results can be seen in the following table.

    MICRON SSD SPEED TEST

    It can be seen in the table that the read speed of the SSD on this laptop reaches 524 MB / s and the write speed reaches 444 MB / s. This speed is quite good considering the SSD used is a SATA SSD. For NVMe SSDs, it is clear that the speed is usually in the thousands.

    So, what about the HDD on this laptop? The HDD on this laptop is known to be a SATA type HDD with no brand description used. What is clear is that the HDD status is very good with a temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. Compared to SSD, the temperature reaches 57 degrees but it is reasonable because SSDs generally often reach this temperature.

    For HDD read and write speeds, it will obviously lose to SSDs. The figures for reading speeds of 126 MB / s and 51 MB / s are clearly not good numbers for the needs of loading today's operating systems and applications.

    Fortunately, the Asus Vivobook S S430 has a Windows OS installed on an SSD so booting Windows OS and opening programs installed on the SSD is so fast. If you have this laptop, it's best if the HDD is only used for storage.

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    Ergolift Design Technology and Portability

    Asus Vivobook S S430 Review

    One thing I like about the Asus Vivobook S S430 is the presence of the Ergolift design concept in the Asus Zenbook S. For those who don't know, this Ergolift is a special mechanism that allows the laptop to be lifted and form a 3.5-degree angle when the screen is opened.

    With the Ergolift design concept, there are two interesting advantages for its users. One, the keyboard will be tilted, making the typing experience more comfortable. Second, the Ergolift design makes the circulation of the air under the laptop smooth because of the extra cavities created by lifting the lower part of the laptop body upwards.

    Asus must often present this Ergolift technology in its mid-range laptops because this mechanism has many benefits.

    Oh well, the Asus Vivobook S S430 is also comfortable to use in travel conditions. I once used the Asus Vivobook S S430 for typing while on the go. At that time, I got on the train and had to hurry up and write my writing so that it was broadcast as quickly as possible.

    When I use it on the go, the Asus Vivobook S S430 is very light and hassle-free, both when I'm typing and when I put it back in my bag. Everything is completely practical, easy, and hassle-free.

    Long battery life and relatively fast battery charging

    The Asus Vivobook S S430 is equipped with a 3 Cells 42 Whrs  Lithium-Polymer Battery. The battery is quite durable for productivity use. Several times I went or traveled all day without needing a power outlet. You could say the endurance of the battery with light internet usage and typing can reach more than 5 hours.

    In my experience, I can get 80% battery remaining for internet usage for an hour. I got this use with a battery condition "Better performance" and a screen brightness level of 90%.

    The results will be much more economical, of course, if the brightness level is lowered and the battery mode used is also lowered. For example, I was able to use up 50% of battery consumption in 3 hours. This is obtained by the condition of the battery in "battery saver" mode and the screen with a brightness level of 25%.

    With that use, the estimated time I got was forty minutes. But usually, it's just an estimate that usually takes longer in fact.

    Another interesting thing about this laptop is its fast charging. I've found laptops at 9% battery condition. I tried to charge it and it turned out that the Asus Vivobook S S430 could charge from 9% to 100% in just 1 hour 17 minutes. It's really extraordinary.

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    Conclusion

    Asus Vivobook S S430 Review: Beautiful Laptop with Premium Features

    While using the Asus Vivobook S S430, I hardly encountered any significant problems. I have not found any shortcomings. Keyboard position? For this one, it may seem subjective, but the position of the keyboard keys on this laptop looks more spacious and the distance is more spacious when compared to the position of the keyboard keys that look tight on the Asus Zenbook S.

    The keyboard on the Asus Vivobook S S430 laptop is also quite comfortable to use for typing or playing games. Almost no, I did not find any shortcomings. Well, if you're looking for it, it's only a matter of the position of the power button which is once again integrated with the keyboard.

    Oh well, the Asus Vivobook S S430 also has a fingerprint sensor which is quite fast in reading our fingerprints.

    Overall, the Asus Vivobook S S430 is the best laptop in its class. There are many aspects that make a laptop look superior. Even if you want to say it lacks, the body is plastic but it is actually covered by the design of this laptop that looks beautiful. Hello, Asus.

    Interested in buying this Asus Vivobook S S430? Prepare funds of 12 million to propose the Asus Vivobook S S430 variant of the Intel Core i5 8250U. If you have more funds, prepare 15 million to propose the Asus Vivobook S S430 variant of the Intel Core i7 8550U.

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