Asus refreshes the stolid VivoBook S13, S14 and S15 line

Asus refreshes the stolid VivoBook S13, S14 and S15 line

Asus refreshes the stolid VivoBook S13, S14 and S15 line

The new Asus ZenBook Pro features a 5.5-inch ScreenPad in replacement of its touchpad.

Additionally the VivoBook S13 (S330) is the first ASUS laptop to feature a four-sided NanoEdge display with a remarkable 89 per cent screen-to-body ratio. This is paired with the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti, which performs well in GPU accelerated tasks and can provide a good FullHD gaming experience (ultra on older games, high on newer games).

Weighing in at just 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) for the S13, 1.4 kg (3 lbs) for the 14-inch S14 and 1.8 kg (4 lbs) for the 15.6-inch S15, the trio of VivBooks are pretty portable as well. More than the ScreenPad, the ZenBook Pro 15 features up to an eighth-core i9 processor with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

Lastly, the ZenBook S' fancy hinge also plays into minimal 5.9mm NanoEdge bezels around the screen. It's 17.9mm thick and weighs 1.6kg.

As ever, this Ultrabook features Asus' almost-too-vibrant screen.

Alternatively, you can extend your laptop's display to ScreenPad so you can use the ZenBook Pro in dual-display mode. Called ScreenPad, the addition not just lets you open apps on the main screen from the options given there but can also mirror the main screen, opening a gateway for users to utilise it in new ways. "The 15.6" screen is PANTONE vaildated with guaranteed Delta-E colour difference of less than 2.0 for the 4K display model and less than 3.0 for the 1080p, as well as 100% Adobe RGB and 132% sRGB coverage.

The laptops feature an all-aluminum unibody design with a "deep dive blue" color with rose gold detail. It has worked with Microsoft to bring shortcuts for Microsoft Office apps to the touchpad, and it's planning on releasing a software development kit so app-makers can incorporate shortcuts into their own apps.

Superb specs come with a hefty price tag and the ZenBook Pro 15 is no different.

ZenBook S (UX391) is a premium 13.3-inch ultraportable Windows 10 notebook that not only delivers effortless portability, powerful performance and no-compromise connectivity for discerning on-the-go users, but also is tested to meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G durability standards.

The company is promising 13.5 hours of battery life; recharging is accomplished via the use of the laptop's single USB Type-C port and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The VivoBook Flip 14 will offer a range of processors, from the lowly 8th Gen Intel Core i3 all the way to a competent Core i7, backed up by up to 16GB of RAM and integrated Intel graphics.

Touchpads have always been a staple of laptops since their introduction in 1992 but since then, besides better accuracy and accompanying gesture-based software support, there just hasn't been much innovation.

Computex 2018 is officially underway in Taipei, and we're now seeing Microsoft's OEMs reveal their newest Windows 10 devices for 2018.

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