Well thought out with its tactile numeric keypad on the touchpad (NumPad), the Asus Vivobook S413FA-EK692T is a clever mobile companion for all office automation enthusiasts. If it seduces first of all with its iridescent white design with borderless screen, its capacities are not left out with its Core i5 Quad Core supported by a large amount of RAM (16 GB) and by a SSD storage of 512 GB, a trio capable of meeting the majority of users looking for a fast office and multimedia ultrabook. Its silver / white design with reflections does not lack charm and the addition of the NumPad is a welcome feature. On the other hand, the autonomy does not exceed 6 hours and it will be necessary to be careful when transporting.
Specifications of the Asus VivoBook S413FA-EK692T
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD 60Hz 250nits NanoEdge (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake (1.6 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (soldered) DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD 620 Graphics|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Audio system||2 Harman Kardon speakers (2W)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-ion 3 cells 42Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.45 Kg / 325 x 215 x 19|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus VivoBook S413FA-EK692T
Asus is redesigning its 14-inch ultrabook for tight budgets. With VivoBook S413FA-EK692T takes its chassis from its predecessor (S412) by changing the aesthetics. Asus offers its S14 a colorful range and opts here for a “Dreamy White” design which offers a white back with light reflections, sometimes light blue, sometimes pink / purple, facing a more classic silver base. It\s original while avoiding a too garish color. Asus, however, wanted to add a colorful touch to the opening with the Enter key framed in bright yellow. “ Say ‘Yellow!’ To the world ” according to Asus.
Its weight has been significantly reduced to 1.45 kg and, added to its compact size (325 x 215 mm), this makes it the perfect little companion for studious outings. However, we have already seen thinner on this type of ultrabook (19 mm) but for entry level, it is very well optimized. Note that Asus reinforces the back of the aluminum cover for more robustness but that the rest of the case is made of polycarbonate (plastic), like the majority of laptops at this level. Regarding the keyboard, it does not seem that the model concerned here does not have a backlighting system.
The screen also plays a decisive role in the aesthetic rendering of the ultrabook and its refined NanoEdge contours will not only increase the feeling of immersion but also allow a 14-inch panel to slide into a 13-inch chassis. It benefits from a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) which provides a healthy display density to modulate the display or view High Definition content in the best conditions. In addition, the anti-glare coating facilitates viewing in strong ambient light and viewing angles are stabilized despite the use of TN. Note that the screen is placed on ErgoLift hinges which will raise the keyboard base when the cover is opened, a plus for comfort.
Well distributed, the connections bring together most of the interfaces currently expected at this level of the range. There is an HDMI output, a microSD card reader as well as two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.1 port and a USB Type-C , which is one more USB port than on the S412DA. On this model, no biometric connection possibility (Windows Hello) and connectivity is entrusted to Wifi ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
Another welcome feature on this VivoBook, the NumPad presented here in version 2.0. Its principle is to display a highlighted numeric keypad (retro LED) on the touchpad following a pressure in its upper right corner. Asus announces that it will provide even faster input in version 2.0.
Performance, battery life of the Asus VivoBook S413FA-EK597T
Inside the VivoBook S413FA-EK597T is a 10th generation (2019) Comet Lake Core i5-10210U Quad Core processor. Thus, the PC covers all current use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) with a fairly advanced mastery in more demanding applications using multicore architecture (video editing, light Photoshop …). Attention, we are on low consumption and not powerful processors type -H. In fact, if you try your hand at CPU intensive tasks, you will face more or less harmful latencies. In addition, with 16 GB of RAM behind, the system will remain perfectly fluid in all situations for a multitasking of the most comfortable.
Another highlight of this VivoBook S413FA-EK597T is the 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD storage . This will significantly enhance the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis compared to a configuration with a mechanical hard drive. Based on a PCIe interface faster than SATA3, the SSD ensures shortened loading times, almost instantaneous Windows launch and very fast file copies, not to mention the qualities in terms of energy savings, durability and silence from the SSD. Not to spoil anything, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your game library.
In the absence of a dedicated card, only the Intel UHD 620 chip is used for all the tasks that require graphics support and if its services are perfect in current use, it will not be able to support more demanding than old games.
Finally, be aware that Asus has slightly reinforced the battery of its little VivoBook but its 42 Whr will not be able to take you very far. Count on barely 5 to 6 hours of Internet browsing with active WiFi.