ASUS has introduced its new VivoBook S-series laptops that attempt to fuse style with performance in a reasonably priced package. The new notebooks are based on Intel’s latest 10th Generation Core processors and come in in chassis made of brushed aluminum and lightweight plastic with Resolute Red, Gaia Green, Dreamy White, or Indie Black finish.

ASUS’s 2020 family of VivoBook S notebooks includes 13.3-inch (S13 S333), 14-inch (S14 S433), as well as 15.6-inch (S15 S533) models equipped with a Full-HD display featuring thin NanoEdge bezels as well as 178°/178° viewing angles. The smallest machines come in black or white, whereas the larger laptops actually offer a choice between red, green, black, or white. As far as portability is concerned, the notebooks feature pretty much the same z-height of 15-16mm, but their weight varies from 1200g to 1800g depending on size and GPU installed.

The VivoBook S13 S333 is powered by Intel’s quad-core Ice Lake processors with up to Iris Plus ‘G7’ graphics with 64 EUs, whereas the VivoBook S14 S433 and the VivoBook S15 S533 are based on Intel’s quad-core Comet Lake processors with UHD Graphics. In both cases, ASUS offers optional GeForce MX discrete GPUs (see exact models in the table below). Whether or not it makes sense to install a standalone graphics processor into a mobile PC with Intel’s Iris Plus ‘G7’ is up to debate, but at least it is possible to get it with systems that come with basic integrated graphics.

One feature on these notebooks is the colored enter key. ASUS has stated that this key has a yellow outline (it's more visible on darker keyboards) to act as an entry point into the modern world. What this means is that IMs and DMs and social media all require hitting 'Enter' to submit, and so this is one of the lifestyle additions that the company will take into its marketing strategy.

All the other features and specifications of all the 2020 VivoBook S variants are similar: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A/Type-C, microSD, webcam, Harman/Kardon speakers, microphone, audio jack, and a 50 Wh battery. The manufacturer does not disclose actual battery life figures, but it is reasonable to assume that the VivoBook S13 S333 13.3-incher with integrated graphics will have a considerably longer uptime than the VivoBook S15 S533 15.6-incher with a discrete GPU.

ASUS's 2020 VivoBook S13/S14/S15
  VivoBook S13
VivoBook S14
VivoBook S15
Display 13.3-inch 1920×1080 14-inch 1920×1080 15.6-inch 1920×1080
CPU Intel Core i7-1065G7: 4C/8T, 1.3 - 3.9 GHz
Intel Core i5-1035G1: 4C/8T, 1.0 - 3.6 GHz

Ice Lake
Intel Core i7-10510U: 4C/8T, 1.8-4.9GHz
Intel Core i5-10210U: 4C/8T, 1.6-4.2GHz

Comet Lake
Graphics iGPU Intel UHD Graphics 'G1' w/ 32 EUs
900-1050MHz, 461 - 537 GFLOPS

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 'G7' w/ 64 EUs
1.05-1.1GHz, 1.07 - 1.1 TFLOPS
Intel UHD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
RAM 8 GB or 16 GB DDR4-2666
SSD 16 GB Intel Optane + 256 GB SSD
32 GB Intel Optane + 512 GB SSD
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
GbE -
Card Reader microSD
Other I/O HDMI, webcam, microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 50 Wh
Dimensions Width 30.5 cm | 12 inch 32.5 cm | 12.79 inch 36 cm | 14.17 inch
Depth 19 cm | 7.87 inch 21.3 cm | 8.4 inch 23.4 cm | 9.2 inch
Thickness 1.5 cm | 0.59 inch 1.57 cm | 0.62 inch 1.6 cm | 0.63 inch
Weight 1.2 kg | 2.65 lbs 1.4 kg | 3.08 lbs 1.8 kg | 3.97 lbs
Additional Information ? ? ?
Price ? ? ?

ASUS yet has to announce MSRPs of its VivoBook S13 333, S14 S433, as well as S15 S533 laptops, but it is obvious that prices will depend on exact configurations. Good news is that the company promises to launch the notebooks in ‘early 2020’.

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Source: ASUS

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  • patel21 - Monday, January 13, 2020 - link

    And the best Innovation award of CES2020 goes to:
    "One feature on these notebooks is the colored enter key."
  • hybrid2d4x4 - Monday, January 13, 2020 - link

    Any idea what HDMI version the port is? I was disappointed that a modern laptop I bought towards the end of last year only supported 4K@30Hz and the USB-C doesn't have video alt-mode support either. These machine are marketed the same way with limited info on ports...

    I wonder if people at these CES-type events openly scolded/mocked manufacturers for putting old versions of ports then maybe OEMs might get the hint that releasing a PC should have current or near-current tech inside, not like the HDMI 1.4 (2.0 was apparently released in Sept 2013!) garbage on my laptop, a Lenovo Flex 14 w 3500U.
  • timecop1818 - Monday, January 13, 2020 - link

    Very nice keyboard. I see they are following HP layout which I really like. However, non-starter with 1080p.
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - link

    "t is reasonable to assume that the VivoBook S13 S333 13.3-incher with integrated graphics will have a considerably longer uptime than the VivoBook S15 S533 15.6-incher with a discrete GPU."

    You'd think if they were making it 50% heavier they could have squeezed a bit more battery in, too.
  • Retycint - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Probably reusing the same mobo/chassis design across all 3 models (size notwithstanding) to save cost.
  • Quizzma - Sunday, July 19, 2020 - link

    I'm thinking of taking this course over Summer B, but I can't find any recent syllabi for this course, and I was wondering if it still offers the extra credit. Some syllabi have it listed, others don't, and they are all from a few years ago. I was also wondering if the course layout (exams, assignments, extra credit) has changed at all. The same guy, Moulton, is still teaching this summer, if that helps.
  • Himalaya & Footprints - Friday, September 18, 2020 - link

    533 is too much expensive...i am interested in Macbook instead. ...
  • peterjohnee1 - Sunday, November 28, 2021 - link

    So smart!
    No matter how bad the situation may get free

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