Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W, affordable 14″ ultrabook versatile black compact with NumPad + bag + mouse – LaptopSpirit

Our review of the Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W

Supplied in a package with a bag and mouse, the inexpensive versatile laptop PC Asus Vivobook 14 R415EA-EK1415W thin and light suitable for High Definition content with its 14-inch Full HD anti-glare screen it benefits from a NumberPad numeric keypad module to enter numbers more easily and a USB-C connection. Equipped with SSD storage that improves responsiveness, this discreet black Ultrabook is based on 8 GB RAM and a Tiger Lake Core i3 processor with Intel UHD G4 graphics solution, which is suitable for everyday use as well as for light gaming, all under Windows 11S focused on security.

Most famous price: 499€

Features of the Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W

Screen(s) 14″ Full HD NanoEdge thin bezels 45% NTSC 220cd/m² (1920×1080, antiglare)
Processor Intel Core i3-1115G4 Tiger Lake (3.0GHz, 2 cores, TDP 15W)
Installed RAM (max.) 8 GB (soldered) DDR4 3200 MHz (24 GB), 1 slot (free)
Graphics Card Intel UHD G4 integrated into the processor
Storage 256 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2) + 1 available 2.5-inch slot
connectors 2 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 1.4
Network Wi-Fi ac (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Backlit keyboard No (1.4mm stroke)
Numeric Keypad Yes via NumPad (NumberPad)
Windows Hello
audio system 2 Sonic Master speakers
Operating system Windows 11S 64 bit
Announced runtime / Battery 5 hours / Li-Polymer 2 cells 37Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 1.55kg / 325.4 x 216 x 19.9″

The Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W against the competition

The Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W is currently shown in action at Boulanger in suit with mouse + bag and is positioned as one of the few in its category that offers a numeric keyboard module, a package, but also runs under Windows 11.

Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W

It has a discreet look with its thin and light black design.

This versatile Ultrabook runs on Windows 11S, a system focused on security by only allowing the installation of applications from the Windows Store. However, it is possible to get out of S mode for free to migrate to the classic Windows 10, but returning to S mode later is impossible.

The connectivity integrated in this laptop is good, consisting of 1 USB-C, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1 modules for wireless connections and remote communication, an audio port, an HDMI video output, practical to use this PC easily on a TV or a monitor for example, but also 3 USBs all compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, USB 3.0 guarantees transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when a USB 3.0 device is connected to it.

Good point, you can easily enter the numbers thanks to the NumberPad module (NumPad) which consists in turning the touchpad into a tactile numeric keypad.
In this regard, keep in mind that all laptops with a size of less than 15 inches, such as this model, do not have space on the right side for a physical numeric keypad.

Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W

Lovers of videos and more generally High Definition content will appreciate that the screen is adorned with a 16:9 format coupled with an accurate Full HD definition that is superior to the standard 1366×768. Because it is anti-glare, the screen is also easier to read in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy panel.

Performance, autonomy of the Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W

The Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W is a compact High Definition laptop designed for everyday general use.

Relying on 8GB RAM and an energy-efficient Intel Core i3-1115G4 Tiger Lake processor, this thin and light laptop PC delivers good performance for everyday use, such as web browsing and office automation.

Thanks to the Intel UHD G4 graphics solution, which is housed directly in the Core i3, you can also view photos and videos, as well as play light titles.

Despite everything, it should be borne in mind that under processor-intensive software the Core i3-1115G4 shows its limits, like AMD Ryzen 3 and less powerful processors of course.

On the storage side, there is an SSD which clearly improves fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis compared to a simple hard drive. It must be said that an SSD is quiet but also consumes less energy, is more robust and much faster.

Asus VivoBook 14 S1400EA-EK1697W

Most famous price: 499€

In concrete terms, thanks to the SSD, the start/stops are much faster than with, for example, a hard disk, just like starting applications, and we reach the cards of online games faster.

Admittedly, the 256GB capacity of the SSD is limited, enough to install and store light and/or few files/software. This is half of what standard hard drives offer.

We appreciate all the more that a 2.5-inch slot is available to optionally add a second SSD or a hard drive to save space.
It is also possible to use an external storage space. Preferring a USB-C / USB 3.0 device is then an interesting option to get fast transfers.

As for autonomy, bet on about 5 hours of battery life in light use for this versatile Ultrabook whose compactness, finesse and lightness facilitate transport.

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