The ASUS Vivobook S 14 Flip is a sturdy laptop so it can survive rough use too. There are two stiff hinges in the corners due to which you will need two hands to open the lid. Since this is a Flip series product, you can move the laptop’s lid up against its back and use the screen as a tablet or prop it up with the display facing you in tent mode as well. The keyboard gets disabled in both these modes. Holding this Vivobook with one hand shouldn’t be an issue as it weighs just 1.15kg. Vivobook comes in two colors one is a dark metallic shade of gray the other color variant is Cool Silver.
The Vivobook S 14 Flip has a surprisingly healthy I/O kit for a thin and light laptop, including a DC barrel jack, a Thunderbolt 4 connector that supports external displays and power delivery, one 3.5mm combo audio jack, an HDMI 2.1 display out, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, and one standard USB 2.0 port. There’s adequate connectivity, but if your external mouse and keyboard take up the two USB-A ports, you should have a Thunderbolt dock handy for connecting other thumb drives.
The notebook has a 14-inch IPS LCD panel with LED backlighting that can reach 300 nits of peak brightness and has Corning Gorilla Glass NBT protection. The panel comes with a 16:10 ratio with a 1920×1200 pixel resolution. Viewing angles are good since it is an IPS panel, but you can see the strong backlight bleeding around the edges when viewing dark scenes.
Camera and Speakers
The new Vivobook S 14 Flip comes with a 1080p FHD camera. The webcam is paired with a physical privacy shutter as well. Moving on to ASUS’s speakers comes with Harman-Kardon branding and Dolby Atmos support on this new Vivobook. They can get adequately loud for laptop speakers however, don’t expect the sound quality to blow you away, even with Dolby Atmos turned on.
Battery Life and Software
The Vivobook has a non-removable 50Wh battery which can last for up to four hours with everyday use. The battery can stretch out by tweaking the Windows Power plan settings, using Battery Saver mode, and reducing the display’s brightness. It includes 90W charging brick fully recharges the Vivobook S 14 Flip in two hours and 13 minutes. It’s a small and portable adapter with a standard three-pin top. The Vivobook S 14 Flip is powered with Windows 11 Home. You also get complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud membership,Dolby Access, a McAfee Live Safe subscription, and a free Xbox Game Pass subscription.
The Vivobook S 14 Flip comes with a six-core 12-thread AMD Zen 3-based Ryzen 5600H CPU capped at 4.2GHz or a 12-core 16-thread Intel i5 12500H chip with a 4.5GHz boost clock frequency. The laptop has 8 or 16GB of RAM and integrated graphics only. For storage, you will get a 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD from Micron (Gen 3 on the Ryzen variant). The Vivobook S 14 Flip is reasonably user-upgradeable, sporting one vacant DDR4 SO-DIMM slot for RAM expansion, and one M.2 2280 slot for storage expansion. Overal, the Vivobook S 14 Flip is good for normal use but doesn’t go well with gaming and 4K video recording.