• CPU: Intel Core i7-4500U (at 1.8GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.0GHz)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM
  • Storage: 1TB 5400RPM HDD with 24GB SSD
  • OS: Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)
  • Display: 15.6-inch HD Slim (1366x768) LED Backlit Glare Panel
  • Interface: 1x COMBO Audio jack, 2x USB3.0, 1x USB2.0, 1x RJ-45 LAN, 1x HDMI, 1x SD Card Reader
  • Extras: HD 720p CMOS module webcam, ASUS SonicMaster Lite, Super-Multi DVD
  • Dimensions: 380 x 258 x 22.5mm
  • Weight: 2.4kg
  • Pros:
  • High-end Specs
  • Good Performance
  • Touch Display
  • Exquisite Design
  • Cons:
  • Not 1080p Display

An Exquisite High-End Beauty

Over the years, the competition in the mobile computing market has truly heated up as the older brands have had to face stiff competition from the likes of ASUS, who have been producing devices with impeccable quality, stylish and unique designs and performance that is on-par with their devices. Devices like the VivoBook S551LB from ASUS won’t just make your jaws drop due to its design but also because of the hardware it packs.

The design of the S551LB is definitely an attention grabber as it exudes elegance thanks to the rounded surfaces as well as minimalistic nature. The brushed-hairline aluminium texture on the cover of the S551LB doesn’t just add to the sleek styling of the device but is also very durable. Besides just looking great, the S551LB is also very light and thin. But despite that fact, ASUS have managed to fit in all the necessary ports on the device as well as a Super-Multi DVD drive.

For those of you who spend a lot of time typing out emails and documents, the S551LB has one of the most comfortable full-sized keyboards we have ever used on a notebook. The keys are a little bit small side but they aren’t cramped so you won’t have to worry about constantly hitting the wrong keys. The palm rest is also nice and large and even after long hours of usage, it stayed cool, at most just turning slightly warm but never to the point where it becomes uncomfortable.

At this point, we would like to point out our first little nit-pick with the S551LB. Although we love that fact that it has a touch display that makes operating Windows 8 less of a chore with just the touchpad, the display isn’t Full HD. Now this isn’t a deal breaker but it would definitely have been better especially when it comes to watching movies and even gaming.

In terms of performance, our review unit of the S551LB is packed with the highest-end components and won’t disappoint even the most discerning user. Even for those who want to play the latest games, the S551LB should be able to handle them without a problem with just a little tweaking.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, the ASUS VivoBook S551LB is definitely one of the best ASUS has to offer at the moment. It may be a little on the pricey side but you do get a very powerful and portable notebook that can handle all your productivity and entertainment needs.

(previously published in issue October 2013)

ASUS VivoBook S551LB