At the CES 2020 show, Asus has introduced new laptops in its lineup of VivoBook and ZenBook laptops. Under its VivoBook series of notebooks, the company launched the following; VivoBook S series (S333/S433/S533), VivoBook 14 (X413/K413), and the VivoBook 15 (X513/K513).
The company also refreshed its Zenbook series adding a successor to last year’s innovative 15.6-inch dual-screen ZenBook Pro Duo. This year’s model is differentiated with a new touchscreen display option.
Asus touts its new laptops as suitable for anyone from professionals to end consumers.
The lineup boasts of “sleek and expressive aesthetics with cutting-edge performance powered by the most up-to-date 10th Generation Intel® processors, the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GPUs and next-gen connectivity with Wi-Fi 6,” says the company.
VivoBook S series
The new VivoBook S series laptops come in different configurations in terms of sizes. They come in 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch sizes.
Across the board, you get slim bezels with a NanoEdge display. Apart from running on Intel’s latest 10th Gen Core processors, Asus is giving customers options to choose between models with Intel integrated graphics or the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
As mentioned before the series also includes support for next-gen Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
The company has also included more colour options to choose from like Resolute Red, Gaia Green, Dreamy White and Indie Black.
Included across the Vivobook S Series is a unique yellow colour-blocked Enter key, a nifty addition.
VivoBook 14 and 15
Like the Vivobook S Series, Asus has also explored new grounds in terms of colour and general aesthetics. The hardware specs highlights include up to 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPU for casual gaming or image editing, up to 16 GB of RAM, and optional Wi-Fi 6.
Asus has also included some models with Intel’s Optane Memory for snappy performance when accessing commonly used apps and files. These laptops also include a backlit keyboard. Ports available on the Vivobook 14 and 15 include one HDMI and USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C ™ ports.
Recording audio or videos should be efficient too, with a microphone array included for long-range use (reportedly up to four meters away).
As the naming goes, Vivobook 15 comes with a 15.6-inch display size while the Vivobook 14 comes sports a 14-inch display. The former features a dual-storage array with a fast PCIe ® SSD for quick startup, up to 2 TB of HDD capacity, and a microSD card reader for removable file storage.
While the Vivobook 14 being the slimmer, narrower, and lighter option, features up to 1 TB PCIe SSD, a microSD card reader and a high-speed USB Type-C port. It also comes with an ASUS NumberPad 2.0 dual-function touchpad (optional).
Asus also unveiled a basic model to the ZenBook Pro Duo laptop. It features a smaller screen size and has also been trimmed considerably on the internals to make it cheaper. The ZenBook Duo features 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Bluetooth 5.0, up to 16 GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU, and up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. You can read more about this laptop in a dedicated article.
Price and Availability
Vivobook 14 and 15 will be both available as from May this year starting at a price of KES 60,000. On the other hand, the dual-screen ZenBook Duo will be available from February and will cost you a minimum of KES 235,000. For the Vivobook S Series, the company says we should expect them as from the second half of 2020. The price will also be communicated later.