Asus Introduces its Windows 8 Touchscreen Ultrabook — We Like!

The new Asus VivoBook is a beautiful new Ultrabook with a touchscreen interface. Let’s review the details.

Windows 8 is here, and the first devices running the new operating system from Microsoft have arrived including the new ASUS VivoBook Ultrabooks.

asus vivobook s400

The new Asus devices announced appear to be the ideal Windows 8 scenario — Ultrabook or Macbook Air like notebook with a full keyboard, serious horse-power and a touchscreen which allows you fully leverage the new Windows 8 interface.

There’s also the VivoTab RT, which is running the Windows 8 RT Edition however personally, I’m just not ready to lose my keyboard yet and if I was, I would probably just go with the Microsoft’s Surface and grab the keyboard/case combo just in case.

So, coming back to the VivoBooks, there are two types of notebooks, the S200 and S400, with 11.6 and 14 inch displays (both at 1366 x 768 resolution). The first one has a core i3, ULV Pentium 987 or ULV Celeron CPU, up to 4 GB DDR3 at 1333 MHz and 320 and 500 GB hard drives. The S400 on the other hand, can be spec’d to include a core i3, i5 or i7 CPUs or the ULV Pentium 987 or ULV Celeron. The CPU is coupled with up to 8 GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz. In regards to video, the graphics card is fairly basic with an on-board card for all the various versions.

So far, this is best Ultrabook I’ve seen yet for Windows 8. Lenovo is also working on a similar device (X1 Carbon with a touchscreen) however until then, Asus has done a nice job right out of the Window 8 gates!



  1. Steve Krause

    October 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I would need to go hands-on with one before I could buy it to ensure the Trackpad was as good as the MB Air.

    For me, that makes all the difference in a Trackpad.

    • Jack Busch

      October 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Oh dear god. I know. I have an ASUS laptop and the trackpad is almost unusable. I always use an external mouse.

      • Steve Krause

        October 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

        Exactly. That’s why I use my MB Air so much at home. Surfing with its trackpad is amazing. Better than a mouse for me.

      • Bogdan Bele

        October 28, 2012 at 11:52 am

        I have an Asus one, too, and mine works quite well. Guess it depends on the model.

        • Jack Busch

          October 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

          Yeah you right. I had an ASUS EEE PC before I got my current ASUS laptop and I liked my trackpad on my netbook a lot.

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