Today, we’re diving into two exciting laptops from the latest ASUS Vivobook S OLED lineup. We have the 14-inch version in Mist Blue and the 16-inch version in Neutral Black. These premium laptops pack a punch and come at a surprisingly affordable price.


Let’s kick things off with the specs. Both laptops are powered by the latest 14th Gen Intel chips, available in Intel Core Ultra 5 125H and Core Ultra 7 155H configurations, paired with the new Intel Arc integrated graphics. Each model starts with 16GB of RAM at 7467MT/s and includes a 512GB SSD.

  • Processor: Intel Core Ultra 5 125H or Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
  • Graphics: Intel Arc integrated graphics
  • RAM: 16GB, 7467MT/s
  • Storage: 512GB SSD

These specs ensure solid performance, whether you’re gaming, creating content, or multitasking. For detailed gaming performance on the Core Ultra 7 155H, check out our earlier video here. They’re super powerful.

And the Intel Core Ultra series has a built-in NPU (neural processing unit) for better on-device AI processing. We have made a video explaining what the NPU means and how it differentiates itself from the GPU and CPU when doing AI-related tasks.


Both laptops feature stunning 16:10 OLED screens, certified by ASUS’s in-house Lumina OLED standard. They achieve 100% sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts and a peak brightness of about 400 nits. The OLED screens are excellent for vibrant colors and deep contrasts, though the glossy finish does result in some reflections in bright conditions.

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However, there is a big difference between these two laptop’s screens. The 14-inch has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels at 60Hz, whereby the 16-inch version has a 3200×2000 pixels resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. No idea why there is such a difference, but I’m okay with this since a 14-inch screen at 1080p resolution is still plenty sharp. Plus, lowering the refresh rate to 60Hz can help save battery life.


Both laptops come equipped with a comprehensive set of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a mix of USB and HDMI ports.

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Charging is done via a USB-C charger, with both models capable of drawing up to 90W. This power delivery supports the impressive performance capabilities of these laptops.


Both the 14-inch and 16-inch models share a sleek, metal design, maintaining a thin profile of 1.59cm. Despite the larger screen size, the 16-inch model is just as thin as its smaller counterpart, making it equally portable. They’re both made built with metal, but they’re not that heavy either. That’s amazing.

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However, be prepared for some fan noise during intense tasks or gaming due to their high power consumption and compact design.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboards on these laptops are a joy to type on, offering good travel distance and a satisfying bounce. The 16-inch model includes a physical number pad, which some users might find useful. Both keyboards feature a single-zone RGB backlight—an unexpected but nice touch.

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These laptops also feature a dedicated Copilot button, which brings up the Copilot AI chatbot in Windows. While it’s a novel feature, its practical use is somewhat limited due to its dependence on an internet connection and relatively slow response times.

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The trackpads are large, smooth, and highly responsive, with excellent palm rejection.

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Upgradability is somewhat limited. Both laptops allow for SSD upgrades, but the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, and even the WiFi card is not replaceable. The 16-inch model has an identical motherboard layout to the 14-inch, indicating some unused internal space.

Do be careful when opening this laptop as there are hidden screws behind the rubber feet. There is one on the S 14, and there are two on the S 16.

Battery Life

Both models come with a 75Wh battery. The 14-inch model delivers about 6-7 hours of usage with regular tasks, such as web browsing and streaming. The 16-inch model may have slightly reduced battery life due to its higher resolution and refresh rate screen.

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The standout feature of the Vivobook S series is its affordability. The 14-inch model starts at RM4,399, and the 16-inch at RM4,699. For the price, these laptops offer a premium design, robust specs, excellent displays, and solid battery life.

Do have a look at these laptops as I think they’re very affordable. I thought it would be RM5k at least – but somehow ASUS managed to make it lower in price with these specs in a premium metal body, great keyboard and trackpad alongside a fantastic battery life. Let’s not forget that laptops with OLED screens is still rather rare, and only ASUS offers it across their portfolio.

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