Scoring an elegant and powerful Windows 8 laptop nowadays is no hard task, but finding one with an ideal quality-price ratio might be somewhat of a challenge. Enter the newest members of Asus’ notebook family, the VivoBook S500 and S550.
Both of these big guys come with 15.6-inch 1,366 x 768 pix res multi-touch displays and narrowly miss out on making it into the ultrabook class. Still, they’re not overly bulky, weighing in at around 4.6 pounds and measuring 0.8 inches thick, so they’re relatively easy to carry around.
The VivoBooks also pack enough heat for regular tech-savvy folks, offering your preferred choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors. Mind you, the S500 only comes in an i5 configuration, whereas the S550 has three versions, each with a different CPU beneath its hood.
The S550 also comes with an optical drive (like anyone still uses those), while the 6 GB of RAM, Intel GMA HD graphics card, 500 GB HDD and 24 GB SSD are common features for both VivoBooks.
Available already from a number of US retailers, the S500 goes for $699 and up. Meanwhile, the S550 is $749 in the i5 variant, with the other two models unreleased yet. Perfect quality-price ratio? Probably not, but close enough.