Vivobook S400

by Asus

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ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4

by HP

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Inspiron 15z

by Dell

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Inspiron 14z

by Dell

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Price Best Price: $480.00
Pros
  • Well-rounded port selection
  • Sturdy build
  • Large and wide touchscreen
  • Good audio performance
  • HD (720p) webcam
  • Built-in rewritable DVD drive
  • Good 3D performance
  • Good performance for Ultrabook category
Cons
  • Heavy for its size
  • Sluggish performance
  • Poor battery life
  • Heavy for an Ultrabook
  • Heavy, unattractive design
  • Very difficult-to-use keyboard
At A Glance

The Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a decent performer with good features that lets you take advantage of Windows 8's touch capabilities, but it's also on the heavy side.

The Inspiron 15z might appeal to Windows 8 users in search of a touchscreen option that won't break the bank, but its mediocre performance and subpar battery life fail to impress.

The Dell Inspiron 14z sacrifices style and hardware integrity for performance.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number S400CA-DH51T     I14Z-5000SLV

Requirements

Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows 8      

Display

Aspect ratio 16:9   16:9  
Resolution 1366 x 768  pixels 1366 x 768  pixels 1366 x 768  pixels 1366 x 768  pixels
Display size   14.0  inches 15.6  inches 14.0  inches
Display type   Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Touchscreen   Multitouch Multitouch  

Storage

Drive size 500.0  GB 500.0  GB 500.0  GB 500.0  GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM 5400.0  RPM
Drive type Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive
Drives included   1.0 1.0 1.0
Raid type   none    
Other storage       Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card

General Information

UPC Code 886227340699 662712927831 884116106609 884116083542

Battery

Battery Type AA or CRV3      
Vendor Rated Battery life   7.25  hours    

Memory

Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0  MHz 1600.0  MHz 1600.0  MHz 1600.0  MHz
Memory max 4.0  GB 16.0  GB 8.0  GB 8.0  GB
Memory size   4096.0  MB 6144.0  MB 8000.0  MB

Dimensions

Width 33.9  inches 13.4  inches 15.0  inches 13.6  inches
Depth 23.9  inches 10.2  inches 9.8  inches 9.5  inches
Height 2.1  inches 1.0  inches 0.9  inches 0.9  inches
Weight 4.0  pounds 4.5  pounds 5.3  pounds 4.1  pounds
Weight with Accessories   5.3  pounds 6.0  pounds 5.1  pounds

Included Software

Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software       Nero 10

Processor

Processor type   Intel Core i5-3317U Intel i5-3317U Intel Core i5
Processor speed   1700.0  MHz 1700.0  MHz 1700.0  MHz
Cache size       3.0  KB
Processor count       2

Graphics

Graphics Type   Integrated Integrated  
Primary Graphics Chipset   Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000  

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces   Bluetooth|HDMI|USB 2.0|USB 3.0 HDMI|USB 3.0 Bluetooth
Wireless connection   802.11 n 802.11n|Bluetooth 802.11 n
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC)       Yes
Ethernet Type       10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)       1.0
SD/MMC Card       1.0
Video Interfaces       HDMI
Slots       Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card

Sound

Speakers   Stereo Stereo Stereo

Storage Media

SD card   Yes Yes  
Memory stick     Memory Stick Memory Stick

Other Features

Devices   Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam
Input devices   Touchpad (multitouch) Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard|Touchpad

Optical Drive

Included Drives     DVD Drive  

Performance

Overall Performance

Worldbench Score

  57.0 59.0 120.0
Worldbench Version

  8 8 7

Battery

Battery Life

(hh:mm)

  4:07 3:22 5:25

Start Up

Start Up

seconds (lower is better)

  11.8 15.7 22.5

Office Productivity

PCMark 7 Productivity Suite

score (higher is better)

  2058.0 2160.0 3430.0

Web Browsing

Peacekeeper

score (higher is better)

  2014.0 1972.0  
Web Performance

Frames per second (higher is better)

      11.2

Storage Performance

PCMark 7 Storage Test

score (higher is better)

  4244.0 4454.0  
File Compression

seconds (lower is better)

  158.2 153.9 546.3
Hard Drive File Operations

seconds (lower is better)

      424.7

Content Creation

Image Editing

seconds (lower is better)

  616.7 642.8 235.0
Video Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

  252.0 208.0 199.3
Audio Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

  305.7 305.7 155.1

Gaming

3DMark 11, 1280x720 Performance

score (higher is better)

  255.0 642.0  
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  383.8 632.1  
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  5.0 11.3  
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  17.4 34.9  
Gaming Score

      75.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

      17.2
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

      30.8
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

      22.9
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

      42.1
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

      30.9
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

      43.3
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

      61.3
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

      70.0

Power Usage

Working power usage

Watt hours

  3.0 3.0 2.5
Idle power usage

Watts

  9.1 9.4 8.5
WorldBench Green Score

      88.0

Product Type

Subcategory

    All Purpose  

TouchXPRT

Beautify Photo Album

Photos/sec (Higher is better)

    1.13  
Beautify Photo Album

seconds (lower is better)

    44.37  
Prepare Photos for Sharing

Collages/sec (Higher is better)

    0.42  
Prepare Photos for Sharing

seconds (lower is better)

    16.79  
Convert Videos for Sharing

X (higher is better)

    7.6  
Convert Videos for Sharing

seconds (lower is better)

    11.24  
Export Podcast to MP3

X (higher is better)

    89.9  
Export Podcast to MP3

seconds (lower is better)

    19.92  
Create Slideshow from Photos

Photos/sec (Higher is better)

    2.79  
Create Slideshow from Photos

seconds (lower is better)

    17.94