Why you need a performance laptop – even if you don’t do heavy content creation

Picking up a performance laptop like ASUS’s new Vivobook S can transform the way you work and play – without you having to compromise on portability

ASUS's Thin and Light laptop series
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Now we know you’re a tech-savvy bunch, which means you’re probably all over the performance benefits of the new 12th-gen series H Intel CPU. But even if you’re more interested in portability and chic design in your laptops than sheer power, this chipset is worth paying attention to. Especially now ASUS is bringing it to you in an affordable package in its Thin and Light laptop series (opens in new tab).

Performance may feel like it’s only of concern to heavy-duty content creators but in fact it’s never been more relevant. With the launching of its M1 laptops, Apple has not only proven that there’s a huge demand for performance from everyday users but that its possible to offer that in a compact, portable package. As revealed in a ASUS survey of 11,000 users conducted by KANTAR, performance was ranked the number one priority for laptop users in every country surveyed.

So why does performance matter so much? Even if you’re not an engineer, esports enthusiast or 3D animator, a laptop with more oomph can really transform your productivity. First of all, the more powerful 12th-gen Intel H series can massively boost your efficiency, opening apps in the blink of an eye and allowing seamless switching between them. On top of that, the more power your laptop has under the hood, the more it will be able to keep up with the demands of tomorrow’s software and continue to deliver for you well into the future.

That’s why we’d recommend choosing an H-series CPU laptop, which offer two times better performance. Representing ASUS’s new generation of best mainstream laptops with Intel 12th-gen CPU, the new Vivobook S series not only offers unparalleled performance but it does so in a slim, compact package. And with class-leading displays offering up to 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rates and 0.2ms response times, you can be sure it offers the best results for both work and play.

Here’s just a taste of what the Thin and Light series offers.

An ASUS laptop with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H offers 2.1x better performance on Cinebench's R20 Multi Core benchmark than one with the 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7.

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Powerful performance

The first thing you’ll notice about an ASUS Thin and Light laptop like the Vivoboox S or SX is that they’re seriously fast. Not only does their 12th-gen Intel Core i7 H series CPU massively outstrip the 11th-gen Intel Core i7 but it even leaves the nippy Apple M1 chip gasping for breath. They perform 1.9 times better than the M1 MacBook Air on Cinebench R23 multicore tests. Meanwhile, they can open the notoriously sluggish Photoshop 1.5 times faster than the Air and render 3.3 times faster using Blender.

ASUS' Thin & Light laptop series

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Uniquely thin & light

Most brands will force you to choose between a sleek, lightweight design and high-performance components. Not so with H-series ASUS laptops like the Vivobook S: thanks to the brand’s revolutionary IceCool Thermal cooling, their laptops can squeeze the H45 CPU into a much more slender package without overheating forcing throttling. This means you can enjoy amazing performance without sacrificing on style or portability.

ASUS' Thin and Light laptop series

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Battery life

Despite offering superior performance, ASUS’s Thin and Light laptops won’t leave you short of charge. A Vivobook kitted out with an Intel H45 CPU offers 11 hours and 2 minutes of video playback – just 13 minutes less than one equipped with the less powerful P28. All this means you can enjoy unparalleled power without sacrificing battery life – critical for anyone wanting to be productive on the go.

So if you want to learn more about what an ASUS laptop equipped with a 12th-gen H series CPU can offer, make sure you check them out here (opens in new tab).

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