Flimsy, light and able (Asus VivoBook S15)
- Bright, brilliant 15.6-inch screen
- Weighs simply 1.8kg
- Powerful i7 processor
- Good availability (inc. WiFi 6)
- Merely normal battery life
- Only 1080p goals
- ScreenPad is somewhat abnormal…
The Asus VivoBook S15 is extraordinary compared to other late laptops we’ve tried. They state that ‘toning it down would be ideal’, and the pattern with laptops as of late has positively been moving towards ultra-portables with ever littler and lighter structures.
Once in a while, however, regardless you need a huge screen to play with, whether it’s for calculating spreadsheets at work, a spot of close-up photograph altering, or simply watching Stranger Things on Netflix.
The VivoBook S15 from Asus possesses all the necessary qualities pleasantly, joining a huge, splendid 15.6″ show with solid processor execution and a slimline structure that still permits Asus to portray it as a ‘ultra-convenient’. Checkout the Specs Sheet of the cheapest gaming laptop below
Here is theAsus VivoBook S15 setup sent to TechRadar for survey:
- CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U (quad-center, 8MB reserve, up to 4.6GHz)
- Illustrations: Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Smash: 8GB DDR4 (2,400 MHz)
- Screen: 15.6-inch, HD (1920×1080)
- Capacity: 512GB strong state drive
- Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1, 1x USB-C, 1 x 3.5mm sound, 1x small scale SD, 1 x HDMI
- Network: WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0
- Camera: 1920×1080 webcam with receiver
- Weight: 3.97 pounds (1.8kg)
- Size: 14.1 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches (35.7x23x1.8cm)
Cost and accessibility
There’s a somewhat befuddling scope of models (and gobbledygook model numbers) accessible for the VivoBook S extend, including both 14-inch and 15-inch screen sizes and i5 and i7 processors.
There are additionally models with either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro for business clients. Nonetheless, Asus convolutes matters fairly as a large portion of these models aren’t really accessible from its own online store, so you’ll have to follow the VivoBook down through Amazon and other online retailers – with the i7 model that we audit here being fundamentally sold through Currys in the UK.
The VivoBook extend is intensely evaluated, however, with the 15-inch models beginning at only £550 (around $700, AU$1,000) with an Intel i5-8265U running at 1.6GHz, alongside 8GB memory and 256GB strong state drive.
Be that as it may, we tried the highest point of-the-extend model, which incorporates a quad-center i7-8565U running at 1.8GHz (up to 4.6GHz with Turboost). That model additionally copies the strong state drive to 512GB, and incorporates 32GB of Intel’s fast Optane memory to upgrade execution ,while as yet holding the value down to a focused £889 (around $1,200, AU$1,700).
The two models share the equivalent 15.6-inch HD show (1920×1080), in spite of the fact that the i7 model looked into here additionally sports Asus’ ScreenPad 2.0, a to some degree uncommon trackpad plan that bends over as a smaller than expected touch-screen for controlling the VivoBook and different applications.
Regardless of its 15.6-inch screen, the VivoBook is still exceptionally compact, weighing simply 1.8kg and estimating a smooth 18mm thick.
Truly, it seems very robust when contrasted with lighter 12-inch and 13-inch workstations, however getting any 15-inch laptop down to under 2kg is a great accomplishment, so Asus has surely worked superbly with the plan of the VivoBook S15.
What’s more, regardless of the incredible i7 processor, the workstation ran cool and calm all through the entirety of our tests, in any event, when running rock solid designs benchmarks.
It’s pleasant and solid as well, because of its aluminum packaging, which is accessible in silver, green, and ‘punk pink’ – plainly focusing on the ‘yoof’ crowd. Asus likewise gives pleasant consideration to detail, with highlights, for example, the screen pivot that delicately tilts the console up at a slight edge as you open the screen.
The console itself feels firm and responsive for fast composing, and the size of the screen implies that there’s space for a legitimate numeric keypad, and an easily enormous arrangement of route (bolt) keys too.
Our solitary minor grievance here is that the shiny gleam on the keys doesn’t feature the characters on each key well overall, even with the backdrop illumination turned on. That is not all that a lot of an issue when you’re composing with the bigger QWERTY keys, yet we here and there thought that it was dubious to see the symbols on the littler Function keys for modifying brilliance and different settings.
One confinement with numerous littler workstations is their diminished network, yet the size of the S15 implies that there’s a lot of space for an assortment of ports and connectors.
The VivoBook S15 likewise scores extra focuses for being one of the main workstations we’ve run over that supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard (otherwise known as 802.11ax).
The fundamental explanation behind purchasing the VivoBook S15 is, obviously, its enormous presentation, and in spite of the fact that the showcase is constrained to standard HD (1920×1080) goals, that is an adequate trade off at a workstation in this cost range.
We found the presentation extremely alluring as well, delivering a reasonable, sharp picture with strong, splendid hues for showing video and photographs. We were intrigued by its survey points as well, which guaranteed that the screen remained plainly noticeable through just about an entire 180-degrees, so the VivoBook S15 will be a decent choice for sharing photographs and recordings with companions, or extemporaneous introductions in case you’re going on business.
And keeping in mind that the Harmon Kardon stereo speakers aren’t actually Hi-Fi quality, they do figure out how to maintain a strategic distance from the dainty, tinny sound that distresses numerous workstations, so the sound nature of the VivoBook S15 is splendidly sufficient for watching video or tuning in to some music on Spotify.
The ScreenPad is somewhat of a diverse assortment, however. You can utilize it as a customary trackpad, however it can likewise go about as a little touch-screen, offering access to some of extra highlights, for example, a Handwriting application that can change over finger writes into content, and a Quick Key application that lets you mechanize directions, for example, Cut/Copy/Paste.
In any case, much following a couple of days we never saw the ScreenPad as especially natural to utilize and – like the Touch Bar on Apple’s MacBook Pro – it is by all accounts an answer looking for an inquiry.
The slimline structure of the VivoBook S15 makes it one of the most versatile 15-inch laptops around, while its solid Intel Core i7 execution guarantees that it can deal with everything aside from rock solid gaming.