The Asus Vivobook is their answer to consumer’s looking for an ultrabook. Bringing ultra-portability and the functionalities of a notebook all into one sleek and smooth package.
The new Asus Vivobook S15 S53OU is the latest to bring this concept to life, and might be the best ultrabook Asus has created yet.
The design of the new Vivobook S15 personifies the sleek and smooth design philosophy that they’re going for. Being only 0.7 inches in thickness, this is a pretty slim laptop, though not as slim as the Macbook Air. At 15 inches for the screen, it’s the perfect size for an ultrabook. The 4 colours made available for the Vivobook is great as well, though we are definitely more partial to the Star Gray with red trim that we reviewed. Overall, it’s a nice and flashy looking laptop.
The Vivobook is backed up by the Intel I5-8250U Processor, as well as 4GB 2666 RAM. Along with that comes a 1TB + 128GB storage, perfect for storing numerous video projects and pictures, as well as rapid load times. While being an ultrabook, the S15 Vivobook comes loaded with a NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. It may not be the best VPU in the world, but it does the job to render low-intensity graphics as well as rendering videos.
The screen size is at 15.6”, complete with LED-backlit, as well as displaying in Full HD (1920 x 1080). With an aspect ratio of 16:9 as well as matte display, this ensures a stunning display no matter where you are, and no matter the time of day. The screen is near bezel-less, making for a brilliant display. It really does provide a nice way to watch Netflix when you’re not home, just be sure to turn on night mode to avoid those pesky blue light emissions.
In regards to the utilities of the Vivobook, one of the main features that Asus highlights is the “Ergolift”, which not only lifts the laptop when opened to provide a better angle to type and rest your hands on, but it also acts as an ergonomic way to cool the laptop itself. After trying out the laptop for close to 6 hours straight, it does keep cool all the way with only a minor warmth to the keyboards.
When it comes to audio fidelity, it’s only so-so. At max volume, the sounds produced just aren’t loud enough. There’s also an angular divide, with the volume being optimum if you are directly in front of the laptop, you can’t hear all too much from being around the Vivobook.
The Vivobook definitely excels at browsing, and general Windows Office Suite use, it's definitely not suited for games. With the lower spec NVIDIA card that’s packed in, as well as the 4 GB RAM, it’s definitely not capable of playing modern AAA games. It can definitely run the likes of Fortnite and DOTA 2 if you’re into that sort of thing.