The Asus VivoBook S15 is an interesting proposition for those looking for “good at everything” hardware, and at a low price. It’s available from as little as $700 and has everything you expect from today’s hardware. First of all, a powerful processor from Intel’s latest generation and a decent dedicated graphics card. In addition, a fingerprint reader, an operating system and a sleek design add to the appeal of this hardware.
The Asus VivoBook S15 looks good. Simple, elegant in a fashionable combination of black and gray. The laptop measures 1.8 cm at its thickest point and weighs 1.8 kg. This is quite a good result for hardware with a matrix of this size. The device is additionally equipped with a fingerprint reader, which protects against unauthorized access to stored data and programs.
The screen is 15.6″ diagonal and has a Full HD resolution, or a maximum of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Asus has a quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U processor clocked at 1.8 GHz to 4.6 GHz. This is a low-voltage, last-generation unit, which ensures efficient, fast and multitasking performance of the hardware, including for advanced tasks. In addition to the integrated graphics chip, the Asus is equipped with an nVidia GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM on its own. With it you will manage to play several 3D games, such as Battlefield V, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, The Witcher 3.
The hardware is equipped with DDR4 type RAM. In the basic version, it has a dimension of 8 GB, and can have a maximum of 16 GB. On board was an SSD-type hard drive with a capacity of 256 GB. The laptop does not have an optical drive. Connectivity is guaranteed by 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In terms of connectors, there are HDMI, USB 3.0, USB Type C, a memory card reader and two USB 2.0 ports. The device is offered with Microsoft Windows 10 Home PL operating system installed.
A 3-cell battery with a capacity of 42Wh ensures the operation of the hardware without connection to an outlet. We can count on the operation of the equipment on the battery for about 6 hours during normal work with the Internet. With more advanced tasks, the time will be significantly reduced. Especially if we decide to play 3D games. The operation of the Asus VivoBook S15’s cooling system is average. During normal operation, the Asus S15 does not heat up and runs quite quietly. Under heavy load the noise increases, but not enough to worry.
For some users, the lack of a Thunderbolt port and a separate RJ45 Ethernet may be surprising.
Summary of advantages and disadvantages
- efficient processor
- dedicated graphics card
- decent design
- lack of Thunderbolt and RJ45 Ethernet
The Asus VivoBook S15 can be recommended to anyone who is mindful of the expense but wants to purchase a device that will meet today’s requirements when handling software. Occasional gamers and all those who like to bushwhack on the Internet will also be satisfied with it.