Today’s Post Asus VivoBook S15 Review. The new laptops in the Asus VivoBook series (such as the Asus VivoBook S15 S530) look and sound like a premium grade laptop. But in terms of price, they are in the hands of middle-class or college / university-educated youth.
Basically, except for the display and body size, the S14 and S15 are almost the same in all other respects. Today we have a full review of the latest edition of the Asus latest Vivobook S15 model, S530. The model is available in a few variants depending on the hardware. The configuration of our review was as follows: Core i5 8250U, 1GB RAM and 1 terabyte storage. And with Nvidia GeForce MX5 model 2GB dedicated graphics.
|Processor||Intel Core ™ i7-8550U / i5-8250U / i3-8130U|
|Display||1.5 inches; Full HD 320 ০ 9 pixel nanoase display, 3 ° wide view|
|Graphics Card||Intel ® UHD Graphics 620 / Nvidia® GeForce® MX150 / Nvidia® GeForce® MX130, 2GB DDR5|
|Memory||1GB to 25MHz DDR4 (Expandable up to 8GB)|
|Storage||1 terabyte HDD + 1GB SSH / 1 terabyte HDD + 25GB SSD|
|Camera||120p HD sensor|
|Wireless||Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 1.2|
|Port||USB 4.1 Generation 1 Type-C1 (1), USB 3.0 Generation 3 Type-A (1), USB 2.0 (2), HDMI (3), Micro SD Card Reader (1), 1.5mm combo jack (1)|
|Audio||Stereo speakers and microphone array with Asus Sonic-master technology|
|Battery and Power||12Wh 4 cell lithium prismatic battery|
|Size||1.5mm x 20.5mm x 4mm|
Design and Build Quality
Good to say, the Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) laptop is not the same as every other 7-inch laptop. The 7-inch display laptop is now known as the big one. But after taking this laptop in hand, the overlay body felt very small to me. The reason for this is mainly due to their narrow bezel’s nanoase display technology. Due to the use of Asus’ design technology, the laptop has a screen-to-body ratio of three. That’s a really nice thing. Because this is what we usually see on premium laptops worth millions.
The laptop is quite slim and weighs only 1.5 kg. The use of Asus’ signature ergo lift technology with the narrow bezel allows the top to be relatively upright when the lead is open. As a result, the air vent also increases the air circulation and also allows for typing.
Brushed finish metal sheets are used on the laptop’s lid. But the rest of it is made entirely of poly-carbonate.
The most striking aspect of the laptop is the use of different colors in the Icicle Gold and Gunmetal color variants. However, its colorful accents are only used on the keyboard and track pad on the inside of the laptop and on the side port. Depending on the color of the laptop, the keyboard will be available in two white and black variants. You can move the lid up to a maximum of 5 degrees. This is enough to put it on the desk naturally.
Keyboard and track-pad
Because you won’t find it very easy to type with its keys. Also, the portion of the palm rest is a bit plastic because of the thin plastic. Nothing to fear It won’t break very easily. Rather, it seems to me very strong.
The good thing is that the Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) has a dedicated number-pad on the keyboard. As always, function keys have quick toggle options for different settings. And there is a backlit for writing in the dark. Its track pad is much smaller than the laptop’s chassis. However, all the gestures of Windows on the track-pad worked well.
The Asus Vivobook S15 (S530) Laptop uses a 5.5-inch display with full HD 122p resolution. The display is a matte display of IPS technology. The display’s contrast and viewing angle were good. However, the color was not very acute. Of course, in this budget many companies still offer HDPP displays. Asus has done a very good job.
Like other premium laptops of Asus, the Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) Notebook was not used by any famous audio company’s audio driver. However, they have used their own software-based Sonic-master technology. Through which you get enhanced audio experience for different types of content using their specially tuned presets. The sound is quite loud even when the speaker-grill is at the bottom.
And yes, there is a fingerprint reader right next to the track-pad. This allows you to login to Windows and various services without using a password using Windows Hello.
With dedicated graphics, you will get a little higher frame rate in the latest games. That doesn’t mean you can play all kinds of games in it. For those casual gamers, the MX5 graphics card will be a go away as you can reduce the resolution in low settings and play almost all games. And it’s powerful enough for everyday web browsing or playing a movie on Microsoft Office or Four. If you want, you can also raise a bit more money with a more powerful MX3 GPU.
Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) Laptop has three full size USB ports. Two USB 2.0 and the other USB 1.0. However, even at 25, it was not good for me to give USB 2.0. Of course, ports are better than not having ports at all!
However, the good thing is that the Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) Notebook also has a USB 3.0 Generation 2 supported Type C port which can transfer data faster. It also has a full size HDMI port and a standard port of 5.5mm for audio output. There is also a built-in microSD card reader. In my opinion, giving a larger sized SD card reader rather than a microSD card reader would be more convenient for photographers.
For wireless connectivity, it has high speed AC WiFi chip and Bluetooth 1.2. However, I did not understand the reason for not providing an Ethernet port on a 6 inch laptop.
The Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) laptop uses a lithium prismatic battery of up to 12 watts of power from three cells. The battery capacity of a 5-inch screen laptop is rarely mentioned. However, using a little calculation to reduce the brightness, you can easily cross office or class hours without chargers. From our experience it is said that with this battery you can watch full HD movie in about 3-5 hours. Besides, you will get 3-4 hours of backup for easy browsing or using Microsoft Office.
Asus is providing a charger with a laptop that will charge its battery very quickly.
My name is Md. Sohel arman, Author and Founder of Tech Reviews24