Asus VivoBook 15 X512D specs
Price: $599 (as reviewed $739)
CPU: 2.3GHz AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
Size: 14.1 x 9.1 x 0.8
Weight: 3.8 pounds
In our current climate of remote learning, the Asus VivoBook 15 X512D ($599 starting, $739 reviewed) is an affordable, reliable workhorse. It’s also a strong choice for casual use and light productivity.
The notebook’s relatively lightweight chassis is handsome and easy to carry around. But below-average battery life and a lackluster display keep the notebook from reaching affordable greatness.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D pricing and configurations
The Asus VivoBook 15 X512D I reviewed ($99 starting, $499 reviewed) has a 2.3-GHz AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor, 12GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, an AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU, and a 15-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display.
The base model costs $599 and drops you down to an AMD 4-Core Ryzen 5-3500U , 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 500GB HDD, a Radeon Vega 8 GPU, and a 128GB PCIe SSD.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D design
The thin, slate-gray VivoBook 15 is nothing fancy. In the fashion world, it would be the Old Navy of laptops. This is solid everyday fashion, good for work, but no one is going to stop and compliment you on its appearance. But don’t sleep on it, every now and then Old Navy surprises you with some nice elements and so does the VivoBook 15.
With its lightweight, solid construction, the laptop reminds me of a long-lasting pair of work jeans that can be dressed up for a night on the town with a good blazer.
Measuring 14.1 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches and weighing 3.8 pounds, the VivoBook 15 is the heaviest of its comparison group. The Acer Swift 3 AMD is the lightest and thinnest, coming in at 2.7 pounds and 12.7 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches followed by the Lenovo Yoga C740, which rounds out the group at 3 pounds, 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D 17 ports
The Asus VivoBook15 comes with a nice amount of ports. On the right side, there is a microSD reader slot, a 3.5mm audio input, a HDMI port, a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.1 connection, and a power jack.
On the left side are two USB 2.0 Type-A ports.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D display
The 15-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display does a nice job reproducing images and video. The anti-glare touch panel captures color very nicely when you take into consideration the price point.
When I watched the No Time to Die trailer, the Asus VivoBook 15 did a really good job of showing vivid colors and the panel was plenty bright. The explosions were rich and I could watch movies on the unit without any issues; overall, it’s a solid viewing experience.
When we measured the screen's color reproduction capabilities, the VivoBook 15 scored poorly with 45.4% on our DCI-P3 color gamut test, falling way below the mainstream laptop average of 80.6%. The Yoga C740 led our group, scoring 78.7%, followed by the Swift 3, which scored an even worse 44.2%.
The Asus VivoBook 15 scored an average brightness of 268 nits, which is below the mainstream laptop average of 350 nits. However, it was enough to beat the Swift 3’s 251 nits and the Lenovo's 250 nits.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D audio
Here is where the Asus VivoBook stands out. Featuring Asus’ Sound Master driver technology, the audio produced by the two bottom-mounted speakers is good, especially at this price point.
When listening to Lizzo’s “Good As Hell,” the bassline kicked in nicely with rich depth without overwhelming the treble. The speakers were loud enough to fill my tiny studio apartment and groove along with whilst chair dancing. Yes, chair dancing is a thing.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D keyboard and touchpad
Upon opening the Asus VivoBook 15, you're met by a large full-sized, island-style keyboard. The deck is a decent size with the touchpad positioned to the left of the center underneath the spacebar.
The keyboard is laid out nicely and the keys are clicky, making typing a comfortable experience. I scored a solid 75 words per minute with an 80% accuracy on the 10fastfingers test. My normal average is between 70% and 85% with about 65 wpm. There were no key travel issues and the keyboard is very responsive and comfortable, making it easy to work on for long periods.
The 2.9 x 4.1-inch touchpad on the VivoBook 15 did a great job executing Windows 10 gestures, like three or four-fingered swipes and simple finger taps. The bottom corners of the touchpad are clicky and super responsive.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D performance
Sporting a 2.3-GHz AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD, our test unit is a solid performer. It held up well when I had 15 to 25 Google Chrome tabs open, with a few of them running videos while I also edited documents.
Moving to our benchmark tests, the Asus VivoBook 15 scored 3,046 during our Geekbench 5.1 overall performance test. It performed way below the 4,961 mainstream laptop average. The Swift 3 led our group ( AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU) with 4,985 while the Yoga C740 (Intel Core i5-10210U CPU) rounded things outscoring 3,915.
The Asus VivoBook 15 took 20 minutes and 39 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p using the Handbrake app, missing the mainstream laptop average (14:41). The Acer Swift 3 led our group, finishing at 11 minutes flat, followed by the Yoga C740 at 20 minutes and 42 seconds.
During our File Transfer test, the VivoBook 15 averaged 440.7 megabytes per second while transferring 5GB of mixed media. The Swift 3 scored 462.7 MBps while the Yoga C740 led our group with a score of 848.2 MBps, being the only unit in the group to test above the mainstream average of 784.7 MBps.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D graphics
The Asus VivoBook 15 comes with an integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU, which performs solidly but isn't meant for serious gaming or resource-devouring graphic work or video editing.
Playing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Gathering Storm in 1080p, our unit scored an average of 15 frames per second, which is below its category laptop average (37 fps). The Swift 3 scored 27 fps to lead our group, which is below our 30-fps playability threshold, but it’s still better than the VivoBook 15 and the Yoga C740’s 8 fps.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D battery life
The VivoBook 15 lasted for only 5 hours and 31 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. That time is above the mainstream laptop average of 6 hours and 52 minutes. The Acer Swift 3 led the group at 11:09 followed by the Lenovo Yoga C740 at 10:18.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D heat
The Asus VivoBook 15 does a nice job of staying cool. During the video heat test (15 minutes of playing a fullscreen HD video), the touchpad measured 72 degrees Fahrenheit, while the keyboard registered at 79 degrees, with the undercarriage coming in at 84 degrees.
These temperatures fall beneath our 95-degree comfort threshold, meaning you can have this unit in your lap all day without any heat-related discomfort.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D webcam
The 720p HD webcam on the Asus VivoBook 15 is par for the course when it comes to integrated shooters. Like most webcams, you should make sure the lighting is optimal to get the best results. Once you do, the lens should yield rich, saturated color. In darker conditions, remarkably, the VivoBook 15 performed better than most laptops, retaining its color quality. Overall, the webcam is solid for what it is, but if you want to put your best foot forward on Zoom meetings, invest in an external webcam.
Asus VivoBook 15 X512D software and warranty
The Asus VivoBook 15 comes with Windows 10 Home, which means there’s a fair amount of bloatware onboard, including Skype, the Xbox Console companion, Microsoft Solitaire and Xbox Game bar.
The Asus VivoBook 15 X512D is a solid, consistent performer that stays cool under every circumstance. It’s a really good beginner laptop for younger children, students, or casual users. The VivoBook 15 can handle day-to-day light productivity tasks well and is decent for consuming media although the display is a letdown.
However, if you’re looking for a laptop with a brighter, more vivid display, better performance and longer battery life, you need to check out the $649 Acer Swift 3. That said, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly laptop that’s good for light productivity and multimedia tasks, the Asus VivoBook 15 X512D is a solid choice
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Asus relies on a sleek, slim metal case for the S15, which is finished in a dark silver-gray. The back of the lid is available in four colors: Black, Red, Green, White - we have the black model. The S533 does not have any manufacturing flaws. Stability and stiffness are within reason. The lid's maximum opening angle is about 130 degrees. The battery is firmly installed. The innards can be accessed after removing the bottom shell.
The laptop has three USB-A ports (2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1) and one USB-C port (USB 3.2 Gen 1). The latter does not support Power Delivery or Displayport via USB-C. Thus, only one video output is available with the HDMI port. The microSD memory card reader (reference card: AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60) is one of the slowest of its kind.
The WLAN chip (Intel AX200) supports the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards and offers Bluetooth 5 functionality. The data rates determined under optimal conditions (no other WLAN devices in the near vicinity, short distance between notebook and server PC; router: Netgear Nighthawk AX12) turn out very good.
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Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (2021) review: A fast, cheap laptop
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (2021) review: A fast, cheap laptop
DT Recommended Product
“The Asus VivoBook Flip 14 is a powerhouse budget laptop despite a disappointing display and build quality.”
- Outstanding productivity performance
- Mostly attractive aesthetic
- Active pen is bundled
- Upgradable RAM and storage
- Mediocre build quality
- Lackluster display
- Below-average battery life
Everyone likes a good budget laptop. They might not seem as exciting as the latest and greatest, but budget-oriented laptops have their place. Not everyone has the resources or need for a laptop that costs well over $1,000, but everyone deserves something great. Locating a diamond in the rough can be a lot of fun.
Most manufacturers have a distinct budget lineup, and in the case of Asus, that’s the VivoBook. Recently, the company released the updated VivoBook Flip 14, an AMD-powered 360-degree convertible 2-in-1 that’s meant to offer solid performance and an exciting experience at a budget laptop price.
I reviewed the $629 VivoBook Flip 14 configuration (when Asus offers it on their site, it will retail for $600) that includes an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, and a 14-inch IPS Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display in the increasingly old-school 16:9 aspect ratio. You can also get a version with a 256GB SSD for just $529. That’s an attractive set of components for the price, but does the VivoBook Flip 14 live up to its value promise?
The VivoBook Flip 14 is mostly plastic, with aluminum alloy lining the lid. You don’t have to get plastic at this price, but it’s not uncommon. Unfortunately, the build quality wasn’t up to the usual Asus standard, with a lid that bends with too little force and can cause LCD distortion, quite a bit of flex in the keyboard deck, and a chassis bottom that gives in to pressure. The similarly priced Acer Swift 3 is more solidly built, and for $300 more or so, you can grab the HP Envy x360 13 that’s also far better built — unsurprisingly, both machines are on our list of best budget laptops. You don’t find many 14-inch 2-in-1s at this price level, and so I can’t think of a direct comparison that we’ve reviewed.
Aesthetically, the VivoBook Flip 14 is a little more impressive, if a bit odd at the same time. It comes in a “Bespoke Black” color scheme that covers 99% of the chassis. There’s a bright silver logo on the lid and some chrome trim around the touchpad, but that’s mostly it. What’s odd is that the Enter key is lined and lettered in lime-green, standing out quite boldly — but I’d say garishly at the same time. And it’s the only element on the laptop to sport that color, so it’s not part of a theme.
If you typically have difficulty finding the Enter key, then the bold coloring will help, but I usually don’t run into that predicament, so the coloring detracts from the aesthetic for me. Even so, I find the VivoBook Flip 14 to be better looking than the Swift 3 and on par with the Envy x360 13. It’s even as attractive as a more expensing laptop like the MSI Prestige 14 Evo and has a more distinctive look than the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 2-in-1, which is also about $300 more expensive.
The bezels are a little large, with a screen-to-body ratio of 82%. More premium laptops tend toward a 90% ratio or better, but the VivoBook Flip 14 isn’t bad for a budget machine. That does make the chassis a little larger, and it’s not the thinnest or lightest 14-inch laptop at 0.72 inches and 3.31 pounds. The Yoga 7i comes in at 0.69 inches and 3.09 pounds, while the MSI Prestige 14 is 0.63 inches thick and weighs 2.85 pounds.
The Acer Swift 5, another 14-inch clamshell, is a mere 0.59 inches thick and quite light at 2.31 pounds — it’s also twice as expensive. Looking at our budget competition, the Acer Swift 3 is 0.63 inches thick and weighs 2.65 pounds, and the HP Envy x360 13 is 0.65 inches thick and weighs 2.92 pounds. Clearly, the VivoBook Flip 14 doesn’t win the thin-and-light battle.
Asus incorporated its ErgoLift hinge into the VivoBook Flip 14, which is a nice touch given the general complexity of the 360-degree hinge. It works well, lifting the keyboard deck to a more comfortable typing angle and theoretically giving additional room underneath for airflow — except there aren’t any vents on the laptop’s bottom. Rather, air is drawn in via the keyboard, and so there aren’t the usual thermal benefits. Anyway, the hinge is a bit stiff, and the lid requires two hands to open, but it does a respectable job of holding the display in place in clamshell, tent, media, and tablet modes.
Asus also built in some upgradability. The SSD slot is readily accessible if you want to upgrade storage at some point, and of the review unit’s 8GB of RAM, 4GB is soldered on the motherboard, and the other 4GB plugs in. So, you can swap that out for an 8GB chip if needed and increase your RAM to 12GB. The maximum available is 16GB, which of course must be configured when ordering the laptop.
Connectivity is good, with one USB-A 2.0 port, a USB-A 3.2 port, a USB-C Gen 2 port, a full-size HDMI 1.4 connection, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. A proprietary connector provides power, and given the AMD chipset, there’s no Thunderbolt support. Wireless connectivity is a bit behind the times, with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2.
The VivoBook Flip 14 equipped the first six-core Ryzen 5 5500U CPU that we’ve tested, and I was looking forward to seeing how it compares to Intel’s various Tiger Lake variants and the Ryzen 7 line. I came away impressed.
It didn’t dominate in Geekbench 5, with the lower single-core score and more competitive multi-core result typical of AMD chips. It came in third in the comparison group, behind the Asus ZenBook 13 UM325UA with an eight-core Ryzen 7 5800U that dominated and the MSI Prestige 14 Evo with its quad-core Intel Core i7-1185G7. In PCMark 10, the VivoBook Flip 14 came in second behind the ZenBook 13, and it scored particularly well in the Content Creation portion of that test. According to these results, the Ryzen 5 5500U is competitive with Intel’s Core i7 and much faster than the Core i5.
In two particularly CPU-intensive apps, Handbrake and Cinebench R23, the VivoBook Flip 14 was particularly impressive. In the Handbrake test that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, the Asus was 31 seconds faster than the Prestige 14 Evo and only seven seconds behind the ZenBook 13. The results were similar in the demanding Cinebench R23 test where, at least in multicore mode, the VivoBook Flip 14 came in a close second to the ZenBook 13 and was significantly faster than the Prestige 14 Evo. And the Ryzen 5 5500U is a real step up from the previous generation, making the VivoBook Flip 14 an impressive budget performer.
As with all the recent Ryzen laptops we’ve reviewed, the VivoBook Flip 14 excels at CPU-intensive tasks and will churn through the typical productivity workflow. It can tackle creative applications as well, although its Radeon Graphics won’t offer much in the way of boosting applications that can utilize the GPU. That’s also true of Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics, of course. In this comparison group, only the HP Envy 14 with its Nvidia GeForce GTX-1650 Ti will bring real value to those applications. Everywhere else, the VivoBook Flip 14 will perform exceptionally well, especially given its $630 price.
|PCMark 10||3DMark Time Spy|
|Asus VivoBook Flip 14|
(Ryzen 5 5500U)
|MSI Prestige 14 Evo (Core i7-1185G7)||1593/5904||162||1479/6680||4866||1465|
|Acer Swift 3 2020 (Ryzen 7 4700U)||1120/4831||152||N/A||N/A||975|
|HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen 5 4500U)||1101/4485||176||N/A||N/A||902|
|Asus ZenBook 13 UM325UA|
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
|HP Envy 14 2020 (Core i5-1135G7)||1398/4741||190||1343/5028||5178||3147|
One area that won’t impress is gaming. The 3DMark Time Spy test result isn’t anything to write home about, and the VivoBook Flip 14 was a weak performer in Fortnite. It managed just 25 frames per second (fps) at 1080p and medium graphics, in line with laptops equipped with Intel Iris Xe graphics. It hit 15 fps in epic graphics, again equivalent to Intel’s integrated GPU. Simply put, the VivoBook Flip 14 isn’t a gaming laptop at any price.
Spend $630 on a laptop, and you’re going to give something up. Usually, a major compromise shows up in display quality, and the VivoBook Flip 14 is no exception.
First, it’s not very bright, at just 230 nits (we like to see 300 nits or more). That’s almost identical to the ’s 233 nits, and so the VivoBook Flip 14 isn’t alone among budget laptops in having a dim display. The contrast is also poor at 720:1, below the Swift 3’s 770:1 and well below our preferred 1000:1 threshold. The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 was even worse at 690:1, demonstrating that it’s not just true budget laptops that suffer from poor contrast.
Next were the VivoBook Flip 14’s colors, which were incredibly narrow. Coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut came in at just 50%, and of the sRGB gamut at just 66%. That’s well below the 70% and 95%, respectively, that we typically see as a minimum with midrange and premium laptops — and the HP Envy x360 13 that’s on our best budget list hit 71% and 96%, which is much better. I’ll note that, again, the Swift 3 was in the same class as the Asus at 48% and 64%. The VivoBook Flip 14’s color accuracy was better at a Delta E of 2.62 (1.0 or less is considered excellent) than the Swift 3’s 4.76, while the Envy x360 13 managed a lower 2.26.
Subjectively, the VivoBook Flip 14’s display wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great, either. It’ll do for web browsing and productivity apps, but that’s about it. Watching media on the 2-in-1 wasn’t a terrible experience either, despite the poor colors and contrast.
Two downward-firing speakers provide audio with Harman Kardon tuning. The speakers get loud, but they also get distorted, with crackling at any volume above 80%. Highs were blown out and mids were subdued, giving a tinny sound. Of course, there was no bass to speak of. You’ll be okay with system sounds and the occasional YouTube video, but for anything else, you’ll want headphones or a pair of Bluetooth speakers.
Keyboard and touchpad
The VivoBook Flip 14’s keyboard is eerily reminiscent of HP’s Spectre keyboard, which is a good choice if intentional. It enjoys good spacing, large keys with attractive and legible lettering, and a row of Home, PgUp, PgDn, End, and Fn keys on the very right-hand side. Unfortunately, while it may look like a Spectre keyboard, it doesn’t quite feel like one. There’s plenty of travel and a nice click to the switches, but the bottoming action is too abrupt. There’s no crisp bounce like you get from HP, and the overall typing experience isn’t nearly as comfortable. I’d rate this keyboard a few steps behind the Spectre and Dell XPS keyboards and way behind Apple’s Magic Keyboard on the latest MacBooks. I’ll note that the three-step backlighting is even and useful.
To put it bluntly, the touchpad is way too small. There’s so much room left on the keyboard deck for a larger version, and the small size is exacerbated by the fingerprint reader stuck up in the right-hand corner. The touchpad is a Microsoft Precision version, so it works well with good support for Windows 10 multitouch gestures, but it’s just tiny.
The display is touch enabled, of course, this being a 2-in-1, and an Asus active pen is included in the box. It supports Windows 10 inking well, with smooth strokes and precise response.
The aforementioned fingerprint reader provides Windows 10 Hello passwordless login support. It was fast and accurate during my testing, and it was welcome on such an inexpensive laptop.
Asus only packed 42 watt-hours worth of battery into the VivoBook Flip 14, which isn’t a lot for a 14-inch display, even at Full HD resolution, and a powerful CPU. I wasn’t expecting great battery life.
Starting with our web browsing test that loops through a series of popular websites, the VivoBook Flip 14 lasted for nine hours. That’s a little less than average for this class of machine but not a terrible result. The managed just eight hours, while the HP Envy x360 13 made it to a little over nine hours. In our video test that plays a Full HD Avengers trailer until the battery dies, the VivoBook Flip 14 went for 12 hours, again a bit less than average but not too disappointing compared to the Swift 3’s 10 hours. The Envy x360 13 beat out both at 13 hours.
In the PCMark 10 Gaming test that pushes the CPU and GPU, the VivoBook Flip 14 lasted for just over two hours, which is average for the test. The Lenovo Yoga 7i made it to just over 2.5 hours, and we didn’t test either the Swift 3 or the Envy x360 13 with this benchmark. In the PCMark 10 Applications test, which is the best indicator of productivity battery life, the VivoBook Flip was — again — below average at just over nine hours. That still beat out the Yoga 7i’s 8.5 hours.
Overall, the VivoBook Flip 14 was just a hair behind the pack in terms of battery life. It will likely last you a full day of work if you don’t push the CPU too hard, but it definitely suffers from the small battery. Again, though, this is a budget laptop, and so the results are pretty good when the price is kept in mind.
The VivoBook Flip 14 is really, really fast for a $630 laptop. Its build isn’t the best, its battery life lags, and its keyboard isn’t among my favorites. But a laptop that performs like this for so little money shouldn’t be disregarded.
If you have a demanding productivity workflow or use the occasional creative application, then the VivoBook Flip 14 will give you the performance you’re looking for. And nothing else is so bad about the laptop that you should be dissuaded from giving it serious consideration.
Are there any alternatives?
I’ll start with the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED UM325UA. It’s not a 2-in-1, but it’s just $170 more for a color-accurate OLED display, a faster AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive. If your budget isn’t so tight and you don’t really need a 2-in-1, then the ZenBook 13 is a great option.
If you need a 2-in-1 and your budget is limited, then the HP Envy x360 13 is a solid alternative. It’s also a bit more expensive, but you get better performance, better battery life, and a better display. What’s not to like?
How long will it last?
The VivoBook Flip 14 isn’t the most solidly built laptop we’ve tested, but it’s not bad for a budget machine. It won’t stand up to extreme abuse, but it should last for several years given the normal wear and tear of home and office use. You won’t be surprised by the limited one-year warranty.
Should you buy it?
Yes, if you don’t need a color-accurate display and you’re strapped for cash. The VivoBook Flip 14’s outstanding performance makes up for a lot of its flaws.
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The Asus VivoBook S14 M433IA features an AMD processor and Radeon graphics, with a lower price tag that makes it slightly more attractive than its Intel offering. Performance is a smidge better, but it retains all of the design nuances that we struggled with in the original.
- Great battery life
- Excellent price point
- Strange port selection
- Poor display
We’ve looked at the Asus VivoBook S14 before, and while it boasted a stylish design and a youthful target audience, it was let down by a poor screen and keyboard. Asus has added another lineup to the VivoBook S14 in the form of the VivoBook S14 M433IA.
This model carries over pretty much all of the design choices we’ve seen earlier, but now comes with AMD internals and the option to tweak the trackpad slightly. It also comes at a lower price tag, making it a much more affordable laptop for college students, or for those who want to enjoy carrying a lightweight and sleek-looking laptop.
There are things that remain unchanged from the first time we looked at the VivoBook S14 – the middling display, the unreadable keyboard, and the odd selection of ports. Despite this, the VivoBook S14 M433IA manages to just inch ahead of its Intel variant when it comes to performance, making it a slightly better investment. The choice of adding the NumPad to the trackpad - a feature usually only seen in Asus’ high-end models – is also an added bonus, even if you never end up using it.
Here is the Asus VivoBook S14 S433 configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, 2.0 GHz/4.1 GHz
Graphics: Integrated Radeon graphics
RAM: 16 GB DDR4 3200 Mhz
Screen: 14” LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9
Storage: 1TB SSD (PCIe, NVMe, M.2)
Ports: 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Audio combo jack, 1 x MicroSD card reader
Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0
Camera: Full HD Webcam
Weight: 1.4kg (3.08 pounds)
Size: 1.59cm (0.62 inches) x 32.49cm (12.79 inches) x 21.35cm (8.40 inches) H x W x D
Price and availability
The VivoBook S14 M433IA starts from AED 2,899, which is considerably cheaper than the VivoBook S14 S433, which is priced at AED 3,499. This makes it an even easier choice for those looking for their first entry-level laptop, such as college students or budding creatives.
In the UAE market, both R5 and R7 processor variants of the VivoBook S14 M433IA will be available, as well as the option to have either a fingerprint reader or Numpad on the trackpad.
In keeping with the ‘young and trendy’ aesthetic, the VivoBook S14 M433IA comes in four colors – Gaia Green, Resolute Read, Dreamy White, and Indie Black. We had the Dreamy White version for review, which had a slight shimmer to it and looked quite nice.
Asus also includes a small packet of stickers with which to adorn your laptop with, or to place on the Enter key and Spacebar. It’s an interesting gimmick, and certainly one that a good number of users are likely to try out.
The overall feel of the laptop is quite sturdy, and it’s slim enough to slip into a backpack or carry around as-is. The laptop charger is also tiny, which makes it much more portable than other standard chargers.
When it comes to ports, you’ll either be perfectly content or disappointed. There’s a full-sized HDMI port and USB 3.0 ports (both Type A and Type C, data only), but strangely enough there are also two USB 2.0 ports, which in this day and age almost seems unnecessary. Finishing it off is a microSD card reader, which again we would have much preferred to be a full-sized one.
Our review unit came equipped with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB M.2 SSD, which is more than enough. The RAM is directly connected to the motherboard so upgrades are out of the question, but thankfully 16GB will get you through most tasks.
The VivoBook S14 M433IA’s display is fine for everyday use. If you’re online shopping, typing up assignments, or doing some basic photo editing, you’ll get by just fine. But for watching movies on, the screen here is far from pleasant.
Details are lost in scenes with a lot of blacks, so much so that you’ll probably want to have all your lights switched off just to make out finer details. Using it outdoors is also not recommended, as the panel doesn’t hold up well in very bright conditions. Asus does bundle its True2Life software to help boost the color accuracy, but it barely makes a difference.
The HD camera at the top is also not the best. If you’re attending a remote class via Zoom, you’ll have to make sure that you’re well lit in order to look half decent.
Here’s how the ASUS VivoBook S14 S433 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
3DMark Fire Strike: 1,020; Sky Diver: 10,850
GeekBench 5: 1,131(single-core); 5,338 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 4,165 points
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 5 hours 14 minutes
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 9 hours minutes
The performance on the VivoBook S14 M433IA was at least slightly better than when we tested the Intel version. The Ryzen 7 processor kept up with most of our benchmarks, and overall managed to do its very best.
Everyday tasks are a breeze, such as word processing or light photo editing. We don’t think the VivoBook S14 M433IA is powerful enough to use as a proper editing rig for video, but for any other illustrative work it should work just fine.
Gaming also saw a bit of an improvement, though not by much. Overwatch ran at around 52fps, while Heroes of the Storm sat at a comfortable 41fps for most of the match. This isn’t a laptop you’re going to pick up for gaming, unless it’s a casual Steam game that won’t use up a lot of resources.
Keyboard and Sound
The keyboard on the VivoBook S14 M433IA is adequately spaced, and we didn’t find much trouble reaching any of the keys while typing. Key travel might feel a bit shallow at times, but it’s not something that you can’t get used to over time.
What we do have to point out is the awful backlighting. It makes the keyboard virtually unreadable, so we strongly suggest keeping it turned off. The power button also is easy to mistake for the delete key, so we advise that you tweak your Power settings so that tapping the power button in Windows won’t accidentally turn off your laptop.
The trackpad on our review unit came with Asus’ NumberPad 2.0 – a simple one second press on the top right corner brings it to life in your trackpad, so if you’re entering a slew of numbers into a spreadsheet, you can do it much faster via the trackpad. It’s an interesting addition, but we aren’t sure if anyone’s going to really use it – we certainly didn’t during our two weeks with the laptop.
The speakers on the VivoBook S14 M433IA are strictly average as well. They’re not loud enough to really fill a room with audio, so you’re best with using headphones or connecting a Bluetooth speaker to enjoy listening to media.
Thankfully, battery life is an area that the VivoBook S14 M433IA handles well. You can get almost a full day’s use out of it before needing to recharge, so if you’re scurrying between college classes with this tucked under your arm, you won’t need to try and find a charging point. Plus, the compact charger makes it easy to carry around, and you can get up to 60% recharge in just under 50 minutes.
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Asus has been using its Vivobook series to release thin and light laptops that are always desirable by customers. The interesting aspect about Asus Vivobooks is that the company incorporates high-performing hardware into these notebooks. Usually, thin and light notebooks are deficient in performance. In addition to their weak performance, they are also poor in terms of interface and display. However, this is no longer the case as thin and light notebooks are now getting higher positioning in terms of performance. Today, we have thin and light notebooks in the market with high-power performance. The Asus Vivobooks is one such thin and light notebook series with top-notch hardware, productivity, and appearance.
The ultra-popular Asus Vivobook series notebooks are new. Nevertheless, this series already have a couple of models. There is the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED, Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED as well as the Asus Vivobook Pro 14 OLED. Irrespective of the chip, the configuration remains powerful and the price is still attractive. Let us now look at the details of the cost-effective Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED.
The Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Ryzen Edition is equipped with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H eight-core standard pressure processor. This device also comes with the GeForce RTX 3050 GPU. This hardcore CPU and GPU combination coupled with its good OLED screen as well as its 6,299 yuan ($978) starting price make this device very attractive.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED is a Windows 10 laptop with a 15.60-inch display. This screen comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and this device also packs 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. In terms of connectivity, users have multiple options including Wi-Fi 802.11 Yes, Bluetooth, 4 USB ports (2 x USB 2.0), USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type A), Thunderbolt 4 (Type C), HDMI Port, and Multi-Card Slot ports.
|Screen||15.60-inch WQXGA (1920 x 1080) 16:10 anti-glare display; DCI-P3:100%; Refresh Rate: 90Hz; Response Time: 0.2ms|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5800H|
|Wireless Connection||Wi-Fi 6 (MediaTek MT7921), Bluetooth 5.0, Ethernet with adapter|
|Graphics card||GeForce RTX 3050 GPU|
|Memory||16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz|
|Storage||512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD (single PCIe x 4 M.2 SSD slot)|
|Camera||720P HD camera with privacy shutter|
|Ports||1x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 2x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen1, HDMI 1.4b, microSD card reader, 3.5 mm jack|
|Battery||63 Wh, 120W charger with quick-charging|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
This device is designed for efficient work as well as for light gaming and entertainment. This positioning makes the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED very attractive to a wide range of users. This notebook is perfect because most office notebooks today need a gaming component which may be handy when the user needs to relax from office work.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Design & Appearance
Just like other devices in the Vivobook series, the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED comes with a top-metal design. Some parts of this notebook like the bottom plate is plastic to aid heat dissipation. While this design may not be the most premium, it is attractive enough for the price tag of this notebook. The feel of this notebook is not entirely smooth, it has a little gritty feel which gives this notebook a sturdy appearance and good grip. With this design, it will not be easy for this notebook to slide off your hand.
Although we consider this notebook as a thin and light notebook, it may not entirely light for some folks as it weighs about 1.6kg. Of course, there are many notebooks in the market with lesser weight. However, for the hardware it carries and the performance it is offering, this notebook is absolutely thin and light. The dimension of this notebook is 235.30 x 359.80 x 19.90 mm.
In addition to the gritty metal build, the top surface of the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED comes with the popular CNC engraved LOGO which is quite conspicuous. The model we reviewed is the quiet blue color option, however, this notebook also has a cool silver option. Unlike the Vivobook Pro 14, the Vivobook Pro 15 OLED quiet blue is noticeable at first glance although the color tends towards gray.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Display
Like we said earlier, the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED comes with a large 15.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1920×1080. While burn-in is usually common with OLED displays, these screens have a huge advantage over their LCD counterparts. The OLED display brings higher brightness and more realistic colors. It also emits 70% less harmful blue light than LCD displays, which makes OLED displays more comfortable for the eyes.
This notebook OLED screen has a 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, 10bit color depth, 1000000:1 contrast ratio, 0.2ms response speed, and 600nits peak brightness. It has passed the Pantone color certification and has accurate and vivid colors. The display capability can ensure that the output image has professional-grade color accuracy. In addition, this display supports a 90Hz refresh rate as well as 133% sRGB, DisplayHR 600 True Black, and its peak brightness reach 600 nits.
At the same time, this OLED screen has passed the TÜV Rheinland hardware-level low-blue light certification and the SGS Eye Care certification. This certification means that viewing this screen is less harmful to the eyes and is more suitable for users who need to work with the computer screen for a long time.
The Asus Vivobook 15 Pro comes with thin bezels on all sides and on the top frame, there is a 720p camera that comes with a manual switch. The switch allows users to either deactivate or activate the camera. When the switch is deactivated, the camera sensor will be covered with an orange colored lid. However, when it is activated, then users can see the camera sensor. This physical anti-peep switch gives a 100% guarantee that there will not be a privacy leak after closing the camera. This method is a preferred choice for many recent notebooks.
Furthermore, the top frame also hosts the microphone sound port and this location is convenient for use in scenes such as conference videos.
Using Starscream’s color calibration device, we took a good test of this thin and light OLED screen. Note that this test was conducted in the default display mode.
Color gamut refers to the range of colors that can be expressed by a certain device, that is, the range of colors that can be expressed by various screen display devices, printers, or printing devices. The larger the color gamut value, the more colors the device can display. The Asus Vivobook Pro 15 has a DCI-P3 color gamut coverage rate of 96.9% and a DCI-P3 color gamut volume rate of 126.9%. For notebook screens, such color gamut performance is pretty good.
The colors displayed on the screen often deviate from the colors seen by the human eye in real life. The smaller the color difference, the better the display, of course. When △E ≤ 1, the human eye can hardly distinguish the difference between the two colors. When 1 <△E < 3, the human eye can hardly distinguish subtle color differences. When △E ≥ 3, the human eye can distinguish the color difference and consider it as two similar colors. When △E ≥ 5, most human eyes can see the color difference and consider it as a completely different color. The average △E of the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED is 0.74. This kind of color accuracy is also quite good, and it can actually be comparable to many professional-level photo retouching monitors. It’s really great!
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Keyboard
This Asus Vivobook 15 Pro OLED has one of the most simple but elegant keyboards that we have ever reviewed. The company uses a soft skin-friendly plastic material for the key build. Furthermore, this keyboard comes with a 1.4mm long keystroke, and the curved concave keycap makes it more comfortable for users. The keycap design balances the fingers so as to reduce the tendency to click on multiple keys at the same time. At first glance, this keyboard appears sleek. However, the keyboard is not only attractive, there are also a couple of changes. The first button that you will probably notice on this keyboard is the Enter Key. This is because the company uses a special CNC engravement design to make this important key stand out.
The power button is located at the front right of the keyboard. At the same time, this power button also integrates a fingerprint reader, which allows users to quickly unlock the computer. The power button also integrates support for Windows Hello fingerprint recognition. However, this button does not have the always-on light as well as a backlight like the other buttons. With the fingerprint sensor on the power button, users can log in directly without entering a password by clicking directly on the boot.
Furthermore, the Asus Vivobook 15 Pro OLED uses a white backlit keyboard design with a numeric keypad. The white backlight supports turning off and there are three levels of backlight intensity adjustment. This means that users can adjust the backlight intensity to suit the usage scenario. Also, the left and right palm rest contain a lot of stickers that show the selling points of this device. On the left palm rest, there is the AMD Ryzen, GeForce, and Pantone stickers. On the right side, there is a sticker that shows the screen, CPU, WiFi, and sound details. Also, there is a “sound by Harman / Kardon” engravement on the right palm rest.
On the keyboard area, we also have the 5.9-inch large touchpad which measures about 12.9×7.4cm. This touchpad is designed with a special glass surface treatment process which gives it a premium and smooth feel. Just like on the Vivobook 14 Pro, the Vivobook 15 Pro OLED also has a feature that allows users to deactivate the microphone and camera through the shortcut keys Fn+F9 and Fn+F10, respectively. Furthermore, the Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End are now embedded on the top, down, right, and left direction keys respectively. To activate any of these keys, the users will have to hold shift and press the key. For instance, if you need to use the Page Up button, simply hold Shift and the top direction key. Asus had to embed these functions on the direction key because the extra column of Function keys previously available on VivoBook 14 models is no longer available.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Connectivity & Internals
The right side of this thin and light notebook is designed with a power interface, a USB 3.2 interface, an HDMI interface, a Type-C interface, a TF card reader slot, and a 3.5mm headphone headset combo interface. Also, this device has two USB 2.0 ports on the left side of the fuselage.
The bottom of the fuselage has a large area of heat dissipation and ventilation holes. When you look at the bottom of this device, it appears that there are three rows (vents) for heat dissipation. However, the first row is just a decorative effect, and if you look closely, you will see that you cant see the interior of the device from the first row. The heat dissipation vents are therefore just the second and third rows.
The Asus Vivobook 15 Pro OLED uses a dual-fan heat dissipation design. It comes with two flat heat pipes, and two air outlets, both of which exhaust air to the rear of the fuselage.
The memory is soldered on the motherboard. The M.2 solid-state drive is produced by SK Hynix, TLC particles, with a capacity of 512GB. At the same time, this M.2 solid-state hard drive is attached with a thermally conductive paste, and its heat will be conducted to the bottom cover.
Also in the interior of this device, we can see that the wireless network card is MediaTek MT7921, which supports Wi-Fi 6. Furthermore, the battery capacity is 63Wh. In addition, the bottom cover conceals two copper heat sinks for the M.2 SSD and video memory respectively. Judging from the interior of this notebook, the Asus Vivobook 15 Pro OLED has no room for upgrading in terms of hardware.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED supports AI microphone noise reduction function. Using ASUS‘ exclusive AI microphone noise reduction software, users can reduce the noise of voice conversations on any type of headphones or microphones such as 3.5mm audio jack, USB, or Bluetooth, and then bring clear video call effects.
Furthermore, this device comes with WiFi 6 technology, and its connection performance can be further optimized through the built-in Asus WiFi Master. Asus WiFi Master can intelligently select the best WiFi signal connection so that the notebook can get the strongest signal access at the moment no matter where it is.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Performance
The Asus Vivobook 15 Pro comes with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H standard mobile processor. This chip is based on Zen 3 architecture and a more mature 7nm process. It has 8 cores and 16 threads, 16MB L3 cache, and achieves a 19% increase per clock cycle (IPC). Furthermore, this chip brings a 24% energy efficiency improvement relative to the previous generation.
It is important to note that all the tests except the battery life test were conducted with the fan mode – high-efficiency mode, in order to show the optimal performance of this thin and light notebook. However, the battery test was conducted in fan mode – standard mode.
On CPU-Z and Geekbench 5 software tests, the single-core and multi-core performance of the Ryzen 7 5800H is very strong, and it is promising in terms of productivity and gaming. The memory latency is 75.1ns, and the performance is also good. The operating mode of this 512GB M.2 solid-state drive is PCIe 3.0 x4.
The results of the CrystalDiskMark test software show that the SSD is very good. The result shows a sequential read speed exceeding 3500MB/s and a sequential write speed exceeding 2900MB/s.
Looking at the GPU, this device comes with the GeForce RTX3050 GPU. This chip is based on the GA107 display core, with 2048 sets of CUDA cores, 32 sets of raster units, and 64 sets of texture units. It also has 128bit wide and 4GB capacity GDDR6 video memory. The default GPU frequency of the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 is 712MHz, the Boost frequency is 1057MHz, and the memory frequency is 1375MHz (equivalent to 11000MHz).
According to the official NVIDIA statement, the NVIDIA Ampere architecture has the second generation RT Core (Ray Tracing Core), the third generation Tensor Core and the new SM multi-unit stream processor. The running speed is faster, the efficiency is higher, and the throughput of the FP32 in the SM is doubled. With the second generation RT Cores, the throughput of light and triangle intersection is doubled, and the dynamic blur performance is greatly improved. The third generation Tensor Cores optimizes sparse network performance and greatly improves AI computing performance. This chip is a significant improvement relative to the previous generation. The Ray Tracing technology in this GPU brings the entry-level unique gaming experience to a new level. NVIDIA’s unique DLSS 2.0 and Reflex low-latency technology improves the smoothness of gaming with this notebook and generates beautiful and clear dynamic pictures.
To test the GPU, we used Adobe Premiere Pro, which is a world-renowned video creation tool. To export a 480p quality 15fps video with a length of 11 minutes and 15 seconds takes 7 minutes. However, after turning on the graphics card hardware acceleration, the export time only took 3 minutes and 06 seconds. This is much faster than the processor export alone. This also shows the importance of advanced RTX graphics cards in the video field.
Since this is not a gaming notebook, we did not perform any intense gaming tests. However, considering the affinity of the GPU to gaming, we did gaming measurements for Cyberpunk 2077 and Tomb Raider: Shadow. Both games are popular light chasing masterpieces, and they are very representative. The actual measurement shows that the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 handles these games well at 1080p resolution without the light chasing special effects. If you want to turn on the light tracking effect, we suggest you reduce the resolution or image quality to increase the game frame rate.
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED Battery Life, Temperature
To test the battery of this device, we unplugged all external devices such as the mouse, earphones, and USB flash drives. We also deactivated the Wi-Fi connection and set the display brightness to 50%, Using PCMark 10, this thin and light notebook achieved 11 hours and 33 minutes. It performed very well and can meet the needs of high-intensity mobile office use. It
For this test, the room temperature was maintained at about 26°C and we used the AIDA64’s built-in stress test with a CPU + GPU dual baking machine. After turning on the dual baking machine for 10 minutes, the CPU temperature stabilized at about 86°C, while the frequency stabilized at about 2.7GHz. Also, the power consumption was about 35W. The GPU temperature stabilizes at about 70°C, and the power consumption is about 50W.
An infrared imaging test on the keyboard surface shows that the temperature localizes in most parts of the keyboard and some parts of the display. This temperature reaches about 50°C. Considering its thin body and good configuration, such a temperature performance is actually not entirely bad.
The Asus Vivobook Pro 15 has an excellent OLED screen, a first-class combination of A and N hard cores, a powerful solid-state drive, a richer I/O interface, a long enough battery life, and rich functions provided by the MyAsus main control center. These six (6) points have left a very good impression on this notebook.
The Asus Vivobook 15 Pro prides itself as a thin and light notebook for both work and play. It is a perfect office notebook but also incorporates some gaming features and handles high demanding games pretty well. Of course, it has an OLED display which is not very common in notebooks and this makes it even more attractive.
Just like other Vivobooks, the Vivobook Pro 15 pays much attention to privacy. The physical knob which covers the camera effectively prevents malicious sneak shots, and there are also special shortcut keys that disable the camera and microphone with one click.For more exclusive mobile phone tips, follow up our Twitter page
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