Asus VivoBook S15: large format for productivity
PVS $ 953.00
Wide screen and clear sound
Autonomy for a whole day
Good performance in all kinds of tasks
Difficult to carry under the arm
The fingerprint sensor does not always respond in the best way
The Asus VivoBook S15 It promises to be extremely portable, but the reality is that it is not entirely portable, which is not necessarily a drawback. We tested this computer for a couple of weeks and it’s time to count our impressions.
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It is fair to start with the screen of this laptop, which is 15.6 inches, has Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and covers 86 percent of the front panel. That said, those who have used 13-inch equipment, for example, may not find it so practical.
Of course, when it comes time to make a report or watch a series or movie, the experience is satisfactory and the feeling of fatigue from being in front of the display of a laptop.
Some limitations are exposed by the fact that the screen is LCD, especially in what has to do with the contrast – it is not as high as you would expect. However, that does not mean that multimedia content will not be enjoyed on the Asus VivoBook S15. On the contrary, its size is perfect for long entertainment sessions. His sound also contributes, which is in charge of the renowned firm Harman / Kardon; it is powerful and clear enough to play music and all kinds of clips.
Apart from his display spacious, the Asus VivoBook S15 stands out for other elements related to its design. For starters, its structure is made of textured metal with diamond-cut edges. Its weight is 1.8 kg and it is 16.1 mm thick.
If you plan to transport from one place to another, it is best to consider a bag or backpack; It is not as practical to carry it under the arm, as other laptops allow.
On its sides, the user will find several USB-A ports, one USB-C, an HDMI input to integrate an external monitor, the Jack 3.5mm headphone jack, an SD card reader and the hole for charging the machine. That is, it may not be necessary to purchase adapters or hubs separately.
Like the screen, the backlit bubblegum keyboard is quite large – with the Enter key framed in a different color – it even considers the number section separately, good news for those who often make reports that involve numbers.
In the opinion of the writer of these first impressions, the period of time to get used to the keyboard is longer, but nothing serious. Once this is overcome, the user will feel comfortable having to compose various documents.
On the touch panel, below the keyboard, there is a fingerprint sensor that makes it easy to log in quickly. It responds well in most cases, although sometimes, because it does not recognize the fingerprint, it will be necessary to use the other unlocking options.
Lastly, the HD (720p) resolution webcam is in the center of the display’s top frame, a convenient location for seamless video calling.
The Asus VivoBook S15 is a laptop that responds well to different tasks related to productivity and entertainment. Its processing is handled by the 2.3 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (it can also be configured with the 2.0 GHz Ryzen 7 5700U), and it includes an 8 GB RAM (maximum 16 GB).
According to the processor maker, the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series introduce the “Zen 3” architecture to notebook computing, delivering up to 17 percent faster than the previous generation. All of this benefits notebooks for gaming, content creation, and productivity.
With the basic configuration of the Asus VivoBook S15, a student or professional will have more than what is necessary to carry out their work or office reports, respectively. It is also surprising how quiet it can be, even if several applications are running at the same time.
And if one day you forget your charger – which gives you 60 percent charge in about 50 minutes – there is no problem: the autonomy of the equipment is enough to complete a day of activities.
Regarding storage, it starts at 512 GB. The average user, the one who does not have to deal with the editing and processing of large volumes of artwork, will not have a problem with this amount.
Another factor that makes the Asus VivoBook S15 feel like a good performing machine is its Wi-Fi 6 compatibility; if you have the corresponding modem at home, there will be an improvement in downloading information, from seamless content playback to “fluent” online games.
By the way, the Asus VivoBook S15 is easy to customize with all the tools compatible with Windows 10, from Office to Zoom (now that video calling has become so recurring).
Although we think that the laptop is usually too big to carry it under the arm, we give it a vote of confidence because carrying out productivity and entertainment activities with it is really comfortable, of course, thanks to its 15.6-inch screen.
It is also unhindered when running video applications or when opening multiple windows at the same time. In other words, professionals or students can see it as an ally to solve their activities of the day and entertain themselves.
As a bonus, there are the striking colors in which it is available, which makes it want to be seen before other laptops at the point of sale.