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ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 GTX 1050 review | pc9x

ASUS VivoBook laptop series spans all users. From the slim and affordable VivoBook S to the smaller VivoBook Flip, and the VivoBook Pro for various twists and use cases, the goal is to combine portability with power.

The ASUS VivoBook Pro N580VD is a 15.6-inch laptop for creative professionals with a limited budget. Yes, not everybody who wants Apple MacBook Pros and Dell XPS laptops can afford it, so Asus tec is taking a step forward with this $1,259 alternative. We are very grateful for the VivoBook Pro, the 7th generation Smart Core i7 CPU and the 4K colourful display. However, battery life, weight, and SSD are not in line with professional titles.

Despite having a ‘professional’ name tag, Asus tec has successfully built a powerful laptop (though it has a heavyweight in portability) and positioned its price to be more suitable for most users as 2-in-1 notebooks. This Notebook Computer has GTX 1050 graphics inside? Just in case, when you want to distract yourself from few games.

The Asus VivoBook Pro 15 was announced at Computex this year. Compared to its larger brother Asus ZenBook Pro, it costs about 400 euros ($473) and targets mainstream customers. The starting price for the VivoBook Pro 15 is $1299. Let’s take a look at the difference between the VivoBook and the more expensive ZenBook Pro UX550VD.

You can get the VivoBook Pro with full HD or 4K screens. Both 1080p and 4K model is equipped with, Core i7-7700HQ, Nvidia GTX 1050 and 16 GB RAM. The design of the new VivoBook is now closer to the ZenBook series, so you can get a mainstream laptop with a high-end look.

Design,

The VivoBook Pro 15 is elegantly gold and made of brushed aluminum. It is visually closer to ZenBook and looks quite complicated. This design is quite simple and typical for commercial machines. The silver Asus logo is on the top, but there are no other coloured items or gimmicks other than the front dent, which helps to open the lid.

The gold surface of the VivoBook Pro 15 is easy to identify and not to be missed. When using a 15.6-inch display, the overall footprint of the VivoBook Pro 15 is somewhat larger. This laptop measures 15 x 10 x 0.8 inches (380 x 256 x 19.2 mm; width x depth x height), and combines a metal and plastic casing, tossing a series of tradeoffs for portability beyond durability, and weighing about 5.05 Pounds (2.29 kg).

Especially the base is very strong due to the aluminum surface. There is a lot of resistance when you apply pressure, and there is only some bending in the centre of the keyboard and some hum on the left side of the port. It also looks as if there is a pad under the right palm rest because it will stick to the underlying surface for a while. The lid is very slim and because the structure is less torsion, the stability is still sufficient. The internal display frame is made of only thin plastic.

It also competes with competitors such as Gigabyte Sabre 15, HP Pavilion 15t, Acer Aspire VX 15, and Dell XPS 15. However, Dell and Acer’s processor speed is slightly slower (Intel Core i5-7300HQ), and only 8 instead of 16 GB of RAM.

As a laptop with a professional user tag, the VivoBook Pro won’t disappoint on the port. On the left are the charging port, RJ45 Ethernet port, USB 3.1, HDMI and USB-C 3.1 ports. The opposite edge is two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, a 3.5 mm headphone/microphone jack, and two LEDs.

The VivoBook 15 Pro is too big to carry. There is no doubt that when you cross the campus, there will be differences between your MacBook Pro (3.02 lbs) and VivoBook Pro 15.

Find a near full-size keyboard with the Chiclet key just below the FHD display. The key has a slim profile and response. There is a relatively small number pad, but we found that these buttons are too thin for fast keystrokes.

With enough ports to connect external monitors via the HDMI or USB-C ports and Ethernet and USB ports for accessories and backup drives, these ports should be covered regardless of your settings.

At 5.1 pounds and 0.8 inches thick, the VivoBook Pro is 15 inches larger than the Lenovo Yoga 720 (4.6 pounds, 0.8 inches), the Dell XPS 15 (4.6 pounds, 0.7 inches) and the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 4 pounds, and 0.6 inches.

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Ports,

The port selection function is very simple. We think the two USB 2.0 ports are out of date. We will only use USB 3.x ports preferentially, especially since the only USB-A 3.0 connector on the left is not marked with a different colour. Thunderbolt also missed, because you can only get 1.Gen USB-C port. The monitor can be connected via DisplayPort-enabled HDMI or USB-C. There are not many audio ports. The headset and microphone share a single combination jack. Finally, you also get an SD card reader and Ethernet.

The layout of the port is good due to the limited number. The space between each port on the left is not very large, but it is sufficient. There is no connector at the front or back of the notebook, even if the status LED is on right.

The Keyboard, The keys have a convenient travel, have a good label, and have enough space. At least the primary key, because Asus also implements a dedicated numeric keypad. This is usually a good thing, but because of the limited space, the key is very narrow and it feels very crowded. The same applies to the arrow keys, which are much narrower than usual.

The power button is integrated into the upper right corner of the keyboard, but it will not be confused with any special keys because functions such as “end” are ancillary functions on the numeric keypad. Their position is very unusual and it takes some time to get used to it. These features are available only when the numeric keypad is disabled.

Display,

Although we want the panel to be brighter, the 15.6-inch screen on the VivoBook Pro provides good colour output. When watching the Rick and Motie plots on the VivoBook Pro, I noticed the accurate shades of the green aliens, Rick’s icy blue shirt and magenta Sichuan McNuggets sauce.

ASUS equipped 1080P/4K with TN panel for the VivoBook Pro. It looks as if Asus has saved some money here because the panel is not convincing. It is a 1080p panel based on TN technology; almost all competitors are using excellent IPS models, which are also visible in the measurement.

This starts with the brightness of the matt panel and is quite low at only 224 nits. The 85% brightness distribution is fine, but it may be better. There is at least one competitor – the HP Pavilion – that rivals the dark panel, with only 193 nits. We did not notice any back-light bleeding, but this was rare on the TN panel.

According to our colorimeter, the VivoBook Pro produces 115% of the sRGB spectrum, which is higher than the 103% average notebook average, similar to 114% for the Yoga 720 and 126% for the MacBook Pro. XPS 15 is more colourful and rated at 188%.

However, the VivoBook Pro 1920 x 1080 pixel panel does not look like the more expensive Yoga 720 (3840 x 2160, $1649), XPS 15 (3840 x 2160, $2049) and 15 inch MacBook Pro we tested (2880 x 1800, $ 2,799).

With enough ports to connect external monitors via the HDMI or USB-C ports and Ethernet and USB ports for accessories and backup drives, these ports should be covered regardless of your settings.

Trackpad and Fingerprint Reader,

In the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I tested the speed of the keyboard, playing 74 words per minute, which is not far from my average of 80 points per minute. I have been using the 15-inch MacBook Pro recently and found a similar service experience available on my keyboard.

The VivoBook Pro’s keyboard is acceptable, but not very good. Asus tries to make up for its 1.2mm button stroke 1.5mm is preferred, while the button requires a drive weight of 79g (we expect at least 60g ). But it still feels my finger tapping the bottom of the keyboard quickly, which may feel uncomfortable in a long conversation.

Another problem I encountered was from the irregularly shaped directional arrows of the VivoBook Pro. Although the slightly different size of the keys might not sound like a big problem, when I intend to hit, I still click on the left arrow.

To be fair, Asus has a thin line at the bottom of the touchpad that separates the left and right sides of the touchpad. But this is not a definitive guide. The touch or the top right corner of the touchpad is left-clicked most of the time. This is another random instance of the right click that caused the frustrating error.

The laptop’s 4.1 x 2.9-inch touchpad provides accurate input tracking and accepts all standard three-finger Windows navigation gestures. It also has a fingerprint reader in the upper right corner, which I find inconvenient, but others do not mind.

Embedded near the top right corner of the touchpad is a fingerprint sensor that unlocks the laptop. We have previously complained about the fingerprint sensor inside the touchpad. If we do not mention it again, we will miss our duty.

Breaking the flow of the touchpad is frustrating, not a decent compromise for extra biometrics. For example, when dragging text or files on the display, the sensors obstruct – there must be a better way.

Speakers,

The sound produced by the VivoBook Pro is loud enough to fill a large conference room. While listening to Run The Jewels song “Legend Has It” in a notebook, I noticed that it produced a precise synthesizer and solid bass, despite the warm and fuzzy sound of Harman Kardon speakers.

The included Audio Wizard Pro sound presets utility package settings for music, movies, games, and voice, and disables all adjustment options. Set it as music because turning off the settings will consume all the power in the speakers.

Asus VivoBook Pro 15 Specs Table,

  • Processor,
    Intel® Core™ i7 7700HQ Processor,
  • Operating System,
    Windows 10 Home
  • Chipset,
    Intel HM175 Express Chipset
  • RAM,
    2 x SO-DIMM socket, up to 16 GB SDRAM
  • Display,
    15.6″ (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920×1080) 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC (Optional) with 178˚ wide-viewing angle display
    15.6″ (16:9) LED-backlit UHD (3840×2160) 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC (Optional) with 178˚ wide-viewing angle display
  • GPU,
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Storage,
    1TB and 2TB 5400 RPM SATA HDD
    128GB, 256GB, 512GB SATA3 SSD
  • Keyboard,
    Illuminated Chiclet Keyboard
  • WebCam,
    HD Web Camera
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth,
    Integrated 802.11 AC (2×2)
    Built-in Bluetooth V4.2
  • Interface and Pots Selection,
    1 x Microphone-in /Headphone-out jack
    1 x VGA port
    1 x Type A USB3.0 (USB3.1)
    1 x Type C USB3.0 (USB3.1) support external display up to 4K
    2 x USB 2.0 ports
    1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
    1 x HDMI
    1 x micro SDXC card reader
    1 x Fingerprint Reader
  • Audio/ Speakers,
    ASUS SonicMaster Technology
    Harman Kardon
  • Battery,
    3 Cells 47 Whrs Polymer Battery

    Output: 19 V DC, 6.3 A, 120 W
    Input: 100 -240 V, AC, 50/60 Hz universal

  • Dimensions,
    15 x 10 x 0.8 inch (WxDxH)
  • Weight,
    4.39 lbs Non-Touch
    5.05 lbs Touch

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Performance,

The VivoBook Pro provides multitasking for speed-demanding professionals. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU in the VivoBook Pro contains 4GB of memory for fast gaming in moderately demanding games. In the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, the system reached 138,199, exceeding the 99,402 category average and 119,006 of Yoga 720 (2GB GTX 1050). We recorded a similar 134,459 from the XPS 15 (4GB GTX 1050 GPU).

Open and switch dozens of Chrome tags (including Slack, TweetDeck and Giphy) and 4K YouTube videos, its Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU and 16GB of memory made zero lag or stutter.

The VivoBook Pro scored a solid 12,068 in the Geekbench 4 comprehensive performance test, surpassing the 10,785 category average, and 11,951 from the Yoga 720 (Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB memory). We obtained 13,911 points and 15,170 points respectively from the XPS 15 Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM and the MacBook Pro Core i7 with 16GB RAM.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU in the VivoBook Pro make everything stable. The Cinebench Multi-core and we can see a steady 3.4 GHz, even though there are some deviations towards the end.

The CPU’s performance is in the Cinebench R15 multi-core test, the CPU core oscillated between 3.2 GHz and 800 MHz, and we saw a short-term drop of 3.4 to 3.5 GHz in a single test. The multi-core performance results are significantly lower than the 281 and 700 points on the main power supply. This is not a normal behaviour, we only notice it in this benchmark, so we think this is an exception. Further development improves performance. There may still be some driver issues regarding optimal core utilization in multi-threaded scenarios.

The VivoBook Pro runs Dirt 3 racing game set to medium, 1080p at a smooth rate of 114 frames per second, which exceeds the 97 fps category average and 76 fps of the MacBook Pro (4GB AMD Radeon Pro 560). Yoga 720 released a similar frame rate of 110 fps.

With our GTX 1050, which is supported by our game benchmarks, modern games can usually be played smoothly at medium settings. VivoBook Pro manages 31 FPS (average) in 1080p and high-detailed “Sorcerer 3”, but the game experience is not smooth. Therefore, you should reduce the resolution or setting. The medium detail of 1366×768 pixels yields 69 FPS, so there is still room for more challenging scenarios and even higher details are still possible.

We expect that “Witcher 3” will not play in this state, so we tested it with a medium-low preset and gives approximately 69 FPS on the main power supply. The value drops to 24 FPS with high settings.

When the VivoBook Pro was running Tomb Raider’s Rising Budget game test at 45 fps, we also saw an acceptable frame rate. This exceeds our 30fps playability threshold and exceeds 39fps for Yoga 720 and 41fps for XPS15, with an average of 41fps category average.

Storage,

The HDD Storage is a 1TB hard drive from Seagate. It ranks 617th in our rankings and has a performance rating of 2.5. The performance is quite unobtrusive, but it is very effective for storing large files. However, the loading time of the game should be longer.

The Secondary SSD Storage is Micron’s SSD 1100 with a storage capacity of 256 GB and is located at 214 in our SSD/HDD ranking. This is an SSD with an average transfer rate connected via SATA-III and therefore cannot benefit from the potentially faster NVMe interface. The Asus ZenBook comes with a faster NVMe model, but the VivoBook can keep up with other competitors.

Battery,

The Asus VivoBook Pro 15 Battery is 3 Cells 47 Whrs Polymer Battery with the Output of 19 Volt DC, 6.3 Amp, 120 Watt and the Input is 100 -240 Volt, AC, 50/60 Hz. The Battery Life of VivoBook Pro is average four hours. With this battery life, when you carry your VivoBook with you, will never forget to carry your power adapter. The laptop’s Mag Battery test lasted only 4 hours and 33 minutes, far below the 6:12 category average for this size laptop. Lenovo Yoga 720 (8:59), Dell XPS 15 (8:23) and MacBook Pro (10:59) provide much longer Battery life.

Verdict,

The Asus VivoBook Pro 15 has an elegant chassis and has efficient operating instructions at idle speed, convenient weight, good speakers and good temperature development.

At this point, battery power and pulsating fan behaviour is disappointing. All of these issues should be resolved through software updates. However, the display also lags behind competitors, and the port selection is also meagre. It is still one of the most expensive devices here.

 

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