The Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) is an excellent machine. In fact, it can be among the better laptops we’ve tested. It could be following less-is-more trend that appears to define Ultrabooks nonetheless it does so incredibly well. If you prefer a slimmer, lighter machine, then this Asus notebook is simply perfect for you.
It’s more than simply a lightweight computer though. The Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) includes a sizable screen, a 15.6-inch display actually, which will do you nicely when looking to get through your work, tackle some light photography editing, and even binge another big thing on Netflix from the comfort of your couch.
Paired using its beautiful display and thin design, which Asus identifies as an ‘ultra-portable,’ is quality CPU performance, making the Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) an excellent entry in to the ultrabook category that holds its against the competition.
The glad tidings are that the Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) will probably receive deep discounts for both Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday. We recommend waiting until then going to that buy button. Amazon Prime Day is on October 13 and Black Friday rolls around towards the end of November, which means you won’t have to await long.
Price and availability
There’s a fairly confusing selection of models (and gobbledygook model numbers) designed for the VivoBook S range, including both 14-inch and 15-inch screen sizes and i5 and i7 processors.
Additionally, there are models with either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro for business users. However, Asus complicates matters somewhat as almost all of these models aren’t actually available from its web store, so you’ll have to track the VivoBook down through Amazon and other trusted online retailers – with the i7 model that people review here being generally sold through Currys in the united kingdom.
The VivoBook range is competitively priced, though, with the 15-inch models starting at only £550 (around $700, AU$1,000) with an Intel i5-8265U running at 1.6GHz, along with 8GB memory and 256GB solid-state drive.
However, we tested the top-of-the-range model, with a quad-core i7-8565U running at 1.8GHz (up to 4.6GHz with Turboost). That model also doubles the solid-state drive to 512GB, and includes 32GB of Intel’s high-speed Optane memory to improve performance ,while still keeping the purchase price right down to a competitive £889 (around $1,200, AU$1,700).
Both models share the same 15.6-inch HD display (1920×1080), although the i7 model reviewed here also sports Asus’ ScreenPad 2.0, a somewhat unusual trackpad design that doubles up as a miniature touch-screen for controlling the VivoBook and different apps.
Despite its 15.6-inch screen, the VivoBook continues to be highly portable, weighing just 1.8kg and measuring a sleek 18mm thick.
Admittedly, it does seem to be quite hefty in comparison with lighter 12-inch and 13-inch laptops, but getting any 15-inch notebook computer down to significantly less than 2kg can be an impressive feat, so Asus has certainly done an excellent job with the look of the VivoBook S15.
And, regardless of the powerful i7 processor, the notebook computer ran cool and quiet throughout all our tests, even though running heavy-duty graphics benchmarks.
It’s nice and strong too, because of its aluminium casing, which comes in silver, green, and ‘punk pink’ – plainly aiming at the ‘yoof’ audience. Asus also pays nice focus on detail, with features including the screen hinge that gently tilts the keyboard up at hook angle as you open the screen.
The keyboard itself feels firm and responsive for speedy typing, and how big is the screen signifies that there’s room for an effective numeric keypad, and a comfortably large group of navigation (arrow) keys aswell.
Our only minor complaint here’s that the silvery gloss on the keys doesn’t highlight the characters on each key perfectly, despite having the backlight fired up. That’s not an excessive amount of a problem when you’re typing with the bigger QWERTY keys, but we sometimes found it tricky to start to see the icons on small Function keys for adjusting brightness and other settings.
One limitation with many smaller laptops is their reduced connectivity, however the size of the S15 signifies that there’s a good amount of room