Pros: This ASUS VivoBook laptop exterior is mostly metallic, yet the laptop is very lightweight. The sides around the perimeter are plastic. The green color is very unusual in the sea of black and silver electronics. It stands out.
The ASUS technical specifications for this laptop list 16GB as the maximum supported memory. This must mean per memory slot. I installed 32GB RAM (G.Skill 16GB x 2 DDR4-2400 dual channel kit Newegg item N82E16820232156) and it works just fine with no MemTest86 errors.
The i5-8265U is a 2018 model quad core processing unit with hyperthreading and is sufficient for all everyday tasks. It can do some moderate CPU heavy work, but don’t expect it to do wonders.
The mouse pad fingerprint sensor is better than any I’ve ever used. A numpad on the keyboard is a welcome feature. I do a fair amount of technical writing and the numpad is a necessity for ALT-code characters and data entry.
Cons: The installed 256GB M.2 SSD is from SanDisk. It’s runs on SATA and therefore is not as fast as the NVMe solid state drives. The laptop is fast enough even though limited by SATA speed; it boots up to the login screen in about 5 seconds so outside of benchmarks this SSD is fast enough.
If you open the laptop case and look inside, there’s a 2.5” HDD bay that is empty which allows you to add a second HDD or SSD. However, it doesn’t have the required hardware or ribbon cable to install a drive. The hardware can be acquired elsewhere on the internet. Search for “S530FA 2.5 bracket kit” to find the parts.
Like many laptops in this price level, this laptop is loaded with bloatware from the factory. Especially annoying is McAfee popups frequently trying to upsell from the 30-day trial.
It comes with a single stick of 8GB RAM therefore you get single channel memory by default. This leaves an easy path to upgrade to 16GB dual channel by adding another 8GB, but it leaves a little performance on the table from the start with the memory bandwidth halved.
For some reason, CPU-Z is not able to detect the current memory settings of the installed RAM and the information cannot be found in the UEFI/BIOS. The 8GB stick of RAM I took out of this laptop was Micron manufactured DDR4-2666. According to Intel’s spec sheet, the i5-8265U CPU memory controller uses DDR4-2400. I was unable to confirm what speed the included memory is running at (2400 vs 2600) because the motherboard does not seem able to communicate that information to software like CPU-Z.
The lid is a major fingerprint magnet. By that I mean just looking at the lid from across the room will probably make fingerprints spontaneously appear. For those of you wanting a wired connection, there is no ethernet port.
Speakers are on the bottom of the laptop. This can muffle the sound when this laptop is, you know… on top… of your lap.
ASUS advertises this laptop as having an “IPS level WV” display. For an IPS panel, the display is probably the weakest point of this laptop. Text in some windows appears slightly blurred and isn't crisp like you see with a true quality display.
Overall Review: Overall, it’s a reasonably priced laptop that comes with last year’s hardware. There’s newer and faster hardware out there, but this will get the job done just fine. It feels like a quality laptop and is definitely a stand out. Despite my long list of cons, this is a fine laptop with room for just a few improvements.
Pros: Thin design
Thin bezel around the screen
Beautiful IPS screen
Cons: It is a real chore to access the internals if you want to upgrade anything.
Overall Review: Aesthetics:
I really love the thin design, and color options for this laptop. It screams sleek, and the thin bezel around the screen is much appreciated. The IPS screen is fantastic, with vivid colors, and good contrast.
The performance is surprisingly great, with the quad core CPU packing plenty of oomph for everything I do regularly. The integrated GPU even does well in a pinch for some gaming, albeit on lower graphical settings. Battery life is very good (roughly 5-7 hours, depending on activity).
Highly portable design, and perfect for someone on the go. This is my new daily driver for my trek for home, and work. Extremely lightweight, and easy to carry. The only con for me is there isn't any sort of easy access panel for memory/SSD/wifi upgrades. You have to remove the entire bottom portion of the laptop case.
Inside you'll find two M.2 slots, one for SSD, one for Wifi, as well as a second (empty) memory slot. I've switched the SSD to a nice NVME model, and added an additional 8gb of DDR4. Immediately noticed a significant performance boost!
Overall, I really love the laptop. Great battery life, great performance, and a beautiful design. So happy with it!
Pros: green slim laptop
full size keyboard
keyboard lights up
nvme ssd drive
8 gigs ram with one open slot to upgrade
Cons: room for second hard drive a 2.5 inch SSD but no connector. So if you want to upgrade you just have to get a bigger nvme drive. comes with a small 256 nvme drive
Overall Review: I spent days playing with it and I am going to upgrade the ram for now to 16 gigs. it is snappy now but will be even better once upgraded. I love the color and the full size keyboard. I just wish it had a connector for the second drive. not sure if you can buy an adapter. if I needed a laptop this is one I would buy. Am also upgradinging it to wondows 10 pro.
Pros: After getting this laptop, I was impressed by its speed and the green color looks amazing. The feeling of the laptop surface is nice too. I went ahead and put a 16gb kit of g-skill ddr4 ram in it. Runs great at dual channel and provides plenty of memory for programs and apps to use. If you want a little more control of the installed m.2 sata ssd, you can download sandisk ssd dashboard. Mine has the sandisk x600 256gb m.2 ssd. I'm pretty sure that is what is in most of them.
Boot times are very fast and the laptop is ready to handle your tasks within seconds.
I did update a few things like the bios as it comes with first version of bios installed, added some programs that I use. May at some point buy the sata cable and hdd caddy needed to add an ssd for storage if needed. Right now I use this as my personal laptop at work on our network for my time, and jobs to clock in/ out of my jobs and for my check overs since I work as a service tech at Toyota.
I have to say this laptop is so much faster and more reliable then the older 2nd gen i5 laptops they have there, most of the other techs are a little jealous now they still have to use those old outdated systems.
Having a true 1080p screen is very nice everything is crisp and clear, movies also play great on the laptop.
I love having the fingerprint login, able to lock it and assure that none else is using it or messing it up when I'm on my off days.
The speakers sound fairly decent too, Haven't done a lot of tweaking on sound yet to make it a little louder, but overall they sound good.
I like how when you open the laptop the hinge design lifts it up to provide more cooling flow area.
Dual band wifi is great at work I'm connected to the 5ghz while most others are on the 2.4ghz with less traffic my pages and sheets load/ save quicker.
Cons: So far to this point I haven't found any cons, only thing is I wish it had the nvidia mx150 chip in it for video. But that being said the intel UHD 620 works very well.
Overall Review: If you need a nice, quick, reliable inexpensive laptop fork work and production. This is the way to go, and it is easily upgradable for more memory and an extra ssd if you purchase the sata cable and hdd caddy for it.
I do recommend this great product ASUS keep up the good work your products are top notch.
Pros: The first thing I noticed unpacking the ASUS VivoBook S15 was the box came with four items. The notebook, a power adapter and two small ten page pamphlets that basically pointed out where the Power On button is located. That’s it. No Quick Start, no User Manual or Windows stickers…just the laptop and the power adapter.
Here is the link to the online Driver Page. The online manual can be downloaded there:
Once getting past Windows registration I found Windows 10 64 Home version 1803 was installed. Windows Update immediately began downloading Win 10 version 1903 and a host of other updates. A few other initial observations:
The Quad i5-8265b (4 cores, eight threads i5) is fast and much more than capable. Immediately performs at Turbo speed 3.9 GHz out of the box. Impressive performance to say the least.
The 8GB Onboard memory is DDR4 2400MHz. Elpedia. I hope a future upgrade to 16BG, 2 x8, will result in dual channel increased memory bandwith performance. Performance out-of-the-box is nonetheless stellar.
No RJ45 onboard Ethernet jack. The onboard wireless LAN Intel adapter connects to my network at 5Ghz, but initially downloads at only 63Mbps. The initial onboard Wlan driver is from 2018. After installing the latest available Intel LAN driver I was getting 160Mbps, much better. I have a 200Mpbs plus capable network connection speed and get 230 Mbps regularly with my wired computers. I happened to have a USB3 Gigabit Ethernet adapter and plugged it in and ran a CAT6 Ethernet cable to it. I got the full 230Mbps from my network. But this took the space of my notebook’s USB3 plug. So, an additional 4 Port USB3 adapter to carry in the gig bag.
The initial BIOS is from Nov. 2018, but updated while Windows Update was in progress to a much later BIOS version from May 2019. The BIOS updated while downloading and installing initial Windows Updates, but apparently ASUS provided the auto BIOS update, not Windows. I did not prompt any BIOS update and couldn’t believe the notebook updated BIOS without going manually into BIOS with a loaded flash drive or opening a Windows based ASUS software system updater.
Equipped with A SanDisk M.2 SSD. ATTO Benchmark shows comprehensive 490 MB/s Write and 554 MB/s Read.
Initial set-up could not have been easier. Just power it on and follow along and you are up and running in no time. I was impressed by the ASUS S15’s accelerated i5-8265U Quad’s 3.9GHz turbo-boost processing power. It’s quickness can’t go unnoticed or be ignored. Sleek looking, first-class appearance and weighing only about 4 pounds. The backlit keyboard adds a nice touch I make good use of. This notebook flawlessly blazed through initial set-up and installation of my most often used software. I had twenty online security cameras up and running simultaneously streaming live, real time video with ease.
Some of the software I initially installed:
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Geovision security camera live streaming apps
Lorex live streaming security camera apps
OBS Studio Screen Capture
Spectrum streaming Live TV
Xerox Work center wireless Printer
HP Officejet wireless Printer
WD My Cloud
Cons: The absence of an onboard RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet adapter is one thing I believe the notebook sorely misses. A USB3 Gigabit Ethernet adapter I plugged in worked fine and produced my networks’ maximum download speeds, 230 Mbps. Also no use for the preinstalled McAfee security suite free trial. A check in Task Manager shows McAfee uses a huge amount of system memory while running in the background. I immediately uninstalled it . Installed Malwarebytes instead, an easy fix.
Overall Review: : Cutting-edge, state-of-the-art without exception . Leading-edge top-notch performance in a notebook. I could not be happier and I am looking forward to many years of fun with this ASUS VivoBook. A quad Core i5 with four cores, eight threads, 3.9GHz Turbo. Heck yeah. I have eagerly recommended owning this notebook to friends and to anyone searching for a notebook on Newegg .
Pros: Very Fast Boot, Metal Case, Fingerprint Reader, Light Up Keyboard, Lots of USB Ports!
Cons: No Touchscreen, No DVD Player/Burner
Overall Review: Very Decent Laptop, Sleek awesome design, lightweight, you can see the keyboard in the dark!
Pros: Very light
Good Battery Life
Upgradeable in terms of memory, HDD/SSD (spare 2.5" slot). M2 SSD is upgradeable to a larger capacity also.
Games will run fairly well, World of warships will run comfortably at high settings, 1080 with 35-40 fps.
The size of the power brick is very surprising, I have old phone chargers that are larger!
Cons: Numpad is non standard in terms of size, if you're a numpad user then this may cause you some issues. I'm not so it didn't.
The color, not to my taste but to be honest not a deal breaker at this price.
Thinking about opening the case will cause fingerprints to spontaneously appear everywhere!
The charger while small is of the right size and orientation to mess up other outlet access on some power bars.
Trackpad is tricky, at least for me.
Overall Review: I recently purchased a new laptop after my trusty HP Envy 15 decided that its hinges had opened too many times and completely disintegrated on me. I eventually bought an Asus TUF FX505 which is a fair bit higher spec than this Vivobook. Having said that, for almost 90% of my usage I would have been able to have gone with the Vivobook and saved myself circa 550 samolians, shhh don't tell the wife. It does all of the things snappily and competently that my TUF will do, the only difference being the gaming performance, which is why I bought the TUF in the first place. The Vivobook will run most games but only at low to medium settings, high settings for less demanding ones. Using Steam with in home streaming went very well as a work around to this but really the Vivobook is not designed or meant as a gaming notebook. As a general purpose work machine for document generation, internet browsing, email, media consumption it really punches the ticket.
Now for some specifics:-
The out of the box setup was smooth and without issue, no driver problems and once the bloatware and the ever present, nagging and utterly irritating Mcafee was removed this was a very pleasant experience.
As an eczema sufferer I have a hate hate relationship with fingerprint readers, my fingers frequently have outbreaks that mess with the readers ability to id me. The reader on the Vivobook has given me less trouble than the one on my old HP.
The trackpad is a bit iffy in my opinion but this may be due to me me being so used to HP's trackpads as I have similar problems on my TUF and I'm sure it will get better as I become acclimated to its tricks. I do wish that it had it's own drivers rather than rely on the built in Windows 10 ones as these, in my experience, are not as customizable as manufacturers ones.
Sound is OK but like a lot of notebooks it seems to be of limited volume, as a person who doesn't like headphones this is an irritation that most notebooks give me.
Wifi is good, and Intel! I have had problems on other machines that have Realtek Wifi adapters with the adapter disappearing completely when the notebook is woken up from sleep/hibernation, not an issue with Intel ones.
Bluetooth response is great although I had problems connecting to a Rosewill Bluetooth 2.1 speaker system, but this was more due to the versions of Bluetooth on the speakers and the age of them I believe.
User Benchmark (easy quick and dirty BM) rates it as a Destroyer as a desktop, with its gaming and workstation performance taking significant hits from the Graphics and Memory. The Graphics hit is understandable, the Intel UUHD 620 is a major improvement on past Intel integrated graphics cards but is still not designed for high games performance. The Memory hit is down to single channel mode I believe, addition of a second 8GB stick will improve this and currently is a very affordable upgrade.
Overall this is a great workaday notebook, it will fit very comfortably in terms of size and weight in a briefcase/backpack and for those that need computer access without AC power it will give a good number of hours of use. If you are looking for something to play heavy duty games, look elsewhere and prepare your wallet! For its price point, design (apart from the color), and workaday performance I give this 5 eggs, none of the cons I've listed above are serious enough for me to give a lower rating.
Pros: I am a newegg eggpert reviewer
Wild green color on the edge.
Battery last 5-6 hours of solid use. Blogging typing watch youtube.
Screen is 1080 p matte finish and it comes close to the edge.
Screen side has a metal back
Hinge is sturdy.
8gb ram is okay easy to upgrade it
256gb ssd is good speed.
finger print reader is okay
Cons: a bit pricy maybe.
keyboard side of case is plastic not metal.
no dedicated gpu
bloatware can be lifted but a struggle if you are not tech savvy.
Overall Review: Nice lite weight unit.
Bright green edge is standout and I do have a fondness for it.
I have an older dell I drag it all over to do IT work.
I purchased the dell used with an ssd and 8gb ram. The dell is getting long in the tooth this will be a good replacement.
There is a youtube video on doing a ram upgrade.
You can do as much as 2x 16 =32gb ram
it supports nvme ssd 2280 size
it supports sata ssd
I will post back with a follow up on this once I test it some more. I may replace the 256 ssd and add ram to it. For now I like it and have given it 4 stars. It kind of should get 4.4 or 4.5 stars .