ASUS VivoBook Pro Laptop Review

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Hey guys, Jarrod here and today we’re goingto check out the ASUS VivoBook Pro and see what it’s got to offer, as well as how itperforms through a number of benchmarks to help you decide if it’s a laptop you shouldconsider.

Inside the box we’ve got the laptop itself,manual and warranty information, power brick and power cable.

To start let’s look at the specs of themodel I’ve got here.

There’s an Intel 7700HQ quad core Kabylake CPU which runs at2.

8GHz and can turbo up to 3.

8Ghz.

I’ve got 8GB of DDR4 memory running at 2,400MHzhere, but it’s also available with 16GB.

For storage there’s a 1TB Seagate 5,400RPMhard drive installed, however there is the option of getting an SSD instead.

For thegraphics we’ve got Nvidia’s 1050 in combination with a 15.

6 inch 1080p 60Hz TN panel, andwe’ll see how this performs later in the benchmarks.

For the network connectivity there’s a gigabitethernet port, 802.

11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.

2.

The laptop has a silver brushed metallic lookto it, both on the outside of the lid, and on the inside.

After dealing with a bunchof black laptops lately I admit it was a nice change.

The physical dimensions of the laptop are38cm in width, 25.

6cm in depth, and 1.

92cm in height.

The total weight of the laptop is advertisedat 1,990g, and when testing mine it weighed it weighed very close to this.

When includingthe power brick and power cable for charging the total increases to around 2.

5kg, so it’sfairly lightweight and portable for a 15 inch laptop.

As mentioned the screen here is a 15.

6 inch60Hz 1080p TN matte panel.

The panel looks alright front on, but once you start lookingfrom another angle the colours shift a little and it doesn’t look as good.

As long asyou’re looking at it directly front on it looks fine.

I’ve also measured the colours producedby the screen using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 61% of sRGB, 44% of NTSCand 46% of AdobeRGB, so in terms of colour reproduction it doesn’t seem to be thatgood.

While it’s certainly fine for day to day office use and occasional gaming, Idon’t think I’d want to use it for content creation or design work, which is fine asthat doesn’t seem to be where it’s targeted at anyway.

I’ve also performed my usual backlight bleedtest on the display, which involves having the laptop show a completely black screenin a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding around the edges.

I then take a long exposurephoto with my camera to help display any bleed, so basically this is a worst case scenariotest.

The results were good, as you can see there was no observable bleed at all aroundthe edges.

The bottom looks a little darker because as mentioned the colours shift whenlooking up and down and it was difficult to align the camera to the screen, but therewas no bleed.

It’s also important to keep in mind although this will of course varyfrom laptop to laptop.

While moving the display there was only atiny bit of flex, it’s fairly solid as the hinge runs along most of the base.

Unfortunatelyyou can’t open the laptop with one finger, too much of the weight seems to be placedtowards the back which prevents this.

Above the display is a HD camera, so it’sonly capable of 720p video at 30 FPS.

The camera’s still fairly grainy even withdecent lighting, the microphone sounds alright, about average, but I’ll let you judge foryourself.

The keyboard is chiclet and is illuminatedwith white LEDs which can be adjusted between three brightness levels, no options to changethe colours unfortunately.

Overall I liked typing on the keyboard, and the keys had plentyof spacing between each other, which I think is why the numpad is fairly narrow for a 15inch laptop.

I’ve personally got no issues with that as I don’t really use the numpadmyself, but something to be aware of if that’s important to you.

There was some flex while pushing down hardon the keyboard but this wasn’t noticeable under normal typing conditions, overall itfeels fairly solid.

I also found the touchpad to work pretty well,it’s got a very smooth surface and I had no problems using it.

Although the whole touchpadis a flat single surface there are left and right buttons available.

Moving onto the available I/O on the leftwe’ve got the power input, gigabit ethernet port, a powered USB 3.

0 Type-A port, HDMIport, and a USB 3.

1 Gen 1 Type-C port, no Thunderbolt there though.

Over on the right there are a couple of statusLEDs, SD card reader, combined 3.

5mm headphone and mic jack, two USB 2.

0 Type-A ports, andKensington lock.

There’s nothing at all on the front, andthe same goes for the back which is just more of that silver finish.

Up on the lid there’s the ASUS logo whichhas a mirrored finish to it.

The silver finish on both the lid and interior of the laptopdid a great job at hiding fingerprints, and the ones that you do notice are fairly easyto clean.

Underneath there’s some air intakes to keepeverything cool, as well as some rubber feet which both help prevent the laptop from movingaround on flat surfaces when in use, and also rise it up slightly to help let cool air in.

The speakers are found on the bottom towardsthe sides near the front, and I thought they sounded pretty good for laptop speakers, therewas a bit of bass and they sounded clear even at higher volumes.

Powering the laptop is a 47 Watt hour 3 cellbattery, and with a full charge and doing basic tasks such as browsing the Internetand watching YouTube with the screen on around half brightness, keyboard lighting off andbackground apps disabled, I was able to use it for 3 hours and 18 minutes.

While playingthe Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia’s battery boost set to 30 FPS the battery lastedfor 1 hour and 8 minutes.

Compared to other larger and heavier 15 inch laptops that I’vetested the VivoBook did extremely well in the gaming result, likely thanks to the lowerpowered 1050 graphics.

During normal use with an ambient room temperatureof 24 degrees celsius, the CPU idled at 44 degrees celsius while the GPU idled at 43degrees celsius, and here are the external temperatures of the laptop where you’llactually be putting your hands.

With the CPU and GPU maxed out for half an hour with thesame room temperature, the CPU reached a maximum of 95 degrees celsius, while the GPU peakedat 79c.

The CPU got fairly hot, and was throttling by around 5%, however this stopped if theGPU load was removed, it only happened with both fully utilized.

We can see that the keyboardarea has warmed up quite a bit more, mostly towards the middle and it was noticeable whiletyping, but not too bad.

I also found the laptop fairly quiet whennot gaming, at idle it sat around the 37 decibel mark and I could barely hear it, this is whatit sounded like.

While maxing out both the CPU and GPU it went up to 53 decibels, whichI’ve found pretty typical for most laptops, and here’s what that sounded like.

Finally let’s take a look at some benchmarks,we’ll first cover some real world gaming benchmarks followed by tests with variousbenchmarking tools.

While I’m aware that the 1050 isn’t meant to be a serious gaminggraphics card, I wanted to test some of my usual suite of games against it to see howit held up, also I don’t personally have many low demanding titles, I didn’t botherwith the most resource intensive titles though.

All tests were run at the 1080p resolutionwith all Windows and Nvidia updates to date installed.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was testedwith the latest 1.

0 version.

I’ve used the new replay feature to perform this testing,so the results between each test should be more accurate as I can now consistently performthe same test run, however with that said the performance of the game will vary quitea lot depending on what’s going on in the game, so take these results with a grain ofsalt.

The game actually ran alright at minimum settings, but it’s not an ideal experiencefor an FPS game.

Again The Witcher 3 ran fairly well at thelowest settings, just able to average 60 FPS.

Ultra settings in comparison felt very stuttery,as illustrated by the 1% low frame rate.

Shadow of war was similar, in that the highersettings were around the 30 FPS mark, however at low or below the laptop was able to averageabove 60 FPS.

Although these are fairly intensive games,the 1050 didn’t do too bad when using lower settings.

If you’re looking at a laptoppurely for gaming though you’ll probably want to run with higher settings, I generallyrecommend a 1060 as I’ve found that a great sweet spot for 1080p 60 FPS gaming, otherwisea 1050Ti would probably be the minimum I’d personally consider for gaming.

Of courseit depends on the games that you’ll be playing and how demanding they are, you can definitelystill have a great experience with less demanding games on the 1050.

Now onto the benchmarking tools, while a usefulindicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gamingresults previously shown.

We’ll start with the Unigine benchmarks,this is how the laptop performed in Heaven benchmark with the tessellation set to extreme,and anti-aliasing set to x8, here’s how Valley benchmark performed with anti-aliasingon x8 at various graphics settings, and finally these are the 1080p results from their newestSuperposition benchmark.

For the final graphics benchmarks I ran FireStrike and Time spy from 3DMark and got scores of 5,435 and 1,825 respectively, so similarto other laptops I’ve tested with the same specs.

In Crystal Disk Mark the 1TB 5,400 RPM SATA3hard drive performed around 115 MB/s in sequential reads and 90 MB/s in sequential writes, soit was pretty painful to use as the primary drive.

Installing and opening programs andjust copying data around was noticeably slower, at least for someone whose been using an SSDsfor years now.

You can get the VivoBook with an SSD, so I’d definitely taking recommendthat option, seriously don’t do this to yourself it’s not worth any amount of moneysaved.

With these exact specs at the time of recordingthe laptop can be picked up in Australia for around $1,699 AUD.

That’s about $1,330 USDfor my international friends, with tax included.

So what did you guys think of the VivoBookPro from ASUS? Overall I thought it was a nice little laptop, it feels pretty solid,has decent battery life and is light weight making it great for travelling with.

The 1050graphics make gaming even with more resource intensive titles possible, although with lowsettings.

Just make sure you get it with an SSD rather than hard drive Let me know what you guys thought down inthe comments, or simply leave a like or dislike on the video to let me know what you thought.

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