After I first opened the Vivobook 15 at 9AM on a Thursday, I frightened I’d’ve opened the unsuitable field. Given the product’s $549 worth level (MSRP, it’s at the moment going for $299 at Workplace Depot), I’d been anticipating a way more plasticky and cheap-feeling construct. This can be a good laptop. It might be good within the $800 class; it’s undoubtedly probably the most premium construct you can find for $300. I actually texted a pal, “Look how good this Vivobook 15 is,” alongside a photograph, as I used to be turning it on. (That is only a factor that can occur to you if I’ve your cellphone quantity; think about your self warned.)
The chassis, it will prove, is much and away the very best factor in regards to the Vivobook 15. I spent a full day utilizing the check unit, which incorporates an eleventh Gen Core i3-1135G4, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It’s a really useful 15-inch Home windows laptop computer with loads of nice issues about it. There’s even a backlit keyboard and a numpad, that are bonuses at this low worth. However in the end, the battery life was a serious letdown, and I want it had held as much as this beautiful chassis.
My first order of enterprise for this morning was to get one in every of our purchasing guides up to date, which concerned rounding up and studying by way of a bunch of my outdated evaluations and scrolling by way of massive spreadsheets of benchmark outcomes, measurements, and different options. The Core i3 processor was greater than succesful sufficient to maintain this workload going. I might layer Google Meet calls overtop of that with no situation, slowdown, or vital fan noise. I even tried to open one thing in Premiere Professional (principally for enjoyable), and whereas it took a few minutes, it didn’t freeze and crash, which is one thing I usually see on funds laptops (in addition to some pricier ones).
I favored the keyboard so much. (I’m solidly on the file as a fan of Asus’ keyboards, which frequently have the right mixture of click on, journey, and readability.) The numpad on the appropriate facet was additionally fairly useful for mentioned spreadsheeting, affording a fast and simple option to enter the info I wanted to. There’s even a fingerprint reader, which was extra dependable than the one on the 15-inch Acer Aspire 5.
I used to be so centered on my work all through the morning that I didn’t even notice how low the battery was getting. I took a little bit of an early lunch break simply earlier than midday and, whereas I ready my meals, left the Vivobook blasting some music (a Spotify playlist referred to as “Social gathering Hits,” as one does). The music sounded clear and balanced, though quantity was a bit low — even at full blast, I couldn’t actually hear the tunes from the subsequent room over.
After which, whereas I used to be boiling water for my ramen, the battery died. I can’t provide the precise time, as I used to be very centered on the ramen, but it surely was very near midday, the three-hour mark, give or take a couple of minutes. Which is… nicely, three hours of battery life, on my browser-based workload, will not be what one would hope for. It’s shorter than what I noticed from the Acer Aspire 5, and that was the bottom consequence from a laptop computer that I’d seen in a while. It implies that if I had been to purchase this laptop, I’d have to cost it a number of instances a day. (Realistically, I’d most likely simply go away it plugged in on a regular basis.) You may get funds laptops and Chromebooks on the market with thrice this lifespan. Throughout, that’s disappointing.
As soon as work had concluded, I sat all the way down to make amends for the most recent episode of Yellowjackets utilizing the Vivobook. The show was colourful sufficient and did a very good job of depicting numerous darkish, spooky nighttime scenes. It reached a most of 316 nits in testing, which — whereas not significantly vivid — needs to be greater than sufficient for many makes use of and is an effective deal brighter than the Aspire 5. (The Vivobook is barely extra coloration correct as nicely, although the distinction wasn’t noticeable to me.) This show does have a vertically challenged 16:9 side ratio (at 1920 x 1080 decision), however that’s much less bothersome on a 15-incher than it will be on a 13. I additionally started to utilize Asus’ Eye Safety mode (accessible within the MyAsus software program) because the evening wore on. I do not know how nicely this truly protects your eyes, but it surely does get rid of a few of the harsher blue lights to make evening gazing extra comfy.
Nonetheless, the Vivobook’s audio system let me down once more right here. I saved needing to rewind right here and there as a result of, regardless of having the Vivobook at full quantity, I had missed what was mentioned. This was a fair larger drawback after Yellowjackets, once I moved on to watching a Ok-drama. Since I’m not as proficient at understanding Korean, I actually needed to lean in to catch what was being mentioned at numerous instances. There have been factors the place I simply discovered myself aimlessly mashing the quantity button simply in case the Vivobook had any extra to present.
All in all, my day on the Vivobook had its ups and downs. It’s a actually fairly and well-built gadget, and it had all the performance I wanted to get me by way of my browser-based workload. However the audio system weren’t my favourite, and the battery life was simply too brief.
If this gadget had the lifespan of, say, the $289 Gateway 14, it will be a slam-dunk advice within the 15-inch class. As is, I believe it’s a reasonably shut competitors between the Vivobook and the Acer Aspire 5. The Aspire will not be practically as nicely constructed or nice-looking as this gadget; it doesn’t have fancy accents across the touchpad or the shimmery blue coloration. However it has a extra highly effective, newer processor, and it lasted near an hour longer on battery. And for college kids and different customers who’re doing loads of work on the go, that could be a giant consideration.