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Asus VivoBook S15 S532 2019 Review – The Underrated Unique Ultrabook

Asus VivoBook S15 line is one of the best ultrabook series around for the past few years ago. The best thing about this series is it delivers the user with both impressive design and performance while offers affordability and value.

Now with the latest 2019 series, the manufacturer improves this laptop into a whole new level to makes its name more reputable.

Amongst the significant improvements are the performance, design, trackpad, and color options. Therefore, the Asus VivoBook S15 S532 hits the market with respectable feedbacks form its users.

Besides, this ultrabook is really suited for those who need an all-around notebook that is available under the $1000 price category.

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Brand: Asus
Product: Asus VivoBook S15
Item Model Number: Asus Vivobook S15 S532FL-DB77
Screen Size: 15.6-Inch
Style: Standard
Color: Transparent Silver
Weight(lbs/kg): 3.97 / 1.80
Optical Drive Type: No
Editor’s Rate: 9.1 out of 10

PROS & CONS

PROS: This unit comes with excellent all-around performance, a comfortable keyboard, and a touchpad (with an innovative ScreenPad 2.0). Also, it delivers excellent portability, elegant design, and good built quality while offers a competitive price.

CONS: Still using the old standard screen brightness (slightly under 300 nits) and below-average battery life.

CONTENT

ASUS VIVOBOOK S15 S532


These days, the latest Asus VivoBook S15 line also advances in a structural design by its provider, which is almost similar to the Zenbook line. As a result, this series provides more visual attraction to the people.

Moreover, Asus also provides some of the notebooks in this lineup, the innovative touchpad with a display called ScreenPad 2.0. The under review unit (Vivobook S15 S532FL-DB77) in this post also offers this unique feature.

This laptop is one of the best for all-around purposes, as it has sufficient processing power for most modern apps and more than enough memory for standard to some extent of heavy multitasking loads.

It also has the discrete Nvidia Geforce MX 250 GPU for graphical content and some gaming. Perhaps, not many people know about the Asus Vivobook S15 S532, but this unit deserves attention for what it offers.

Besides, from a personal perspective, this machine is an excellent choice for the price, too, even though it comes with a few cut corners.

Plus, the dimensional feature also respectable, well, and solidly built for modern ultrabook requirements.

SPECIFICATIONS

ASUS VIVOBOOK S15 S532FL-DB77 DETAILS
Screen Display 15.6-Inch Full HD 1080p 4-way NanoEdge Bezel Matte IPS Display
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
ScreenPad 5.65-Inch Full HD ScreenPad 2.0
Dimensions cm/inches (LxWxH) 35.8 cm/14.1″ x 23.1 cm/ 9.1″ x 1.8 cm/0.7″
Processor/CPU 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U
CPU Performance 4 (Quad-Core), 1.80 GHz (up to 4.60 GHz)
Graphics Card/GPU Dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX250
GPU VRAM 2 GB Memory GDDR5
RAM/Memory 12 GB DDR4 SDRAM
Hard Drive 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Home Edition
Fingerprint Reader No
Webcam HD Webcam IR camera & Windows Hello
Connectivity USB 3.1 Type-C (1x), USB 3.1 Type-A (1x), USB 2.0 (2x), HDMI (1x), MicroSD (1x), Audio Jack (1x) | Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2

DESIGN


The mentioned Asus VivoBook S15 S532 produces with several colors available (Moss Green, Punk Pink, and Transparent Silver). Although, the revised model today features a slick, stylish, and clean silver finish.

More than that, it comes with only 14.1 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches (L x W x H), this notebook is quite portable for most modern 15 inches requirements. Weighing around 3.97 pounds or 1.80 kg may not best in class but still acceptable for 15 inches ultrabook.

See all the details on Asus VivoBook S15 S532 here

Asus also bestowed the VivoBook S15 S532FL-DB77 with the exclusive ErgoLift design, as it serves to deliver a better angle for your hands for typing experience improvement and allows the warm air flows more smoothly from the laptop vent.

This unit is not small as the latest 15 inches ZenBook, but the design tweak, especially the ErgoLift, makes it barely to complain about the screen bezel, even though the ZenBook delivers better screen-to-body percentage.

Plus, the 2019 Vivobook S15 seems to be much sturdy than its predecessor and improves in materials standard while maintaining its compactness and acceptably lightweight.

This machine is still has a plastic part underneath its case, but it also strengthens.

KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD


Keyboard

As the Ergolift design is an additional element for typing improvements and comfortability, the keys’ layout of the keyboard is well-spaced too. Also, a full num pad on the right side for those who frequently work with it.

Plus, the plastic made island-style keyboard of Asus VivoBook S15 S532 feels exceptionally strong and premium. Besides, the entire keypad is backlit, which can help its user to increase error-free typing when working in dark rooms.

The key sizes are good enough and have acceptable travel downwards, which is better than the previous model (VivoBook S530). It has three brightness level options, as it is suitable for eye comfy for particular environments.

Since it uses silver color, some complain that the letters are hardly in view when the backlight is on. From a personal viewpoint, this is just a minor downside compared to what qualities the keyboard offers.

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Touchpad

One of the significant advancements of this notebook is the touchpad. It’s not a conventional one like any other trackpad that comes from different laptop brands.

The innovative 5.65-inch Full HD ScreenPad 2.0 provides various functionalities. In short, it has a different style in use that can deliver a better experience of a modern trackpad.

It has a switch capability called Mode Switch, where you can choose between the ScreePad and touchpad functions.

Here are the other functions of the ScreenPad 2.0 technology. It includes App navigator, Quick Key launcher, Handwriting, SlideExpert, and NumberKey.

DISPLAY


As for the screen display quality, it’s a bit let down since the brightness is one significant cut-corner you’ll notice on the VivoBook S15 S532FL-DB77.

It still uses the IPS panel from the previous VivoBook S15 and good enough for indoor use, as it has less than 300 nits maximum brightness.

However, it’s not suited for outdoor, especially on daylight. Besides, an ultrabook need at least has 300 nits max brilliance to consider as today’s standard.

Although, it features a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels max resolutions) matte IPS type screen with slim NanoEdge Bezel, as the almost-bezel-free delivers a broader area than the typical laptop screen.

PERFORMANCE


The under revise unit comes with a respectable processor for an ultrabook, and it’s an i7-8565U. This tech is one of the high-end CPUs of the 8th Generation Intel Core U-series regular notebook.

In short, you can expect this laptop to runs some high-end productivity software like photoshop without any issues. Moreover, with the 12 GB DDR4 memory allows you to launch multiple programs without any lag issues.

With this amount of RAM, you can even play some modern games on it using relevant graphics and resolutions settings.

Also, an SSD provides an efficient boot-up process and transfer rate, even though it only has 512 GB capacity.

So, this laptop is so impressive and almost have everything for the performance. Runs high-end programs, able to handle heavy multitask, and do some gaming is mind-blowing for the price it offers.

GRAPHICS


Asus VivoBook S15 S532FL-DB77 also featured by the discrete graphics card, and it’s the Nvidia Geforce MX250.

This GPU is an entry-level video card since it only has 2 GB of DDR5 video memory or VRAM. It should be able to handle graphical content tasks like photo editing without any issue.

See what other users say about the VivoBook S15 S532FL-DB77

However, this card is only suitable for the casual gamer and only able to play with some of today’s games with low to some extent of moderate setting.

Even if you set with applicable graphic and resolution settings, the framerates are so mainstream for a game enthusiast.

So, if you’re someone who really serious in the gaming world, this laptop is way too far for that purpose.

CONNECTIVITY


The connectivity range is sufficed enough for daily and on the go uses both networks and interfaces. An exclusive Thunderbolt 3 would be a surprise if this unit equips one, but this technology standard not expected at this price point.

Therefore, the interfaces that Asus VivoBook S15 S532 provide considers adequate for an ultrabook. Most of the connection ports are installed on the right side of the case. Also, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are okay with this kind of laptop.

On the left side, there two traditional USB Type-A Ports. You’ll find a USB 3.1 Type-A Port, USB 3.1 Type-C Port, MicroSD Card reader, HDMI video output, and audio jack on the right. Equipped Wi-Fi 5 or 802.11ac and 4.2 version of Bluetooth

WEBCAM


For today’s ultrabook, the 720p HD Webcam quality regarded as conventional, as some of the typical notebooks also have it.

However, the camera is an IR (infrared) type, which lets its user login to the system quickly and also supports Windows Hello.

BATTERY LIFE


This unit utilizes a 42 Wh battery for daily uses, which is small for today’s requirements of 15 inches notebooks. So, this is one of the significant drawbacks that can be easily identified by the users.

Besides, the ScreenPad 2.0 is an advance charge for energy usage in which depends on how you use it and its settings.

You may need to turn it off to reduces the power consumption every time working with the notebook unplugged.

Perhaps this laptop may offer a better endurance if it equipped an Intel Core i5, but the review unit here powered by i7-8565U. With normal uses, you can expect this device can last 5 to 6 hours.

CONCLUSION


Overall, the Asus VivoBook S15 S532 is one of the excellent machines for a modern ultrabook. It’s not just because of the price, but also the innovative features, design quality, and impressive performance that it delivers.

Based on its internals capacity, this laptop is more than enough for the photo, and some extent of video editing with multiple apps runs simultaneously. However, the Nvidia Geforce MX250 can only handle some latest gaming.

Unless your priority in the gaming world and e-sport, you need a partner that primarily focusing on graphics and performance like the Acer Predator Helios 300 that is just slightly over $1000 price range.

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