ASUS VivoBook S15 (S530) Hands On, Quick Review: Colorful and Millennial-Friendly

by Duey Guison  September 19, 2018

Fun, colorful choices for millennials

Aside from refreshing their ZenBook line (that saw bezels shrink down to almost zero), ASUS also updated their VivoBook line by making them more millennial-friendly: this time, the VivoBook S15 (S530) gets dressed in a variety of colors that will match their OOTDs.

We got the chance to see four of the color variants in person at ASUS’ office in Ortigas a few days back. Let’s check them out:

What are the color choices?

You can choose from Icicle Gold, Gun Metal, Silver Blue, Star Grey, Firmament Green. Of the five colors (we did not see the Icicle Gold in person), the Firnament Green is the loudest, with the inside of the notebook decked in the same color, which is unlike the other color variants.

How’s the build?

Pretty solid. You get brushed aluminum for the top cover and keyboard palm rest along with a solid polycarbonate frame. The build gives the VivoBook S15 a thickness of 18mm and a weight of 1.8kg.

The VivoBook S15 has a feature lifted straight from the more expensive ROG Zephyrus lineup: the ErgoLift hinge. Just like the Active Aerodynamic System on ASUS’ gaming beast, the ErgoLift that’s on the VivoBook S15 tilts the keyboard 3.5 degrees for a more comfortable typing position, as well as improves the cooling of the notebook.

The speakers are found on the bottom bezel, right below the VivoBook branding. You get  ASUS’ SonicMaster surround sound tech and a smart amplifier for crystal clear sound.

You get a full-sized keyboard with a numeric pad on the VivoBook S15. The keyboard does not have backlighting, but the 1.4mm travel gives it good tactile feel when typing.

The display is a 15-inch IPS panel with Full HD resolution. It comes with NanoEdge bezels that give the VivoBook S15 an 86% screen-to-body ratio. The HD webcam is located above the display.

It comes with a suite of ports: Two USB 2.0 ports and MicroSD card reader on the left, and combo headphone jack, USB-C 3.1, HDMI, USB 3.0 and power adapter on the right. We’re pretty bummed that you get a MicroSD card reader instead of the regular SD card reader. Though if you mostly use smartphones, action cameras, and drones, the MicroSD card gets the job done.

You get the latest 8th-generation Intel processors with the VivoBook S15, along with up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB SSD, up to 1TB HDD (or a combo of both), and an NVIDIA MX150 GPU with 2GB GDDR5 RAM.

Depending on the configuration you are getting, the VivoBook S15 offers decent specs for a mid-range laptop.

Keeping the lights on is a 42Wh 3-cell lithium-prismatic battery that comes with fast charging.

How much does it cost?

Based on Villman’s listing, the VivoBook S15 will retail for Php 51,995. The said model comes with an i5-8250U processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD, and an MX150 GPU with 2GB GDDR4 RAM.

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