• Operating System: Windows 10
  • Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • Processor: 8th Gen Intel core i5-8250U @ 1.6GHz
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Ports: 1x USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 2x USB 2.0,
  • 1x HDMI, 1x microSD reader
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
  • Dimensions: 361.4x243.5x18mm
  • Weight: 1.6kg
  • Pros:
  • ErgoLift
  • Trackpad is satisfying to use
  • Cons:
  • Just 4GB of RAM

Raising Your Laptop Game To New Levels

When it comes to laptops, ASUS ranks among the top in terms of innovation, with constant additions to their lineup to fit different users. This new VivoBook S15 S530 has a focus on lifestyle, as highlighted by its colourful choices. But the version we got looks pretty professional with its combination of grey with just a hint of red along the edges.
The laptop comes with an ErgoLift hinge that will lift the bottom of the laptop to allow for a more comfortable typing and gaming experience. It also enables the laptop to cool down easier with the added airflow and makes plugging in USB devices easier. While we are on the design, we have to say that the laptop is pretty portable, weighing less than 2kgs and is just 18mm thick. Although compact, it does come with a decent 15.6-inch Full HD display that has thin bezels.

Having used the VivoBook as our daily driver for a while, we find it lightweight and compact enough that it can be carried around in our bag easily. The trackpad is of a decent size, is satisfyingly clicky and comes packed with a fingerprint sensor too. One quirk we found was that if you prefer to use your function keys (F1, F2, and so on), you will have to hold the FN button + ESC to toggle Function priority. We found this weird as the default should be Function priority rather than hotkey priority. It also causes the FN key’s LED to glow constantly, which is a minor annoyance.

Thanks to the built-in NVIDIA GeForce MX150, gaming is possible. We tried a few games on it such as LA Noire, Stardew Valley and Dead Cells and it does struggle sometimes. But as long as you’re not gaming on Ultra, it will service you well. LA Noire ran smoothly, with very little hiccups, and a few quick rounds of DotA2 proved that it can play some games with no problems. We also used the laptop for word processing and web browsing and it worked flawlessly without much issues. Battery life is fairly decent and it can be fast charged as well!

If all you want from a laptop is to let you play some light games, work, browse the internet and consume your media, this one should be a pleasant surprise for you. The speakers are fairly loud and will provide ample sound for a single room. Then there’s the raised keyboard, which provides a comfortable typing experience. The included numpad on the keyboard is also handy, providing easier access to numbers for quicker calculations. Holding FN + Num Enter even brings up the calculator!

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall a well-equipped lightweight laptop that can do some light editing, word processing and even handle some gaming. But could work much better with more RAM right out of the box.

(previously published in issue September 2018)