Let’s start this week with a new test of the Asus VivoBook S15 S532 in its version without a dedicated graphics card (S532FA). This 15-inch ultrabook is praised for its colorful design palette and optimized performance. By cons autonomy is disappointing and the screen dull.
Here are the technical Specs of the tested model:
|Slab||15.6 “Full HD IPS LED (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8265U Whiskey Lake (1.6GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (16 GB), 2 slots|
|Storage space||PCIe 512 GB NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2W) Harman Kardon|
|webcam||Yes HD 720p Infrared with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2)|
|Card reader||microSD / SDHC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 3 cells 42Whr|
|Autonomy announced||6 hours|
|Weight||1.8 Kg (with battery)|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard, multi-touch touchpad, ScreenPad 2.0 (5.65-inch FHD 2160 x 1080 Super IPS)|
Chassis / Aesthetics
Asus had already mixed colors in its series VivoBook of 2018 but changes level with this new version, daring rather astonishing associations as the variant “Firmament Green” in the hands of the tester. The back of the cover is decorated with a military green with light yellow reflections and the entourage highlighted by a very flashy orange border while the base is silver. The tester praises the audacity but is forced to note that this design did not unanimously in his entourage. Of course, if you do not like the color combination of the green VivoBook, you can turn to the pink, blue, gray or simply silver model.
Once you’ve found the color combination that’s right for you, you can start enjoying the thin edges surrounding the VivoBook S15’s 15-inch screen and its sturdy aluminum cover. Another unique design element is the Asus ErgoLift hinge, which tilts 3 degrees to the back of the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience.
The VivoBook S15 is quite compact (357 x 230 x 18 mm) but not the lightest in its class (1.72 kg). Indeed, the VivoBook 2019 is more compact but weighs a little more than the model of last year.
The tester is satisfied with the connectivity proposed on the VivoBook S15. A Thunderbolt 3 port would have been the icing on the cake, but this relatively new standard is not expected at this price. On the left side of the PC, you’ll find two USB 2.0 ports, while on the right side you’ll find a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI output, a microSD card slot and a plug Headset.
Keyboard / Touchpad
Two features stand out from the keyboard according to the tester: the ideal spacing of the keys between them and the presence of a numeric keypad in correct size on the right. Otherwise, this is a standard keyboard. The keys are large enough with proper operation, although it is a little superficial compared to the average of 15 inches.
Each press of a key is greeted by a heavy return. The tester prefers a lighter and less stiff operation. In addition, the paint used by Asus on the keys tends to make the surface sticky under wet fingers and their transparent nature is difficult to distinguish from the silver finish.
As a standard touchpad (with ScreenPad 2.0 off), the touchpad does the job very well. The multitouch gestures of Windows 10 are very well managed and the glide is comfortable.
ScreenPad 2.0 is an improved version of ScreenPad from last year. This is a touchpad that works as a secondary touchscreen of 5.65 inches, 2160 x 1080 pixels. Compared to the first-generation ScreenPad, the ScreenPad 2.0 is larger, consumes less power, and can be turned on and off with the F6 key. Some clever software changes also make it easy to use, although the overall experience remains tough.
The screen itself is very bright and the touch sensitivity is perfect. The interface is also very fluid. The novelty of ScreenPad 2.0 is an application browser icon that allows you to view all open applications on the ScreenPad, much like what you find on a smartphone. This facilitates application management. While the new app-switcher tool works well, the ScreenPad 2.0 is still under development. An unwanted side effect of ScreenPad 2.0 is that you have to switch frequently between the touchpad and the touch screen. You also need to remember to put your apps back on the big screen when you’re done using them. The tester spent several minutes trying to understand what had become of
In the end, ScreenPad 2.0 can be a useful tool once you understand its oddities, but those who want a simple and straightforward experience may find it frustrating.
Unfortunately, the 15.6-inch VivoBook S15 S532’s Full HD (1920 x 1080px) IPS screen is no better than the dull screen of last year’s model. It’s really unfortunate, because the thin edges of the S15 are frankly attractive. The screen of the VivoBook S15 covers only 61% of the sRGB color gamut with a brightness of 252 nits.
Built around a 9th generation i5 low power quad core, 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD, the tested model takes advantage of a perennial heart that can be easily confronted with use. running with small editorial jobs. Good point, the processor is particularly well exploited inside the VivoBook S15 and can develop its full performance to style most of its competitors on the pole in most performance benchs. Asus did not skimp on storage either. The 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD in place is very fast and provides ultra-smooth system performance.
If you want to play games on the VivoBook S15, the tester recommends investing a little more with the optional GeForce MX250 GPU. Here, the UHD 620 graphics chip integrated into the processor is honest and allows to play occasionally some old titles in 1080p.
Temperatures / Noise
The VivoBook S15 did a good job keeping a cool head under pressure. Even the hottest part of the PC, the plate under the chassis, remained below the comfort threshold of 35 ° C.
The VivoBook S15 S532 has run for 7 hours and 5 minutes in Web browsing test under Wifi (brightness 150 nits) with the ScreenPad 2.0 disabled. It is above average but slightly below the balance sheet of its predecessor.