Are you looking for a responsive, state-of-the-art ultrabook for your everyday work? With its ScreenPad 2.0 and SSD Optane H10 storage, the Asus VivoBook S532FA-BQ064T has several arguments in its pocket. Its sleek metal case also hides a solid Quad Core i5 low conso and a nice capacity of SSD (512 GB). Add to that an infrared webcam for facial recognition, a borderless IPS screen and full connectivity and you get the perfect package for mobility. On the other hand, the low capacity of the battery makes us seriously doubt autonomy.
Asus Vivobook S532FA-BQ064T Specs
|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||512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD 32GB Intel Optane H10 SSD Cache|
|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, connectivity, screen of the Asus VivoBook S532FA-BQ064T
The revolution is not there at the level of aesthetics, the VivoBook S532FA-BQ064T taking many of the lines of its predecessor (VivoBook S530). But Asus makes some nice adjustments in a metal case . The silhouette of the ultrabook is now more sliced and angular, a visible bias especially at the hinge ErgoLift refining . Now crossed on the majority of Asus PCs, this hinge has the particularity of tilting the base up to 3.5 degrees after opening the lid to maximize the comfort of typing while contributing to a better circulation of the air below the chassis.
The keyboard uses a backlight system (white) to highlight the silver keys in the dark.
The measurements are another point on which Asus has revamped his VivoBook. If its weight (1.8 kg) and its thickness of 18 mm do not move, its size increases to 357 x 230 mm (against 361 x 243 mm for the 2017 S15). This compaction is possible thanks to the NanoEdge borders that surround the screen (5.2 mm lateral edges) and which lead to a ratio of occupation of 88%for the screen compared to the case.
Speaking of him, the screen benefits from a definition Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) which makes available a density of salutary display to view in the best conditions of the content in High Definition. On the other hand, the IPS panelworks to open the viewing angles and faithfully reproduce the colors while the matte treatment of the slab is a barrier to reflections related to use in high ambient light. A plus for comfort.
On the sides of the chassis, the composition of the connection is satisfactory even if two USB ports are still limited to standard 2.0. Added to this are an HDMI output, a microSD card reader and two other USB ports including a USB 3.1 and a USB 3.1 Type-C. A USB Type-C is also part of it as well as recent modules Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0.
As we know, the exclusive share of the Asus VivoBook S532FA-BQ064T is elsewhere. More preciously housed under the keyboard instead of the touchpad: the ScreenPad . It is version 2.0 that is integrated on this new VivoBook. It has a size that goes up to 5.65 inches, a definition Full HD (2160 x 1080 px), a user experience like smartphone and reduced consumption (Asus announces a range of about 2.5 times greater with the ScreenPad 2.0). Difficult to list all the possibilities offered by this second interactive screen. Let\’s say it improves productivity and multitasking by providing an enriched experience.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus VivoBook S532FA-BQ064T
After the ScreenPad, it\’s the storage that gets the attention within this Asus VivoBook S532FA-BQ064T since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSDcompleted with a 32 GB Optane H10 SSD cache. Until then crossed with a hard disk on the entry level to boost the start and stop phases and some application launches, the Optane module now supports the SSD but the gain is then anecdotal as the latter Already marks a remarkable responsiveness in the system on a daily basis. Indeed, the SSD provides shortened download times, a launch of Windows almost instantaneous and copies of very fast files, not to mention the qualities in terms of energy savings, durability and silence of the SSD. To spoil anything, its capacity is not ridiculous and can host a good part of your toy library. For more information on the Optane H10 module, browse our HP Specter x360 13-ap equipped test.
The ultrabook is also architected to provide the answer with the 9-generation Quad Core i5-8265U low-power processor . This is significantly better than the previous generation Kaby Lake Refresh (i5-8250U) thanks to a higher Turbo Boost frequency (3.9 Ghz) and a finer engraving. In fact, Intel announces a gain of 10% on average which results in a perfect support of the current use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) and by a sharp mastery in the more greedy applications, requiring the architecture multicore (video editing, Photoshop pushed, Lightroom …). With 8 GB of RAM behind, the system will not lose fluidity in multitasking.
Let\’s end with a notion of autonomy. The battery inside this Vivobook S532FA is not very important (42 Whr), which should not leave him more than 5 to 6 hours of autonomy in web browsing with active WiFi, knowing that we do not know not yet the impact of ScreenPad 2.0 on this data.