Need an elegant and compact ultrabook for multimedia? Look on the side of the Asus VivoBook S530FN-BQ185T. This 15-inch ultrabook designed for the nomadic world conjures up a perennial configuration designed for the productive with the support of a last-generation quad-core Core i7, a generous RAM and a mid-range graphics card. A matte IPS screen with thin edges is also part of, placed on ErgoLift hinges, as well as a backlit keyboard, but note that its autonomy does not let it take advantage of its compact size to the end.
Asus Vivobook S530FN-BQ185T Specs
|15.6 ” Full HD IPS LED (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)
|Intel Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake (1.8 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)
|Installed RAM (max)
|16 GB (8 GB 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (16 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
|256GB SSD M.2 (SATA 3.0) 1 TB at 5400 rpm
|NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus
|2 speakers (2W) SonicMaster
|Yes, with microphone
|Wi-Fi ac (2×2)
|SD / SDHC
|Video output (s)
|Headphone / Mic Combo
|2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)
|Windows 10 64-bit
|Li-Polymer 3 cells 42Whr
|361 x 243 x 18
|1.6 Kg (with battery)
|Backlit chiclet keyboard, multi-touch touchpad
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus VivoBook S530FN-BQ185T
The Asus VivoBook S530FN-BQ185T inherits a sleek aesthetic with a black back and a silver body and retains the plastic frame, brushed finish, slim silhouette and central Asus logo in old VivoBook S15. In terms of dimensions, the ultrabook impresses the silhouette of a big 14 inches to slide its screen “NanoEdge” three fine edges. It is attached to the base via an “ErgoLift” hinge whose feature is to tilt the base up to 3.5 degrees after opening the lid to maximize the comfort of typing and contribute to a better air circulation below the chassis.
With 1.6 kg on the scale and 17.9 mm thickness, the ultrabook is designed for mobile use and includes a backlit keyboard to highlight the black keys when the ambient light comes down.
The screen plays a decisive role in the aesthetic rendering of the ultrabook and its refined contours (NanoEdge) will amplify the sensation of immersion. It has a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 px) which provides a healthy display density for viewing in the best conditions of High Definition content. On the other hand, the IPS panel works 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 connector is satisfactory even if the fingerprint reader does not seem integrated with this reference. There is an HDMI output, a microSD card reader and three Type-A USB ports, two of which are still limited by the 2.0 standard. A USB Type-C is also part of it as well as recent modules Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus VivoBook S530FN-BQ185T
Inside, the performance of the ultrabook directly benefit from 16 GB of RAMthat will offer great freedom in multitasking whatever the work done. Added to this is a latest-generation Core i7-8565U processor, whose capabilities go beyond simple office tasks (web browsing, Office processing, video) for more demanding applications requiring support from the multicore architecture such as the video editing, Photoshop pushed, Lightroom, etc. Of course, a non-low power Quad Core processor is the best choice for editing or 3D intensive.
We can not qualify the Asus Vivobook S530FN-BQ185T PC gamer but it can still rely on a dedicated graphics card GeForce MX150 , a recent model (Pascal – 2016) positioned on the mid-range. This is part of a multimedia approach more than player. Only casual (casual) players who do not give too much importance to the details will be satisfied with it since only the greedy and / or old titles will be able to shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) and it will be necessary to systematically lower the definition of the screen (1366 x 768 px) to preserve the fluidity on the last outputs.
Storage, on the other hand, is appropriate and generous. It combines a dedicated 256 GB SSD with a large hard drive (1000 GB) . This duo joins forces to ensure a system of the most reactive – the operating system, programs and games are installed on the dedicated SSD – while adding a large storage space to house your toy library. The gain provided by the SSD is visible compared to a machine with a hard disk alone, especially since it is overall quieter, more robust and more energy efficient than its partner.
Let\’s end with a notion of autonomy. The battery inside this Vivobook S530FN 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.