Hitherto reserved for the Zenbook series (high-end Asus), the ScreenPad makes its appearance on the new VivoBook S15 in a version 2.0, installed in a first declination (July 2019), the Asus Vivobook S532FL-BQ006T. This 15-inch ultrabook is aimed at multimedia and multitasking enthusiasts. And for good reason, under its sleek metal case hide no less than 16 GB of RAM which, added to the many possibilities offered by the ScreenPad, will delight those who multiply the work simultaneously. The base is solid with its quad core i7 Core, fast Full SSD storage and new dedicated graphics card. Add to that an infrared webcam for face recognition, a borderless screen and full connectivity and you get the perfect package for mobility. On the other hand,
Specification of the Asus Vivobook S532FL-BQ006T
|Slab||15.6 “Full HD IPS LED (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake (1.8 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (16 GB), 2 slots|
|Storage space||PCIe 512 GB NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX250 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|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 S532FL-BQ006T
The revolution is not there at the level of aesthetics, the VivoBook S532FL-BQ006T 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 and recent modules Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0.
As we know, the exclusive share of the Asus VivoBook S532FL-BQ006T 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 S532FL-BQ006T
After the ScreenPad, it is certainly the storage that is getting attention in this Asus VivoBook S532FL-BQ006T since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD . This will significantly increase the overall system responsiveness on a daily basis compared to a mechanical hard drive configuration. Based on a PCIe interface faster than SATA3, the SSD provides shortened download times, a virtually instantaneous launch of Windows and very fast file copies, not to mention the qualities in terms of energy savings, durability and of silence of the SSD. To spoil anything, its capacity is not ridiculous and can host a good part of your toy library.
Another novelty factor in this configuration, the GeForce MX250 is a mid-range graphics card based on Pascal architecture (2016). It would obviously be an update of the GeForce MX150 with a small gain in frequency. So do not expect a revolution at this price level although this GPU is a valuable support in common use and to launch some games. The occasional player will be able to practice in HD on a good part of the titles of the market on the condition to make concessions on the sharpness of the rendering.
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 light, etc. Of course, a non-low power Quad Core processor is the best choice for editing or 3D intensive.
Let\’s end with a notion of autonomy. The battery inside this Vivobook S532FL 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.