With a latest generation AMD Ryzen processor (Lucienne, 2021), the Asus VivoBook S712UA-AU004T is armed for versatility. You have here an excellent package to work and play with this Ryzen 7 5700U Octo Core assisted by 8 GB of RAM and fast and good capacity SSD storage (512 GB). Its configuration thus leaves almost no one behind (except gamers) with its large 17-inch Full HD IPS screen which allows you to work in excellent conditions. In addition, the connection is correct and the keyboard is backlit. Be aware that you should not expect much from its battery life (4 hours at most).
Specifications of the Asus VivoBook S712UA-AU004T
|Screen (s)||17.3 “Full HD IPS LED 250cd / m² thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5700U Lucienne (1.8 GHz, 8 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (4 GB soldered 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot (occupied)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon RX Vega 8|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI, SD / SDHC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Audio system||2 SonicMaster speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-ion 2 cells 32Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.3 Kg / 406.9 x 253.75 x 21.4|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus VivoBook S712UA-AU004T
Asus installs its Asus S712UA-AU004T in a compacted chassis, looking big 15 inches. On the front of the stage, its compact 406 x 253 mm format and its thinness of 21 mm which guide it towards a little mobility. Then, the aesthetic opts for an elegant sober and smooth silver over the entire shell, except around the keyboard with an embossed effect, and drawn edges. The assembly is correct even if the plastic predominates and the clean silhouette of the PC is welcome. Note that the keyboard is backlit , a plus for working in a dark environment.
Around the screen, Asus has sought to slightly refine the borders but without being borderless, which does not detract from the charm of the ultrabook. It benefits from a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) which provides a healthy display density for viewing High Definition content in the best conditions. On the other hand, the IPS panel works to open the viewing angles and faithfully reproduce the colors while the matt treatment of the panel acts as a barrier to reflections associated with use in high ambient light. A plus for comfort.
Well distributed, the connection does not do justice to the space offered by this large 17 inches and retains a variety of fairly basic and dated ports. There is an HDMI output, a microSD card reader and three USB Type-A ports, two of which are still limited by the 2.0 standard. A USB Type-C is also part of the game as well as the AC Wifi and Bluetooth 4.1 modules. No fingerprint reader planned on the other hand but a numeric keypad that makes up the backlit keyboard , a plus.
Performance, battery life of the Asus VivoBook S712UA-AU004T
The great strength of the VivoBook S712UA-AU004T lies in the processor department with the support of an AMD Ryzen Lucienne (2021) Ryzen 7 5700U Octo Corelow consumption. This shows a nice increase in performance compared to the Ryzen 7 3700U (2019), thanks in particular to the number of cores which doubles but also to the finer engraving used. It is also significantly more efficient than its predecessor of 2020 (Ryzen 7 4700U) but more noticeably. For all common office-type uses, it is perfectly at ease as an Intel Core i7-1165G7 (2021) would be, but the difference emerges more visibly on tasks that consume CPU resources that can take advantage of all cores such as content creation (editing, rendering, modeling …). Namely that we remain on low consumption (TDP 15W), so do not expect from this processor the same resources as an Octo Core-H (Ryzen 7 4800H) which,
Opposite, the 8 GB RAM is the minimum in 2021 to navigate smoothly in multitasking, within reason.
The Asus is not intended to play but the Radeon Vega 8integrated into the processor is not against some occasional parts. At the level of an NVIDIA GeForce MX330, its capacities are more than enough for everyday work and the tasks listed above and even allow a few games from time to time on games that are not very demanding graphically. Most will require you to make some concessions on screen definition and / or details however. Especially since the processor is forced to make some concessions on its power in this case (reduced TDP), due to the compactness of the chassis. By this mean that you will not be able to take full advantage of the potential of the components but that the whole will still allow you to play and create in good conditions, a bargain already for the price.
Opposite, storage is elementary here since it is entrusted to a fast dedicated 512 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe) . The system gains there directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard disk because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous switching on and off, transfers calculated in seconds or instantaneous software launches where the mechanical support involved significant latencies. Note also that the SSD is by nature more silent, robust and efficient than a hard drive. Not to spoil anything, the capacity of 512 GB is comfortable to store your heavy files without too much restriction.
Finally, battery life is far from being the strong point of our VivoBook S712UA-AU004T even if its design leaves one dreaming of a little mobility. Its small battery (32 Whr) does not offer much more than 4 hours of battery life in Internet browsing with active WiFi, which is really limited to consider a day of work on the move.