Asus VivoBook S15 (S532F) review

he Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) is a quality machine. In fact, it may be one of the better laptops we’ve tested. It may be following the less-is-more trend that seems to define Ultrabooks but it does so incredibly well. If you want a slimmer, lighter machine, then this Asus laptop is perfect for you.

It’s more than just a lightweight computer though. The Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) has a sizable screen, a 15.6-inch display in fact, that will do you nicely when trying to get through all your work, tackle some light photo editing, or even binge the next big thing on Netflix from the comfort of your couch.

Paired with its beautiful display and thin design, which Asus refers to as an ‘ultra-portable,’ is quality CPU performance, making the Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) a fantastic entry into the ultrabook category that holds its own against the competition.

The good news is that the Asus Vivobook S15 (S532F) is likely to receive deep discounts for both Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday. We recommend waiting until then to hit that buy button. Amazon Prime Day is on October 13 and Black Friday rolls around at the end of November, so you won’t have to wait for long.

There’s a rather confusing range of models (and gobbledygook model numbers) available for the VivoBook S range, including both 14-inch and 15-inch screen sizes and i5 and i7 processors. 

There are also models with either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro for business users. However, Asus complicates matters somewhat as most of these models aren’t actually available from its own online store, so you’ll need to track the VivoBook down through Amazon and other online retailers – with the i7 model that we review here being primarily sold through Currys in the UK.

The VivoBook range is competitively priced, though, with the 15-inch models starting at just £550 (around $700, AU$1,000) with an Intel i5-8265U running at 1.6GHz, along with 8GB memory and 256GB solid-state drive. 

However, we tested the top-of-the-range model, which includes a quad-core i7-8565U running at 1.8GHz (up to 4.6GHz with Turboost). That model also doubles the solid-state drive to 512GB, and includes 32GB of Intel’s high-speed Optane memory to enhance performance ,while still keeping the price down to a competitive £889 (around $1,200, AU$1,700).

Both models share the same 15.6-inch HD display (1920×1080), although the i7 model reviewed here also sports Asus’ ScreenPad 2.0, a somewhat unusual trackpad design that doubles up as a miniature touch-screen for controlling the VivoBook and various apps.

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