- The ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 features an OLED panel, which has made significant advancements in display quality.
- The design of the laptop follows a similar pattern to other Vivobook models, with squared-edge design and a well-rounded list of ports.
- The laptop has a metallic finish on the lid and chassis, while the inner section is predominantly plastic.
The Vivobook has been a staple of the ASUS stables for a few years. Although it hasn’t been around as long as many other ranges, it’s hard to think of a prior time. The Vivobook series has always been at the forefront of pushing new technologies, introducing several world firsts into the laptop market. One of these was its introduction of the OLED panel, which has made considerable strides in the quality of displays since. The OLED panel has become a mainstay for the range, which continues with the latest ASUS Vivobook Pro 15.
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There’s no doubt that its glorious OLED screen is the drawcard on the Vivobook Pro 15. However, the latest variant of the range that stretches back a few years receives an update across the board, delivering performances that will make anyone want to upgrade.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 Laptop Build and Design
The design of the Vivobook Pro 15 follows a similar pattern to that of many of the other Vivobook laptops. It has a similar squared-edge approach to the design philosophy, the same hinge design, and a similar lid layout and finish.
There are, however, two essential changes over previous models. The first of these is the tapered edges around the bottom of the laptop. This has been added to aid airflow and give it a more compact feel.
The second design change has been its port configuration. Although the layout may not be perfect, it has a well-rounded list of ports for modern devices. In this regard, two USB Type-A ports are on the left-hand side. In front of this are two LED indicator lights, the first indicating power and the second indicating whether the unit is on charge. I’d have preferred adding just one LED indicator here, with the power and charging being a single light with different colours indicating each status. This would make room for an additional USB Type-A port or moving one of the ports from the right-hand side over to the left.
On the right-hand side, you have, from the rear to the front, the charging port, USB Type-A, full HDMI port, multi-function Type-C port, a microSD card reader and a 3.5mm input. This is quite the jam-packed list of ports on the right-hand side, especially when considering real estate availability on the left-hand side. And, if you’re like me, a power user, there were times when the majority of ports were in use with a second screen, portable m.2 SSD using the Type-C port, headphones in the auxiliary port and the third of the Type-A USB ports used to charge my game controller (with the two on the left used for USB dongles for wireless devices). It becomes pretty crowded – an annoyance, especially for right-handed users.
While the lid and chassis have a metallic finish, the inner section is predominantly plastic. This includes the chiclet keys and the large trackpad. The latter takes over a large area below the keyboard that I often brush against, causing the cursor to move unintentionally. Thankfully, the trackpad can be turned off, allowing for better use with a mouse.
While the design isn’t perfect, the chassis looks good in metal and is reasonably rugged. There are a few shortcomings, especially the port layout, but nothing is lacking from the configuration.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 Screen and Display
The showstopper. It was an immediate hit when ASUS introduced its OLED screens around 2020. While it has resulted in a slight price increase, its bright screen, deep blacks, and excellent contrast make for a near-perfect experience. The same applies to the latest Vivobook Pro 15.
ASUS has bolted on its Splendid OLED 120Hz screen to the laptop, making for great visuals. It has a 15.6” and a 2.8K resolution. More specifically, the resolution dimensions are 2,880×1,620px.
It may not be full 4K, but at 2..8K, it delivers higher resolution than most available laptops. This is more than ideal on a 15.6” screen, giving users more detail over the more traditional resolutions. This also works well for gaming visuals, with a few additional pixels making for a crisper image overall.
However, its standout feature is its colour output and deep blacks to create beautiful contrasts. The visuals are pristine, bright and colourful. The screen has received many accolades and is certified and validated across several standards. As a result, it has a 100% DCI-P3, customizable colour gamut, PANTONE® Validated and an average Delta-E < 23. From the specifications perspective, it ticks all the right boxes here.
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The Vivobook Pro 15 has excellent specifications, as do most modern ASUS laptops. Starting with the chipset, it utilises the AMD framework. It includes an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS with an Octa-Core 4GHz CPU configuration. Paired with this is 32GB of RAM (LPDDR5x 5500 MHz) to meet all your performance and multitasking requirements.
Internal storage has a 1TB capacity. The module is a Micron 2450 NVMe, m.2 SSD. This allows for incredible loading speeds for all your design and gaming needs. Speaking of which, the laptop also features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060.
Lastly, it has a 70WHr, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion battery to deliver longer battery life than previous models.
While the Vivobook was developed as a workhorse for business and content creation, the above stats allow it to cross into the gaming world. This is a huge plus, especially considering its OLED screen. But can it get the job done?
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Performance and Battery Life
Unlike many other laptops and tech devices, the ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 doesn’t throw the kitchen sink at you regarding add-on features. It’s a no-frills approach in design, focusing instead on delivering excellent performance and value.
The 120Hz refresh rate won’t matter all that much under conventional use. It makes a difference when watching films and series but is a significant gaming standout. And it works brilliantly without fuss. Users can adjust the setting from the Display Settings in Windows, but unlike many smartphones, it doesn’t have a dynamic switch yet to save on battery life. However, it works and looks great, and that’s the most crucial aspect.
Speaking about battery life, the Vivobook Pro 15 does a fairly decent job. Under normal usage, users should be able to eke out an impressive eight to nine hours of usage between charges. You can reach 12 hours watching series in airplane mode, while gaming on battery is limited to just over two hours. These are solid numbers.
The ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 is a well-rounded laptop for those looking to cross over from business to content creation and even throw in some gaming. With its excellent OLED screen, you can enjoy entertainment for hours. At a price of R34,999, it does take a little convincing, but you won’t regret purchasing if you do.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 15
- Beautiful 15.6” 2.8K OLED panel
- Works great for business and pleasure
- Great battery life
- Port positioning hasn't been addressed
- A tad pricey
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