Saturday, November 18, 2017

Asus VivoBook S15 S510UQ Review – Ultrabook Affordably Stunning Screen

Asus VivoBook S15, one of the flagship variants devoted to today's mainstream user segment is finally available on the market. For information, VivoBook S15 complete the variant VivoBook 14 which was already available. Interestingly, although it has a 15-inch screen, but ASUS VivoBook S15 has a footprint that is not much different from the 14-inch notebook in general.

Design, Handling, & Build Quality

In addition to a more compact dimension for applying the 7.8mm NanoEdge bezel, this notebook can be parallel to many high-end ultrabooks as it is quite thin starting at 1.79 cm and its weight is also light around 1.7Kg. The combination of compact, thin and lightweight makes this notebook seems suitable to be invited to work nomadic. Blogging, editing documents, Editing photos to video rendering, can be done anywhere and anytime. One thing that makes the handling less than the maximum, ie, finishing the bottom case is less rough. Make it less nge-grip when carrying this notebook.

Clamshell design characteristic of Asus is still maintained, it just comes more slim again. The overall material of the chassis is still similar to some series A which combines aluminum and plastic materials. For those made from metal, we only find on LCD Cover with additional finishing brushed aluminum typical of Asus of course. The rest, plastic to the bottom case. Its aluminum material, not of a thick type, but may be deliberate to pursue weight not too heavy.

Overall, the build quality of Asus Vivobook S15 is also better than A series. Flex is often encountered, especially on the cover of LCD and Upper case, was more minimal. Investigate a calibaration, on the bottom cover has added some bone buffer, especially for parts that come into direct contact with the upper case. Maybe only the panels are still jugling when the LID is opened because the hinges only rely on plastic material.

For RAM, it offers a 4GB DDR4 4GB pc 2400MHz which unfortunately, runs at 2133MHz frequency. There are 2 Dimm DDR4 slots that you can maximize up to 16GB. Both limitations on the above specification note, purely due to hardware support. In this case, the processor.

By default, Asus Vivobook S15 offers a combination of 128GB SSD and 1TB 5400rpm HDD. Application of dual storage option is not a new thing in the range of Asus laptops with a price range of less than 10 million. The A46C and K40X series already offer mSATA half-size slots for dual storage needs.

Vivobook S510UQ this, it already uses interface M.2. A 128GB SSD interfaces with SATA interface, already stuck by default, of course, you can still upgrade to 512GB capacity. Back again, due to limited hardware support, slot m.2 on Vivobook S15 does not support PCIe SSD type. For large storage options, it is appropriate to combine with a more cool and power-efficient HDT 1TB 5400rpm. Suitable for this form factor laptop Ultrabook type.


For the screen, Asus Vivobook S15 equipped with 15.6-inch panel made by Optronics with AUO B156HAN02.1 series. The 1080p panel is glazed anti-glare with AHVA technology. A technology that is identical to IPS. And it is true, what impressed us is, this S510 screen really offers wide viewing angle up to 178 degrees. Whether viewed from a horizontal position, as well as a vertical position. This is even better than some mid-low grade gaming laptops on the market today. For its color and Brightness Distribution, this AUO panel is enough we know the quality since often reviewing Xenom notebook products first. The middle class LCD type for professionals and designers who are not too catch up with details. For gaming, the weakness of this panel is only in its response time only.

One more thing, the strength of the Contrast Ratio is still under IPS panels made by LG-Philips. But look at the selling price of the product, which you will get is quite a lot. Brightness, also not yet reliable to bring this notebook to play outdoors or outdoor.

I / O Port & Connectivity

Being present in a slim form-factor, for I / O port and connectivity issues, the ASUS VivoBook S15 is not as complete as some of the other laptop products. Which is somewhat regrettable, of a total of 4 USB ports, 2 of which are still version 2.0. Initially quite happy because he was better than the previous A series with the presence of USB 3.1 Type-C port. But eventually have to be disappointed because it is still using the 1st generation that is only intended as a data path with a maximum bandwidth of 5 gbps. In addition, the D-Sub or analog VGA ports are also RJ45 ports, are no longer to be found on Vivobook S15. We hope, Asus improve this in the future.


One thing that we consider unique from the workstation area is the keyboard layout. Probably due to its diminishing dimension to the nearest 14-inch laptop footprint, this S15 Vivobook keyboard does not offer dedicated numeric key or the general term, Ten-Key-Less. However, the layout of the VRobook S15 keyboard remains different from most other 14-inch Asus laptops. The remaining space used by Asus to bring a series of dedicated buttons ie home, page up, page down, end and extra Fn key with the power button at the top. Well the position of the power button and Fn button in this row require a little habituation. Especially the Fn key is often depressed because it is considered the right navigation button.

Because it is not intended for gaming, its Tuts offer a short travel-key that is about 1.4mm and relatively soft without the resistance means when pressed. Keyboard keys of this type suitable for the porters or users who have mastered 10-finger typing. Because, for the affairs of resposifitasnya we feel very good. And as information, for the i5 version in circulation, do not get backlit keyboard feature. We ourselves frankly, less comfortable with the type of keys "soft" like Vivobook S15's this.

Down to the touchpad, Asus also gives extra selling point of the Vriobook S15 touchpad. Selling point is generally only offered business class laptops like thinkpad or vostro. A finger print reader that will make Vivobook more personal. Simply do the setup via Windows Hello, and S15 feels created just for you as a ownernya. For the same touchpad experience itself is the same with most Asus A or X series laptops that have all-in-one surface design. Only, on the unit weblumia review, left click button often stuck not back to the initial position when pressed. Hopefully this is only a single issue.

Upgrade Option & Cooling System

To upgrade, Asus Vivobook S15 is quite difficult. Especially for the first time he was dismantled. At a glance, you only need to open all visible bolts, plus two screws hidden under the two rubber feet at the back. When we test, even if all the bolts are open, to remove the bottom case it needs extra effort and caution. Perhaps with the aim of improving the impression of solid, make Asus provide more security by spreading a lot of plastic locks around the edges of the chassis.

Once the bottom case is open, you can immediately see the motherboard, cooling area and supporting parts like HDD, SSD, also RAM. Seeing the cooling section that only provided a single heatpipe lengthen, just missed why this notebook has a very light weight. But should not worry too much, because the hardware configuration used is the Ultra Low Voltage type. It is quite unfortunate may be the absence of intake holes in the bottom cover area. This forces fresh air to enter only through the exhaust hole in the back and also the pores on the keyboard board.


The selling point on the performance side of the Asus Vivobook S15 S510 is a 940MX geforce already using GDDR5. This GPU has weblumia prove enough qualified for multimedia needs such as Photoshop and premiere, as well as 3D demanding games. Although it must be understood, you will not be invited to use the detail picture of high let alone ultra. But for the low to medium setting, he is quite capable. We do not recommend you to use this notebook to run the game in the long term. The point is because he was designed to focus more on handling and portability.

Battery & Power Management

Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ uses 3 polymer lithium type lithium battery plate with 42Wh capacity. With this small capacity, it will not be enough to power a combination of i5 7200U and Geforce 940MX when both work in full-load state. The good news, so light weight. Asus also meberikan battery monitors feature that is claimed, can extend battery life. With half-charging mode, the system will stop charging when batery is filled with 60%. Theoretically, it is very good for life-cycle battery cells if your vivobook S is always connected to a power adapter.


Some improvements may need to be done such as I / O Port collection, user experiece keyboard, and most importantly cooling system. Related to build quality, considering the price tag, less fair if the judge ugly. We think it's acceptable. If you can compromise with the above 3 things, especially you are also concerned with the design than the quality of materials, do not hesitate to choose this notebook as your multimedia machine, especially when away from the office or home.


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