Viva Los VivoBook; ASUS Displays Some Compromisation

Source: The Inquirer Viva Los VivoBook; ASUS Displays Some Compromisation

Where’s My USB-C Charging At VivoBook S15?

While the ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 does have a USB-C port, you have to charge the 42Wh battery in the laptop via a proprietary plug which raised The Inquirer’s feckles something fierce.  That is a somewhat important note as running a 1080p video on full brightness drained the charge in ~5 hours and you need full brightness to combat the somewhat lacklustre screen. 

On the other hand the ScreenPad 2.0 did impress them, effectively combining a touchpad and secondary screen to run certain apps on albeit limited by the scaling to fit on the small screen as well as the dependence on developers to create compatible apps.  Inside the VivoBook model which The Inquirer briefly fondled you will find a 1.8GHz Core i7-8565U, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD all for around £1099.

The VivoBook S15 S532 is nicely made mid-range laptop with a lovely minimal style. There are some big negatives, though, such as a disappointing display, lack of Type-C charging and average battery life.

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