Continuing glimpse of ASUS innovations presented at the presentation of The Edge of Beyond the eve of the official start of the Computex 2017, we consider two curious series of laptops for those who wish to acquire a medium format system functionality at a reasonable price – ASUS VivoBook S15 and ASUS VivoBook Pro 15.
ASUS VivoBook S15 Specs
When it comes to buying a relatively inexpensive medium format notebook, it is often the 15.6-inch model weighing 2.5 kg with unimpressive design, inferior matrix and a mandatory attribute of this class of systems – optical drive. Even visually imagine a notebook of this class is easy and enthusiasm these systems often do not cause.
ASUS VivoBook S15 – is an attempt to Taiwanese manufacturer to offer a relatively inexpensive medium format models that will not evokes nostalgia exterior design and equipment.
As used during presentation slogan Beyond the Edge for ASUS VivoBook S15 involves the exit face for usual. Surprises begin already at the stage of weight and size characteristics. Aluminum housing 17.9 mm and weight of 1.5 kg notebook. Usual combination for high-fashion models in that format, but not for other laptops.
ASUS VivoBook S15 is equipped with a 15.6-inch matrix with a resolution Full HD, which occupies 80% of the front panel area. The frame around the screen is relatively small. Lateral – 7.8 mm, the upper – of the order of 10 mm.
ASUS VivoBook S15 will be offered in various configurations. In a top modifications accommodate Core i7-7500U, discrete graphics GeForce 940MX (2/4 GB GDDR5), up to 16 GB of RAM, and a hybrid disk subsystem, comprising a bundle of HDD 2 TB and 512 GB SSD (M.2 , SATA3).
Laptops in this series will also support fast charging – from 0 to 60% for 39 minutes. The total capacity of the battery – 42 Wh.
ASUS VivoBook S15 Price
Apparently, the cost of ASUS VivoBook S15 will vary quite widely, depending on the configuration. However, the recommended price of $ 499 for the basic version of this gives cause for optimism.
At first glance, at once I would like to note that the notebook does not look like a budget solution. It is obvious that this is exactly what developers and sought in the first place.
Nice appearance design, thin body, island backlit keyboard (optional). The absence of excess kilos as well felt, when you take a laptop in hand. With discrete graphics and a pair of common mass storage ASUS VivoBook S15 is increased to 1.7 kg, but for a 15.6-inch model is a very good indicator.
If we talk about the composition of the available ports, then on the left edge is placed a pair of USB 2.0, card reader SD / SDHC, as well as indicators of drive activity and the system.
To the right is a connector for connecting the power unit, a pair of USB 3.0 (USB Type-C + USB Type A), full-length audio and HDMI connection to an external screen.
ASUS VivoBook S15 – potentially a very interesting model. If the manufacturer will be able to choose a balanced configuration with an attractive price, it is a good opportunity not to compromise in everything, even if a relatively small amount is allocated to the purchase of a laptop.