Asus has announced its next round of premium grade laptops with the Vivobook Pro and Vivobook S. Both are 15-inch slim laptops that pack some of the best hardware available to mobile computers: including the new Optane memory from Intel.
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The Vivobook S is a solid all round laptop that fills demand for a high performance laptop that’s not too expensive. The display is a 15.6-inch FHD screen with Asus’ NanoEdge technology. Which is pretty much just the new thin-bezel design from the company.
Inside is an impressive 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, a 2TB HDD, and an Intel Core i7-7500U processor. Graphics are provided by a comparatively low-key Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card. Which really stands out in contrast to the rest of the hardware – and not in a good way.
Asus has also included a new superfast charging technology for the Vivobook S, allowing it to charge the battery up to 60 percent capacity in only 49 minutes.
The Vivobook Pro is also a 15.6-inch laptop, although it lacks the NanoEdge of the Vivobook S. Instead, it trades it for a 4K resolution display with wide-view technology and 100 percent sRGB colour gamut.
Asus improves on the offerings of the Vivobook S, providing improvements in every aspect aside from storage options. The 16GB RAM capacity is the same, but also features Intel’s Optane caching modules for even faster performance. It sounds like overkill due to the pairing with with 512GB SSD, but that’s what Asus is apparently going for.
The processor is also bumped up to an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and is paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050. There’s a dual fan cooling system with a dual copper thermal module installed to manage the heat load.
The Vivobook S is set to be sold for $499 (about RM2100) this summer, while the Vivobook Pro will sell for $799 (about RM3400) at the same time.