Asus VivoBook 15 Laptop (i5-8250U, GeForce 940MX, FHD) Review
Not quite grown up yet. The new VivoBook from Asus sounds promising: A new quad-core processor and a dedicated graphics unit are wrapped in a premium-looking case. The sales price also seems very fair. While it looks similar to the high-quality ZenBook visually, taking a closer look, this is only the surface.
"A notebook for all situations," this is exactly what Asus aims to achieve with the VivoBook. It is not the first time that we have seen a laptop of this series in our test lab. As an affordable alternative to the higher-quality ZenBook series, the VivoBook targets the price-range below 900 Euros (~$1124). Nonetheless, this everyday device should be equipped for all multimedia applications.
In order to prepare it for this vast application area, Asus has built-in a quad-core processor, 8 GB of working memory, a dedicated Nvidia graphics card, and a 1 TB HDD. The configuration of our test package costs around 750 Euros (~$937; note that the available configurations differ in the US).
It was only a few months ago that we tested the VivoBook S15 extensively. In terms of the visuals and equipment, the S15 model is similar to our test unit here. However, that model had a metal case and SSD storage in the configuration we tested. Despite that, we were not satisfied in our test at that time. In order to evaluate whether Asus has overcome the analyzed weaknesses with the VivoBook 15, we want to incorporate the VivoBook S15 into our current test comparison.
Other manufacturers also want to join the competition in this notebook category and price range. For this reason, we will include the following competitors. The HP Pavilion 15 is almost equipped similarly, aside from not only having a hard drive, and it currently costs around 800 Euros (~$999). The comparison to the Dell Vostro 15, which has to make do with merely a TN panel, is similarly interesting. Lenovo also offers a device which is similarly equipped: the IdeaPad 320 for 800 Euros (~$999).