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Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA (i7-7100U, HD620) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 02/14/2018

Big laptop, small price. The VivoBook 17 X705UA from Asus can be had for 500 Euros ($620). For this price, the manufacturer promises a lot of internal storage space, heaps of performance and a great design. In our review, we take the lowest-priced version to the task to see how well these promises hold up under scrutiny.

Asus offers the VivoBook 17 X705UA in various hardware configurations. Our review device is equipped with an Intel Core i3-7100U processor and relies on the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 for image rendering. With 4 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive, our review device represents the lowest-priced configuration of the 17-inch notebook. Alternatively, buyers can get a hardware configuration with two other dual-core processors (Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U) or quad-core processors (Core i5-8250U or i7-8550U). The amount of RAM can also be increased up to 16 GB and the storage space can be expanded with a combination of an SSD and an HDD.

In our review, the VivoBook 17 X705UA will have to compete with other similarly-equipped devices. The devices we have selected for this review include: The V320-17IKB from Lenovo, the LifeBook E557 from Fujitsu, the Portégé A30-D from Toshiba and the Asus VivoBook S X510UA.

Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T (VivoBook 17 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR4, Single-Channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel 106 PPI, AU Optronics AUO219E, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035, 1024 GB 
, 5400 RPM, 900 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone/microphone combo jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.6 x 411 x 270 ( = 0.89 x 16.18 x 10.63 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: VGA 0.3 MP (640x480)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, ASUS ZenLink, CyberLink PhotoDirector 5, CyberLink PowerDirector 12, McAfee, WPS Office Suite, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.1 kg ( = 74.08 oz / 4.63 pounds), Power Supply: 72 g ( = 2.54 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
500 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

The case of the VivoBook 17 X705UA is made of plastic. It comes in two color schemes. The upper side of our review device comes with a circular texture in the color scheme named "Star Gray". This color scheme is also present around the keyboard. The display bezels and the underside of the device come in simple black. Alternatively, buyers can get a device with a color scheme named "Pearl White". The build quality is solid and there are no defects to report.

With a weight of about 2.1 kilograms (~4.6 lb), our review device is lighter than other 17-inch notebooks. The dimensions are consistent with what you would expect from a device with this screen size. The small side-bezels give the VivoBook 17 X705UA an advantage; as a result of this it does not appear as wide as, for example, the Lenovo V320-17IKB.

Unfortunately, the many hardware configurations, especially in terms of storage space, do not translate into many maintenance options. The screws on the underside can easily be removed; but we were still unable to take off the bottom cover and get a look at the internals. Therefore, the device cannot be easily upgraded.

The ports are also limited. A USB Type-C port is provided, however behind it lurks a simple USB 3.1 port. The SD card reader is standard fare for this price range. This means that the data transfer rates with our reference-grade SD card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, are rather mediocre. Additionally, the SD cards can only be inserted halfway into the reader.

The Wi-Fi transfer rates are also mediocre. The Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wi-Fi adapter that Asus has used here supports the fast wireless-AC standard in the 5 GHz spectral band and has a 1x1 MIMO antenna, and despite all of this, only the transfer rates in the ballpark of 300 MBit/s are possible.

Size Comparison

418 mm / 16.5 inch 293 mm / 11.5 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.8 kg6.17 lbs411 mm / 16.2 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 22.6 mm / 0.89 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs379.5 mm / 14.9 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 22.1 mm / 0.87 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs374 mm / 14.7 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs361 mm / 14.2 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 19.4 mm / 0.764 inch 1.7 kg3.75 lbs

Ports

Left side: Kensington Security Slot, two USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader,  headphone and microphone combo jack
Left side: Kensington Security Slot, two USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, headphone and microphone combo jack
Right side: one USB 3.0 (Type-C) port, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, DC power socket
Right side: one USB 3.0 (Type-C) port, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, DC power socket
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.8 MB/s ∼100% +171%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=250)
60.6 MB/s ∼81% +120%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.6 MB/s ∼37%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.7 MB/s ∼36% -3%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.5 MB/s ∼35% -4%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼35% -6%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.6 MB/s ∼100% +120%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=225)
77.4 MB/s ∼89% +97%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
39.3 MB/s ∼45%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
38.7 MB/s ∼45% -2%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.8 MB/s ∼36% -22%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.3 MB/s ∼30% -33%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
547 MBit/s ∼100% +74%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
517 MBit/s ∼95% +64%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
515 MBit/s ∼94% +63%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 688, n=191)
463 MBit/s ∼85% +47%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
315 MBit/s ∼58%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
285 MBit/s ∼52% -10%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
681 MBit/s ∼100% +125%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
667 MBit/s ∼98% +121%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
662 MBit/s ∼97% +119%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 688, n=191)
434 MBit/s ∼64% +44%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
327 MBit/s ∼48% +8%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
302 MBit/s ∼44%

Input Devices

The VivoBook 17 X705UA from Asus comes with a chiclet-style keyboard with a number pad and a ClickPad, which serves as the mouse replacement. In relation to the size of the notebook, the keyboard looks very small. The small, narrowly-packed keys allow for fast typing, however, they can prove to be too small for big fingers or hands. Our review device does not have a keyboard backlight, which can be ordered optionally, by the way.

The ClickPad has a smooth surface, which easily registers inputs made by very dry fingers. The mouse buttons have a comfortable actuation point. Multitouch gestures, e.g. for scrolling in the folders, function well, when the inputs are recognized by the touchpad.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The matte screen of our review device has a resolution of 1600x900. The brightness and the contrast ratio settle at the lower end of the comparison spectrum. However, the display shines with the faster-than-average response times. Nevertheless, these response times (41 ms - gray to gray) will still prove too slow for gaming. Asus does not use PWM for brightness control. This is going to be a boon for susceptible individuals. 

Asus also offers the VivoBook 17 X705UA with a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080. Additionally, this alternative display is supposed to cover 100% of the sRGB color space.

236
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 237 cd/m² Average: 216.2 cd/m² Minimum: 13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 243 cd/m²
Contrast: 409:1 (Black: 0.58 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.78 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 13.38 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
75% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 49% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.51
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
AU Optronics AUO219E, , 1600x900, 17.3
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
BOE0665, , 1366x768, 15.6
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Chi Mei N156BGA-EA3, , 1366x768, 15.6
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Chi Mei CMN15D3 / N156HCE-EAA, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-61%
-35%
-14%
-78%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (21, 20)
50 (30, 20)
-22%
35 (18, 17)
15%
49 (28, 21)
-20%
45 (27, 18)
-10%
Response Time Black / White *
13 (8, 5)
26 (22, 4)
-100%
24 (14, 10)
-85%
14 (12, 4)
-8%
32 (18, 14)
-146%
PWM Frequency
210 (90)
119000 (80)
25000 (20)
25000 (80)
Screen
4%
53%
21%
22%
Brightness middle
237
214
-10%
412
74%
226
-5%
215
-9%
Brightness
216
213
-1%
377
75%
215
0%
198
-8%
Brightness Distribution
82
88
7%
83
1%
90
10%
78
-5%
Black Level *
0.58
0.53
9%
0.39
33%
0.51
12%
0.32
45%
Contrast
409
404
-1%
1056
158%
443
8%
672
64%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.78
7.93
26%
5.04
53%
6.21
42%
5.15
52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.24
13.9
28%
8.84
54%
8.9
54%
10.89
43%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.38
9.37
30%
5.28
61%
7.06
47%
4.25
68%
Gamma
2.51 88%
2.32 95%
2.44 90%
2.35 94%
2.61 84%
CCT
15051 43%
9971 65%
6900 94%
8321 78%
6603 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
49
36
-27%
55
12%
40
-18%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
75
56
-25%
84
12%
63
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-29% / -7%
9% / 39%
4% / 14%
-28% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
13 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9705 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

sRGB color space coverage: 75%
sRGB color space coverage: 75%
AdobeRGB color space coverage 49%
AdobeRGB color space coverage 49%
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Our review device offers only a mediocre color reproduction with 75% of sRGB. This is why, the colors look washed-out. The low contrast ratio also contributes to the fact that the colors look muddy. Black hues appear grayish, which can be attributed to the high black value. The screen contents can be read from the right or the left without any distortions. However, when looking at the screen from above or below, the viewing angles appear to be less stable.

The low brightness is sufficient enough for the screen contents to be legible under the open sky. However, this is only possible in shaded places. The display of our review device cannot cope with direct sunlight.

CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Performance

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Our review device is equipped with an Intel Core i3-7100U and integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. With 4 GB of RAM and a 1 TB HDD, the system is suitable for office and multimedia applications. The system is also capable of running older and casual games.

Processor

The Intel Core i3-7100U is a dual-core processor, which can perform demanding tasks. With a clock rate of 2.4 GHz, the i3-7100U is a little faster than the predecessor model, i3-6100U, even though the newer chip is considerably more energy efficient. Thanks to Hyper-threading, the two cores can process four threads at the same time. 

You can find out what kind of performance you can expect from the Intel Core i3-7100U on our “CPU Benchmarks” page.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

When compared to the competing devices, the i3-7100U in the Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA delivers the expected results. The result in the Cinebench R15 benchmark is on the normal level for this kind of device. Buyers can expect more performance from the VivoBook 17 X705UA if they get the model with the Intel Core i5-7200U. With this CPU, you can expect a 30% increase in performance.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼59% +29%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼58% +27%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 180, n=500)
110 Points ∼50% +10%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
100 Points ∼46% 0%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Intel Core i3-7100U
100 Points ∼46%
Average Intel Core i3-7100U
  (86 - 100, n=6)
94.3 Points ∼43% -6%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
90 Points ∼41% -10%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
329 Points ∼8% +29%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Core i5-7200U
328 Points ∼7% +28%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=503)
327 Points ∼7% +28%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
260 Points ∼6% +2%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
257 Points ∼6% 0%
Average Intel Core i3-7100U
  (256 - 260, n=6)
257 Points ∼6% 0%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Intel Core i3-7100U
256 Points ∼6%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.16 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
256 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
100 Points
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System Performance

Our review device could have provided a very responsive system had it not utilized a slow HDD for its system drive. It slows down the workflow considerably. Applications and folders open up after a noticeable delay. This impression is reflected in the result of the PCMark 8 benchmark. The VivoBook 17 X705UA brings up the rear among our competing devices.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
3820 Points ∼63% +22%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3715 Points ∼61% +19%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
HD Graphics 620, 7100U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3313 Points ∼54% +6%
Average Intel Core i3-7100U, Intel HD Graphics 620
  (3121 - 3313, n=5)
3205 Points ∼53% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
HD Graphics 620, 7100U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
3179 Points ∼52% +2%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
HD Graphics 620, 7100U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3121 Points ∼51%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=377)
3031 Points ∼50% -3%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3121 points
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Storage Devices

Our CrystalDiskMark 3 measurements show what a difference a storage device can make in terms of speeds. Not only, that an SSD can perform approximately 5 times better, but also that an identical HDD from the same manufacturer can perform quite differently. The Asus X510UA-BR305T, just like our review device, uses a 1 TB Seagate Mobile ST10000LM035 HDD. In our benchmark, it achieves a 20% better result than our current review device. In any case, buyers should get an SSD for their system drive.

You can find out how well the Seagate Mobile ST10000LM035 stacks up against other storage devices on our “HDD/SSD Benchmarks” page.

Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Average Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
12833%
14301%
23%
16218%
27%
7102%
Write 4k QD32
0.479
201.1
41883%
242.5
50526%
0.967
102%
262
54597%
0.803 (0.154 - 4.71, n=14)
68%
114 (0.154 - 706, n=667)
23700%
Read 4k QD32
0.709
311.4
43821%
298.3
41973%
1.047
48%
359.7
50633%
0.993 (0.707 - 1.267, n=14)
40%
144 (0.015 - 652, n=667)
20210%
Write 4k
0.602
60.62
9970%
73.29
12074%
0.438
-27%
84.2
13887%
0.525 (0.009 - 3.15, n=14)
-13%
42.1 (0.009 - 197, n=679)
6893%
Read 4k
0.399
17.5
4286%
29.41
7271%
0.326
-18%
32.59
8068%
0.4174 (0.326 - 0.491, n=14)
5%
16.2 (0.218 - 148, n=679)
3960%
Write 512
76.81
263
242%
263.3
243%
61.74
-20%
260.9
240%
77.3 (26.7 - 98.6, n=14)
1%
214 (13.7 - 2566, n=676)
179%
Read 512
22.83
389.5
1606%
337
1376%
29.55
29%
328.5
1339%
31.5 (22.3 - 42.5, n=14)
38%
255 (16.3 - 2149, n=676)
1017%
Write Seq
68.49
262.6
283%
260.8
281%
84.21
23%
260.1
280%
88.5 (55.8 - 130, n=14)
29%
283 (21.1 - 1995, n=679)
313%
Read Seq
62.05
417.2
572%
473.7
663%
89.38
44%
498.1
703%
90.9 (48.6 - 137, n=14)
46%
397 (37.1 - 2860, n=679)
540%
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Transfer Rate Minimum: 0.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 127.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 75.4 MB/s
Access Time: 20.9 ms
Burst Rate: 150.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.8 %

Graphics Card

The VivoBook 17 X705UA uses Intel’s HD Graphics 620 as the GPU. The performance of this graphics solution depends heavily on the type of RAM used and benefits greatly from the dual-channel-enabled RAM. Because the RAM of our review device runs in single-channel mode, all the performance cannot be squeezed out of the system.

In the 3DMark 11 benchmark, our review device takes last place among the competing devices, whose RAM also runs in single-channel mode. It goes to show that it is not the amount of RAM that matters, but that it runs in dual-channel mode.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1535 Points ∼100% +18%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1530 Points ∼100% +18%
Average Intel HD Graphics 620
  (1067 - 1777, n=132)
1499 Points ∼98% +15%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-7100U
1363 Points ∼89% +5%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-7100U
1317 Points ∼86% +1%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-7100U
1298 Points ∼85%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5107, n=623)
1251 Points ∼81% -4%
3DMark 11 Performance
1360 points
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Gaming Performance

As expected, the VivoBook 17 X705UA, in our current review configuration, is not suitable for demanding games. The five-year-old “BioShock Infinite” can run smoothly on the low to medium settings. Casual games from the Windows Store can also run without problems.

Competing devices with Intel’s HD Graphics 620 deliver similar results. The gaming performance is on the normal level for this kind of device.

You can find out which games can be run smoothly with Intel’s HD Graphics 620 on our "Gaming Benchmarks" page.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 35.421.517fps

Emissions & Energy Management

System Noise

In everyday use, the VivoBook 17 X705UA is very quiet. It is drowned out by ambient sounds. Under load, the system noise is barely noticeable, and even though the competing devices are also very quiet, the noise measurements reveal that our review device is the quietest.

Noise Level

Idle
30.2 / 30.2 / 30.8 dB(A)
HDD
30.8 dB(A)
Load
33.6 / 33.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.13 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.444.942.144.245.42545.14041.240.245.13133.133.232.431.633.14031.932.930.831.531.95031.630.929.630.231.66330.931.433.930.530.98027.429.429.227.227.410030.630.428.928.430.612527.727.426.325.427.716028.427.826.82728.420025.325.325.823.425.325026.626.123.724.126.63152524.923.422.52540024.624.122.222.124.650022.622.7212122.663021.921.920.219.921.980022.722.519.619.222.7100022.522.219.218.922.5125021.421.518.41821.4160022.82317.917.122.8200022.922.917.31722.9250022.122.216.816.722.1315022.522.416.816.422.5400019.119.116.416.219.150001817.816.416.218630017.517.516.416.317.5800017.317.316.416.317.31000017.217.316.516.417.21250017.517.516.916.717.51600017.817.817.117.117.8SPL33.733.630.530.133.7N221.51.42median 22.5median 22.4median 18.4median 18median 22.5Delta32.93.33.33hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The fans of the VivoBook 17 X705UA are not only quiet, but also manage to keep the device from overheating. When idle, the surface temperatures rarely go above 25 °C (77 °F), and under load, the device never exceeds the 35 °C (95 °F) mark.

The VivoBook 17 X705UA passes our stress test with flying colors. The core temperatures exceed 70 °C (158 °F) for only a short time and remain around 55 °C (131 °F) for the remainder of the one-hour stress test. The clock speed falls slightly below the base clock rate, which does not seem to noticeably affect the system performance. Because our stress test scenario is almost impossible to replicate in real life, the high temperatures inside the device should not lead to any limitations in day-to-day use.

Max. Load
 27 °C
81 F
34 °C
93 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
 25.8 °C
78 F
31.6 °C
89 F
28 °C
82 F
 
 24.5 °C
76 F
24.8 °C
77 F
27.8 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 34 °C = 93 F
Average: 27.8 °C = 82 F
25.3 °C
78 F
31.5 °C
89 F
29 °C
84 F
30.4 °C
87 F
29.8 °C
86 F
27.6 °C
82 F
28.7 °C
84 F
24.4 °C
76 F
24.4 °C
76 F
Maximum: 31.5 °C = 89 F
Average: 27.9 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.2 °C = 86 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.8 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.5 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.3 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.8 °C / 82 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.2 °C / 82.8 F (+0.4 °C / 0.8 F).
Heat distribution of the upper side (at idle)
Heat distribution of the upper side (at idle)
Heat distribution of the underside (at idle)
Heat distribution of the underside (at idle)
Heat distribution of the upper side (under load)
Heat distribution of the upper side (under load)
Heat distribution of the underside (under load)
Heat distribution of the underside (under load)

Speakers

Our measurements show that the VivoBook 17 X705UA produces a balanced sound with a somewhat missing bass. In practice, the audio does actually sound balanced. However, the plastic case acts as a resonance chamber. This is why the bass is often accompanied by reverberations and rumbling, which should not necessarily be seen as a disadvantage. This decision will depend a lot on the preferences of the user.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.644.245.62545.140.245.13141.331.641.34041.531.541.55042.330.242.36344.630.544.68044.527.244.510049.428.449.412550.525.450.516053.72753.720056.323.456.325057.424.157.431562.922.562.940062.122.162.150064.62164.663065.719.965.780064.719.264.7100063.318.963.3125062.11862.1160061.317.161.3200063.71763.725006316.76331506716.467400065.516.265.5500064.616.264.6630061.416.361.4800061.916.361.91000068.116.468.11250071.816.771.81600061.717.161.7SPL76.830.176.8N41.31.441.3median 62.9median 18median 62.9Delta2.63.32.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022TApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.76 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (8.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked!)

Energy Consumption

The VivoBook 17 X705UA is not the most energy efficient device in our comparison group, although it is no “power hog”, either. With a maximum power consumption of 9 watts while idling and 28 watts under load, our review device is quite energy efficient. Therefore, the included 45-watt AC adapter has more than enough reserves to reliably supply the VivoBook 17 X705UA with energy under any circumstances.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.29 / 0.35 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.8 / 9.1 / 9.4 Watt
Load midlight 26 / 27.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

When compared to other competing devices, the battery life of the VivoBook 17 X705UA is quite average. However, with a battery runtime of almost 7 hours in our Wi-Fi test, the device should last you for an entire workday. Because the display brightness of 150 cd/m² in our Wi-Fi test may be a little too high for some users, the battery life, perhaps, may be extended up to 8 hours with a lower brightness setting.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
525 min ∼20% +27%
Average Intel Core i3-7100U, Intel HD Graphics 620
  (270 - 580, n=5)
447 min ∼17% +8%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
7100U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
425 min ∼16% +3%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
7100U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
413 min ∼16%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 964, n=316)
406 min ∼15% -2%
Lenovo V320-17IKB 81AH0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 35 Wh
302 min ∼11% -27%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
7100U, HD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
270 min ∼10% -35%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 53min

Pros

+ simple case
+ USB Type-C port
+ large HDD

Cons

- slow HDD
- poor webcam
- no maintenance options

Verdict

Our review device was provided courtesy of: cyberport
Our review device was provided courtesy of: cyberport

With the VivoBook 17 X705UA, Asus delivers a 17-inch device, which is fit for many office and multimedia activities. The battery life and system performance are sufficient for everyday tasks, although potential buyers should definitely get a model with an SSD instead of our current review configuration. Otherwise, the HDD in our review device will cause a lot of slowdown for the operating system and other applications.

The VivoBook 17 X705UA is a solid 17-inch notebook, which can be used for listening to music, watching movies and doing office work without any problems.

For 500 Euros ($620), buyers get a notebook that can be used for many different things. Thanks to its low weight, the notebook can be easily transported, in spite of its size. Those who wish to spend more money can get a VivoBook 17 model with an 8th Gen Kaby Lake processor. In doing so, you can get a system that will last you for a very long time.

Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T - 02/06/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
73 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
50%
Pointing Device
57%
Connectivity
43 / 80 → 54%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 90%
Battery
89%
Display
76%
Games Performance
53 / 68 → 78%
Application Performance
65 / 92 → 71%
Temperature
96%
Noise
93%
Audio
70%
Camera
31 / 85 → 36%
Average
66%
73%
Office - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA (i7-7100U, HD620) Laptop Review
Mike Wobker, 2018-02-14 (Update: 2018-04- 6)