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Cheaper XPS 15 alternative: Asus VivoBook S15 S532 with 512 GB NVMe SSD and ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $800 USD

Asus VivoBook S15 S532 with 512 GB NVMe SSD and ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $800 USD (Source: Asus)
Asus VivoBook S15 S532 with 512 GB NVMe SSD and ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $800 USD (Source: Asus)
A feature that was once $1500+ in 2018 can now be had on a laptop just half the price. The Asus VivoBook S15 S532 offers two screens to boost productivity and multimedia playback while supporting specialized apps and hotkeys to enhance the user experience.

Unveiled just over a month ago at Computex 2019, Asus is now ready to ship its next generation VivoBook S15 S532 equipped with an eye-catching secondary 5.65-inch ScreenPad 2.0 touchscreen. The VivoBook series is the mid-range and more affordable alternative to Asus' higher-end ZenBook series which tend to offer both faster Intel H-series CPUs and GeForce GTX graphics. Initial color options include Moss Green, Transparent Silver, and Punk Pink.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the new VivoBook S15 is its relatively low starting price of $800 USD. Users get 512 GB of PCIe SSD storage, a Core i5 CPU, and a unique secondary display that can be found on no other competing laptop other than the pricier ZenBook UX series. In our review of the first generation ScreenPad, we noted the inherent practicality of having a secondary display everywhere you go even though the screen suffered from graininess issues and reduced battery life. Here's hoping that Asus addressed these issues for its second generation outing.

The Asus VivoBook S15 S532 can be found online at Amazon, Newegg, or on the Asus web store here. The official specifications are as listed below.

SPECIFICATIONS 

VivoBook S15 S532FL / S532FA

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-8565U 1.8GHz quad core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.6GHz) and 8MB cache
Intel® Core™ i5-8265U processor 1.6GHz quad core with Turbo Boost (up to 3.9GHz) and 6MB cache
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Display 15.6 inch LED backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with 16:9 aspect ratio Frameless four-sided NanoEdge display with 88% screen to body ratio 178° wide view technology
Graphics For S532FL: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
For S532FA: Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Memory Up to 12GB 2400MHz DDR4
Storage Up to 512GB PCIe SSD
Wireless 802.11ac Intel® Wi Fi 5
Bluetooth® 4.2
Connectivity 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C™ (USB C™) Gen 1
1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x Combo audio jack
1 x MicroSD card reader
Keyboard and touchpad Full size keyboard with 1.4 mm key travel
ASUS ScreenPad 2.0:
5.65 inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) Super IPS display
178° wide view technology
Glass covered surface for fingerprint and smudge resistance
Precision Touchpad (PTP) technology with four finger smart gesture recognition
Audio ASUS SonicMaster with surround sound and smart amplifier technology
Array microphone with Cortana voice recognition
Certified by Harman Kardon
Software ASUS Splendid
ASUS Tru2Life Video
ASUS AudioWizard
Battery Fast charge to 60% capacity in 49 min
42Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
For S532FL: 90W power adapter
For S532FA: 45W power adapter
Colors S532FA: Moss Green, Punk Pink, Transparent Silver
S532FL: Transparent Silver
Size 7.08 x 14.06 x 9.07 inches / 180 x 357.2 x 230.3 mm
Weight 3.97 lbs. / 1.8 kg

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Fremont, California (July 1, 2019) — ASUS today announced VivoBook S15, an ultraportable laptop featuring the innovative ASUS ScreenPad™ 2.0 secondary touchscreen1 that enhances productivity, and five unconventional color-blocking finishes that add a dash of personality to mobile computing to appeal to a younger audience. The sleek metal chassis features unique design touches and includes the ErgoLift hinge design for comfortable typing.

The VivoBook S15 incorporate the new frameless four-sided NanoEdge display design that gives it more compact dimensions, and an immersive viewing experience thanks to an 88% screen to body ratio. Powered by up to an Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 discrete graphics, the S15 also features up to a 512GB PCIe® SSD. It’s also the first VivoBook model to feature an infrared (IR) camera.

Improved productivity with ASUS ScreenPad 2.0 

VivoBook S15 is the first in the series to feature ScreenPad 2.0, the latest version of the innovative secondary touchscreen that enhances productivity and upgrades the laptop experience. Powered by the new ScreenXpert software, ScreenPad 2.0 now has a larger 5.65-inch touchscreen that offers many new features and benefits. This interactive secondary screen enhances productivity, allowing for more efficient workflow. It includes a collection of handy ASUS utilities to boost productivity: Quick Key enables one-tap automation of complex keyboard sequences, Handwriting for natural text input, and Number Key for rapid data entry. The revised smartphone-like interface is more intuitive for improved ease of use. Third party developers can also use the ASUS API to optimize their software and user experiences for ScreenPad. The hardware is now also more energy efficient than its predecessor, allowing for 2.5X longer battery life2 when ScreenPad is in use.

Design that defies convention 

VivoBook S15 has a metal chassis finished in Moss Green, Punk Pink, Cobalt Blue, Transparent Silver or Gun Metal, with each color featuring complementing accents to give the laptops color-blocking designs that really pop. The nature inspired Moss Green is paired with Energetic Orange accents to showcase the spirit of exploring the great outdoors, while the street styled Punk Pink with Moss Green trim represents the rebellious streak of a younger generation that’s not afraid to stand up for their beliefs. It’s the first in the VivoBook range to feature the VivoBook logo on the lid, and the lid also features a tactile textured finish to further highlight the series’ different approach to computing. There are also intricate design touches like twill inspired vents and speakers on the underside of the chassis.

The NanoEdge display design provides VivoBook S15 with a more compact chassis footprint. Weighing just 3.97 lbs.3 , it easily slips into a messenger bag or backpack, perfect for users who are constantly on the go.

User friendly features 

The frameless four-sided NanoEdge display provides VivoBook S15 with 5.2mm thin bezels and an 88% screen to body ratio, giving more immersive visuals for work or play. The ErgoLift hinge tilts the keyboard by 3.5° to provide users with a more comfortable typing experience; its one piece construction also results in a much more durable hinge.

The built in IR camera offers hands-free face login: advanced biometrics work seamlessly with Windows Hello, allowing users to wake their laptops and log in with a simple look. In addition, Harman Kardon certified audio provides high quality detailed sound second-to-none.

Celebrating uniqueness 

VivoBook S15 also includes stickers featuring unique designs and phrases that go well with each of the five different VivoBook colors, allowing users to personalize their VivoBook.

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AVAILABILITY AND PRICING 

The VivoBook S15 S532FA-DB55-(GN/PK) is immediately available in all 3 colors at a MSRP of $799.99 from theASUS StoreAmazonNewegg and other leading retailers.

The VivoBook S15 S532FL-EB71/DB77 are immediately available in Transparent Silver starting at a MSRP of $899 from the ASUS StoreAmazonNewegg and other leading retailers.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-07- 2 (Update: 2019-07- 2)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.