The Asus VivoBook 15 Pro multimedia laptop offers a high performance but outdated connections
Asus offers its new VivoBook 15 Pro in various configurations (AMD or Intel, with or without a dedicated GeForce GPU). We just tested the model with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H (6 cores/12 threads) and the dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050. The rest of the equipment includes the reflective 1080p OLED display, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB PCIe SSD.
In the preinstalled MyAsus app, the manufacturer offers three different performance profiles that impact the CPU and GPU performance as well as the fan noise. If a game isn't too demanding, you should definitely check whether it won't still run smoothly with the desired settings in the Whisper Mode, since the fans will then remain very quiet and you won't need headphones to fully enjoy the gaming sound. The performance remains stable in all the performance modes and you can even still play in battery mode.
The OLED panel from Samsung is also able to impress during gaming with fast response times, bright colors, and a high contrast. However, at a brightness of 60% or lower, there is some PWM flickering in everyday operation, and the highly reflective surface is also annoying outdoors.
While the plastic case is okay for this price class, the creaking noises of the lid are really annoying in practice. The selection of connections is also hard to comprehend, since Asus uses very old standards including USB 2.0 and HDMI 1.4. Those are misplaced in a laptop that costs more than 1000 Euros (~$1556) at the end of 2021.
However, all in all the VivoBook 15 Pro is still worth your consideration, particularly if you want the good performance and the OLED display. You can find all the additional information on the VivoBook 15 Pro in our detailed review: