It's time to get used to the fact that laptops with a productive iron need not weigh more than 3 kg and have a body thickness of 25+ mm. Laboratory 3DNews has already studied the game models ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS and Acer Predator Triton 700 which with the thickness of the case 18-19 are equipped with GeForce GTX 1080 in Max-Q design. Laptops with less productive components and even more time to lose weight. That's why I was interested in ASUS VivoBook Pro 15: at a thickness of only 19 mm this model is equipped with a fast processor Core i7-7700HQ and GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. The device weighs less than two kilograms and tries very hard to pretend to be an ultrabook. Will it work out?
I note at once that there are two cardinally different versions of VivoBook Pro 15 on sale. The flagship modification body is entirely made of aluminum, the laptop is equipped with a touch screen with an Ultra HD resolution and a fingerprint scanner. The version of "Proshki" with Full HD-display turned out to be much easier, but the mass of less than the pumped model does not exceed 2 kg. The possible combinations of VivoBook Pro 15 are shown in the table. In all cases, a 2-gigabyte version of the GeForce GTX 1050 is used.
|ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 N580VD|
|Displaying the display||15.6 ", 1920×1080, TN|
|15.6 ", 3820 × 2160, IPS|
|The central processor||Intel Core i5-7300HQ, 4/4 core / stream, 2.5 (3.5) GHz, 45 W|
|Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 4/8 core / threads, 2.8 (3.8) GHz, 45 W|
|Drawing graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 640 CUDA cores, 2 GB GDDR5|
|Operative memory||8/16 GB, DDR4-2400, 1/2 channels|
|The accumulators||HDD: 1 TB, 5400 rpm|
|SSD: 128 GB, SATA 6 Gbps|
|Interfaces|| 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Type-C
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × 3.5mm mini jack speaker / microphone
1 × HDMI
1 × RJ-45
1 × card reader (SD, SDHC and SDXC)
|The built in battery||3 cells, 47 Wh · h|
|The external power unit||120 W|
|Dimensions||380 × 256 × 19.2 mm|
|Mass|| 2,29 kg – model with 4K screen
1,99 kg – model with Full HD screen
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64 Home, Windows 10 x64 Pro|
|The price in Russia according to the data of "Yandex.Market"||67,000 rubles . for the test model|
A less expensive, Full HD version, consisting of a Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD and 1 TB hard drive came to my test. The model with Core i5-7300HQ, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive and Linux operating system can be purchased for 50,000 rubles .
All VivoBook Pro 15s are equipped with Realtek RTL8168 / 8111 Gigabit controller and Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 wireless module that supports IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac standards with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency and maximum bandwidth up to 867 Mbps, and also Bluetooth 4.1.
Complete with a laptop is an external power supply with a power of 120 watts and weighing about 500 g. In my opinion, for VivoBook Pro 15 could also produce a more compact power source, as it did, for example, for the recently tested HP Pavilion Power 15 .
As I said, the case of the version with 4K-screen is completely made of aluminum. The test sample has only a metal lid and an area around the keyboard. The bottom of the laptop is made of matte plastic of good quality. I do not see much point in evaluating the design of the VivoBook Pro 15, because imitation of the gold coating will certainly not be to everyone's liking. The main thing is that the device is executed qualitatively and from practical materials. On the aluminum surface, no dust or fingerprints are visible. Externally, "Proshka" is somewhat reminiscent of ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM . Only VivoBook Pro 15 is stripped of any identification marks demonstrating that we have a device with a video game card.
The version with the Full HD screen weighs just under 2 kg, and the thickness of the body in the thickest place is 19.2 mm. By these parameters VivoBook Pro 15 wins in the previously reviewed models, equipped with graphics level GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Over the past six months, I tested a lot of "specks" with a similar configuration: the 15.6-inch HP Pavilion Power 15 weighs 2.2 kg at a thickness of 24 mm; Dell Inspiron 7567 – 2.6 kg and 25 mm; ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE – 2.5 kg and 30 mm; Lenovo Legion Y520 – 2.4 kg and 26 mm respectively. Yes and laptops with graphics in the design of Max-Q at a thickness of 18-19 mm by mass are very close – 2.2 kg. It turns out that VivoBook Pro 15 will perfectly play the role of permanently portable version, if you need a 15-inch screen and Core i7-7700HQ, of course.
The cover of the laptop opens to the standard 130-135 degrees. The hinges in the construction are rather tight, so the screen is fixed clearly and does not swing during games or when typing.
The plastic bottom of the VivoBook Pro 15 is monolithic and completely removable. The laptop rests firmly on any level surface thanks to four rubber feet. On the bottom there are three small zones with ventilation grilles – with their help, the laptop's SO sucks cool air inside the case. The small area of the perforation on the bottom a little embarrassing – even before I started testing the laptop, I seriously questioned the cooling efficiency of the Core i7-7700HQ. Heated air leaves the limits through the back wall .
Front and rear of the VivoBook Pro 15 does not provide any interfaces. All connectors are located on the sides.
On the left, the laptop has a connector for power supply, Ethernet port, USB 3.0 A-type, HDMI and USB 3.1 C-type, combined with a mini-DisplayPort. On the right are two USB 2.0 A-type, 3.5 mm combined mini-jack for headset connection, a card reader (supports SD, SDHC and SDXC formats) and a Kensington lock loop. Here are the indicators of activity of the laptop.
The VivoBook Pro 15 keyboard, equipped with a three-level white backlight, is generally convenient to use. The design is standard for this type of notebook – an island type button is used and a scissor mechanism with a 1.4 mm key stroke is used. A complete digital block is also provided. Buttons have a distinct click and do not rock. Alphanumeric keys are large enough (15 × 15 mm), Ctrl, Enter and Shift are also far from small. But the digital block turned out well very compact. Uncomfortable with VivoBook Pro 15 and the arrow keys.
The keyboard of the laptop does not have any gaming "freaks" in the form of zone lighting or highlighting the color of individual buttons. In "The Witcher 3" and Divinity: Original Sin 2 to play it was quite comfortable, although, probably, not all gamers will arrange such a keyboard.
The touchpad is traditionally displaced closer to the left side of the case. The medium-sized sensor surface with a working area of 105 × 73.5 mm is used. There are no separate keys. Pressing the touchpad is clearly pronounced, with a characteristic click. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures for Windows, as well as handwriting input. Strictly speaking, the same touchpad is used in ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE .
The laptop has a built-in HD camera with a sweep frequency of 30 Hz. The image quality is frankly poor, in a room with artificial lighting, the picture turns out to be dark and very noisy. Good quality video can be obtained only in bright natural light. For game streams, this image, of course, will not work, but for communication on Skype the "webcam" quality will be enough.
The laptop is fairly easy to disassemble. To access the iron user, it is enough to unscrew ten screws and carefully remove the bottom.
Tandem from the 45-watt Core i7-7700HQ and 75-watt GeForce GTX 1050 is cooled by a system consisting of two copper heat pipes and two fans. The impellers are located at the edges of the hull and, as I have already written, blow the heated air outside through the back wall. A similar design is used in the previously tested models HP Pavilion Power 15 and Lenovo Legion Y520 . Our tests showed that in both cases the Core i7-7700HQ at a serious load dropped the frequency below the nominal value. How effective will the cooling system VivoBook Pro 15 – soon find out.
VivoBook Pro 15 is very easy to modify by yourself. So, in the available SO-DIMM slot, you can install one more RAM module DDR4-2400. The logical thing to do with time is to buy another 8 gigabyte RAM RAM. The test version uses the Samsung M471A1K43CB1-CRC module. The SS Hynix HFS128G39TBD-N210A solid-state drive and the Seagate ST1000LM035 hard drive, carefully wrapped in foil, can also be replaced over time.
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