ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop Review

PROS

  • Sleek design: The ASUS Vivobook M580VD truly epitomizes the manufacturer knick for sleek designs. Anyone looking for a fairly-priced laptop to complement a business look will find the ASUS a delight. Besides, it is thin and light.
  • Performance: Though not a gaming laptop, the ASUS M580VD provides a high-end performance with its seventh generation quad-core Intel processor. It has a smooth multi-tasking capability, thanks to its 16GB RAM and threading technology.

CONS

  • Battery life: The ASUS Vivobook M5800VD gives the impression that it can be used in outdoor business meetings and presentations. However, it has a very short battery lifespan of only 4 to 5 hours during ordinary use. This takes a sharp dip to less than 2 hours when used for gaming.
  • Bloatware: While preinstalled programs in a brand new laptop is not a new feature, most of us find it unnecessary. ASUS laptops come with a dozen of these including Avast free antivirus programs, WPS office, ASUS Giftbox, Groupon and Spotify among others.

VERDICT

While the specs of the M580VD makes it more of a gaming laptop, its design, and other features show otherwise. ASUS seems to have developed this machine for power users, not gamers. Anyone looking for gaming rig should consider the ASUS’ Republic of Gamer, ROG line of laptops.

Therefore, what did ASUS intend to achieve with this machine? The laptop comes with a high-end i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB RAM, and large storage but has a GTX 1050 graphics card. Furthermore, it has a TN panel and a heartbreaking battery lifespan.

The only plausible conclusion is that ASUS wanted to provide a high-performance power laptop while keeping the price competitive. If so, M580VD achieved its purpose efficiently.

Editor rating

4/5 on February 5, 2018

User's rating

85 reviews

ASUS draws its name from one of the most popular animals in the Greek mythology, Pegasus. The electronics manufacturer seeks through its innovative creations to embody the strength, purity, and adventure for which the Greeks honored Pegasus. ASUS has without a doubt succeeded in this quest. Its new Vivobook M580VD is the burden of his review.

The Vivobook M589VD is best for those who seek a high-performance machine but are on a budget. ASUS offers a lovely balance between cost and quality. As usual, gamers will receive the quality for their money.

So what makes the ASUS M580VD unique? What are its failings? Here are the answers.

Design

Vivobook is a term that ASUS has chosen to describe its new line of budget laptops that offer high-end features. It borrows much of its design from the Zenbook line of notebooks. The M580VD comes with the same sturdy construction but adds a few new elements.

The M580VD gaming laptop diverts from the normal plastic laptop designs with a well-rounded exterior made of gold aluminum. In spite of its metallic body, it weighs only 5.1 pounds, which is far below the group’s 6 pounds average.

Keyboard

ASUS M580VD-EB54 VivoBook 15.6" FHD thin and light Gaming LaptopOpening the lead of the M580VD reveals chicklet-styled keys with automatic backlighting. The brightness of the backlight varies with variations in surrounding light levels. The keyboard’s narrowness, a feature that has become common with ASUS laptops, might earn it a thumbs-down. However, the lengthy travel should not be an issue for those who expect to use the laptop for typing.

It has a touchpad that is decent with properly integrated buttons. ASUS has slightly indented the tracking area to easily define the two trackpad buttons.

Peripherals and connectivity

The ASUS M580VD gaming laptop provides a port for each for the three types of USB ports, 2.0, 3.0 and types C. Ports for the other peripherals include an Ethernet port, SDXC slot, power supply and Kensington lock and a headphone jack.

Display

The M580VD comes with 15-inch TN display panel with a resolution of 1080p. The issues with TN panel especially viewing angles a will only be an issue for multimedia lovers and gamers. However, the color production is up to par with a 72 percent sRGB color gamut. Nevertheless, those who are keen on the image quality should consider the M580VD’s sibling, the N580VD Vivobook Pro.

Graphics        

ASUS M580VD is obviously not a gaming laptop. Therefore, it does not offer the butter-smooth gaming provided by the high-end laptops such as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus. However, its NVidia GTX 1050 graphics card is sufficient for playing most modern games under medium setting.

Performance

The ASUS Vivobook M580VD is powered by the seventh generation, Intel i7-7700HQ quad-core processor. It has a normal clock speed of 2.8GHZ, which can be turboed up to 3.8GHz for faster performance. The processor also has a multi-threading technology that makes it possible to run simultaneous operations seamlessly.

The ASUS laptop’s 16GB DDR4 RAM is a sufficient complement for the NVidia’s dedicated Graphics card for high graphics performance. The M580VD has two storage types, a 256GB SSD, and a 1TB hard disk. The SSD is responsible for faster booting time and high-speed transfers while the HDD is sufficient for games, movies and other large sized files.

Cooling system

ASUS M580VD-EB54 VivoBook 15.6" FHD thin and light Gaming LaptopThin laptops suffer from poor thermodynamics design. Since gaming is a graphics and CPU intensive task, these slim laptops are bound to heat up significantly. Such is the case with the ASUS M580VD. It gets very steamy at the bottom and noisy during intensive gaming. However, the fan is barely audible during light tasks such as browsing and other ordinary tasks.

It is evident that ASUS did not create this machine for use in hardcore gaming.

Battery life

The ASUS M580VD utterly fails at this aspect. The battery can only last between 4 to 5 hours during lights tasks. The lifespan drops to a miserable 1 hour 30 minutes when gaming. This is way below the group’s average of 9 hours under ordinary work and 3 hours when gaming.

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