ASUS VIVOBOOK ULTRA K15
Asus had launched a batch of laptops back in March 2021 which included the designative VivoBook Ultra K15. The machine packs an AMD Ryzen 7 5000 series CPU, integrated Radeon graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD, FHD panel, Backlit keyboard, WiFi 6, and weighs about 1.8Kgs. Asus offers the VivoBook Ultra K15 in three paints viz. Indie Black, Transparent Silver, and Hearty Gold. The whole thing looks dignified and proper. Whether work or home or work from home, the polished design should blend in really well.The smooth finish across the chassis endows a comforting feel to touch. The thing is quite easy to wipe clean too.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The 1.8Kg VivoBook is light enough to shift around or even seat on the lap.The hinge goes up to 145-degrees which is fine for everyday use. The back and forth mechanism is durable too.The 15-inch panel exhibits the standard specs for the price which includes FHD resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 60Hz refresh rate, 45% NTSC, and 250 nits brightness. The colors, luminance, and viewing angles are alright for indoors. Even the anti-glare coating also does its job well.
AUDIO AND CAMERA
The bottom firing speaker is passable in terms of details and loudness.Above the display lies a rather average 720P webcamThe borders are noticeably broad on top and bottom.
A full-sized keyboard with 10 number keys. The chiclet keys offer 1.4mm travel makes typing comfortable. The white backlit supports 3-levels of brightness and was useful in dark environments.The touchpad is also responsive and supports multi-touch input
VivoBook Ultra K15 ships with Windows 10 Home edition with mainly just McAfee as the bother-ware. Cortana is at your disposal. Asus’ own MyAsus is present to give you basic specifics and stats about the device on hand. There is no other proprietary gewgaw here.
The software lies on top of fairly competent hardware. This consists of AMD’s Ryzen 7 5700U CPU with integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU. The CPU is based on a 7nm Zen 2 architecture, features 8 cores, up to 1.8GHz base clock speed, up to 4.3GHz Turbo Boost Speed, 16 threads, and a TDP of 15W. Even the Vega 8 has 2GB memory and around 1.9GHz frequency.
The 8gigs of DDR4 3200MHz RAM, 256GB M.2 NVME PCIe 3.0 SSD, and 1TB SATA 5400RPM 2.5″ HDD. Except for the lack of expandability
The 8-core 7nm-based CPU outclasses the competition which is reflected in the synthetic tests.
In case of battery life the VivoBook lasts easily for 6 hours of productive workflow including browsing 30 tabs at a time, Spotify in the background, and a few mins of YouTube. Even the PCMark 10 battery test clocked 7 Hr 10 minutes
Now, if you want a budget laptop for gaming or creative workloads, you may look for a machine with a richer display, more graphics power, and even better port selection.. There is a large 15-inch decent quality display, nice and responsive keys+touch pad, and reasonable gameplay. It’s about having a heavyweight chip in a lightweight chassis.However, if you only care about a thing to get by everyday work/study along with media viewing and some casual gaming, you’d probably like this offering of Ryzen 7 and the respectable rest.