ASUS’ new productivity laptop has a large 16-inch display & a 180-degree hinge, so what?

Another year, another ASUS launch with the Vivobook. This isn’t their top line of laptops, but it has a reputation for being a reliable device for students and professionals who need the essentials.

So, what does the Vivobook 16 bring to the table?

I’ve spent about a month using it as my work laptop, and here’s my experience so far.

Big and light

You get a nice big 16-inch display with thin bezels to maximize the use of the screen, but the laptop itself is very thin.

It weighs 1.88kg but doesn’t feel great in a backpack. It’s easy to transport and perfect for digital nomads or people with hybrid jobs.

I’ve seen some reviews online that the display resolution is a bit low and not for their liking, but I’m fine with that.

If your work depends on color accuracy, the ASUS Vivobook 16 OLED might be a better choice since it’s verified for Pantone professional-grade color accuracy.

I love working with a mouse, but when I’m on the road I usually don’t like carrying around extra stuff. Thankfully, the large touchpad on the Vivobook 16 is very functional, supporting everything from your usual click gestures to 4-finger gestures.

The big touchpad has another advantage: It gives you a lot of room to rest your palms when you’re using the built-in keyboard.

The keyboard itself is also comfortable to use and feels responsive without requiring me to hit the keys too hard.

Asus calls it the ErgoSense keyboard, which features “optimum key bounce and travel calculated with fine-tuned precision.” I believe them. Another feature aimed at working professionals (and perhaps more suited to those in creative industries) is the 180-degree hinge, which allows the laptop to lay almost flat when open.

Asus says this is great for people who often have roundtable discussions about projects, as it makes it easy for everyone at the table to view the screen.

Productivity-focused performance

Performance-wise, I didn’t experience any lag or stuttering during my work even with multiple programs running simultaneously.

Granted, I don’t usually run any heavy apps, but I usually have Chrome open (with at least 15 tabs), Lark (our work communication platform), and Edge (yes, I love using Edge, sue me! ) at the same time.

Still, the laptop never got uncomfortably hot, and the fan didn’t make too much noise in our office. You do hear the fans spinning when the game is running in performance mode, but that’s to be expected.

There are quite a few ports available

Granted, I don’t play a lot of games on this laptop because, well, this is a work laptop for the office.

The few times I opened Genshin Impact purely for testing purposes, though, the game launched at a decent pace, and the framerate did get a little choppy at maximum settings. Still playable, just not a fan.

The Vivobook 16 has 8GB of RAM, but you can add 8GB SO-DIMM memory modules to it for a total of 16GB of RAM. For storage, you get a 512GB SSD. Depending on your needs, you can choose between two processors: AMD Ryzen 5 7530U or AMD Ryzen 7 7730U.

In my opinion, the battery life of the Vivobook 16 is really amazing. I was able to get through a full day’s work on a full charge of the 42WHr battery, and so far it’s been a solid performance.

This allows me to take my laptop with me to all-day events and work on the go without having to worry about my task being interrupted if the laptop suddenly shuts down.

If you too want to get the most out of your Vivobook 16, Asus has provided a set of settings that you can toggle on the MyASUS app. It’s great for personalizing your laptop based on your usage.

For those of you who do frequent video conferencing or calling, you may also like these additional features:

AI noise-canceling audio technology filters out unwanted noise from the microphone

Built-in webcam protects privacy

720p HD webcam features ASUS 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) technology for enhanced video clarity

I have nothing to dislike about the Vivobook 16, but if I really had to complain about something, it would be that the matte finish of the laptop is very prone to fingerprint smudges.

The Vivobook 16 also feels more plasticky than other laptops I’ve tried, but that’s probably why it remains fairly light despite its size. Plus, it passed ASUS’s military-grade laptop durability test, which gave me peace of mind.

Overall, the Asus Vivobook 16 doesn’t try to impress with jargon features but keeps things simple. It’s reliable and consistent, which is honestly what a working person like me really needs.

ASUS is known for pushing the boundaries of laptops and other devices, but they also know their priorities when it comes to productivity-focused technology.

ASUS Vivobook 16 comes in two low-key colors: independent black and cool silverer, and is available from a starting price of RM2,599.

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