With Computex now in full swing, earlier today Asus took the wraps off of their latest VivoBook laptop, the VivoBook Pro 15 N580. Starting at $799, the 15-inch brushed aluminum laptop comes with an Intel quad-core processor, and NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics, with an optional 4K display.

Of the information Asus has released so far, the company has released the base price, but not the prices of the higher-end configurations. At the $799 base model will include an Intel Core-i5 7300HQ CPU, 500 GB HDD, and a 1080p display. Meanwhile the high-end model will have a Core-i7 7700HQ, 4K full sRGB screen, NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics, 16GB of RAM, and both a 512GB PCIe SSD and a 2TB hard drive. Asus will also be including Intel’s Optane Memory for faster storage performance (though it’s not clear if this is just for HDD models or all models).

Asus VivoBook 15 N580
Processor Intel Core i5-7300HQ (4C/4T, 2.5-3.5GHz, 6MB L3, 14nm, 45w)

Intel Core i7-7700HQ (4C/8T, 2.8-3.8GHz, 6MB L3, 14nm, 45w)
Memory Up To 16 GB (2x SO-DIMM)
Graphics Intel Core
Intel HD Graphics 630 (24 EUs)
(Optional) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
(640 CUDA Cores)
Displays 15.6" 1080p
(Optional) 15.6" 1080p, 178° Viewing Angle
(Optional) 15.6" 1080p, 100% sRGB, 178° Viewing Angle
(Optional) 15.6" 4K, 100% sRGB, 178° Viewing Angle
Storage HDD: 500 GB, 1 TB, 2TB
SSD (SATA): 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
Networking 802.11ac, 2x2:2, 866Mpbs Max, 2.4 and 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
Audio Stereo Speakers (Harman Kardon Certified)
Battery 47 Whr
Right Side 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
Headset Jack
SD Card Reader
Kensington Lock
Left Side USB 3.0 Type-A
USB 3.0 Type-C (w/DP Support)
RJ45 Slim Port
Dimensions 380 x 256 x 19.2 mm
Weight Non-Touch: 1.99kg
Touch: 2.29kg
Pricing $799 USD and up

Considering its plethora of high-end components, the VivoBook Pro's 4.85-pound weight and 0.75-inch thickness are quite reasonable. The VivoBook Pro uses a dual-fan system to keep its powerful components from getting too hot. During a brief hands-on, the laptop felt solid and sturdy in my hands and its metal deck was pleasantly cool to the touch.

The VivoBook's backlight keyboard felt sturdy snappy under my fingers and didn't even have a hint of flex. Its buttonless touchpad had just the right amount of friction and resistance for each click.

Asus claims that the optional 4K screen on the VivoBook covers an impressive 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. In my brief time with the laptop, it was difficult to tell how vibrant the colors were as the background and icons the company displayed were rather bland.

The VivoBook Pro doesn't skimp on ports. Its left side contains an Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 connector, HDMI out and a USB Type-C port. The right side houses two more USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm audio jack. It's a shame that Asus didn't put a Thunderbolt 3 port on this laptop, but that would have likely added to the cost.

Asus hasn't announced a release date for the VivoBook Pro. However, depending on just what the base configuration is like and how much the higher-end models cost, this laptop could be a great buy for design students or anyone that needs to do creative work, without breaking the bank.

Avram Piltch Contributed to this Report

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  • cfenton - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    Under the display section it says:

    1. 15.6" 1080p
    2. (Optional) 15.6" 1080p, 178° Viewing Angle

    Can I take that to mean that the base model will have a TN panel?
  • lazarpandar - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    That's what I took it to mean.
  • peevee - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    Still the huge awful bezels like it is 1999. The laptop is so big because of them, you could literally fit 17" screen instead of 15".
  • rocky12345 - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    LOL a bit picky but it is ok to have a preference. Just be thankful it don't got a glossy bezels like so many laptops had in the past and some still do or have flashing LEDS around the bezels...lol
  • Freakie - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    The bezel is fine by me, gives them room for that number pad. Too few 15" laptops have number pads.
  • ciuvak - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    2x USB 2.0 Type-A seriously? Why would anyone need even one 2.0 port in 2017?
  • rocky12345 - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    I was wondering the same thing why not just have all the USB ports 3.0 or 3.1 makes a lot more sense in 2017.
  • 1_rick - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    Mice and/or keyboards?
  • CaedenV - Monday, May 29, 2017 - link

    scanners, printers, crappy old flash drives, most cell phones claim to be USB3 but are no faster than USB2 for transfer... Pretty much anything except flash drives are still in the world of USB2 really. Rather annoying.
  • helvete - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - link

    Not that these wouldn't work in USB3 (Except USB booting and KB@POST times).

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