Asus VivoBook Pro N580VD / N580GD review – mid-range multimedia laptop


  1. Adrian

    September 8, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I am looking for a Laptop +- 1300 euros i7 and a good amount of RAM (16gig).
    I'll be using it for programming,browsing and day to day tasks (pretty much all day). How long would the Battery last with the FHD screen?
    Are there better options in this price range?

  2. Liam Martens

    September 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I've been looking at a lot of laptops for the past month or 2 and although I would love to buy a DELL XPS (goes for around 1800 around here) I'd love to get one that doesn't break the bank as much.

    I'd mostly be using it for development and design (a little note on the latter, I rarely work without my LG monitor). I also don't care too much about battery life or thinness (I'd be lucky if my current notebook lasts longer than an hour when doing nothing, yes it's that bad)

    Now I'm wonderring how this stacks up against an XPS when it comes to general performance, screen and do you think it is worth it, especially for the price point.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Performance should be on par, if not better, because the XPS throttles with demanding loads unless your repaste it. There's a guide here on the site that helps with that.

      The screen choices are a little poorer on the Vivobook. the 72% NSTC IPS FHD option is the best buy imo. The UHD option is pentile, so not worth paying extra. Just make sure to stya away from the TN option or the lower end IPS FHD version. I't damn confusing with all these options, but that's the way Asus does things :))

      How much does this sell for, for the same config as the 1800 XPS you mentioned?

      • Liam Martens

        September 12, 2017 at 8:02 am

        I see, they don't even sell the UHD version here (Belgium), the model that's pretty much on par with the XPS going for 1800 sells for 1500 here though there's another model which sells for 1300 with the only difference being 8GB less ram, not sure if paying 200 for 8GB more RAM which you can comfortably add yourself is really worth it?

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

        You can easily add the extra RAM yourself, just make sure it's the same screen. The base models get the TN FHD panel in some regions and it's crappy.

      • Liam Martens

        September 12, 2017 at 9:26 am

        Ye it does list that it's the IPS 72% NTSC panel.

  3. Alex

    September 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

    As usual, another great delivery! Loved the review. Just wanted to double check that you will recommend this laptop over the Dell XPS 15 9560. Currently debating myself between the two. Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Not really. This one is much cheaper and overall a good buy for the money, but the XPS 15 is a much nicer laptop.

  4. Yitz

    September 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Unfortunately Asus aren't releasing the IPS screen options (either of them) for the UK. The only option is the TN. Shame. I'll probably end up going for a Dell or something else cos this is a deal-breaker for me. Why do they do this? Their retail agent here said it's because they think there's no market for the higher-spec screens here. Doh! Can't even get one overseas with a UK keyboard. Aargh!

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 16, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Hah, that's stupid. If there's no market for a nice screen in one of the richest countries in the world, then where? I'd reckon the design in what you're after, cause otherwise there are other laptops with similar specs, but "gaming" designs.

  5. Calle

    September 16, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I've had this laptop (i7 7700hq,16 ram, 512 ssd, gtx 1050 and the better ips screen) for a while now and here are my impressions;

    I like the general build quality, but it's still not in the same class as Dell xps. The screen feels good for my purposes.

    Great performance, it handles everything I've tried including some light gaming (cities skylines with large cities and lots of add-ons) and revit Autocad (including rendering).

    As mentioned in this review, the performance differ a lot if you run the laptop on battery, but thats not a problem for me.

    Most of the time, I run this laptop plugged in. But I did a test with 50% light, watching an ifollow stream (chrome browser, full screen) for about 2 hours. During that time, the battery went from 98 % to 20% and indicating I had about one hour left.

    This laptop gets rather hot while under full load, and the fans work really hard and gets a bit noisy. It's not as bad as it sounds really, and it's not disturbing for me since I have the TV on in the background most of the time.

    Overall I'm really pleased with it. Would have liked a smaller unit (this one feels big), like the xps 15, but couldn't justify the extra cost.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

  6. Nik

    September 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Hi! Thanks for the review!
    Do you think buying this laptop for 1300 euros, with i5hq/16gb/256SSD+500gt/IPS touchscreen, is a good buy? I need a laptop for studying, adobe programs and editing mostly. Or should i go for i7hq? Is there going to be a big difference? I need laptop with good screen, does this laptop is a good option?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 19, 2017 at 6:11 am

      The i7 gets hyperthreading and is faster in apps that actually require that extra multi-thread processing power, like Adobe Premiere, Lightroom and Photoshop. How much would you have to pay extra for the i7?

  7. Sergey

    September 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for the great review!

    My model N580VD-DM039T bought in Germany came with Innolux TN panel (
    N156HGA-EAB, hardwareID: CMN15D5).
    It wasn't precised anywhere on the website which screen it had, so it is an unpleasant surprise. Most probably will return it to shop and continue hunting for the one with good IPS screen.

  8. Name

    September 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Hi! Thanks for the review!
    Do you think this model will be good for graphic design, Adobe programs, video editing? (Screen quality.. etc)
    In my country, there's only i5-7300hq/IPS touchscreen/8gb-16gb/256SSD+500gt/1050 4gb, price 1300euros (there will be maybe i7 in stock someday, should I wait for it?) Do you think it's worth buying for 1300 with those specs?

    If not, which laptops are good for my tasks? (Around 1000-1500 eur.)

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 19, 2017 at 6:18 am

      HI, already replied, sry for the delay. I would probably get the i7 if it's not very expensive, but since there's no i7 option available, well, I'd say the i5 should be fine for most scenarios.

      You could also check out options from Lenovo, Acer, etc, but most fo them with similar specs get "gaming inspired" designs.

  9. Yitz

    September 19, 2017 at 6:18 am

    The screen comes in 4 options. Not all are available in all regions. The lowest grade (TN) is not a great screen judging by the reviews: low power use but also narrow viewing angles and average (at best) illumination levels and colour rendition. There are two IPS options: the better of the two seems to be the one to go for. Then there's the UHD: best but most expensive and highest power use, only really necessary if you're working professionally with images and graphic design and need state-of-the-art screen rendition. Unfortunately, I'm told that in the UK (where I am) only the TN option is being released – a deal-breaker for me, sadly. Apparently Asus believe there's no market for the IPS displays here (duh!).

  10. YT

    September 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Hi, I am considering between this and HP notebook 15 CB092tx. May I know which one do you think is better in terms of daily gaming and comfort level (noise/temperature/cooling system/keyboard texture).
    For you information, I will usually put my laptop at home, rarely carrying it out. So maybe can compare the battery usage too ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I don't have any experience with HP laptops in the last years, so can't comment on it.

  11. David

    September 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Hello, great review!
    Im thinking about buying this laptop tomorrow for the intention of playing Rocket League and CSGO, and also programming in Unity. But the store I'm buying it from has a TN screen, which I've heard is better for gaming or am I wrong?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 20, 2017 at 2:48 am

      Historically, TN screens have had better response times then IPS screens. These days IPS panels are good enough for gaming though, a least for me. I'm not a professional layer, but I play shooters on IPS panels without a problem, so the overall loss in picture quality and viewing angles that comes with TN panels is not worth the sacrifice imo.

  12. Leonel

    September 23, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Asus currently delivers the N580VD with a different keyboard (at least in Europe) than the one shown in this review.
    Asus removed the dedicated Home, End, PgUp and PgDown keys and replaced them with +, -, * and /.
    This cripples the basic keyboard navigation functionality and renders it useless for developers and other text oriented power users.

    This is a picture of the keyboard currently delivered:

    Below information comes from different sites, email feedback and information from this Asus page
    (Note: it is hard to impossible to get any reliable detailed information from Asus.)

    My observations so far:

    LCD panel information:
    N580VD-FY189T and N580VD-FY367T appear to have the 72% NTSC FHD IPS panel.
    N580VD-E4392T has 42% NTSC FHD IPS panel.
    My *assumption* is that all other N580VD-Exxxx models (E for 'Economy'?) mentioned below will have the 42% NTSC FHD IPS panel.

    Model information:

    Processor: Core i5-7300HQ
    Memory: 8GB (2x 4GB)
    SDD: SATA3 128GB M.2
    Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS, 72% NTSC, 300nits
    OS: Windows 10 Home

    Processor: Core i7-7700HQ
    Memory: 8GB (2x 4GB)
    SSD: SATA3 256GB M.2
    Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS, 72% NTSC, 300nits
    OS: Windows 10 Home

    Processor: Core i5-7300HQ
    Memory: 8GB (1x 8GB)
    HDD: –
    SSD: SATA3 256GB M.2
    Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS (not further specified)
    Wide View: WV
    OS: Windows 10 Pro

    Processor: Core i7-7700HQ
    Memory: 8GB (1x 8GB)
    HDD: –
    SSD: SATA3 512GB M.2
    Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS (not further specified)
    OS: Windows 10 Pro

    Processor: Core i7-7700HQ
    Memory: 16GB (2x 8GB)
    SSD SATA3 256GB M.2
    Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS, 42% NTSC
    OS: Windows 10 Home

    Processor: Core i7-7700HQ
    Memory: 8GB (1x8GB)
    HDD: –
    SSD: SATA3 256GB M.2
    Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS (not further specified)
    OS: Windows 10 Home

  13. Paolo Jocom

    September 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm


    What a very thorough review.

    I've been looking for an Asus laptop with a respectable specs, sleek and classic design, a 15.6 inch screen with a numpad keyboard. And this model and Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 (UX501VW) are the only ones that fit the criteria above. My simple question is, which one of the two would you buy? Budget is not a problem.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Question is, what do you need it for? This newer generation gets faster graphics than the older UX501VW, so if you plan to play games it's the much better choice.

      • Paolo Jocom

        September 25, 2017 at 2:21 am

        No games. Just normal office work like excel, word and web browsing.

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 25, 2017 at 3:51 am

        Then you'd be OK with any of them, but I'd lean towards the UX501VW due to its much larger battery and overall nicer build quality.

      • Paolo Jocom

        September 25, 2017 at 5:04 am

        Thank you. You are very kind and helpful.

  14. Paquito

    September 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Hello, this model in my country comes with a TN screen, and I saw the ASUS UX550VE, the VivoBook Pro N580VD costs 1300€ and the UX550VE is 1584€ do you think the difference of almost 300€ is worth?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 25, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Same Specs? If yes, I'd say NO, but at the same time I wouldn't recommend buying a laptop with a TN screen at that price in 2017. I'd look for something else, one of the more gamingy looking options like the Acer Nitro 5, Dell Inspiron Gaming or the Lenovo Legion Y720/Y520.

      • paquito

        September 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

        I'm nota really looking for a laptop with a "gamingly" aspect since I Will use the laptop in college. In terms of specs they are similar.

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 25, 2017 at 10:10 am

        Fair enough. Up to you then if you can live with that TN screen. I for one couldn't.

  15. Kalle

    September 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Hello! Which one will be better for editing?
    UX550VE with i7/8gb RAM/1050 Ti 4gt(1500 eur)/256gb is going to be better, than the Vivobook Pro N580VD/i5/16gb/1050 4gt (1300 euros) multi-touch?

    Im just worried that, 8gb of ram will be not enough.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 25, 2017 at 10:11 am

      The latter, the RAM is soldered on the UX550 and 8 GB are barely enough for daily use and definitely not for editing. Just make sure the screen on the N580 is IPS, the TN options are bad and I'd reckon you'll also want a decent screen for editing.

  16. Jorge

    September 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Have owned this for about a week now.

    I purchased in Aus, 8gb ram and 1TB hdd with the TN screen.

    The HDD sucked, ALOT. And is the main reason for my comment. I added a samsung 960EVO 250Gb NVMe along with an extra 8gb of ram. I struggled to find solid reference to the n580vd supporting a Pcie ssd considering the factory options are all SATA but took the gamble. It has worked great as expected, although I cannot vouch for a larger drive.

    Otherwise my impressions have been great, i like the keyboard and overall design. Good to carry around and use on the go. The screen is not "incredible" but is fine for the work i do on it out and about. For the rest of the time, my second monitor serves to display pretty things. Battery is on the smaller side but ~4Hrs of capacity is sufficient for most of my days out. The charger is quite big, double the size and amperage of my previous charger and has me wondering if the smaller one will also work at a slower rate??

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      There's quick charging implemented in the charger, but that's not an excuse for the hefty size and eight, as other OEMs have smaller chargers that can handle fast charging.

  17. joao

    September 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    where do you get a silver version of the vivobook pro N580VD / M580VD ???? all I can find everywhere is the gold version =(

  18. Sergy

    September 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Hello, great review!

    I want to know about fans. Where hot air blows: up (on the screen) or down (on the table)? It is very interesting!

    • Sergy

      September 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Ok, I understood you! Thank you for answer!

      So, tell me, does the screen heating, when hot air blow towards the screen? Is it normal for screen?

  19. BabelBat

    September 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for the excellent review! I'm trying to decide between this model and the Dell XPS 15 and am particularly interested in differences in noise levels, which I know you mentioned in the review. Is there a noticeable difference in fan loudness when they are performing similar everyday tasks, and do the fans become louder more quickly/frequently on one model than the other?
    Many thanks in advance!

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      I didn't review the XPS 15 myself, the review on the site is written by Doug. Check out the reviews on, they have more consistent noise measurements.

  20. Dom

    October 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Andrei, i've bought this notebook a few days ago and I'm trying to replace the wifi card, however I'm not able to open the back panel (as shown in picture). Whats should i do after the screw are removed? Is there some specific way to open it? Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Try to pry it open from the back, from around the hinges. Use a prying tool or plastic card, shouldn't be very complicated.

      • Dom

        October 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm

        Done! I've used a suction cup from around the hinges and the back cover popped out without any problem. Thanks for the hint.

  21. himanshu

    October 2, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I have to buy a laptop for my engineering course .currently i am in 1st year. Please suggest me which laptop should be the best for me. My budget is under $900.

  22. Nia

    October 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Hello, you have mentioned that the UHD panel is not worth it for 1500 euros.
    I have two options, get the i5 with better IPS screen or i7 with the UHD screen. Price difference 250 euros
    Specs will be the same, just difference between memory. 16 RAM and 1050 4GB both

    So do you think I should pay more for the UHD panel and i7 in my case? Will I see any difference in the performance and screen?
    I need this laptop for photoshop, illustrator, premiere and etc.

    Thanks for the review!

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 4, 2017 at 5:25 am

      The thing is the UHD panel is pentile, and personally I wouldn't get a pentile screen for that kind of graphics works.

      The i7 on the other hand can make the difference in Lightroom and Premiere. Sucks that you can't get the i7 with the FHD screen.

      I can't recommend any of the options to be frank, because I'd get the i7 and I don't think the UHD screen is a good fit or worth paying that much extra. Perhaps you can look at other options instead?

      • Nia

        October 9, 2017 at 7:43 am

        I can look, but there is not really that much options considering the price.

        So you think there will be a noticeable diffrence between i5 and i7 in this laptop? The perfomance is that bad with i5 that i should not even consider it?

        I can buy with i7 but TN screen, i think its crazy that they put i7 with TN screen and it gets pretty high prices in EU, like 1200-1400.. but not really many options with i7 and FHD IPS.

        Thanks for the reply! =)

      • Andrei Girbea

        October 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

        You'll find plenty or articles comparing the i5-7300HQ and i7-7700HQ online. The i5 is good enough for most cases, but the HT on the i7 helps with applications that can actually utilize the extra threads and their processing power.

  23. Matschoman

    October 4, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Hello Andrei, do the fans increase/decrease continuously under load or in distinct steps? Asus claims on their promotional page, that there are 8 different fan steps. Could you verify that?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 4, 2017 at 5:28 am

      That's how most fans work, they ramp up in steps. I don't have the laptop around to test this, but I don't remember anything particularly annoying about the fans, except for what's reported in the article.

  24. zach

    October 5, 2017 at 9:29 am

    hey! I went to a store yesterday to get one of those, but all configurations had the terrible TN-Panel! SO, I wrote the tech support (GERMANY/EUROPE) and got that answer:

    "vielen Dank für Ihre Anfrage an unseren technischen E-Mail Kundendienst.

    Derzeit haben alle FHD Geräte ein TN Panel, nur die UHD Version hat ein IPS Panel."

    It says that every FHD configuration comes with the TN-Panel and only the UHD one has got the IPS-Panel!
    Thats just insane..there are configurations for like 1599€ with the TN-Panel..u cant even read whats on the screen when youre in front of it in a store..dealbreaker..
    I dont know if its just the german market though!


    • Andrei Girbea

      October 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Might be the same for most regions. Over here in Romania we only get the FHD TN versions for now.

    • Matschoman

      October 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you zach, for informing us. Now I don't need to look any further. As I'm also coming from a German country, I agree it's insane. Even more so because the prices for the TN version are much to high here…

  25. Name

    October 6, 2017 at 3:50 am

    So does it mean that there is no IPS panel on the FHD versions at all?
    Like, is there only TN on FHD configurations? :(

    I am a little bit confused

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 6, 2017 at 8:00 am

      There are IPS FHD versions, but from what we can tell so far, for some reason Asus decided to bring only the FHD TN options in some parts of Europe.

      • Sergey

        October 6, 2017 at 8:07 am

        FHD IPS are on sale in Belgium and in Netherlands. Check Leonel's reply above. But those shops do not ship to the rest of Europe. So unless someone is willing to travel to get a new laptop, or have it sent by post by dutch friends, we'll have to live with TN FHDs :(

  26. Bogdan

    October 8, 2017 at 8:52 am

    As I know there is no tri-band Intel AC 8265. Maybe a double check on this.

  27. Limbow

    October 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Display : 15.6" (16:9) LED backlit FHD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare 60Hz Panel with 72% NTSC (Optional) with 178˚ wide-viewing angle display

    this is my country display spec
    is that same spec as your review ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      No, I had the UHD panel. That should be the better IPS though, the best choice

      • Limbow

        October 15, 2017 at 12:35 am

        so this is worth it to buy ?
        or i can go for zenbook UX410UQ or DELL inspiron 14 7560 ? really confused please help

    • Sergey

      October 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Limbow, can you please share where did you find this model ? In which country and which shop (if it is an online shop, of course) ?
      Thank you.

  28. Rey Martin

    October 17, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Great review! I just bought the i5 version and you're review helped me in the decision making. The screen doesn't bother me at all and it's a great all around laptop. One question though, in upgrading how do you separate the bottom cover? I've managed to removed all the screws but I can't pry it open. This one is quite new to me as I've disassembled other laptops already.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Should pry open easily with a plastic card, starting from the back or from a corner. Just make sure you got all the screws, I don't remember for this one, but most Asus laptop also get two screws hidden underneath the rear rubber feet.

    • Dom

      October 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      I've used a suction cup from around the hinges and the back cover popped out without any problem.

  29. Lukasz

    October 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Because of small battery is it possible to charg or keep alive this laptop by power bank? I have Ravpower bank 20100mAh with TYP-C usb

  30. Mohammad Ali

    October 26, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for your time
    I wanted to know the air outlet of this laptop, which is now underneath it, is better than the N552VW's next to it.

  31. Mark BUTOSKI

    October 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Is this laptop best for gaming and video editing or avaerage

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 30, 2017 at 5:18 am

      It's as good as other laptops with similar hardware. Not sure if it's the best pick though, as you can find better options for less if you can live with more gaming-inspired designs (Lenovo Yoga 520, Acer Aspire VX15, etc)

  32. Riccardo

    November 7, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I've bought it few days ago and already sent it back. Touchpad doesn't work properly. It gets stack sometime. Besides, numeric pad is very bad for working due to the fact that is missing some keys if compared to a normal one. Hope to change the model coz am not satisfied for the price I paid!

  33. Pedro Sarmento

    December 4, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Anyone tried dual boot with Ubuntu on this machine?
    How does it deal with it?

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