The VivoBook Pro is Asus’s line of full-size multimedia laptops.
The computers in this series are nor as compact or as light as those in the VivoBook Slim or Zenbook Pro line, but not far off. They are however good multimedia options built on modern HQ platforms with dedicated graphics, capable of handling multitasking, demanding loads and even gaming to some extent. The bundle also includes matte screens, a backlit keyboard, a full-set of ports and an overall price tag that won’t break the bank for you.
We’ve spent a few days with the VivoBook Pro N580VD model, the highest end configuration in the VivoBook Pro family, and gathered all our impressions below, with the pros and those parts that could be improved.
With a starting price of as low as $800, the N580VD is a solid all-round laptop with good specs and features, but also simple and nice looking aesthetics, unlike most other devices in the segment. In fact, this particular aspect is its main selling point in its otherwise very competitive niche, but you’re not just getting the looks here, you’re getting a good overall package. It has its share of flaws of course, as you’ll find in the detailed article below, but I think most potential buyers will be able to live with them as long as Asus doesn’t skim on quality control. Read on for the whole story.
Note: You should know that for reasons I don’t understand, Asus sells this laptop as the VivoBook Pro M580VD series in some regions, including North America, and N580VD in most others. That’s highly confusing, but it’s just something Asus does sometime.
Update: As of more recently Asus also offers a VivoBook N580GD update of this laptop, similar to the unit reviewed here, but with Coffee Lake processors, GTX 1050 graphics and a FHD screen.
Specs as reviewed
Asus VivoBook Pro N580VD / M580VD
Screen 15.6 inch, 3840 x 2160 px, IPS, matte, non-touch
Processor Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ CPU
Video Intel HD 620 + Nividia GTX 1050 4 GB GDDR5
Memory 16 GB DDR4 (2x DIMMs, up to 32 GB)
Storage 256 M.2 SATA SSD (80 mm) + 2 TB 5400 rpm HDD (2.5″ bay)
Connectivity Wireless AC (tri-band Intel AC 8265), Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x USB Type-C gen 1, HDMI, LAN, mic/headphone, microSD card reader
Battery 47 Wh, 120 Wh charger
OS Windows 10
Size 380 mm or 14.96” (w) x 256 mm or 10.07” (d) x 19.2 mm or 0.75” (h)
Weight 4.21 lbs (1.91 kg) + 1.91 lbs (.54 kg) for the charger
Extras backlit keyboard, HD camera, stereo-speakers
The VivoBook N580 series is available in two different lines as of August 2017, each with multiple hardware (CPUs, RAM, storage and screens) configurations. The N580VD/M580VD is the top line, the one we have here, with Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, while the N580VN/M580VN is the entry-level series with Nvidia MX150 graphics. You can find more about the MX150 chip from this dedicated article, as well as in the performance section of this review, where we compare it to the GTX 1050 so you know what to expect from each option.
Update: Our review of the more recent Asus VivoBook Pro 15 is available over here.
Design and first look
The VivoBook N580 is not one of the new breed of laptops with a compact footprint and
thin bezels around the screen, and given how there are more and more such options out there, you’ll have to decide if this particular aspect is something you’re interested in or you can live with a more classic design.
If you can’t, then this laptop is not for you, but keep in mind as well that most computers with similar hardware and more compact builds are also more expensive, like the
Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 and the Dell XPS 15. If you can, then proceed to the next part where we talk about this laptop’s build and the choice in materials.
Asus advertises an “aluminum design” on their website, but the Vivobook N580 is not entirely made out of aluminum. The lid cover, interior and edges are metallic, all with a brushed texture, both the underbelly is made from a smooth piece of plastic. I don’t see why that would be an issue for any of you, just don’t have false-expectations.
All the metallic surfaces feel different than on most other metallic laptops I’ve seen though, somehow cheap to the touch. In fact, it’s pretty hard to tell if they are made from aluminum or plastic without a classic teeth test (put your teeth on the surfaces). So the first impression can be a little misleading and some might not like how this Vivobook Pro feels.
It is otherwise fairly well built, although not on par with the sturdier computers in the higher tier class. It’s on par with the Zenbook Pro UX550 and sturdier than the VivoBook Slims though. There’s some flex in the main-deck, especially towards the top-side of the keyboard, but not as much that it would be obvious in daily use. The screen is also rather bendy and the metallic lid warps when pressed, yet I could only see an impact on the panel when pressing very hard, so I don’t think you’ll run into any problems carrying this laptop in your bag or backpack. Overall, there are better made computers in the class, but this one is decent as well.
I was mentioning earlier that the looks put this computer on the map, and that’s because there aren’t any other laptops with a silver aluminum case in its niche, at least none than I can think off, as
most alternatives with the same hardware and features come in a mix of black and red, with more or less obvious “gaming” lines. If you’re not into those, this Zenbook is a welcomed breath of something else.
Design and looks aside, the N580 is also quite practical in everyday use. It’s lighter than most other 15-inchers, at 4.2 lbs for the reviewed configuration, and fairly grippy, so easy to put into and take out of your bag or move from a place to another. The silver color helps hiding smudges and fingerprints too. Four rubber feet keep it well anchored on a desk, while the ports are all lined on the sides and the screen is hold in place by one big solid hinge. It works smoothly, allows one hand use and allows the screen to go back to about 150 degrees, which is enough for desk use. Asus also made it easy to pop-up the display, creating a small crease on the laptop’s front edge for your finger to grab on.
The underbelly includes those rubber feet mentioned earlier, the speakers and some cuts for air-intake. I’m glad to see those, given how the cooling was subsized on the Zenbook Pro. Based on a first look this is no longer the case here, as the VivoBook N580 gets more intake cuts on the bottom, as well as enough space between the hinge and the main-body for the hot air to go though. We’ll talk more about the cooling solution and its performance in a further section.
I must also add that the plastic bottom panel attaches well to the metallic edges, leaving no gaps or sharp bits, like on many other Asus laptops.
As far as the IO goes there’s everything you’ll want on this computer, with the exception of a Thunderbolt 3 port. There’s an USB Type-C slot, but only supports 1st gen up to 10 Gbps speeds, so no Thunderbolt 3. On top of it, you’ll also find one USB 3.1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, full-size HDMI, a card-reader, LAN, a Kensington lock and a mic/headphone jack on the edges. Most of them placed on the left, where you’ll also find the PSU, which leads to a less cluttered right side. The status LEDs are also placed on the side, so there are no LEDs or lights that would bother you in any way when using the computer in a dark room, unlike on the Zenbook Pro.
All in all, the VivoBook Pro N580 doesn’t feel as premium as the Zenbook Pro UX550 and is also a little bigger, but is overall a more practical laptop. It gets more ports on the sides, smoother edges, improved intake and output cuts, and no annoying lights. Potential users would have to accept the slight amount of flex in the main-deck and lid-cover, as well as the larger footprint and the fact that the metal case feels somewhat cheap, different from I would normally expect from an aluminum finishing.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard is pretty standard for an Asus multimedia laptop, with full-size main keys and some narrower directional keys and NumPad section. The arrow keys are hard to accept and the Power button is part of the keyboard, so you should make sure to disable it from the settings, but otherwise I can’t complain much.
The keys have a soft rubbery feeling and as far as I can tell, are a lot like the keys on the
older 15-inch Zenbooks and Asus N class of multimedia laptops. In other words, the typing experience is pretty good, despite the rather short stroke of 1.4 mm according to Asus’s website. The keys are firmer than on the Zenbook UX550, yet still a little spongy, but I was able to type accurately after just a couple of minutes of getting accustomed to their response. I couldn’t get my typing speed as high as with other laptops, and I think that’s because I had to make sure to hit the keys hard and in the middle for them to register properly.
Overall though, I’m quite happy with the keyboard on this VivoBook Pro and I believe most of you will as well. You should also know that it’s quiet (with the exception of the space key) and backlit, with three brightness levels to choose from. The illumination is activated by swiping your fingers across the trackpad, but it’s a bit uneven towards the middle of the keyboard, at least on our sample.
For mouse Asus went with one of their standard plastic made Asus Touchpads, which means there are very limited ways to customize its response and speed, so you either like out of the box or there’s nothing to do about it.
Luckily, I mostly liked it. The surface is smooth and allows the fingers to glide easily on top. It’s also fairly large and nicely cut into the main-deck and separated by shinny beveled edges.
As far as the experience goes, I didn’t run into any issues with swipes, gestures or taps, but I did notice that the surface rattles when tapping a little harder towards the lower half and I also noticed that it sometimes interprets a single tap as a double tap, but that doesn’t happen often. For physical clicks you can press on the entire surface, but the response gets smoother towards the lower corners. The clicks are pretty quiet.
A fingerprint sensor is integrated withing the trackpad, like on most modern Asus laptops, which works well with Windows Hello.
There’s a matte 15.6-inch screen on the VivoBook Pro line with a choice of a few different panels. We got to test the highest option with the UHD 3840 x 2160 px IPS panel, but there are also two FHD IPS panels and a FHD TN screen listed on Asus’s website. Details below:
UHD IPS – LG Philips LP156UD1-SPB2 panel (~300 nits, ~70% NTSC);
FHD AH-IPS – LG Philips LP156WF6-SPP2 AH-IPS (~280 nits, ~70% NTSC);
FHD IPS – AU Optronics B156HAN06.1 panel ( ~250 nits, ~45% NTSC);
FHD TN – AU Optronics B156HTN03.8 panel ( ~220 nits, ~45% NTSC).
That can get misleading when trying to figure out which panel is on the configuration you’re interested in. As a general rule, Asus advertises their IPS panels as 178˚ wide-viewing angle displays, so you should steer away if that’s not mentioned, as the TN panel is definitely not an option to consider at this point in this segment. Unfortunately it’s paired with many of the configurations available at the time of this reviews, and some people even complain about dead-pixels and bright spots on this variant, on top of the terrible viewing angles, poor brightness and all the other common flaws of a TN screen.
There’s no easy way to tell the two FHD IPS options apart, unless the store specifically states which one is used in their configuration. It’s safe to assume that the entry level models will get the lower-end version, but I can’t tell which one you’ll get on the higher-specked FHD configurations. So make sure to read user reviews if possible, and buy from a place that allows easy returns in case you end up with something unsatisfying.
Back to the UHD panel on our test unit, it’s an LG Philips LP156UD1-SPB2 panel very similar to the UHD panels on the
Zenbook UX501VW and MSI GS63 Stealth Pro. That means this is not a true-4K screen, but a RGBW panel with a pentile matrix, which takes a toll on color reproduction and accuracy. It’s on the other hand a more affordable and more efficient implementation than a true-4K UHD panel, which is hardly a consolation, but mostly understandable in this price segment. The whole RGBW vs RGB topic is a little confusing, but these two articles ( one, two) explain well how the RGBW matrix differs from the standard RGB matrix used in most LCD screens.
Overall I find this screen alright for everyday use, for multimedia, browsing and gaming. However, the average color accuracy and contrast make it less vibrant than some of the true-4K panels out there, so not necessarily the best option for the pickier among you, for graphics work or any task that would require a wide color gamut coverage. More details below, taken with a Spyder 4 sensor.
Panel HardwareID: LG Philips LGD04D4 (LP156UD1-SPB2);
Coverage: 98% sRGB, 69% NTSC, 74% AdobeRGB;
Measured gamma: 2.3;
Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 304 cd/m2 on power;
Contrast at max brightness: 420:1;
White point: 7000 K;
Black on max brightness: 0.73 cd/m2.
You can use
our calibrated profile to slightly address the colors and gray levels, but don’t expect wonders.
I’ll also add that I haven’t noticed any obvious light bleeding around the edges, and the display can lean back to about 150 degrees, which is good enough for desk use.
The UHD screen is an expensive option and will cost you several hundreds on top of the FHD panels, and given the pentile matrix and the hardware on this laptop, I don’t think it’s worth it.
Hardware, performance and upgrade options
As mentioned earlier, the VivoBook N580 is available in a multitude of configurations and our test unit is the highest end version available in stores, which comes with a Core i7-7700HQ processor, Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB M.2 SATA SSD and a 2 TB 2.5″ HDD.
The CPU and GPU are soldered on the motherboard, but the RAM, storage, Wi-Fi chip and battery are accessible inside. For that you’ll need to get past the entire back panel, which is a fairly simple job as it’s hold in place by a handful of Philips screws, all visible around the edges. Just be careful they’re not the same size, so make sure to note where each came from.
There are two DIMM slots on this laptop, so it can take a total of up to 32 GB of RAM. Out unit came with an M.2 SATA SSD, but some shops list this with NVMe drives, so those might me compatible. I haven’t checked, so take this with a grain of salt.
This particular aspect, as well as the pentile screen, might steer some of the power users away from this laptop, but SATA speeds aren’t that bad and you can always opt for the higher-end FHD panel option with an RGB matrix, which in fact is better match for the hardware on this notebook anyway.
As far as performance goes, the VivoBook N580 can handle casual activities smoothly and can tackle demanding loads and games. You should get rid of all the bloatware that comes preinstalled, or better yet put a clean version of Windows on your unit. You’ll find details on temperatures and CPU/GPU speeds with daily tasks below.
If you plan to get the laptop for such activities you’re not necessarily going to need the Core i7 configuration, Asus offers a cheaper Core i5-7300HQ model with 8 GB of RAM and hybrid storage that will do just fine. There are two catches though: the cheaper models usually get an Nvidia GTX 1050 chip with only 2 GB of video memory, while the Core i7 configurations get the Nvidia chip with 4 GB of memory, and there’s also a fair chance you’ll end up with the crappy TN screen on the entry level models. More about that in a further section.
Our test unit handled demanding loads smoothly as well, with no traces of hardware throttling and no performance drops, as long as it was hooked to the wall. Performance on battery was problematic though, with the CPU quickly dropping to 800 MHz both in tests and in actual loads. More details in the pictures below, but keep in mind our unit is a pre-production sample, so take this finding with a grain of salt.
Benchmark results are very solid though, again, as long as the laptop is plugged in.
3DMark 11: P7778;
3DMark 13: Sky Driver – 16857, Fire Strike – 5468, Time Spy – 1838;
3DMark 13 Graphics: Sky Driver – 19641, Fire Strike – 5992, Time Spy – 1690;
PCMark 08: Home Conventional – 3384;
PCMark 10: 4191;
GeekBench 3 32-bit: Single-Core: 3479, Multi-core: 12662;
GeekBench 4 64-bit: Single-Core: 4206, Multi-core: 12327;
CineBench 11.5: OpenGL 61.15 fps, CPU 8.12 pts, CPU Single Core 1.75 pts;
CineBench R15: OpenGL 83.80 fps, CPU 711 cb, CPU Single Core 140 cb;
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 – 161.37 fps, Pass 2 – 45.12 fps.
Gaming results are pretty good as well, and we’ve also added the Nvidia MX150 chip in the table below, so you’ll know how the N580VD and N580VN compare and what you’ll loose by picking the lower-end version.
You’ll find more about the MX150 chip from this dedicated article, as well as from this review of the Acer Swift 3.
The 1050 graphics can’t handle UHD gaming in most recent titles, so if you’re interested in gaming you should look at one of the FHD models.
MX150 – FHD Ultra
MX150 – FHD High
1050 4GB – FHD Ultra
1050 4GB – FHD High
1050 4GB – UHD High
Grid: Autosport 37 fps
Bioshock Infinite 35 fps
Far Cry 4 25 fps
Shadow of Mordor 24 fps
Tomb Raider 28 fps
Total War: Atilla 11 fps
One last aspect to cover here is performance in stress tests, albeit these are not realistic with everyday use. With Prime 95 the CPU shows no traces of throttling and doesn’t go above 80 degrees Celsius, backing up the solid results in benchmarks and everyday use. With Prime and Furmark running simultaneously the CPU still maintains high speeds, dropping marginally below the maximum Turbo Boost frequency to 3.1-3.2 GHz, but the GPU clocks down under 1.1 GHz after a few minutes of stress. Details below.
Noise, Heat, Connectivity, speakers and others
I’e mentioned earlier that the VivoBook N580 gets a better designed air intake and output then the Zenbook UX550. The intake is still not ideal imo, I would have preferred to see a larger grill on top of the heatpipes and the fans, but this implementation does the job, with the CPU averaging 85 C in continuous demanding loads and the GPU not going over 80 C, so there’s a headroom even on this top-end configuration.
Internally, the cooling uses a classic implementation with two fans and two long heatpipes that go over both the CPU and the GPU. The fans are not individually controlled and both spin at the same time. They’re also constantly active, even with the most basic of activities or when the laptop sits idle. That’s no surprise on an Asus laptop, but they could be tamed down, as other laptops in this niche are capable of a fanless and quieter daily use experience.
The fans are not very noisy with daily use (about 38 dB at head level, in a quiet room – 33 dB room noise), but you’ll still hear them in a quiet place, where you’ll also notice the HDD when active and some slight and only occasional electrical noise. It’s definitely not as obvious on this sample as on the Zenbook UX550 or Dell XPS 15, and I’d reckon most of you won’t even notice it unless you’ll pay close attention in a very quiet environment.
The fans spin faster and louder with multitasking and gaming, up to 46-47 dB at head level, which is actually a little louder than on most other laptops with similar hardware. Temperatures on the other hand are pretty much what expected, as you can see below. The fact that the interior gets hotter than the bottom can make this laptop a little uncomfortable for long-time gaming.
*Daily Use – 1080p Youtube clip in EDGE for 30 minutes
*Load – playing Far Cry 4 for 30 minutes
For radios you’ll find Gigabit LAN, Wireless AC and Bluetooth on this laptop. Asus went with an Intel 8265 wireless chip which is usually a solid performer, but we ran into some issues with it on this particular sample. It was able to max-out my Internet connection near the router and it was still usable at 30 feet with two walls in between, however it occasionally dropped the connection at this range. I’m seeing a few other complains on Amazon regarding the wireless performance of this laptop, so make sure to double check your unit, just to make sure there are not surprises.
The audio system includes a set of stereo Harman Kardon speakers and they sound nice. They’re loud (up to 82 dB at head level), clear and fairly rich, with low-end starting at around 65 Hz. I haven’t noticed any obvious distortions at max-volumes, but I felt vibrations in the palm-rest above 70%. I’ll also add that you shouldn’t cover the speaker cuts on the belly, otherwise you’ll notice quality losses.
For the webcam Asus went with a decent HD camera, flanked by a set of microphones. They’re nothing to brag about, but do a fine job in occasional calls.
There’s only a 47 Wh battery inside the VivoBook N580, which is actually pretty small for the class. Corroborated with the Core i7 CPU and UHD screen on this configuration, you’re not going to get much in terms of battery life. Here’s what to expect (we set the screen’s brightness at 40%, roughly 120 nits):
12 W (~4 h of use) – text editing in Google Drive, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
12 W (~4 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Internet Explorer, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
8.5 W (~5 h 30 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen .mkv video in the Movie app, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
11.2 W (~4 h 15 min of use) – 4K fullscreen .mkv video in the Movie app, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
18 W (~2 h 40 min of use) – browsing in Edge, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
34 W (~1 h 30 min of use) – gaming on battery, High Performance Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON.
You’ll get longer times with the FHD screens, but even with those you should not expect more than 4 hours of real-life use and about 6 hours of video.
That aside, Asus pairs the VivoBook N580 with a fairly chunky and heavy 120 Wh power brick that weighs .54 kg with the included cables (European version). It’s the same one as on the Zenbook UX550 and includes fast charging, so the smaller battery fully charges from 10 to 100% in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Price and availability
The VivoBook Pro series is available in most regions of the world, with a starting price of $799 in the US and around 900 EUR in Europe as of early August. The 580VN with MX150 graphics will sell for less when available.
In the US and Canada you’ll find this as the VivoBook M580VD, in two configurations at the time of this post:
Core i5-7300HQ CPU, Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD screen (TN as far as I can tell) for $799;
Core i7-7700HQ CPU, Nvidia GTX 1050 4GB, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD, FHD screen (also TN as far as I can tell) for $1049 – $1100.
The TN screen is a deal-breaker. Hopefully Asus will get to their senses and put the IPS panels on multiple configurations, we’ll update once we know more.
In the meantime you should follow this link for up-to-date configurations and prices.
I couldn’t find a configuration with the UHD screen in the US, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Asus decides not to bring one over there at all. Time will tell. It’s available in Europe, with a Core i7/ 16 GB RAM / GTX 1050 4 GB / 256 GB SSD / 1 TB HDD + UHD screen configuration listed at 1499 EUR. That’s steep, so you’ll have to pay a hefty premium for the higher resolution panel, which given its RGBW matrix is probably not worth it.
There are a lot of laptops with 15-inch screens, Intel HQ processors and Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics out there, but most of them are marketed as mid-level gaming units and get black/red designs with all sorts of flashy gaming elements. If you don’t mind this aspect, you’ll actually find better value in some of these options, like the
Acer Aspire VX15, the Acer Nitro 5, the Lenovo Legion Y520 or the Dell Inspiron Gaming 7000 (in the US, otherwise this one is expensive in other regions). They start at around $800 for Core i5 configurations with GTX 1050 4GB graphics and IPS matte screens, while configurations with an i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and hybrid storage go for around $1000.
Your options are far more limited if you want a computer with a cleaner design. The black version of the
Inspiron Gaming 5000 and the Acer Aspire 7 qualify here, but there’s no other line with the brushed-metal design of the VivoBook Pro as of right now. You should check out this detailed list of portable laptops with Nvidia GTX 1050/1050 Ti graphics for updates though.
If the budget allows, you can step up to the more premium class and consider the
Asus Zenbook UX550 and Dell XPS 9560, as well as the convertible Lenovo Yoga 720 15.
Lastly, if you’re after an ultraportable for daily use and don’t need powerful Intel HQ platforms inside your computer, you can consider some of the Core U thin-and-lights instead, like the
Asus VivoBook Slim S510, the Dell Inspiron 7760, the Asus Zenbook UX530 or the LG Gram 15. They sell for under $1000 and some come with Nvidia MX150 graphics.
Knowing all these, I feel that the VivoBook Pro N580 is mostly a niche product and not necessarily the go-to multimedia laptop with powerful hardware and mid level graphics that the previous N-series Asus notebooks were. It still gets the hardware, the performance and the practicality, but its main selling point is the cleaner metallic looks, as other laptops actually offer better screens and bigger batteries for a slightly lower price. But most of them come with “gaming” black and red designs.
The 47W battery inside this VivoBook is still just about average for the class and a result of Asus’s decision of including dual-storage (M.2 and 2.5″ bay), so as long as you go for one of the FHD configurations I’d reckon most of you would be satisfied with the battery life. There are however laptops with bigger batteries in the segment.
As far as the screens go on the other hand, the multitude of panel options is very confusing. The AH-IPS FHD option is solid and even the IPS FHD model is good-enough, but there’s no easy way to tell which of the two gets on a given configuration. On top of that, at the time of this review most of the available models only come with the TN screen, which pretty much breaks the laptop for me.
Down the line, if Asus actually offers configurations with IPS FHD screens for good prices, the VivoBook N580/ M580 can be a good buy. If it weren’t for the TN screens on the current configurations, it would score a 4/5 in this test, as it has its flaws, but is overall a good laptop with unique design lines in its class. The TN configurations loose at least one full-point, as there’s no way I can accept a TN panel on a $800-$1000 laptop in 2017. No way!
With that in mind we’ll wrap this up, but the comments section below is open for your feedback and questions on the Asus VivoBook Pro N580 and we’re around to help out if we can.
Andrei Girbea Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief
. I've a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and I've been covering mobile technology since the 2000s. You'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site, as well as some occasional first-impression articles.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
September 12, 2017 at 9:26 am
Ye it does list that it's the IPS 72% NTSC panel.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
September 16, 2017 at 8:40 am
Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.
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?
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?
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.
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.)
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.
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!).
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 ?
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.
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?
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.
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 asus.com/nl/Laptops/ASUS-VivoBook-Pro-15-N580VD/wheretobuy/
(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.
Processor: Core i5-7300HQ
Memory: 8GB (2x 4GB)
HDD: SATA 1TB
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)
HDD: SATA 1TB
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)
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)
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)
HDD SATA 1TB
SSD SATA3 256GB M.2
Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS, 42% NTSC
OS: Windows 10 Home
Processor: Core i7-7700HQ
Memory: 8GB (1x8GB)
SSD: SATA3 256GB M.2
Panel: FHD Anti-Glare IPS (not further specified)
OS: Windows 10 Home
September 27, 2017 at 4:33 am
Thanks for this, very helpful.
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.
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.
September 25, 2017 at 2:21 am
No games. Just normal office work like excel, word and web browsing.
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.
September 25, 2017 at 5:04 am
Thank you. You are very kind and helpful.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
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.
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 =(
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!
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?
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!
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 notebookcheck.net, they have more consistent noise measurements.
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!
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.
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.
October 2, 2017 at 7:47 am
I have to buy a laptop for my engineering course .currently i am in b.tech 1st year. Please suggest me which laptop should be the best for me. My budget is under $900.
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!
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?
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! =)
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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…
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
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.
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 :(
October 8, 2017 at 8:52 am
As I know there is no tri-band Intel AC 8265. Maybe a double check on this.
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 ?
October 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm
No, I had the UHD panel. That should be the better IPS though, the best choice
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
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) ?
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.
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.
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.
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
October 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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.
October 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm
Is this laptop best for gaming and video editing or avaerage
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)
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!
December 4, 2017 at 7:41 am
Anyone tried dual boot with Ubuntu on this machine?
How does it deal with it?