Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED review (M3500QA, M3500QC models)


  1. JJ

    November 27, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    There seems to be a typo in the text: "but in my case, only the AMD model ramped up to 48 dB, while the AMD model averaged at around 43 dB at head-level"
    I guess you confused AMD and Intel somewhere…

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 27, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks! updated

    • Eduardo Molina

      June 26, 2022 at 2:38 am

      Will it run Elden Ring at 60 fps?

    • Cengiz Yel

      June 14, 2023 at 6:10 pm

      Dude, hello
      I am writing this message to you from Turkey. i am a mid-level content producer. I have been researching the Asus Vivobook M3500QC-L1335 AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 16GB 1TB SSD RTX3050 model for a long time. But I couldn't find any information about this device in the whole country. Thank you for your informative article and your hard work. Greetings from Turkey…

  2. Mike

    December 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Regarding the flickering at 60hz at 60% brightness and below I can confirm. I had this model but I had to return because the flickering is persistent even above 60% brightness, all the way up to 100% brightness, the screen flickers at 240hz instead of 60hz which is rather low PWM.I used my phone to film it in slow motion at 240 fps and the flickering is present. Maybe you can't notice but your eyes do and that causes eyestrain and headaches after a few hours of using the laptop. Second reason I returned was overall build quality. The screen frame was out of the box, popped up in one place (assembly issues I don't know). I pushed it back. It was an easy fix but I don't like these stuff to happen when the laptop is brand new. It lowers buyer's trust in the brand.

    • Fran

      December 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      These say there is no PWM above 60% brightness…

      • Andrei Girbea

        December 20, 2021 at 10:06 am

        That was already mentioned in the article.

      • Mike

        December 20, 2021 at 10:17 am

        Yeah, I know. I saw that review also. Maybe I had a defective unit but you should go to a store and take a 240 fps slowmotion video of the display at different brightness levels. Mine had PWM flicker even at 100%. So if on the slowmotion video you can see the flicker then it flickers at that frequency or lower than 240 hz. I think they kept PWM even at 100% to refresh the display and avoid OLED burn in. I tested a cheaper laptop with IPS and saw no flickering on a 240 fps slomotion video.

      • Robin

        December 20, 2021 at 3:14 pm

        Yes there is PWM, both in this and in the model of 16".

        Even if you do not perceive it, it is harmful to your eyes.

      • Andrei Girbea

        December 20, 2021 at 4:44 pm

        Your last affirmation is debatable imo.

  3. Lynton Bell

    December 5, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    great review as always, thanks Andrei

  4. Mohamed

    December 16, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Very informative review. Thank you.

  5. Markus

    January 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for the very informative review. One question—I assume that the inclusion of a discrete GPU shortens the battery life. What does the battery life on the models that only have the integrated processor look like? Also, how much better is the battery life when the GPU is disabled?

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 25, 2022 at 10:29 am

      no, Optimus disables the dGPU when needed

  6. Eli

    April 19, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Hi I have read the review and it says that the fan noise is quite but the fans are always running for me. I tried cleaning them,
    Updating the bios and other drivers,
    using the my asus app,
    And changing some settings,

    Nothing proved effective!
    I just want a quieter experience when PLUGGED IN.

    Have you used a software? If so please tell me which one.

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 19, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      I have not. Are you running on Balanced profile?

      • Eli

        June 27, 2022 at 10:58 pm

        It is fine now I figured out the problem, it was in a physX driver, now the laptop fans never kick in but thx for the reply.

        Btw, is it possible to bypass optimus by any ports in the laptop?

      • Andrei Girbea

        June 28, 2022 at 8:54 am

        as far as I remember, no. double check in the Nvidia COntrol Panel

  7. Jack

    September 1, 2022 at 3:02 am

    Hi! I really appreciate the review, it's the only thorough one I've found. Thinking of buying this laptop as an architecture student and I found a reasonably good deal. I'm know it meets all my needs regarding computational power, 3D stuff, designing, colors, etc., so my question (dilemma) is about the OLED screen. Because of my use case, I'm halfway between the "creative" side and "office" side, my concern is over the potential burn-in of the OLED screen, and the issue of limited use in bright light. I would frequently make use of the extra image quality, but I can foresee circumstances where long hours typing, or even the windows taskbar, could possibly affect the screen and ruin that. So I'm curious what the real user experience is like, especially with an all-around purpose like mine, and if anyone can sympathize or maybe weigh in.

    Especially over the idea that using the laptop in bright light could be made impossible because of the glossiness + low brightness – that's not encouraging. And if I decide to go home and turn the brightness down, it sounds like the nightmare just continues in the form of flickering. It seems like this particular laptop has seen a lot of praise for its amazing screen but I'm not sure whether to take that with a grain of salt.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 1, 2022 at 7:43 am

      You could try and find an OLED laptop in some stores and see first-hand how the glossy/brightness aspects affect you. Modern OLEDs with Samsung panels should be mostly fine with burnin and image retention, so my concern would be whether the max brightness would be enough for your needs or not.

  8. ST

    October 21, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Hi I'm interested in upgrading my current laptop, mainly for portability I'm using an ACER Nitro 5 right now, but I'm considering Vivobook Pro 15 (AMD Ryzen 9 configuration) , or the Space Edition Zenbook 14x or Zenbook 14x(not sure between Intel or AMD configuration).

    I'm mainly looking for longer battery life, better portability, and some light content creation.

    What would you advise?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 21, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      AMD hardware is more efficient, so that's one thing to consider.

      Then, you should also think about the creation software that you're using. Some might benefit from Quick Sync, and if that's the case, you should go Intel. But then, choose something with a larger battery as much as possible.

      Finally, you need to consider the GPU requirements (IRis Xe << Radeon 680M << Nvidia dGPU). And the cooling of each design, of course.

      The ZenBook 14x is competitive in its class, as long as you need that form factor, don't require a DGPU, and you're OK with an OLED display and it's particularities. Coudl also consider something like a Zehpyrus G14 or Yoga Pro X.

  9. Roger

    October 30, 2022 at 12:05 am

    I am a little confused. It seems there is a newer version of this model with OLED screen at 120Hz, 600 nits and 70 Wh battery, however the CPU is still Ryzen 5000 series instead of newer 6000.

    You can see here in the ASUS webpage of my country.

    Is this already the 2022 version? If so, I suppose they will not be refreshing this Vivobook with Ryzen 6000 CPUs like they did with the Zephyrus lineup?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 30, 2022 at 9:34 pm

      that's the newer gen VivobOok 15X, and not the 15X Pro that's reviwewed here. Asus's naming is very confusing.

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