With the words “Wow The World” on the brown box, my expectations for this laptop were set up high this early. A bit skeptic, I told myself, will I really be ‘wowed‘?
Upon unboxing, the new ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED already gave good impressions with its slim bezels. I flipped it open and the hinge felt durable and sturdy; something I’m always conscious of when it comes to laptops as I’m always on the go pre-pandemic.
The 15.6” screen size and the strong hues of the default wallpaper care of the FHD OLED NanoEdge display spoke volume. One would also immediately notice the stripe Enter key which looks “astig“, in Tagalog parlance. A rough English translation would be “cool!”.
Generally, the design is sleek and premium so you would be surprised to know that the exterior is made of plastic. This review unit I have on hand has the “quiet blue” shade. But it would pass-off as matte black for me. Your other option is ‘cool silver’. It is also preinstalled with Windows 10 Home and MS Office.
But looks can be deceiving so let’s dig deeper.
MEAT OF THE MATTER (AMD Ryzen9 5900HX + NVDIA GeForcer RTX3050)
The Vivobook Pro 15 OLED is relatively new as ASUS just released this in the Philippines a few months ago. This high-end version on hand is powered with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor and a fast NVDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Graphics – that’s my big WOW #01 as this electronic workhorse just told you that it’s for the serious user, whether for work or for your gaming needs.
So I had it test-driven the past week as I used it for online work. Aside from being a blogger and content creator, I also run a social media marketing agency and teach Information Technology classes online for a local college.
So yes, I used it for photo-editing, video-editing, some gaming, zoom sessions, and online teaching through our Canvas platform.
Despite my being a power-user while I multi-task in-between those jobs, I’m glad it lived-up to my expectations with those rock-solid specs. Add to that 512GB PCIe 3.0 SSD, 16GB DDR4, and the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) connection.
I could still remember conducting my Saturday afternoon online class in a restaurant (while my wife is having late lunch in front of me) at Resorts World Manila after checking-out from our staycation last week. I was initially worried about the internet connection, but everything was a breeze connecting. I believe this was care of the WiFi 6 connection as I often have this problem in the RWM area with my smartphones. You see, there is an airport across the street in the south area of the metro, and moving around with a video-heavy online class is no joke. Our class was never cut and the audio speakers and microphone were amazing too (but more on that later).
STUNNING VISUALS (OLED + Pantone Validate)
On the visuals, I have high expectations as the brand and model is already labeled “OLED“. And the good news is – it did not disappoint. This is my WOW #02. The screen obviously had better quality than my old laptop. Screen response time with my video calls was fast and animation on my games were blur-free! I just love the clarity. Hey, it’s OLED!
For the unfamiliar, OLED technology provides for quick response time, seamless animation, and ultra-clear visuals in contrast to its LED counterpart.
Moreover, this Vivobook Pro 15 provides easy OLED settings management through its built-in ASUS OLED Care software whose notification caught my attention when it first popped-up after I adjusted the brightness setting. It also automatically handles/prevents the burn-in phenomenon for such devices.
Healthwise, OLED is also better for eye care with its flicker free and low blue light emission as this workstation is certified by TUV Reinland and SGS.
Best of all, it’s PANTONE validated with a stunning 133% SRGB color gamut making ‘true-to-life‘ colors accuracy possible. This is my WOW #03. This is essential for visuals and graphic professionals like me and my staff who create static (photos) and dynamic content (video’s) for our clients (and for myself as an influencer).
Furthermore, the OLED display is capable of displaying “True Black” at 1 million is to 1 contrast ratio for detailed night shots and videos. Have I mentioned the cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 color gamut? This is indeed a beast for digital content creators in the Philippines.
OTHER FEATURES (Huge Touchpad, NumberPad 2.0, Dual-Fan Cooling)
Me and my big fingers are extra happy with the mega-size touchpad.
ASUS loyalists who are familiar with the NumberPad would also turn a smile as the touchpad lights up with a full-size LED-illuminated numeric keypad – ASUS NumberPad 2.0 – with a touch of a button.
Flifting (light flip with lift) the lower body plus a slight xray vision would reveal the laptop’s dual-fan cooling system with ASUS ICeCool Plus technology to sustain the GPU performance while increasing air flow rate. Yes, I had to point that out as you may not notice it with the ‘low noise’.
Done with flifting? A look to the right and left side of the body reveals your BFF ports including a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a USB 2.0 Type-A, and most especially the USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port for connectivity everywhere.
TRIVIAL BUT NOTEWORTHY (Fingerprint Sensor, Physical WebCam Shield, Anodized Logo & Enter Key)
Other trivial but equally-cool features include fingerprint sensor in the login/power button, webcam shield, and cool 3D ASUS logo with anodized chevron pattern and tactile texture seemingly inspired as well from the Enter key’s texture.
All this minor features, compiled together, makes-up my collective WOW #04 to complete my laptop review for the ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED.
PRICING & CONCLUSION
The price for the M3500QC-L1175TS variant is P 69,995 complete with charger, cord, manuals, and warranty. Its younger brother – M3500QC-L1080T – with an AMD Ryzen R5-5600H is priced at P 62,995.