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Here’s how the Asus VivoBook S15 (S532F) performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
3DMark Sky Diver: 4,899; Fire Strike: 1,189; Time Spy: 477
Cinebench CPU: 744 points; Graphics: 56.5 fps
GeekBench 4: 5,297 (single-core); 16,358 (multi-core)
PCMark 8 (Home Test): 3,535 points
PCMark 8 Battery Life: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 7 hours and 45 minutes
The Asus Vivobook S15 doesn’t have a discrete GPU, relying instead on the integrated graphics of its Intel Core i7 processor, but that quad-core chip does provide very respectable performance in most of our benchmark tests.
Its PCMark 8 score of 3535 points reflects strong all-round performance that will be able to handle a wide range of tasks. It won’t have any trouble at all handling some number-crunching in Excel, and will also be able to cope with more demanding photo- or even video-editing.
And while the lack of discrete GPU means that it’s not really a gaming laptop, a Cinebench score of 56.5fps should allow the VivoBook S15 to handle a spot of casual gaming when it needs to.
The battery life of the Asus VivoBook S15 is a little more modest - although that’s inevitable given the powerful i7 processor and the need to drive that large 15.6-inch screen (it’s also noticeable that Asus avoids any specific claims about battery life on its web site).
Running the intensive PCMark 8 Home test on a loop ran the battery down in 4.5 hours, although it did last longer when playing our video test file, stretching to seven hours and 45 minutes.
That’s not quite ‘all-day’ battery life, but it should keep you going for the best part of the day. And, after all, you’re not likely to take a laptop of this size and weight on a cross-country hike, and the VivoBook S15 will certainly earn its keep at home or in an office where you can give it a quick top-up every now and then.
The VivoBook S15 strikes a nice balance between its large display and its highly portable design, whilst also providing strong all-round performance and good connectivity at a competitive price.
The battery life won’t break any records, but it’s still respectable for a laptop with such a large display and powerful i7 processor.
The ScreenPad isn’t entirely successful, but you don’t seem to be paying much of a premium for it, and the VivoBook S15 still provides good value for money for anyone that needs a large-screen laptop for home or the office.
Cliff Joseph is a former Editor of MacUser magazine, and a freelance technology writer with 30 year’s experience in the industry (and old enough to remember when Apple was close to going bust…).
His first job involved using Macs for magazine sub-editing and typesetting, which led to the realisation that these computer-thingies might actually turn out to be useful after all. After a few years specialising in the Mac side of the market, he went freelance and embraced the wide world of digital technology, including Windows PCs, digital audio and hi-fi, and networking. Somewhere along the line he also developed a bit of a gaming habit and has stubbornly waved the flag for Mac gaming for far too many years.