The Zenbook and ROG series from ASUS are well known by the users as premium devices which feature of high end specification and coming with pretty much expensive price. For this case, not everyone could afford it considering up to 1000 dollars is not something that users could easily throw for this kind of stuff. The manufacture really knows about this case and for this reason they provide to make the cheaper version for it without cutting to much anything from it. This is where we see of Vivobook series that coming to fill into this empty space. Today, we are going to take a look into its new series, the Vivobook K570UD.
The K570UD interestingly is marketed as a multimedia and gaming system. The manufacture adds of high quality 15 inch screen where users can enjoy every content they want. For gaming, we have of GTX 1050 which considered as powerful enough to run most of games these days. For under 800 dollars, I think this is one of the best deals ASUS offers right now. Let’s take a look inside and see how It goes far for satisfying our needs. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
The design in my opinion being a good selling point here considering they take few things from their Zephyrus series and adjust it little bit here. You could see the sharp corners and the ventilation grilles which really remind me of their gaming series. However, the material used here is quite different as they swap the aluminum with almost entirely plastic here. The build quality is pretty much similar to what I find with Pavilion 15 or Ideapad 530 series. The base and hinge systems are pretty strong although the lid cover is more flexible than I thought. No gaps or creaking founds here and I think the build is sufficient enough to take for heavy usage.
Measuring at 14.7 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches, the laptop is weight for 4.3 pounds. The weight and dimension are small enough here considering we have of 1050 graphic card inside. The weight itself is very similar to MSI GS65 although the thickness is slightly thicker at this case. If you intend to carry it over for travel, then this is probably the cheapest and best option you have right now. The overall impression for design and build are great and offering of impressive impression.back to menu ↑
Connectivity and Maintenance
The ports connectivity is well completely here with USB type-C found at right side of it. Unfortunately, they still add of two USB 2.0 ports instead of putting USB 3.0. Yeah, there is still a single USB 3.0 port, but I just really hope all of them are the new one. The rest of ports you are able to find here are standard like HDMI, Ethernet, audio jack, and micro SD reader. No Thunderbolt 3 port placed here, but I think it’s a normal case as finding it at under 1000 dollars would be really hard.
As for maintenance support, just never hope you would be able to upgrade the component easily since you have to attach and detach some cables in order to replace it. The thing is even worst when seeing there are lot of empty slots inside. There are two RAM slots and a single 2.5 inch bay available to use. I really recommend you take it to ASUS for upgrading the parts since you have a great chance you to break the warranty if you do it alone. The manufacture needs to think about upgradability for more seriously as it gives us more freedom to do anything with our system.
|ASUS Vivobook K570UD 15 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel ULV Core I7-8250U 1.6 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1050|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch FHD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery
For this review, I got the unit equipped with Core I5 8250U processor and GTX 1050 graphic card. Few hardware configurations are available, but 1050 is the only GPU option you have right now. The Core I7 8550U is being the most expensive one if you seriously want a better power here. In term of performance, both of CPU and GPU show a pretty great result in my Cinebench test. However, the system does not manage to maintain high clock rate in long duration time. It takes the clock into 3.2 GHz for few seconds and then drop into 2.3 to 2.5 GHz for a while then. The temperature is normal at around 70 degree although the fan goes loud during this case.
The Witcher 3 and Assassinc Creed Origin are good games to test its real performance and both of run at around 40 FPS with normal setting. The FPS drops occasionally during some heavy scenes, but won’t go under 30 FPS and making it completely playable. Fortnite and Overwatch would run just fine as these games have lower specs requirement than those games I have tested here. For the battery life, users can expect of 4 to 5 hours usage in normal activities and moderate setting.back to menu ↑
The Vivobook K570UD 15 proves that you do not really need to spend really much just for playing games. With around 700 dollars, you manage to play any games released right now without any issue. The ULV processor is capable to handle the games really well and even comparable with the I7 7700HQ we see last year. The game is more dependable in GPU while CPU only takes few things to work, so the result is very normal here. If you have limited budget to spend and hoping for something powerful, then I suggest you to see of this laptop. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it.