Asus VivoBook K15 OLED critique: Lights up the spending budget laptop segment, just in time for festive season

The Asus VivoBook K15—K513—is the most economical laptop with an OLED show in the Indian market place today. How economical, you ask? Well, it expenses as low as Rs 46,990. Not only does the K15 ‘democratise’ next-gen tech for purchasers, it should—hopefully—trigger other brands to get started taking laptop screens on spending budget laptops more seriously. In that sense, more than the solution itself, it is what it stands for that genuinely sets the K15 apart from something else in the market place today. That’s what tends to make it particular.

Asus is launching a wide variety of K15 models—both Intel and AMD-based—possibly in a bid to offer you a tiny a thing for everyone, across distinctive price tag points. In other words, the brand is also providing a lot of decision, a thing that is not incredibly typical amongst spending budget laptops. More especially, there are 4 SKUs.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED variants, India costs

Asus is also promoting the K15 with the Ryzen 5 5500U processor. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/TheSpuzz)
  • Intel Core i3-1115G4/8GB RAM/256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3. SSD/ Intel UHD Graphics: Rs 46,990
  • Intel Core i5- 1135G7/8GB RAM/ 1TB SATA 5400RPM 2.5″ HDD/256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3. SSD/ Intel Xe Graphics: Rs 65,990
  • Intel Core i5- 1135G7/16GB RAM/ 1TB SATA 5400RPM 2.5″ HDD/256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3. SSD/ Intel Xe Graphics: Rs 68,990
  • Intel Core i7- 1165G7/16GB RAM/512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3. SSD/ Intel Xe Graphics: Rs 81,990
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5500U/8GB RAM/ 1TB SATA 5400RPM 2.5″ HDD/256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3. SSD/ AMD Radeon Graphics: Rs 62,990

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED | What’s fantastic

The K15’s most striking aspect is its show. Now, just since Asus has somehow managed to place an OLED panel in a spending budget laptop, does not imply something. If something, there’s even more explanation to be sceptical. But the fantastic factor is, there’s not a lot to complain right here. The panel that Asus is working with in the K15 seems to be higher-top quality with ample saturation, specifically deep inky blacks. It is big 15.6-inch 1080p, glossy and 16:9, so in a word, it is a dream for content consumption. There is no HDR assistance even though.

As for colour accuracy, even though I personally would have liked a slightly more dialled down strategy, most purchasers would be pleased with what’s on ‘display’ right here. For what it is worth, the panel supports one hundred% DCI-P3 colour gamut and it is Pantone validated—as also TÜV Rheinland Eye Care-certified—so cannot say Asus hasn’t gone the added mile to give you a lot of bang for your buck in this division.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED, Asus VivoBook K15 OLED reviewThe K15’s most striking aspect is its show. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/TheSpuzz)

But possibly the factor that is got me impressed the most is the all-round brightness. Unlike a lot of other laptops—including these that expense more from Asus itself—the K15 can get incredibly vibrant which suggests it performs effectively even when you are out and about. The only limitation could be its size, it is soon after all, a 15-inch laptop. I am not as well fond of the bezels about that stunning screen, I believe they could have been a tiny more polished but at least they’re not chunky. Asus has performed effectively cutting down on any drop ends wherever it could have, resulting in a close to 85% screen-to-body ratio.

Aside from these low-cost and ‘plasticky’ bezels, the rest of the K15 is constructed very effectively. Some may well even say, it appears premium. Very minimal and understated. Not tacky. Asus is working with a mixture of aluminum alloy and plastic to make certain structural rigidity and fantastic ergonomics. The entire factor weighs just beneath 2kg—it’s not as well light, not as well heavy either.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED, Asus VivoBook K15 OLED reviewThe keyboard is complete-size. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/TheSpuzz)

The identical level of interest has been offered to the keyboard and connectivity ports. The keyboard is complete-size, backlit, spill-resistant and consists of each a numpad and fingerprint reader. Just to spice items up a tiny, Asus has offered the ‘enter’ essential a bold neon outline which need to appeal to a lot of folks, specifically the young demographic. Connectivity ports are also plenty—including a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, two USB 2., HDMI 1.4, 3.5 mm combo audio jack and micro-SD card reader.

Core hardware is exactly where items get started to get a tiny more exciting. Rather than going all in on energy, Asus is working with a processor that is made especially for thin and light laptops. The model I have for critique has an 11th Generation Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Tiger Lake-UP3) processor with integrated Intel UHD graphics. This is paired with 8GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM and 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED, Asus VivoBook K15 OLED reviewConnectivity ports are also lots. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/TheSpuzz)

The i3-1115G4 is a 2 core, 4 thread processor constructed on a 10nm procedure node with a base clock speed of 3GHz and enhance speeds of up to 4.1GHz. The chip consumes up to 28W of TDP. The Core i5 and i7 models offer you more cores and will be—obviously—faster. Asus is also promoting the K15 with the Ryzen 5 5500U processor (6 cores/12 threads) boasting of AMD’s newest Zen 2 microarchitecture which—in my opinion—is an superb worth addition to the line-up.

Regardless of the vendor, the hardware inside the K15 is created from ground-up for efficiency and not so considerably for ground-breaking overall performance which sits completely effectively with the entry-level premise of this laptop. The laptop is fantastic at single-core overall performance which is to say it can manage standard tasks such as net browsing, mails, and video calls—it has a decent 720p webcam—well. It can also do some light photo and video editing, play couple of casual games right here and there but multithreaded overall performance is expectedly not the focus right here.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED, Asus VivoBook K15 OLED reviewIt supports Wi-Fi 6. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/TheSpuzz)

The K15 does not heat up/throttle unless you are consciously generating an work to strain it even though I would also like to point out that Asus has place a committed thermal management technique inside the laptop which is a mixture of an 8 mm heat pipe and an 87-blade ‘IceBlades’ fan that appears to have been custom-made for this type element. The concept is to offer you quieter sustained peak overall performance which need to technically make more sense in the larger-finish i5 and i7 models. Those models are also finding a feature referred to as Asus Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT) for enhanced thermals and efficiency at larger TDP by providing you an choice to toggle amongst Whisper, Balanced and Performance modes.

Rounding off the package are a pair of loud and crisp stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon, noise-cancelling microphone and Wi-Fi 6.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED | What could have been greater

The K15 clearly has a lot going for itself, but there are two locations exactly where it could have been greater. While I like the keyboard and its layout—which is quite expansive—the keys themselves do not offer you the finest typing encounter. They’re soft and mushy. The trackpad as well leaves a lot to be preferred. It is off-centre for one which suggests there’s a slight mastering curve to working with it. It is also incredibly modest, for such a big laptop. It is not incredibly strong either neither in terms of feature set nor encounter.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED, Asus VivoBook K15 OLED reviewThe K15 has Harman Kardon speakers. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/TheSpuzz)

Another location exactly where the K15 leaves a lot to be preferred is the battery life. The size itself – 42Wh – does not inspire a lot of self-confidence but I was expecting a tiny more since of the laptop’s power effective processor. Sadly, that is not the case. I have been averaging amongst 4-5 hours on casual usage which is way off, even disappointing. The laptop supports 65W quick charging but only by means of the accompanying barrel charger.

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED | Verdict

Asus VivoBook K15 OLED, Asus VivoBook K15 OLED reviewThe K15 clearly has a lot going for itself. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/TheSpuzz)

Going by its spec sheet and Asus’s advertising pitch, you may well believe that the VivoBook K15 OLED is a one-trick pony, two tops, but soon after possessing applied it extensively for more than a week, I can say for sure that that is not the case at all. Far from it.

The K15 OLED gets a lot of items proper. It’s not best but its couple of shortcomings are not deal-breakers or something. Though its huge focus lies on generating OLED screens more accessible, the K15 lights up the spending budget laptop segment with a mix of sturdy design and style and capable overall performance, all with out breaking your bank.

Pros: Sturdy design and style, OLED show, Full-size keyboard, Plenty of ports, Good all-round overall performance

Cons: Mushy keys, Cramped trackpad, Battery life could be greater

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