Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED Review

The Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED is brand new 2024 laptop. on it you’re getting an OLED display and Meteor Lake processor that has pretty good performance, and it also has great efficiency, great battery life.

Also has a discrete GPU, the RTX 3050. Now, you might be saying RTX 3050, that’s not going to be very powerful. Well, it’s enough to give you a nice boost in terms of the graphics to do some things like 4K video editing and also you could do some gaming on it.

Of course, it’s not going to blow you away like a RTX4060, 4070, 4080, or even a 4090, but it definitely does give you a nice little boost.

It’s has an all-metal design with a military-grade rating so it’s definitely durable and it has a really nice look to it. With an excellent keyboard and touchpad and even has the Asus DialPad that we’ve seen on other more high-end laptops from Asus.

So we’re going to get into it and more in this review, why I think this is a great value proposition, but they’re not skimping on high-end features.

Specs and Price

  • Model: S5506MA
  • color: Neutral Black, Mist Blue
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core Ultra 7 Processor 155H
  • Graphics: Intel Arc Graphics
  • Neural processor: Intel AI boost NPU
  • Display: 15.6-inch 3K OLED 16:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Memory: 16GB LPDDR5X
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x Thunderbolt 4 supports display and power delivery, 1x HDMI 2.1 TMDS, 1x 3.mm Combo Audio Jack, Micro SD card reader.
  • Camera: 5MP FHD camera with IR function support windows Hello with privacy shutter.
  • Battery: 75Whrs, 4-cell Li-ion
  • Weight: 1.50kg
  • Price: $1,299

Design and Build

Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED Review: Design and build quality

So, we get a 200-watt power charger. So, this is a 200 W power charger, barrel pin connection here, it’s not USB type-C. So, this gives you 200 watts of juice, a little bit of heft on it.

We’re going to keep that out; we’re going to get a measurement of the weight and here we go, very understated, a nice looks like it’s a pretty nice build quality here so far, very little flex. Now, this is metal, this is cold to the touch, this part is metal, yeah, I don’t know, yeah, I think this is all metal if I’m not mistaken, so that’s good news on that front.

that is easily opened with one finger, so with just the unit alone, you’re looking at 1.94 kg, so pretty close to what they’re saying, 4 lb 4.5 oz all in, and then with the power charger here and the power cord, you’re looking at 2.11 kg, and that would be 5 lb 8.6 oz, so a little bit of heft to tote around with you, there’s no doubt about it.

Ports

Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED Review: Ports

As far as the ports, on the left side is a USB Type-A port, a 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port. Next to that is a full-size SD card reader. The cards do stick out about halfway when inserted, so when you are not using it, I would recommend taking it out and putting it into a pocket in your bag. You don’t want to break it off or lose it. So just make sure that it is taken out. But I love having a full-size SD card reader.

Now, moving over to the right side, you get two USB Type-C ports. The first is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 that supports display out and power delivery. Next to that is a Thunderbolt port that also supports display and power delivery. Next to that is another USB Type-A port, 3.2 Gen 1. Then you get an HDMI 2.1 TMDS port, a 3.5mm microphone/headphone combo jack, and an RJ45 GB Ethernet port. Of course, I love having that here, and you get your power port in, or your DC in, I should say.

And that is a pretty good port selection overall. Now, one little nitpick, I’d like to split up those USB-C ports, one on each side, but not a big deal here. I think the overall port selection is quite good.

User Upgradeability

Now, Asus VivoBook Pro 15 Oled has 16 GB DDR5 memory running at 5600 MHz and in dual-channel mode. You can get this with 24 GB, of course, as I showed you earlier, along with more storage as well.

AllRead (MB/s)Write (MB/s)
SEQ1M
Q8T1
4969.053430.14
SEQ1M
Q1T1
3736.412915.18
RND4K
Q32T1
448.00494.88
RND4K
Q1T1
53.33127.06
M.2 SSD storage read and write speed (MB/s)

Speaking of the storage, there are two M.2 SSD slots, they’re 2280 slots, and of course, my one terabyte unit that is included with this unit which has some pretty good reads and writes. They’re not the fastest, but they certainly are fast enough for what you need this laptop to do. I’ve had no issues as far as that is concerned, and having the two SSD slots means that if you need to expand out storage later on, you need more storage, you have that option to go yourself to save some money, and that’s really good in 2024.

And we’re looking at a Wi-Fi 6C Bluetooth combo card that is slotted in. What does that mean? Well, you could actually change it out yourself if you want to get the Wi-Fi 7, making it a little bit more future-proof. You can, but the Wi-Fi 6E and the Bluetooth combo card that is here in this review unit is working perfectly fine, no issues with either the Wi-Fi or the Bluetooth.

Display

Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED Review Display Picture Quality and colors

It’s an OLED display and I like it at this price point, that’s good. It’s a 15.6-inch display with a Full HD resolution that’s 1920 x 1080 and that means it does have a 16:9 aspect ratio, a little bit of a throwback. One of the benefits of 16:9 I have to admit, is the fact that you won’t have any black bars on the top and the bottom when consuming media that is optimized for 16:9 of course. But when you’re doing work you’ll see less on the display.

It won’t be quite as good as a 16:10 or a 3:2 aspect ratio that we’re used to on some of the laptops in recent times but 16:9 does have its benefits, like I said. Watching movies on it has been very good, and as with any OLED display, you get the really deep blacks, the super vibrant colors, the really high contrast, it’s all there, and it has excellent coverage of the color gamut. It is color accurate, so if you’re going to do content creation in Lightroom, Photoshop, video editing in DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro certainly can get the job done.

As far as screen brightness, they claimed brightness here is 400 nits standard dynamic range. I actually measured above that 447 nits and it has a peak brightness when watching HDR of 600 nits, so that is pretty good here, especially for this caliber of display. I’m really liking what I’m seeing.

Now, a couple of things to note about Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED display: it is a non-touch display and it does have a glossy display, so if you’re going to be in direct sunlight, you may have some issues with glare and reflections and it all depends on your lighting conditions. But my overall takeaway is it wasn’t the most glossy display out there, so it wasn’t too much of an issue and it certainly gets bright enough. And as with any OLED display there are things you need to be aware of. One of them is screen burning down the road might be an issue, although I have not really had any kind of issues with screen burning especially in these Asus laptops.

They do have some special software they do bake into this, and of course, in the settings, you can control a lot of that, and I like that. So, that helps preserve this OLED display and helps prevent screen burning, and of course, that is one thing you need to be aware of. And as the other thing to be aware of is there is screen flickering or PWM that they use here, so for those that are sensitive to that, you might have some issues. I’m not sensitive to it, but I just wanted to point that out. But my overall takeaway is this is a pretty nice display. Yes, it’s not 4K, it’s not 16:10 aspect in terms of the ratio, but it does have that OLED greatness here, and I think it overall shines on this laptop.

Speakers Audio

As far as audio, it has stereo speakers, they’re Harman Kardon-tuned and have Dolby Atmos to help with the spatial audio, which is good especially at this price point. Now, I think it gets pretty loud with decent sound. It could use a little more bass; the mids were decent. I think they’re pretty good for what VivoBook Pro 15 is at this price point.

Webcam

The webcam on the Asus Vivo Book Pro 15 OLED 2024 has a 5-megapixel camera. I’m shooted in 1440p video in the Windows camera app. Note, this is an IR camera allowing face recognition with Windows Hello. There is a physical shutter switch above the camera for more security and privacy, which I like. This has an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for AI effects include auto framing, keeping me in frame even if I move, eye contact correction, and background blur options.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED Review Keyboard and Touchpad

keyboard is a really good one with chiclet-style keys that Asus is known for. The key travel is good and the feedback is very good as well. The overall tactility is excellent and comfortable for typing long documents and emails. For number crunchers, there is a numeric keypad which is a benefit, but it moves everything off-center in terms of the trackpad. However, you get acclimated quickly and after about an hour I didn’t notice it much. The backlight works well and the white LED shines through the dark keys allowing work in a dark or dimly lit environment.

Touchpad is nice and very responsive for scrolling and gestures. It’s not a haptic touchpad but at this price point that’s expected. It works overall pretty well. An interesting feature is the Asus style which allows to change brightnes adjust volume and more. It also works in the Adobe suite of applications which could be contextual. I don’t use it much but for creatives it’s there if needed.

Performance

GEEKEBENCH 6
(Higher is Better)
LG Gram Pro 16 OLED
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, 32GB RAM
NVIVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (45W)
Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, 16GB RAM
NVIVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (95W)
Single-Core2,3202,381
Multi-Core12,45612,741
OpenCL (GPU)52,80162,681
GEKKEBNCH 6 Benchmarks
3DMARK
(Higher is Better)
LG Gram Pro 16 OLED
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, 32GB RAM
NVIVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (45W)
Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, 16GB RAM
NVIVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (95W)
Time Spy4,0206,102
fire Strike8,83113,077
Time Spy Stress Test98.9%
(Passed)
99.3%
(Passed)
3DMARK Benchmarks

Asus VivoBook Pro 15 is an interesting laptop, a 15-inch with a discrete GPU, the RTX 3050. I recently reviewed the LG Gram Pro 16 OLED, which has the same processor but more RAM and also the RTX 3050. The difference is one has 95 watts of power, the other 45 watts, meaning more power at a cheaper price with the Vivo Book over the Gram Pro 16 OLED. However, the Gram Pro 16 is much lighter. The Vivo Book Pro has better single-core and multi-core scores and a better OpenCL score, 62681 versus 52801, due to its 95 watts of power versus 45 watts.

Cinebench 2024 also showed better single-core, multi-core, and GPU performance at a significantly lower price—around ,200 versus ,150 on sale. The 3D Mark scores were better, with improved Time Spy and Fire Strike scores, again due to the 95 watts of power for the RTX 3050 versus 45 watts. Both laptops passed the Time Spy stress test.

GamesLow
(1920×1080)
Medium
(1920×1080)
High
(1920×1080)
Ultra
(1920×1080)
The Witcher 3289 FPS141 FPS83 FPS49 FPS
F1 22128 FPS110 FPS84 FPS28 FPS
DOTA 2 REBORN149 FPS137 FPS128 FPS121 FPS
CYBERPUNK 207769 FPS53 FPS42 FPS36 FPS
Gaming Performance (FPS)

At this price Asus offers great value, but temper your expectations with the RTX 3050. It won’t match the performance of the 4060, 4070, 4080, or 4090 for AAA titles on the highest settings, but you can get playable frame rates on popular titles with adjusted settings. It’s a step up from Iris XE, Intel Arc graphics, and AMD’s integrated 780M graphics.

Surface Temps and Fan Noise

When it comes to the Time Spy stress test, scoring 99.3% means it detected no thermal throttling under load. The surface temperatures above the keyboard and below the display, where the heating vents are, reached 50-51°C, which is noticeable, though the keyboard area never got overly hot. There were hot spots on the underside, reaching 51-52°C, so be aware of those surface temperatures. Fan noise is an issue under heavy load, reaching 58-59 dB, which is quite loud. However, in balance mode during everyday tasks, it remained relatively quiet.

Battery

LaptopsPCMARK 10
Modern Office
PCMARK 10
MS Office
PCMARK 10
Video Playback
PCMARK 10
Gaming
Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, (75Wh)
15.6-inch OLED 1920×1080 (60Hz)
9 hours 17 minutes10 hours 43 minutes11 hours 26 minutes1 hours 14 minutes
LG Gram Pro 16 (2024)
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (90Wh)
16″ 2880×1800 OLED (120Hz)
14 hours 29 minutes13 hours 32 minutes17 hours 24 minutes1 hours 32 minutes
Battery life performance at Brightness Set to 40% in Balance Mode.

But where the Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED really shines is in battery life. It did very well, better than expected. It has a 75Wh battery, getting 9 hours and 17 minutes on the PC Mark 10 Modern Office test. It wasn’t quite as good as the LG Gram Pro, which has a 90Wh battery, so I’m not surprised there. But 9 hours and 17 minutes for a laptop of this caliber is pretty good, and the video playback was very good at 11 hours and 26 minutes. Very good overall endurance when it comes to battery life.

Final Thought

What do I think about the Asus VivoBook Pro 15 OLED here for 2024? There’s a lot to like. It’s got a pretty nice 15.6-inch Full HD OLED display. It’s bright, colorful and has an all-metal design. It’s pretty durable with a military standard A10 rating. It’s got pretty good battery life and decent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos. It’s got an excellent keyboard and trackpad with a dial pad for those that like that. It’s got two M.2 SSD slots if you want to upgrade the storage. You can upgrade the RAM, which is a dying breed here in 2024. I like that it’s one slot; the rest is soldered in. It’s got a very good price-to-performance ratio and plenty of ports, which you’ve got to love.

Now, the negatives: of course, there’s no 4K option. It’s a 60Hz display with no higher refresh rate option. It’s a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is very good for consuming media but not the best for productivity and word documents, spreadsheets, and the like. It’s not going to be as tall. There is noticeable fan noise under load, and it can get very warm under load. It does have some screen wobble when typing, but I don’t think those are deal-breakers, especially at this price point. If you can get this on sale, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck, a very good value proposition from Asus, and they are giving you some pretty high-end features at this great price.

So, my overall takeaway is the VivoBook Pro 15 OLED here for 2024 is a definite bargain, especially for those that want high-end features.

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