ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K3500) – Top 5 Pros and Cons
ASUS’s Vivobook lineup offers the company’s most valuable notebooks, which offer both thin and light notebooks that bring a decent chunk of performance for a good price. Today we have a well-thought-out device that checks all the boxes, albeit not perfectly. With Tiger Lake H35 CPUs and an optional RTX 3050, you can have a capable laptop for decent gaming, while the OLED display steals the show in terms of quality.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks for the ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K3500).
3 reasons to BUY the ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K3500)
1. Design and build quality
Contrasting other Vivobooks, this one doesn’t come entirely made out of metal. There is an aluminum lid and a plastic chassis that is surprisingly more durable than the lid. Regardless, no one tries to bend his own laptop on purpose, so as long as you handle it with care, as you should, you will be fine. The design is simplistic, with only two colors, sharp edges, and rounded corners. Branding-wise, there is a Vivobook logo on the back, in the form of an embossed plaque. In terms of dimensions, the laptop is quite portable, weighing only 1.65 kg and having a profile of 19.9 mm.
2. Display quality
The 15.6-inch Full HD OLED panel comes with comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 407 nits, and good brightness uniformity across the whole display area, ensuring even color representation. In terms of coverage, the display fully covers both the sRGB and the DCI-P3 gamuts.
However, the OLED panel doesn’t sport the best accuracy. The lowest that we could get it was using a D65 white point in the DCI-P3 color space, along with pairing it with our Design and Gaming profile.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
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While the laptop does come with Tiger Lake H35 processors, it does a good job at harnessing the performance and not having its Core i5-11300H be a dud. Here are results from benchmarks showing the performance of the CPU against other competitors.
The RTX 3050 inside might have a TGP of only 50W, but it can handle its fair share of gaming. What’s more is that it can also speed up your video editing, especially when working in tandem with the onboard integrated graphics, using Quick Sync.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
|Metro Exodus||Full HD, Low (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)|
|Average FPS||58 fps||38 fps||18 fps|
|Borderlands 3||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Badass (Check settings)|
|Average fps||67 fps||49 fps||67 fps|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)||Full HD, Lowest (Check settings)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)|
|Average||94 fps||66 fps||57 fps|
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)|
|Average fps||66 fps||61 fps||54 fps|
2 reasons NOT to buy the ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K3500)
There is an issue with the USB ports, as two of them run at only 2.0 speeds. While this is an issue for file transfer, you can just leave these ports for peripherals, like your mouse or a USB headset. The rest of the I/O includes one USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
The upgradeability is close to being non-existent, with no RAM slots, and only a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot.
Here is our teardown video, which shows how to access the single SSD slot.