ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 [N580GD-DB74] Review – The Best Inexpensive Laptop

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If you are on the market looking for a reliable multimedia laptop, then the Asus VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD is a solid option you should consider. In fact, this model is designed to be a full-size unit for multimedia use and is capable of handling multitasking, a certain level of gaming, and also computing-intensive tasks.

The VivoBook Pro series of laptops from the brand comes equipped with high-performance processors and graphics cards, making them ideal for various creative tasks like video editing, programming, animation, and more. Despite the ‘Pro’ tag in its name, this VivoBook has been priced decently, neither too expensive nor really budget-friendly and with the power and performance that it is able to deliver, this price tag shouldn’t be a concern.

In-Depth ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 Review


Design

The VivoBook Pro N580GD comes in a classic design, made of brushed aluminum and finished in gold, which makes the device look elegant. Yes, the overall design of the laptop is rather simple, something you would expect from a professional laptop; but, nevertheless, it is this classic look that is likely to impress many of you. Also, the gold finish on the device is one of the highlights in terms of design and certainly hard to miss.

Though the brand advertises the laptop to have an aluminum design, it has to be mentioned that not the whole unit is made of aluminum, but just a few parts, like the interior and lid. Despite the use of aluminum, those surfaces feel quite cheap to the touch, especially when compared to the aluminum body of many other laptops in the category. However, the unit, on the whole, is sturdy, and there is very little flex on certain areas when pressure is applied.

The N580GD weighs 4.4 pounds and has a thickness of 0.8 inches. While the device tends to be one of the slimmer models available on the market, its weight, however, places it somewhere midway, because there are devices that weigh more (reaching over 5.5 pounds) and less (around just 3 pounds) than this as well. As a result, it can be said that this is a fairly portable device, and carrying it around on a daily basis wouldn’t be a huge issue.

Display

The Asus VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD WideView IPS level panel. The screen resolution you get is 1920 x 1080 pixels, and the widescreen display is further enhanced by the brand’s Splendid technology, which is known to deliver more accurate, deeper, and richer color and visual output for all types of content.

Furthermore, since it supports in-plane switching (IPS), the wide viewing angle of up to 178 degrees doesn’t really alter image rendering in any way. Not to forget, if you need, you can also use the Type C port on the laptop and connect to a 4K Ultra HD display to further enhance your visual experience.

Hardware Performance

ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 review

The VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Standard Voltage processor, which can reach clock speeds of up to 4.1 GHz. This is a 6-core processor, which means it is faster and makes a perfect choice for video editing, photoshop work, and also CPU intensive gaming. Also, if you are interested in gaming, with the right graphics card, this processor will let you enjoy the same to the fullest.

For system memory and storage, what you get with the device is an 8 GB DDR4 RAM + 16 GB Intel Optane memory, and a 1 TB HDD Optane enhanced storage. Another option you have is to choose the touchscreen version of the laptop, which comes with a 16 GB RAM and a combination of 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD.

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Gaming

For your graphics needs, for gaming purposes or otherwise, this Asus VivoBook Pro 15 includes the NVIDIA GTX 1050 4 GB discrete graphics, which is a model that supports gaming but has some boundaries as well. This is basically a budget GPU, which means you will be able to play your favorite games that are not highly graphics-intensive and at their low to medium graphics settings. In fact, this is a GPU commonly used in budget gaming laptops, and the fact that it is used in the N580GD, at this price range is somewhat disappointing.

Connectivity

As far as connectivity options go, the VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD has an HDMI port, an SD card reader, one USB 3.1 Type C port, one USB 3.0 port, and two USB 2.0 ports. While the USB 3.1 port allows you to transfer data at high speeds, reaching up to 5 Gbps, the Type C port is reversible and can be used to connect a wide range of devices. In addition, it also enables connectivity via Bluetooth 4.2 and wireless 802.11ac.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The N580GD has a full-size keyboard that is ergonomically designed and makes typing comfortable, perfect for those extended hours of work, and with the 1.4mm key travel, you get to experience comfortable typing, at least when compared to many other laptops in this price range. It is backlit, making it easy for you to work even in low lighting conditions. Furthermore, the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor on the touchpad, you can access the laptop in one touch, without having to enter a password, and this also offers Windows Hello support.

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Audio

Co-developed by Harman Kardon, the Asus VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD is able to deliver amazing sound, a must aspect for working on multimedia projects, which is exactly what this laptop is designed for. The two stereo speakers on the device provide rich audio output, and since these are located at the front, the quality and maximum sound of the audio is much better than what many other laptops can deliver. As a result, all your tasks, including video editing, sound editing, video calling, playing games, watching movies, and more get enhanced further with outstanding audio.

Battery Life

Similar to many other laptops we have reviewed, battery life is not a strong aspect on this laptop too. With the full HD screen that this device has, all you can expect is between 5 and 6 hours of run time for regular day-to-day tasks, and even lesser when you watch videos or perform other computing-intensive tasks.

Conclusion

The Asus VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD is an excellent laptop option for your everyday computing and multitasking needs. Also, it can be used to perform an array of multimedia-related tasks, thanks to its incredible image rendering ability and amazing audio output. And yes, it does have flaws, like the below-average battery life and sub-par GPU. All in all, it comes to your needs and what features or aspects that you don’t mind compromising for the rest of the great features offered by the device.

Pros & Cons of ASUS VivoBook Pro 15

Pros

👍 Classic design
👍 Sturdy construction
👍 Comfortable keyboard
👍 Excellent sound

Cons

👎 Below-average battery life
👎 Entry-level GPU

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