Our Asus VivoBook 15 S1502IA-EJ002W review
Don’t be fooled by its low price and its go-anywhere design, the Asus Vivobook S1502IA-EJ002W is a truly powerful machine. This 15-inch hides an AMD Renoir Ryzen 5 4600H Hexa Core processor with 8 GB of RAM and fast 512 SSD storage, a high-performance package capable of satisfying most users in the context of everyday use with a little creativity and play. The ultrabook can also count on a borderless Full HD screen, a backlit keyboard, full connectivity, and a battery life of 7 hours. At this stage, it is difficult to make the smallest criticism, except perhaps that the processor is not necessarily exploited to its best in this small chassis.
The Asus VivoBook 15 S1502IA-EJ002W against the competition
In many respects, the Asus VivoBook 15 S1502IA-EJ002W has no valid competition in the current market with a quality/price ratio that is hard to match. In our price comparison, it appears to be among the most affordable of the lot but combines a powerful processor with an elegant look.
Features of Asus VivoBook 15 S1502IA-EJ002W
|screen(s).||15.6” Full HD LED thin edges 220cd/m² (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Renoir (3.0 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (16 GB), 2 slots (1 free)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 6 is integrated into the processor|
|Storage||512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0)|
|connectors||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi 5ac (1×1), Bluetooth 4.1|
|Audio system||2 Sonic Master speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Autonomy revealed / Battery||7 hours / Li-ion 3 cells 42Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.7 Kg / 359.7 x 232.5 x 19.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Asus VivoBook 15 S1502IA-EJ002W
The VivoBook S1502IA-EJ002W takes many of the lines of its predecessor (VivoBook S533) but Asus makes some very sensitive adjustments to the case, starting with a uniform gray blue. The metal-based frame always presents a sharp and angular silhouette, a bias that can be seen in particular at the level of ErgoLift hinge which is fine Now across most Asus PCs, this hinge has the particularity of tilting the base up to 3.5 degrees following opening the lid to optimize typing comfort while contributing to better air circulation below the chassis.
The keyboard benefits from a system of backlight (white) to highlight the silver keys in the dark and we noticed that Asus added a yellow outline and lettering to the Enter key.
Dimensions are another point where Asus has redesigned its VivoBook. If its weight (1.7 kg) and its format do not change, its thickness increases slightly.
For its part, the screen benefits from an impressive borderless frame for immersion, which adds a sense of Full-HD (1920 x 1080 px) which provides useful display density to view High Definition content in the best conditions. The matte treatment of the slab acts as a barrier to reflections related to use in strong ambient light. A plus for convenience. On the other hand, we are in a simple TN panel (compared to IPS). So expect dull colorimetry and imperceptible angles.
On the sides of the chassis, the composition of connectors is satisfactory with three USB Type-A ports, one of which is still limited to the 2.0 standard and one port. USB 3.2 Type-C. It added an HDMI 1.4 output and that’s it. The card reader is gone. For wireless connectivity, there is no Wifi AX but the previous version Wifi AC and Bluetooth 4.1.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus VivoBook 15 S1502IA-EJ002W
For its VivoBook 15, Asus opted for power and equipped it with an AMD Renoir-H 6-core processor that we’re more used to seeing in thicker gaming PCs, the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H. Although this type of ultrabook is usually equipped with low-power processors, Asus prefers to bet on performance (45W), enough to attract more sophisticated users who need less computing power.
In general, with capacities similar to those of an Intel Core i7-10750H, the processor from AMD will offer assistance in tasks capable of using 6 cores such as certain content creation, 3D modeling or video editing, knowing that the performance of this part depends. mainly with its cooling capacity and with such a thin chassis, the cooling system should not allow you to take full advantage of what the part has to offer. However, the advantage compared to the low-power equivalents (Core i7-1065G7) should be felt and meet the needs of creatives and other novice YouTubers on a tight budget. In support, the 8 GB of RAM provide the necessary multitasking fluidity without restriction.
Unlike a gaming PC, the display is not managed by a dedicated graphics chip but by AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 integrated into the processor. The game is not banned for all that but limited to relatively basic titles (little or no AAA) with mastered details. Otherwise, its capacities are more than enough for daily work and even support some creative tasks if necessary, although the export of photo and video will necessarily be affected. It is true that without the support of a dedicated GPU, the advantage provided by the 45W processor loses a little very well even though it allows to control the temperatures and noise of the PC.
Storage prioritizes speed over capacity inside the Vivobook. This is the norm today in this type of ultrabook at 700/800 euros. So we found one 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD which will ensure a good overall reactivity of the system on a daily basis. Quieter, more stable and more energy efficient than a mechanical disk, it allows Windows to achieve an impressive level of fluidity with short loading times and execution without latency. Furthermore, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good portion of your toy library although some may not find it sufficient.
In terms of battery life, the Vivobook S1502IA is average. Its battery offers a capacity of 42 Whr, which should offer it around 7 hour battery life in web browsing with active Wifi.