Well, well, well… look at who has boarded the ScreenPad train – the ASUS VivoBook S15 S532. It is the direct successor to the VivoBook S15 S530, who we have dubbed as one of the best 15-inchers for the asked price. The laptop we have with us today, looks pretty similar, once again, embodying the ErgoLift hinge, however it has a little edgier shapes.

Hardware-wise it is almost the same, with the major overhaul being the use of GeForce MX250 instead of the MX150 (which are also quite the same, honestly). However, the biggest change we see, undoubtedly, lays inside the touchpad – literally. ASUS has given the VivoBook S15 S532 the premium treatment we saw last year on the ZenBooks. On paper, everything seems just too right. Let’s see how is it in practice.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-vivobook-s15-s532/

Contents


Specs Sheet

ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 – Specs


Dimensions


357.2 x 230.3 x 18 mm (14.06″ x 9.07″ x 0.71″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-A 2.0
  • HDMI
  • Card reader Micro SD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Audio jack combo audio / microphone jack

Features

  • Web camera HD 720p
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Backlit Keyboard

What’s in the box?

This laptop’s packaging includes all of the essentials – paper manuals and guides, a 90W power brick and the VivoBook S15 S532 itself.

Design and construction

When you visit ASUS’ official website, they will present you the VivoBook S15 S532 in a choice of three different colors – Moss Green, Punk Pink and probably the sleekest of them all – the Transparent Silver. Setting the fancy names aside, we found the VivoBook S15 to have upgraded in terms of a premium feel. In addition to that, the ASUS logo is not in the middle of the lid anymore, but sits on the right side and is joined by e VivoBook branding. Moreover, they have a tactile feel – a nice touch, ASUS.

It combines aluminum and plastic for the build of its body. This way it retains the 18mm profile and the 1.80kg weigh of the VivoBook S15 S530.

Interestingly, the lid opens easily with a single hand, despite the ErgoLift mechanism, and it lifts the back of the laptop by a couple of millimeters – just enough for the fans to breathe. Above the display, there is an optional IR face recognition and when the laptop is open, it nearly has no bezels.

On the base, there is the backlit keyboard, which has a NumberPad section. Indeed, the Numeric keys are smaller than the rest of the keys, but at least they are there, right? As far as the experience, we were satisfied with it, as the feedback is clicky and the travel is long enough.

Now, let’s get to the exciting part – the ScreenPad. Not only it can be used as a NumberPad segment, but now it actually acts as a secondary display. You can drag whatever content you want from the main display to it and enhance your working (or gaming) experience, while watching YouTube videos, browsing the web and more. Additionally, there are some apps that are designed especially for the ScreenPad and you can find it on it, as soon as you turn it on. We were particularly interested in the handwriting tool, that transforms the symbols you write with your finger to a digital text. Additionally, we’re wondering if you can use it to sign online documents, but we can’t give you an answer to that just yet.

When we turn the laptop upside down, we can clearly see the ventilation grill beneath the cooling fan as well as the cut-outs for the speakers.

Ports

Most of the I/O is concentrated on the right side of the laptop. There you can find the charging plug, as well as an HDMI connector, one USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port and one USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader. Its left side is populated by two USB Type-A 2.0 ports, which is petty as we see more and more manufacturers implementing at least USB 3.0 speeds (even on their budget line ups).

Display quality

ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 is equipped with an IPS panel, model number AUO B156HAN02.1. Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution 1920 х 1080 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9, and we are looking at a pixel density of – 142 ppi, and a pitch of 0.18 х 0.18 mm. The screen turns into Retina when viewed at distance equal to or greater than 60cm (24″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is normal for looking at a laptop).

Viewing angles are great. We offer images at 45° to evaluate image quality.

The measured maximum brightness of 264 nits in the middle of the screen and 243 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 13%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 6800K – slightly colder the optimal for the sRGB standard of 6500K. The average color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 7920K.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. In other words, the leakage of light from the light source.

Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work. The contrast ratio is fine – 1300:1.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows ASUS VivoBook S15 S532’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers only57% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 24 ms.

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

ASUS VivoBook S15 S532’s display doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness levels. This means it is safe for use during extended periods of time, preserving your eyesight in this aspect.

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

Conclusion

ASUS VivoBook S15 S532’s display has an IPS panel with Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio and non-flickering backlight. Its main disadvantage is the modest color coverage.

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

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 - screen profile

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 - screen profile

Health-Guard

THealth-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.

All

Sound

ASUS VivoBook S15 S532’s speakers produce crisp sound with a good quality thanks to the harman kardon tuning. Its low, mid and high tones are clear of deviations.

Drivers

You can download all of the drivers and utilities for ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 from here: https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ASUS-VivoBook-S15-S532FL/HelpDesk_Download/

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. The battery pack in use here has a 42Wh capacity.

It delivers around 7 hours and 45 minutes of Web browsing.

CPU options

You can choose between the Core i5-8265U and the Core i7-8565U – both quad-core processors.


ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different CPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / CPU.


GPU options

ASUS has equipped the VivoBook S15 S532 with the NVIDIA GeForce MX250.


ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.


Gaming tests

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GTA-V-benchmarks

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-8265U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 2.96 GHz (B+85%) @ 75°C 2.95 GHz (B+84%) @ 90°C 2.17 GHz (B+36%) @ 68°C
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530 2.99 GHz (B+87%) @ 77°C 2.99 GHz (B+87%) @ 87°C 2.29 GHz (B+43%) @ 71°C
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s 2.76 GHz (B+73%)@ 75°C 2.74 GHz (B+71%)@ 84°C 2.11 GHz (B+32%)@ 74°C
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s 3.43 GHz (B+114%)@ 91°C 2.69 GHz (B+68%)@ 91°C 2.19 GHz (B+37%)@ 80°C
HP ProBook 450 G6 2.69 GHz (B+59%)@ 64°C 2.53 GHz (B+60%)@ 68°C 2.09 GHz (B+31%)@ 71°C
Acer Swift 3 (SF314-56G) 2.67 GHz (B+67%)@ 93°C 2.16 GHz (B+35%)@ 86°C 1.66 GHz (B+4%)@ 71°C

Quite frankly, we expected the VivoBook S15 S532 to perform similarly to its predecessor and our temperature tests just confirmed this. Throughout the entirety of the stress test, they were running at similar temperatures and clock speeds, however, the VivoBook S15 S530 had a slight edge over its successor.

Real gameplay

NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 1708 MHz @ 77°C 1480 MHz @ 67°C
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530 1591 MHz @ 74°C 1475 MHz @ 74°C

Looking at this table, however, shows that the MX250 is significantly more efficient than the MX150. Probably it has something to do with the optimization of the laptop they are both residing at, but it doesn’t change the major difference. At the first two minutes of testing, the VivoBook S15 S532 was running good 120 MHz above its predecessor. While at the 30-minute mark they were working at the pretty much same frequency, the newer model was actually 7C cooler. One would say that the fan was ramping up to its maximum potential to do that, but it clearly wasn’t the case here.

Gaming comfort

After 30 minutes of gaming, the laptop didn’t heat that much. We measured the hottest point to be around 46C, right next to the “0” key.

Verdict

ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 is a really, really decent device. We found it to be a good step up from its predecessor, as they haven’t changed anything significant from the VivoBook S15 S530 but instead improved and added features.

One of the main things that ASUS retained from the former version is the 1080p IPS panel (AUO B156HAN02.1). It is clearly a budget panel, as it covers only 57% of sRGB and its colors are a bit off. On the bright side, it is just …bright enough for you to look at it in direct sunlight and it doesn’t use PWM to adjust its levels of brightness.

As far as the choice of hardware, we can’t complain here at all – it features the Whiskey Lake CPUs in a combination with the GeForce MX250, which is marginally better than its respective predecessor – the MX150, but we found it to run cooler.

Additionally, despite it uses the same unamusing 42Wh battery as the VivoBook S15 S530, the newer unit is able to provide you with around 7 hours and 45 minutes of web browsing. This is a reasonable upgrade in optimization, as the battery life was one of the downsides of the former laptop.

We’ve left the most prominent Pros of the ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 for the end. Its ErgoLift hinge and ScreenPad 2.0 are enhancing the experience of this device. In fact, we think that they are one of the greatest reasons to buy the laptop. Not only does the ErgoLift design help the device cool itself and help you type more effortlessly, but the ScreenPad is now a secondary display. With its 1080p resolution and size far greater than the traditional touchpads, it can be your small assistant in work and entertainment.

Pros

  • Its keyboard is backlit and great for typing
  • ScreenPad and ErgoLift hinge for enhanced user experience
  • Has an IPS panel has comfortable viewing angles and good contrast ratio (AUO B156HAN02.1)
  • Doesn’t use PWM to adjust brightness levels

Cons

  • Covers only 57% of sRGB (AUO B156HAN02.1)

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-vivobook-s15-s532/





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