2022 Newest ASUS VivoBook 15 Laptop
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I’ve chewed through 2 MacBook Pros in the last 12 years but this MacBook Air is the best out-of-the-box laptop yet. The keyboard is amazing. The track pad is indescribably good–they’ve always been good but…damn. The Activity Monitor is back and it’s a icon on the dock. Yay!Also, Amazon knocked it out of the park. I ordered free shipping on Friday and received on Monday morning before I left for work. Everything was well packaged. 5 stars for Amazon on this one. It’s nice to be able to say something nice about them for a change. 🙂
I bought the ryzen 9 with 32gb ram. I don’t know when it started but I’ve been hearing this consistent nonstop static sound coming from underneath the upper part of the laptop. I don’t know if it’s any indication of a potential problem in the future. I’m not the type to open my devices to investigate so I’ll probably won’t know where it’s coming from. I’m travelling for another week and won’t do some serious editing until next month so I won’t know until then if this sound could get any louder when doing serious work and my Amazon return period will probably lapse by then. :/Also, the fingerprint scanner is not good, maybe even defective. I just disabled it and just use a PIN which is less convenient but more reliable. I kinda miss my Lenovo’s face recognition. Having the finger print scanner on the power button was uncomfortable and honestly a terrible design.Screen is beautiful. Battery life’s pretty good, unless you do battery care mode which caps the charge at 80% to improve battery’s lifespan – then battery drops to just 2-3 hours casual use (just browsing) before I have to recharge it. I disabled that and now back to enjoying a full day’s battery again, meaning I don’t have to recharge the laptop ’til the end of the day, could even extend it to the following day given my casual use atm. It has MyAsus which is a nice control center for things like battery and screen management to protect your OLED screen. There is this feature called Target Mode which dims inactive parts of the screen. It’s not very well executed (so I disabled it) but it was an option. Hopefully, Asus improve this. I have zero issues with bluetooth, wi-fi connectivity, the microusb card slot works, there’s no overheating (I haven’t used it extensively yet) and the unit is light to carry.Overall, I’d love to keep this if the noise doesn’t get louder than what it is now and it doesn’t die on me when I do full video editing soon.
The body is made of aluminum, which feels higher quality than the best windows laptops I’ve used. The computer is really fast without heat and fan noise. It’s such a delight to someone who, long ago surrendered that performance = fan noise. Thank you Apple for making the cooling fan obsolete! I normally use 32gb of Ram on Windows and do great with 8gb of Ram on the M1. As a life long Windows user, I recommend you try this laptop. You will truly be shocked by its performance.
Gerald J Pierson
This M1 replaces a 2015 MacBook Air. It’s actually the second M1 Air in our family (I bought a refurbished one earlier this year to replace a retiring 2012 Air), and at $799 for the 8 GB RAM / 256 GB SSD model is an insanely great value.Some of the other recent reviews mentioned a musty odor and speculated these had been in storage or previously used. There was a slight musty or chemical odor when the box was opened, but upon checking carefully I found the smell originated from the included printed materials, NOT the computer itself or the packaging. There was absolutely no sign of mold, moisture, or dampness in the box, the sealed packaging, or the laptop.Installing and running a utility showed this Air was assembled in August 2022 and had so far logged no battery cycles. It’s a new M1 Air, not old stock. (The 2020 date in the description is the year the M1 Air model was introduced, not when this computer was made.)
I am a LONG time Windows user, at least since Windows 3.0. Yes that long ago. I consider myself a power user and have built all my computers for over 20 years, well, except for laptops. But I digress. This is my 5th laptop, various models up to 17 inch. My most recent, not included the Mac Book Pro, is a semi-recent Dell XPS13. I really like it a lot as it is very portable/light. The only real drawback is battery life/runtime. I’m lucky if I get 6-7 hours of casual use.I’ve read about how these MBPs are supposed to have great battery life. That, coupled with the great sale on this 2021 model prompted me to pull the trigger and get it. Still learning all the ins & outs of MacOS but I get things done easily enough. The display on this thing is fantastic and the battery life does not disappoint.If you’re on the fence about this purchase I would recommend you go for it. Apple doesn’t seem to have sales quite like this one. There is plenty of bang for the buck.
Love the 17 inch screen. It is a lot of laptop for the money. Nice so far. Had no problem detecting my SSD drive. The sound is really amazing. Wish the keyboard was backlit. The bios is what I am used to. Money very well spent. would buy again.
I try to use my MacBooks until the very end of their usefulness, but I could not resist the sale price I was able to get on this 14” 2021 model. I could not be more pleased with my decision to upgrade. Every part of my experience with this MacBook has been phenomenal. The compact size and better resolution gives me a more portable device with almost no loss of real estate. I have been using the laptop for 2 days now and still have 30% of the battery left. The low profile keyboard is so much better for me too.
Just another Music/Outdoor/Technology Lover
I have been a Mac fan since the early 1990’s. This laptop (MBPro 14″, with M1 Pro chip, 16 GB DRAM and 1 TB SSD) is VERY fast, with excellent battery life and great portability. Build quality is as you would expect for a $2k system, very high. The display is gorgeous with great aspect ratio, keyboard is excellent, speakers are great, etc. The only slight nit is it seems a bit heavier and thicker than it needs to be, but really it is as close to perfect as you get. I have been using computers since the 1980’s and MacOS has always been easier to use than most alternatives. I administer many Windows 7/10/11 systems and Windows Server 2019/2022 systems for work, but prefer MacOS for my personal workstation. You literally could not pay me enough to use ANY other OS for my personal system. I have been using Unix since before Linux even existed (early 1980s), DOS before Windows existed, etc. There has never been an OS that is as reliable, easy to use while also supporting virtually every application you could ever need as MacOS.As an aside, I have tried running LogicProX with 20 – 30 plugins, etc and this sysem didn’t even start breathing hard. I also have a Mac Studio for home use, and although that system has the M1 Max CPU with 32 GB of RAM, I don’t see much difference between the performance of the systems. There are few workloads this laptop cannot handle.
Good laptop, light, works well. Has nice light up key board for dark rooms. Has single language keyboard keys, not like annoying Canadian laptops that have French and English keys that clutter up the space.
Would not be one I would buy. Will be sending it back. No back light on the keys. the key and key pads are gray on gray, impossible to see.
Took some time to program,but seems to do what they say. Not as fast as I would like,needless to say I’m gonna return,and I truly hate to say,I don’t think I’ll be getting another ASUS laptop. Too dang slow
The computer is amazing. What else can I say. I expected a lot, and it delivered.The battery life is phenomenal, and it charges super fast. I haven’t really been able to challenge the computing power much because of how well equipped this machine is. I frequently run Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom and Chrome with 20 tabs open simultaneously with no issues.The speakers are mind boggling. They somehow create this amazing surround sound effect and I still don’t understand it.I will say, it is very heavy. Noticably heavier than past models I’ve owned. But it makes sense considering how much this machine is packing in.I had some qualms about the notch on the screen, but I’ve installed an application called TopNotch that blacks out the top bar and hides the notch for most scenarios. The screen real-estate is great though. I also appreciate the periodic 120hz refresh rate. Still a bit behind on that one, apple. We’ve had accessible 144hz monitors for years at this point.Having a built in SD card port has made my use much more convenient for importing photos from my DSLR. The magsafe charging port is also excellent. No more worries about accidentally breaking the USB-C cable from tripping over the cable. The cable is also threaded and feels great.I appreciate the fingerprint sensor, but it’s a little bit finicky. I have to hit space to wake the computer before using the fingerprint scanner or else the screen flickers and does weird things.I’m surprised to say, but I miss the touch bar. I used it for brightness and volume adjustment often and had it customized to take screenshots easily. But I LOVE the tactile ESC key. That’s something I have always wanted back on the Macbook series.The keyboard is nice. I miss the metal backing to the keyboard, but that’s not a deal breaker for me. The trackpad is as good as ever, no issues there.Overall, it’s excellent. Well worth the investment.
It is exactly what I’ve wanted and then some. Works great
Cannot believe how smokin’ fast this MacBook Pro runs! No problem handling multiple tasks such as McAfee in the background, Opera web browser, Face Time, and Adobe Photoshop all at the same time with zero lag!My very first computer was a second hand, Apple IIe (Circa 1986?) Since then, I have owned everything from a custom built desktop, Gateway desktops, Dell and HP laptops, and an Acer gaming laptop. Right out of the box, the MacBook Pro leaves them all in the dust! There was a bit of a learning or relearning curve after decades of being enslaved to PC’s but that challenge is trivial compared to the phenomenal performance of the Mac.Also, this is the first time in many years that I have purchased a new computer that was not preloaded with a bunch of “try it then buy it” software! Most if not all the PC’s, no matter the brand, come loaded with that crap. Not having to delete and uninstall all the junk software on a typical new PC is just one more reason to go with a Mac.The one thing I would like to have seen different is for Apple to include a bit more documentation along with the hardware. Not that it is all that difficult to download it from their support web site but a few more pages of basic operational instructions would be of great help for most PC users.Even with the sparse documentation, the MacBook Pro is, by far, the best computer I have ever owned and I look forward to many hours of highly productive use of this superior product!
The original Asus I purchased I had to return. It was slow, the screen resolution poor so I was hesitant to purchase Asus again, but the price was excellent thanks to Amazon Prime Days. I just received it and it is PERFECT for me. I’m not a gamer, or into heavy graphics. It can lag a bit when I have a lot of applications open, but it is much faster than my old laptop. If you need a basic laptop that has great screen size and resolution, a numbers pad, and a decently fast processor this Asus is for you. Great for college.
This laptop is extremely slow, especially with windows 11 in it. This processor is like stone age at this point. Not happy and returning it back.
Keys illegible. We had to buy stickers for the keyboard.
I like it but with a new operating system I am struggling to find things. I’ll figure out how to use it. Where’s all my icons?
William N. Brown
Got this for my father. He’s not a gamer, just needs it for basic work and internet. It runs fast and is easy to use. Good overall laptop.
Hours and hours and hours on the phone with customer service…the 30 day window had closed to return this to Amazon because I had been out of the country.I bought this computer to do extensive recordings and upload them to the internet. Well, the internal mic and USB microphone I had constantly cut out and had horrible recording quality. After several hours of troubleshooting, Asus finally let me send it in for repairs. After a couple weeks, I got it back, and they had replaced the entire motherboard.Today I’ve been 3.5 hours and counting on the phone with them and Microsoft because I cannot download Audacity, the recording software, because I cannot get out of S Mode. Getting out of S Mode should be easy, but after checking any number of possible problems including installing updates, nothing is working at all.Was it really too much to ask to have a brand new computer work well enough to do audio recordings??? Absolutely nothing is getting accomplished.
Got this for a grand daughter heading for college. It’s not super light weight but light enough and up to date and versatile enough for anything she wants to do, I have bought Asus computers for myself and grandkids for years and have never been disappointed in their performance or longevity. She was very happy to an updated laptop to get her through school.
I use an ASUS laptop (older version) for when I work from home, so I knew this would be a good purchase. I like the extra memory. Gave it to my daughter as a HS graduation gift & she loves it. We’re very happy with it.
Bought this laptop for my daughter who says it’s fast and just what she needed
Very nice laptop…priced honestly and reasonable. Processor is quick enough for my needs. It’s light, the screen resolution if outstanding. Can’t say enough good things about it. Highly recommend
The media could not be loaded. There are a few minor problems.The USB-C port on this laptop doesn’t support display output. The model with the intel chip does. Additionally, the type C port doesn’t support charging. It’s for data transfer only.The placement of the charging port can be inconvenient when plugging in other accessories, as the cable blocks the other ports. (Video Provided)If you can look past those issues, the laptop is great.The screen is bright and vibrant since it’s an OLED display. There is software to allow pixel shift to avoid burn in, so the display should last a long time.The keyboard is responsive, backlit, and has a number pad.Fingerprint reader works well. There was only one time when the drivers for it turned off by itself, but that was a simple fix, and it hasn’t happened since.The trackpad is large, responsive and feels great.The webcam is decent and has a privacy shutter.I’m able to get 6 to 7 hours of battery life from a full charge on an average work day. My results are based on balanced mode with brightness around 60%. If you lower brightness and optimize for battery efficiency, you can definitely get more out of it.Charging is fast on the included charger.I’ve only played a few games on it so far, but I’m able to run modern games at medium settings at 60fps. Older games like Tomb Raider 2013 and Assassin’s Creed 2 run 60fps at high graphics.
good laptop, fast, the graphics on the screen look very good, it is light to carry to my work, i recommend it
Lovely laptop, and for the price you get a great CPU with an okay GPU. However the bluetooth connection stutters when connected to my Marshall speaker. The audio had short broken intervals whenever I scroll or do some work on it. Bit of a shame.
Video is beautiful. Machine overheats, screen goes black and system locks-up at least 3 times a day. I missed the window to return it by a few hours evidently. I am running this elevated to ensure that the fan has a clear path and constant air flow. Needs more Ram and the CPU fan is too weak. Nothing is helping. I run multiple programs i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SAP, Snag-It, and Google or Edge at all times to do my work this machine seems to be incapable of working for me.
I’ve been using it for 1 month and it’s been so far so good! I just don’t like that some applications like zoom I can not download because it showed up it is not compatible
Perfecto nuevo y en paquete original
Received the new laptop a couple days ago so still getting applications installed and data migrated.The laptop is nice and light and the power supply is a small “wall wart” instead of one of the big heavy bricks for some laptops. One downside of the power supply is that it plugs directly into an outlet so it has to potential to block another outlet unless you use short extension cable. Additionally the extension of the cable on the plug-in side would make it slightly longer which I do not consider to be a bad thing.The keyboard has a nice feel to it but the stoke of the key push seems a bit light.I am confused on the RAM setup since it is 40 GB. All I know is RAM sticks are usually in multiples of x2 (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, etc). To get 40 are they using a 32 GB and 8 GB stick? Never seen that before but working great so far.The laptop comes with Windows 11 Home out of the box but since I prefer Pro had to tack on an additional $99 to upgrade to Pro.The screen looks beautiful.There was a bit of preinstalled bloat in the form of Spotify, Instagram, Facebook, etc. but those uninstalled easily.The only issue I have really had so far is that there was an insert in the package which was still sealed with the tamper tape from ASUS. It contained information about registering your laptop and extending the warranty by 90 days. The links provided were to bit.ly sites (URL shortening website). The one for warranty extension works fine. The one for registration took me to an online game download site and the next time it went to sketchy browser download site. I reported this to ASUS support and they at first did not believe me until I provided screenshots and pictures of the insert. They are probably working on fixing this, or have already. In the mean time just use the installed MyAsus app to register your laptop and you will be fine.
This is an incredible Laptop and great for college level assignments, gaming, or just to surf the internet, I have had maybe 2 problems that were immediately solved with a reset! Since then I have had no problems, and am in love with this beautiful laptop!!
I promised myself that I would leave a review on this laptop weather good or bad, due to the limited reviews on them. This is only my 3rd day of having this laptop but it is currently exceeding my expectations. I have downloaded games that would test the limits of even a gaming desktop and have had very limited issues. It is currently handling me switching from games to computer work very well also. I intend to leave an update after a couple months to test the longevity.
El equipo tiene un audio de calidad media, tiene una vibración en las bocinas cuando reproduces un video, la resolución de la pantalla no es muy buena, instale un linux como SO y funciona bien, algo más es que el proveedor no indica la garantía entonces si se daña no si donde meter la garantía.
Screen quality kills this otherwise very good entry-level laptop. It is relatively fast, has a decent battery life and port selection, and does not weigh a ton. However, the screen matrix is of low quality with washed out colors which makes it a sore to look at. If you are in a market for an entry level laptop, spend 100 USD more and get smth with a better screen.
I work in IT but was on a strict budget for this purchase so I couldn’t get all of the bells and whistles I wanted. I chose RAM over processing power and I’m mostly satisfied.The biggest downfall here is the battery life but it’ll still get a couple hours of continuous use which is usually more than enough time to find an outlet and plug in.This delivers more than a chromebook and less than a gaming rig, obviously.. but with this as an option I wouldn’t spend more for the i5 or other options coming in the higher price range.. unless I was going to go all the way to a gaming rig.Really a great purchase overall.Personally I only buy ASUS computers, having the most success with them and usually getting just a little more power than I expected.
It’s worth saying again because it remains a problem, especially with highly configurable items such as laptops, phones, ect. The laptop itself is fine although I don’t push it’s capabilities hard at all. Mostly an internet surfer, email responder and Word/Excel document creator.I hate to, I really do, dis yet another company that can’t / won’t correctly describe the product for sale at the advertised price and then follow through by sending said product. This was labeled as having 256gb memory but came with 128mb. The main ad says Windows 10 (but waaaaaaaaaaaay down the page the description says Windows 10 S which is what was installed on the laptop
This is an unusually large advance over previous models, especially in raw computing power, but also in fun things like screen and headphone support.This Amazon listing has two different processors, the M1 Pro (listed as 16-Core GPU “style”) and the M1 Max (32-Core GPU). I’ll call one the Pro, the other the Max. I got the base Pro, but much of what I’ll say applies to both, and I’ll have some comments specifically about the Max too. (MBP below = MacBook Pro.)Amazon doesn’t offer most of the options you can get, only the ones listed. For now (and probably later), that’s the Pro with 16GB RAM and 512GB or 1TB SSD, or the Max with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD. 3 versions total.Screen Brightness* and HappinessThis screen can get up to 1600 nits brightness and can sustain full-screen brightness up to 1000. That’s very impressive, as MBPs since 2016 have topped out at 500.*But the vast majority of the time, this screen will also top out at 500, because those other numbers are only for HDR (high dynamic range, what Apple calls XDR), i.e. some videos and some photos viewed in some programs. If you’re browsing the internet, using productivity apps, or the like, those are almost all SDR (standard dynamic range). You’ll be seeing them at the same brightness as with MBPs for the last five years.That said, the new screen is beautiful and bright in both HDR and SDR for most situations. For HDR, it puts out more color and brightness, and darker blacks – a million-to-one contrast ratio – with a wider range of light and color that has more pop and more detail in shadows and highlights. It can be dazzling or just more realistic.For SDR, it’s much like before, still a gorgeous screen, with better contrast than before because of darker blacks.Has more pixels per inch (254, up from 226), and more pixels all over (3456 by 2234, up from 3072 by 1920). The aspect ratio remains 16:10 (not counting the top menu bar).ProMotionProMotion is Apple’s name for screen refresh rates that can go up to 120Hz, or lower to save processor/battery power when 120 isn’t needed. This makes motion smoother, more natural.For now where ProMotion applies is limited. Most scrolling in browsing, including with Safari, still tops out at 60Hz. Which is fine for me, but it bothers some people, looks choppy to them. This could be changed with a software update.Bloom and GhostsBloom is when a bright spot on a dark background bleeds out past where it’s supposed to be, a common issue with this kind of screen. I and most others think this screen handles it well (better than the iPad Pro), but it can still arise some.Ghosting is when a moving object leaves a noticeable trail of ghost images behind for a fraction of a second, one for each new frame until the old image fades. MBPs are notoriously mediocre at this kind of ghostbusting, and this screen is no exception. Expect the usual haunting, if you notice that kind of thing.PWMFor those concerned (you mostly know who you are), there is PWM (pulse-width modulation) on the smaller 14″ version of this screen, and so very likely on this one too, at a frequency of 14,880Hz at all brightness levels (measured by NotebookCheck). That’s a very high frequency, considered well beyond what would cause trouble for the susceptible.The NotchAs you can see in the main photo here, there’s a black Notch at the top of the screen. There are no pixels there. The long-desired improved camera is there, and a mic array and light sensor (and maybe room for a Face ID system if they decide to make MBPs with that). As with the iPhone Notch, it’s controversial.You can make the Notch disappear, or rather blend in, if you make the background up there black. It also disappears into the black bars when you view things like videos in full-screen mode.The cursor disappears into the Notch if you put it there. If an app has menu items that stretch there, they disappear too, but they’ll still function normally if you put the (invisible) cursor on them.Desperate times call for desperate measures. Most apps won’t have this trouble, but if you must, you can avoid menu items disappearing by using the “Scale to fit” function, which shrinks the entire screen work area a little to fit below the Notch. Makes it look like an old 15″ if the background is black, like there are wide black bezels. (Google “Scale to fit below built-in camera” for full instructions and mockery.)There are also third-party apps, such as Bartender, to manage how items appear in the menu bar and keep them visible.Camera and MicsThe new camera that, along with the thinner bezels, makes the Notch necessary, is 1080p, with an f/2 lens for good exposure in the shadows. Video looks noticeably better than before, though it can have a processed look.The three mics sound very clean and natural but with a little less bass than before to my ears, which is fine.Extra ScreensYou can use two external monitors with the Pro, down from four with previous models. They can be up to 6K @60Hz with a billion colors. The Max can still use four: three 6K and one 4K, all @60Hz etc.You can use 4K @120/144Hz HDR monitors too.You can run two from one port if you use the right kind of dock or daisy-chain.Headphone OomphThe new headphone jack has more power for high-impedance headphones. It automatically adjusts, so it won’t overwhelm low-impedance phones. If the headphones have less than 150 ohms impedance, they get 1.25 volts RMS. If more, 3 volts. That might cause it to fail to provide enough power to some not-so-high-impedance headphones that still require extra power, such as planars.With my 2016 15″ MBP, I’ve had to use a portable amp for my Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pros (250 ohm), but now I can pretty well do without it, though sometimes only just. The volume on some sources is still not always what I wish I could make it. But now I can nearly achieve hearing loss with the intro to the guitar riff in “Money for Nothing.” Which also sounds good, and healthier, a couple notches down.Among other headphones that have tested favorably with the new jack are the DT 990 Pros (250 ohm), and the Sennheiser HD650, 660S, 6XX, and HD800 (150 to 300 ohm).One report says the planar Hifiman HE4XXs (35 ohm planar) sound good, but most planars tested are said to need more power. The Audeze LCD-2Cs are reported to sound good enough, though not their best. The LCD-3s and Hifiman Sundaras and Aryas are said to be underpowered.For my usual regular-impedance phones, Cleer Flow IIs (16 ohm), the wired volume is a little louder than before, though still not always the earsplitting barrage I want for some sources. Maybe for the best.Quality iems (in-ear monitors) that require especially clean input, but not too much, reportedly sound good, including Andromedas and Moondrop Starfields.SpeakersThey’re improved from the already laptop-leading speakers from earlier MBPs, with a fuller sound and decent kick, amazingly good for when nothing with a 3″ woofer is around.Apple mysteriously says the 14″ M1 has the same speaker system, but looking inside both machines shows the speakers in the 16″ are bigger – both “subs” and tweeters – and located differently, with the subs in the front corners on this one. The 16″ has fuller bass (such as it is).Heat and NoiseThere isn’t any.None with my typical use, at least. If you push it hard, it can get warm, but not as hot as my 2016 15″. Which makes sense, as this has a larger enclosure, bigger fans, larger, better heat sinks, and more power-efficient processors. The fans don’t have to spin up as much to do the same amount of cooling, so it’s noticeably quieter even when it does heat up, rarely makes any noise at all.The 16″ Max comes with a larger heat sink than the 16″ Pro, so likely runs a little cooler and quieter sometimes, though the Max might get hotter when it uses a lot of that extra power.KeyboardVery quiet, much like the older Mac laptop keyboards, not the butterfly ones from 2015-19, but the rest. Maybe less travel in the keys than some of those, but plenty for me.I miss the touch bar sliders for fine control of some functions, but you can still use sliders via the Control Center, the icon next to the date on the screen’s top menu bar. That’s also where control of the keyboard backlight is, no more control for it on the keyboard.TouchpadThe best available by far, responsive and large so you can carry the cursor over a large area with more control. For clicks, it’s great. For taps, which I turn off, it’s not as great, according to those who prefer that – appears to be a software issue.PortsThere’s one less Thunderbolt/USB-C port than before, but 50% more bandwidth (3 controllers instead of 2).The HDMI is 2.0, can drive up to 4K HDR @60Hz.The SD card reader is shallow, so the cards stick out. There might be room for a flush micro-SD adapter. I only have cards up to 64GB, which work fine. Some people have had trouble reading some cards, so it may be finicky.Battery LifeI usually keep plugged in, but the reviews I’ve seen that cover battery life tests typically say it’s the longest of any similar machine they’ve tested, including PCs. Reports of battery life for office work, browsing, watching videos, and so on generally range from 10 to 16 hours, sometimes more. It can go unusually long with heavy use too, 5 hours or more of video work, for example. Max Tech did 10 benchmark and stress tests with it in a couple hours, some maxing out the CPU or GPU for up to ten minutes, and it still had 36% left.At normal settings, there’s no performance hit until you get down to 3%; until then you can process or game at full tilt. There’s a low-power mode that extends battery life by limiting performance, lowering screen brightness, etc. The Max also has a high-power mode, but it seems to only ramp up the fans sooner to help cooling. Apple’s description and tests in reviews indicate it doesn’t affect performance in any direct way.The Max has tended to have a little less battery life than the Pro in reviews. The only good tests I’ve seen that compared directly either found negligible differences or up to 15% less battery life for the Max. (Other tests haven’t been well controlled.)You can quick charge to 50% in a half-hour. The new power brick is 45% more powerful than before, and maybe 30% larger lengthwise, still small for what it does. You can charge at lower speed with smaller bricks (not included) via the USB-C ports.Size and WeightIt’s noticeably heavier than before, about 5 ounces over the previous 16″, and not quite as sleek, but it’s sleeker than I was expecting from the photos.RepairabilityHa ha! But really, it’s better than it was. Battery modules now have pull tabs so they can be more easily replaced. The screen can be replaced more easily, but if Apple doesn’t do it you lose True Tone (which I don’t want anyway). The headphone, Thunderbolt and MagSafe ports can be replaced without replacing the logic board. Now rates a 4/10 from iFixit for repairability, up from 1/10 for the previous model.CompatibilityComes with Rosetta 2, which enables M1 Macs to use programs written for Intel Macs, and usually works very well.There’s no more Boot Camp, so to run Windows or Windows programs you have to use third-party software like Parallels, which runs Windows by emulating a Windows machine (and requires a Windows license), or Crossover, which modifies Windows programs to run on Macs. Which works best, or at all, depends on the program.GamingWoW *mostly* runs 50 to 120fps at high settings and resolution, depending on the location. Some places can’t even manage 50 at those settings, though, but do OK at more compromised settings. Baldur’s Gate 3, Diablo III, CS:GO and several others can run at 60-100fps or better at good settings.You can play Windows games via Parallels or Crossover. They generally don’t run as well, but some do fine.Most games, including native ones, run quite a bit better on the Max, with up to 2x the fps. Final Fantasy XIV is hit and miss at good settings even with the Max.Gaming isn’t usually hot or noisy, can get warmer with light fans for the games that aren’t running natively. And there’s no noticeable performance hit for gaming on battery.WorkI have to mention the less fun part: how well this does things you might have to do at work. It does almost all of it better than before, much of it way better. Here’s how it compares according to actual test results from numerous sources with Xcode, Logic Pro, Lightroom, Blender, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and so on. The range of comparison depends on what the task is.Previous base MBP 16″ (Intel i7 AMD 5300): The Pro is 60% to several times faster.Previous top-spec’d MBP (i9 5600M): The Pro is about the same to 2 or 3 times faster.Regular M1 machines (not M1 Pro or Max): The Pro is about the same to several times faster.The 14″ M1 Pro with same specs: The same, though the 16″ has the bigger battery and heat removal system, so it fares better in those ways.Windows laptop work stations: This is complicated, but the Pro can thrash most Windows laptops in most intensive work-related apps. It lines up very roughly with machines with a good i7/i9 and an RTX 3070, but generally can’t keep up with the RTX 3080. The Pro uses a fraction of the power, and so only produces a fraction of the heat and noise, if any. And lasts and performs much better on battery.Pro vs MaxThe Max is about the same to twice as fast as the Pro, mostly between those extremes. The CPU is much the same, but the GPU is double the cores, so the main advantage is in graphics-heavy work.Besides the GPU cores, the Max has twice the bandwidth for memory transfer, two hardware video encode engines instead of one, and some extra cooling capacity.If you’re already successfully using a Mac laptop, you don’t *need* the Max, since the Pro is already better than what you have. But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the Max’s extra power if you have the money. For intensive video editing, massive photo editing, or better gaming (though cheaper Windows machines will play most games better), the Max has real advantages.To confuse things a little more, Apple (but not Amazon currently) also offers a demi-Max with a 24-core GPU, halfway between the Pro’s 16 and the Max’s 32. It’s a cheaper way to get the extra bandwidth, video encoder, and cooling advantages of the Max. Tests show that in graphics-intensive tasks it operates roughly midway between the Pro and 32-core Max, often more than half, as expected.WarrantiesThis comes with a one-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects that includes free phone support for the first 90 days. If you want to also cover accidental damage (with deductibles) and extend the regular warranty and free tech support to 3 years, you can buy AppleCare+ from Amazon (link embedded) or Apple. You get 60 days from purchase to buy it, but coverage for accidents doesn’t start until you do. (I always self-insure when I can, so I didn’t get it.)DecalsLast and least, this comes with two black Apple decals, the sign of true professional Apple equipment.
I’m a home computer user that has no job so I use my computer all day long. I really like the speed this has and overall, I feel like I got a good product for my money.
I bought this in May 2021 for $1k but this is now August 2021 advertised as $600? Could they possibly have dropped the price due to the issue with computer randomly after 3 months flashing to blue screen and giving an error message for no reason? Why is this happening to my VERY expensive laptop? I have protection on here and use very simple/basic websites. Not even using this to full capacity of what it was advertised to be capable of doing and after just 3 months it’s having problems. I keep getting the Blue Screen of Death at least 1x week and only use this computer a few times a week.
Buen vendedor, altamente recomendado.
The CPU i3-1005G1 in NOT 4 core CPU only 2 cores!
David M. Gibson
As a builder of computers for thirty years before I retired, I know quality. This is top-shelf and a great laptop. Very fast.My complaint is why I gave it four stars instead of five. The keyboard. The silver keys with silver letters and numbers do not have enough contract. Black letters would work so much better.I bought this because I used and sold Asus products in my store for years. Their quality has always been outstanding and this laptop follows that trend.
Bought this for my wife to use as her work laptop. This thing is rebooting faster than my Dell XPS 13. That kinda pissed me off, Lol…Only had it 1 day as per this review date so I’ll come back after a few weeks to update. But so far, so good.
I bought and Asus computer after I spilled water on my Dell laptop. I knew nothing of Asus, but after using the laptop for 2+ yrs I was impressed enough to buy the VivoBook. It’s heads and shoulders above my first Asus. Much lighter, great keyboard, significantly faster and nice looking. Can’t believe how sleek and light it is. Screen is great. Good for watching Hulu, Netflix…etc. Speakers are ok. Sound low depending on what you’re watching. Not much better than my first Asus. Otherwise, wonderful computer at a reasonable price. Nice upgrades in backlit keyboard lights and finger print scanner. I highly recommend the VivoBook 15. Very happy that I stayed in the Asus family.