The Asus VivoBook Pro N580VD is a 15.6-inch notebook for creative professionals on a budget. That’s right: not everyone who wants the power of Apple’s MacBook Pros and Dell’s XPS laptops can afford them, so Asus is swooping in with this $1,259 alternative. We appreciate the VivoBook Pro’s lower price, zippy 7th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and colorful display. However, the battery life, weight and solid-state drive do not live up to the Pro title.
The VivoBook Pro’s lid has a brushed-metal finish and is made of a metal that Asus claims is scratch resistant. And although the company says the VivoBook Pro comes in “icicle gold,” it looks far more like silver to us. This design is supposed to give the laptop a prestigious look, but the color is so muted that the grain gets lost in the reflections of bouncing light.
Weighing 5.1 pounds and measuring 0.8 inches thick, the VivoBook Pro is heavier than the 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 (4.6 pounds, 0.8 inches), the Dell XPS 15 (4.6 pounds, 0.7 inches) and the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro(4 pounds, 0.6 inches).
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