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ASUS Vivobook 17 Review – Large Notebook with many Ports

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ASUS Vivobook 17 – Large Notebook with many Ports

 

The ASUS VivoBook 17 is not one of the notebooks that are particularly portable. Rather, it is intended as a desktop replacement for more or less stationary use. Thanks to many and versatile connections, this plan also works out reasonably.
Table of Contents

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Design, processing, display
connections
perfomance
Gear up
sound
Verdict: ASUS VivoBook 17

The VivoBooks from ASUS are available in umpteen variants. Intel CPU, AMD CPU, display sizes from 14 to 17 inches and sometimes even with a dedicated graphics card. Basically, they are not designed for gaming, but rather intended for the office and multimedia areas.

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My test device comes with a 17.3″ display and a 10th generation Intel Core i7. Together with 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD, you will be well prepared for everyday life for the foreseeable future. As always, you can find the exact technical data in the fold-out table.
Specifications: ASUS VivoBook 17 F712JA-AU708W

Design, processing, Display:

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The design is simple. The VivoBook 17 is a silver notebook without unnecessary clutter. An ASUS logo adorns the display lid, there is a VivoBook logo on the lower display frame and a small engraved SonicMaster logo on the right in front of the keyboard. That was it. The overall impression is clean and I really like that.

As for the material, ASUS only uses plastic. The surfaces are matt so that dust and fingerprints are well hidden. Despite the plastic, the VivoBook makes a robust impression and can only be bent with a lot of force.

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The processing is impeccable. Gaps are even and there are no edges or ridges to get caught on. All parts fit together well and the display hinges are pleasantly stiff, so that the display always stays in the desired position and doesn’t wobble. At the same time, the ErgoLift hinge lifts the underside slightly, thereby improving the notebook’s cooling. In addition, typing on a slightly inclined surface is often more comfortable than on flat surfaces.

The keyboard sits in a small recess. As befits this display size, it offers you a number pad. The keys are a good size and quick to tap blindly. However, ASUS does not have a keyboard light in this model.

The touchpad is offset slightly to the left so that it sits in the middle in front of the main keys. It responds precisely to inputs over the entire surface. The lower edge can also be used for the mouse replacement keys. The performance doesn’t quite come close to top-class touchpads, but it’s good enough to be able to do without a mouse.

The 17.3″ display has a Full HD resolution, i.e. 1920×1080 pixels. This ensures a sufficiently sharp display in everyday life. According to ASUS, the maximum brightness is 250 nits. This is sufficiently bright for working indoors and also for a Netflix/Disney+/Whatever evening on the couch. However, you should avoid direct sunlight, as this cannot overshadow the display.

Since it is an anti-glare display, you will hardly have any problems with reflections. Thanks to the IPS panel, you also benefit from large and color-stable viewing angles, so that it is not a problem to look at the VivoBook with several people and from the side. Unfortunately, ASUS is silent about the color space coverage. However, it should be around 65% of the sRGB color space.

The display is one of the NanoEdge displays from ASUS, which are said to have a large screen-to-body ratio thanks to their particularly narrow frames. The bezels are indeed pleasingly narrow and even. The HD webcam is installed in the upper frame. In good light, it provides you with reasonable images for video calls. Like around 90% of all webcams in notebooks, it delivers a muddy image in poor light.

Connections:

As I mentioned above, the VivoBook 17 has plenty of ports. You can connect a lot of peripherals with it.

There are two USB 2.0 Type A ports on the left. Both their position and the number are incomprehensible to me. USB 2.0 is only suitable for a wired mouse. But that would be more appropriate on the right side. And instead of the second port, a faster USB standard would have been desirable. In the best case 3.2 Gen2.

A different picture is presented to you on the right-hand side. There you will find a lot more connections. The power connector is at the back. In front of it is a USB-A port, the HDMI port and then the USB-C port. In front of that are the jack connection and finally the microSD card reader at the very front. Personally, I prefer an SD card reader. But microSD is much better than no card reader at all.

 

Perfomance:

The Core i7-1065G7 offers enough performance to work smoothly in office mode and also with creative tasks. The 16 GB RAM and the 512 GB SSD are fast enough not to form a bottleneck. However, the integrated graphics can display it.

The system runs smoothly and smoothly in everyday office use. There’s really nothing to complain about here. Even with image editing and simple video editing, you won’t have any problems with the VivoBook 17. However, you have to keep in mind that the color space coverage of the display is not suitable for professional use. If you plan to do this, you will need an external display.

The system reaches its limit when complex effects come into play. Then you need more graphics performance, i.e. a dedicated graphics card. You can easily apply such effects in DaVinci Resolve, for example, but you have to plan significantly more time for rendering.

The SSD doesn’t offer any big surprises. Data loads quickly and unless you’re moving huge 4K files, you won’t experience a bottleneck here either. Of course there are faster SSDs. But the speed differences in everyday life are likely to be of a theoretical nature in most use cases.

Gaming is also possible to a small extent. Again, the integrated graphics are the bottleneck. Older titles should be playable without any problems. Current titles such as Fortnite or CS:GO can often still be played adequately with the integrated graphics chip and low detail level. But anything that demands real graphics performance doesn’t belong on the VivoBook 17. It’s just not made for that.

Nobody likes annoying background noise. It is therefore quite fitting that the VivoBook 17 is a quiet representative of its kind. It stays quiet even under heavy load and doesn’t get excessively warm anywhere. ASUS has done a good job here.

Above I wrote that the VivoBook 17 is a replacement for a desktop and not necessarily a mobile notebook. Of course you can take it with you, no problem. But you should always have the power supply with you. Unfortunately, ASUS does not provide any information on the battery life. But we can give you a starting point. I set the brightness to 85%. That roughly corresponds to 200 nits and you can still work reasonably with it.

During normal office work, the battery lost about 25-28% of its charge per hour. This will get you around until lunchtime before the VivoBook 17 has to be plugged in again. You should only tackle more demanding tasks with a power supply unit, if only because of the large display. A working day without a socket is therefore not possible. Fortunately, the 45-watt power adapter is small enough to fit in any pocket. Thanks to the quick charge function, the battery is also quickly recharged. In principle, however, the battery life should not play a major role, because with a weight of 2.3 kilos it is not one of the most portable devices. It has its place rather in fixed places.

Upgrading is pleasantly easy

Many manufacturers now make opening and upgrading a game of patience. ASUS takes a different approach with the VivoBook 17, because you only have to overcome ten Phillips screws on the way to the inner workings. But watch out: The screws have three different lengths. The shortest are the four front screws. The medium-length screws are in the middle and finally the longest at the back. Prying open the base plate is easy.

The SSD is located under a small protective cover and can be swapped out quickly and easily. One of the 8 GB RAM bars is also easy to reach. The second 8 GB are unfortunately soldered, too bad. You can fit a maximum of 24 GB of RAM in the VivoBook 17.

The battery and the WLAN module can also be easily replaced if necessary, because they are only screwed and not glued. Next to the battery there is space for an additional 2.5″ SSD.

Apart from the soldered RAM, ASUS does everything right here.

Audio-wise in the middle

Notebooks rarely have a really good sound. It’s no different here. Since it is a large notebook, there is some resonance space. Depths are therefore more noticeable than in smaller notebooks. The louder you turn the VivoBook 17 up, the more the highs are emphasized. It does get uncomfortable at full volume, but that’s no surprise.

At half to 2/3 volume you get a reasonable sound for calls and also for the occasional movie consumption.

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Conclusion ASUS VivoBook 17: Some kind of desktop

A desktop to wear. This is roughly how you could characterize the VivoBook 17 in an exaggerated way. It has enough power for most applications: decent CPU, lots of RAM, large SSD. There are limitations in color-accurate work and complex video editing as well as gaming. The integrated graphics are clearly too weak to qualify the VivoBook 17 for regular use. Plus points are given for the ability to easily expand it.

The biggest advantage, however, is being able to simply slide the VivoBook 17 away in a drawer at the end of the working day. You are always dependent on a power source with the VivoBook 17. A working day without a socket is not possible. But thanks to the 17.3″ display, you get enough work space so that you don’t necessarily need an external display. And that can give you the flexibility to work in different locations without having to lug around too much stuff.

And how much is the fun now? For this 17-incher you have to put 749 euros on the virtual or actual shop counter.

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