ASUS Malaysia has released another budget-friendly big-screen laptop under its Vivobook series and what we do have here today is the new ASUS Vivobook 16 M1605, powered by AMD Ryzen 7000U series processor.
It has a lot of similarities with the ASUS Vivobook 15X K3504 which I have just recently reviewed including the design, port selection, and even its internals.
ASUS Vivobook 16 M1605 Specs
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 7530U | Ryzen 7 7730U
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics
- Memory: 8GB | 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM (1x SO-DIMM Slot)
- Display: 16″ (1,920 x 1,200), 16:10, 300 nits, 60Hz Refresh Rate, 45% NTSC Color Gamut
- Storage: 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 SSD
- Ports: 2x USB A 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB C 3.2 Gen 1 (PD Support), 1x USB A 2.0, 1x HDMI 1.4, and 3.5mm Audio Combo Port
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.3
- Battery: 42Wh 3, cells Li-ion Battery with 45W Adapter
- Dimension: 35.87 x 24.95 x 1.99 cm @ 1.88kg/4.14lbs
- Colors: Indie Black | Cool Silver
- Price: RM 2,599 (Ryzen 5, 8GB) | RM 2,999 (Ryzen 7, 16GB) (Lazada | Shopee)
Build and Design
Staying true to its predecessors, the ASUS Vivobook 16 maintains a standard build, with the lid sporting an elegant metal-like finish and a 180-degree ErgoLift hinge that enhances collaborative work environments.
Despite its plastic body, the laptop manages to achieve a balanced weight of 1.88kg and a slim profile measuring 1.99cm. While the build quality aligns with its price range, the screen does flex a bit when you apply force and the keyboard deck might not satisfy those seeking robustness. However, its US Military-grade MIL-STD 810H certification, involving 26 rigorous tests, speaks to its durability.
Additionally, the 720p HD webcam with a physical privacy shutter caters to the growing demand for secure video conferencing.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The chiclet-style keyboard, featuring three levels of adjustable backlighting, offers a comfortable typing experience, complemented by the Numpad for added convenience.
The spacious trackpad, smooth to the touch, effectively substitutes the need for an external mouse. The inclusion of a fingerprint reader for secure biometric access adds a layer of modern functionality.
Port & Connectivity
Connectivity options are abundant, including two USB A 3.2 Gen 1, an HDMI 1.4, a 3.5mm audio combo port, and a USB C 3.2 Gen 1 that supports Power Delivery but not display. The integration of Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E ensures seamless wireless connectivity.
Display & Audio
Equipped with a 16-inch WUXGA IPS display, the Vivobook 16 maintains a balance between screen real estate and portability. Although the screen’s brightness falls short for outdoor use, its color reproduction remains satisfactory, albeit lacking deep contrasts. The 16:10 aspect ratio adds to the viewing comfort, with impressive brightness levels that allow for easy use during low-light conditions.
While the laptop’s speaker system offers sufficient volume without distortion, the audio lacks depth and can sound slightly artificial when tuned to max.
Under the hood, the laptop is given two configuration options; AMD Ryzen 5 7530U paired with 8GB of RAM and Ryzen 7 7730U with 16GB of RAM. It gets a 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD across both configurations.
The 8GB of memory was soldered leaving an empty SO-DIMM slot to add RAM for the Ryzen 5 7530U. While the Ryzen 7 7730U has the SO-DIMM occupied with an 8GB memory stick.
The laptop effortlessly handles daily tasks and light multitasking, even accommodating casual gaming at reduced settings.
Here are some synthetic benchmark test results:
Battery and charging speed are probably the weakest points of this laptop. The ASUS Vivobook 16 is packed with only a 42Wh battery and doesn’t compensate for a faster charging speed which is capped at only 45W. Hence it takes close to 2 hours to fully charge from 0%.
Because of the small battery capacity, I’m getting around 4 – 5 hours of battery life when I’m using it cautiously.
Worth noting, this laptop comes with pre-loaded Microsoft Office Home & Student, so you don’t need to spend extra for it.
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Where to buy: ASUS E-Store
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ASUS Vivobook 16 M1605 Review
Priced from RM 2,599, the ASUS Vivobook 16 proves to be a dependable workhorse for individuals seeking a reliable companion for their everyday computing needs. While it might not be the ideal choice for gaming enthusiasts, its strong suit lies in its seamless multitasking capabilities, solid build quality, and a well-rounded feature set that caters to the demands of modern users.
Personally, I find it is more price-sensible over the ASUS Vivobook 15X K3504 which offers similar features and performance at a much lower price tag.