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Asus is a well known OEM manufacturer famous for building dependable mid-tier and high-end ultrabooks meant for power users, productivity work, and business. What Asus has accomplished in the last 28 years since their inception in 1989 is quite is quite a feat. So yes, I’m deeply impressed by this brand and always eager to see their new releases. Not so long ago Asus released their first Edition of 144 fps gaming laptops with Nvidia G-Sync (Asus ROG Chimera G703 Gaming laptop – quite interesting. But that’s a topic for another day. Today, however, we review the Asus VivoBook M580VD-EB76 gaming laptop. It doesn’t promise 144 Hz or 120 Hz but has more up its sleeve to peek your interest. If you’re into 60Hz rigs, check out the Asus M580VD-EB76 Review below.
Asus M580VD-EB76 Review
- Great sleek design
- Ample screen estate to work with – 15 inches
- Powerful graphics card –Nvidia GTX 1050 4GB
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- 256GB M.2 SATA3 SSD + 1TB HDD combo for storage
- Backlit keyboard
- Futuristic ports – USB Type-C port
- No optical drive
- Average battery life
Aside from the carefully crafted exterior and aesthetics, the Asus M580VD-EB76 had us with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dedicated graphics card. Pound for pound, this is a very formidable laptop and it falls in the space of other laptops such as the Eluktronics N850HK1 Pro | Amazon, Acer VX 15 VX5-591G-75RM | Amazon and the Acer Predator Helios 300.
We loved the storage (there’s 256 SSD and 1TB HDD) which comes in handy especially for media creation and storage. Additionally, the powerful Core i7 processor is just right for handling demanding media tasks and light gaming. While not our Editor’s choice for light gaming, the Asus VivoBook M580VD-EB76 gaming laptop is very easy to recommend as a productivity work partner and light gamer that will let you keep that professional look.
Asus M580VD-EB76 Specs
|Processor|| 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core | 2.8 – 3.8GHz|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4 2400MHz UDIMM|
|Display||15.6″ TN display | Full HD – 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB discrete graphics|
|Internal Storage||256GB M.2 SATA3 SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Audio||Harman Kardon audio|
|Connectivity|| Wireless 1×1 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0,Ethernet|
|Battery||6-Cell 62WHr lithium polymer battery with fast charging|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Dimensions||10.1 x 15 x 0.8 in|
|Weight||5.1 lbs | 8.36 kg|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty|
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DESIGN AND FEATURES
Available only in a 15-inch flavor, the Asus M580VD-EB76 | Amazon resembles Apple’s venerable MacBook Air – a well rounded rose gold aluminum exterior with businesslike features than the average plastic machine. At 5.1 pounds and with a dedicated graphics unit plus a metallic body, its pretty light if you ask me. Most 15 inch laptops weigh about this much, perhaps a few grams less. Obviously, the Asus M580VD-EB76 is doing pretty well in this regard.
Weight matter aside, it shares a similar build with the Acer Swift 7 and shows a common keen interest in maintaining a sleek appearance much like the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 | Amazon. In terms of size, it measures 15 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches and is much lighter than the glorified Acer Predator Helios Gaming Laptop (10.47 x 15.35 x 1.05 inches, 5.95 lbs).
Other important features:
- None touch
- Anti-glare coating display
- 60hz refresh rate
- 100% sRGB color gamut
- 46% NTSC
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio
For as start, the screen panel is NOT In-Plane Switching (IPS) as most would expect which means viewing angles are not as impressive as one would expect. Even so, in my experience, I have come to also appreciate TN panels for their gaming capacity. So I won’t shrug off their potential. While media mavens won’t have a ball here, they can still work on spreadsheets quite well on the 15 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen with almost equal precision.
That’s not to say that color reproduction is poor for that matter, it only becomes noticeable when you have an IPS monitor beside it. If however the Asus M580VD-EB76 doesn’t that doesn’t make the cut for you, the ASUS VivoBook Pro N580VD might just get you across. It comes laden with an IPS panel display for eye-catching color vibrancy and precision, well suited for heavy multimedia consumers or photo-editors among others.
The build quality is solid with negligible flex on the lid and keyboard dash. The bottom facing Harman/Kardon certified audio speakers deliver loud, clear sound with rich bass and treble (Pss… that’s in comparison to other notebooks, not an external stereo set). The speakers are great for watching movies, YouTube videos and video calls especially Skype for Business audio conferences. Turning the volume up ensures enough sound to fill up a small room meaning you can enjoy music with a bunch of friends over.
There is a comprehensive set of ports to cover connections with the highlight being the futuristic USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1) positioned on the left side. Further on the left are a USB 3.1 Type-A port, an HDMI port, a full-sized Ethernet port and a power jack. On the right, there are two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone/mic combo port, SDXC card slot, an LED indicators and a Kensington lock.
Wireless connectivity is made possible via the 802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
Keyboard and Keypad
As for input section, the keyboard is pretty decent and comes with reasonable travel, excellent for lengthy typing sessions. The keys are backlit for improved visibility and general aesthetics. We also had no qualms with the trackpad. It doesn’t mistakenly move the cursor across the screen when typing like some laptops we’ve seen – quite annoying. The trackpad’s integrated buttons are also decent, clicky and tactile. They come with the right amount dip for working while making random right and left clicks.
The Asus VivoBook M580VD-EB76 gaming laptop sports a number of high-end features including a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. It has a base clock speed of 2.8 GHz, turbo to 3.8GHz with demand. It incorporates four cores which come in handy while multitasking. Impressively, it managed an Average CPU Mark of 8967 in our CPU benchmark test, which is quite impressive.
Bundled with the processor is a capable 16 GB DDR4 memory. This should be plenty for most kind of use and should make multitasking a breeze. It should be capable of handling a dozen tabs on Chrome and Mozilla while working on other multimedia projects on the side.
As for storage, we loved that Asus was mindful enough to have both a solid state drive and a hard disk drive (for this configuration). You get 256 GB of solid state drive (SSD) and 1 TB hard drive (HDD) on the Asus M580VD-EB76. As a result, the boot time is cut to seconds and loading heavy software and games is a walk in the park. Averagely, it should load from complete shut down to running in 5 seconds. You can load up your most important programs on the SSD and leave the hard drive to large but infrequently used data files such as music and movies folders.
Its sibling, the ASUS VivoBook Pro N580VD-DB74T, on the other hand, has near identical specs, only differing in internal storage and display type. It has a 2 TB Hard drive compared to the 156 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD of our review item. See it at Amazon. The integrated GPU marks the highlight of this laptop. It comes with the Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card, which is among the best cards in the market. The GTX 1050 is well known because it can play AAA games at Medium settings while consuming low power. Thanks to this low powered nature, high-end laptops such as the Dell XPS 15 | Amazon, Acer Predator Helios 300 and Eluktronics N850HK1 Pro Premium Gaming laptop | Amazon run on it.
We tried a couple of recent titles in our gaming test just to see where exactly it stands. Fast-paced games such as Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Overwatch both performed great with scintillating results (above 100 fps). Hitman recorded 55 fps on average settings while Middle-earth – Shadow of Mordor managed 79.1 fps on medium settings. Generally, most games played excellently at 1920 x 1080 resolution (Team Fortress 2, Dirt 4, Rocket League 2017 and Prey 2017).
Gaming is a real CPU and graphics intensive task, which contribute heavily to the heating up of computers. With poor thermodynamic design, this can be a real big problem, more so in thin laptops.
The M580VD-EB76 VivoBook is built for light gaming, which means the thermodynamics of heat sinking is a matter well reflected upon. While yes, it gets quite steamy at the bottom when under heavy load, it seldom heats up when it comes to ordinary run-of-the-mill tasks such as web browsing. The fans don’t get loud not unless you’re gaming, at which point they have to work double time and are quite audible.
Asus M580VD-EB76 VivoBook Battery Life
This 47WH battery lasts about 4 to 5 hrs with light work, also depending on settings and usage. Gaming, on the other hand, cuts battery run-time by half, delivering 1 – 2 hours – a common occurrence in gaming laptops.
Asus offers two options on its configuration list; a Core i7 and Core i5 option. The core i5 is so much cheaper and best for users looking for budget laptops.
- ASUS M580VD-EB76 VivoBook i7/16G/256G+1TB (Reviewed)
- ASUS M580VD-EB54 VivoBook i5/8G/256G
A Good-Looking, Well-Built Bargain
If you haven’t noticed, the Asus M580VD-EB76 is somewhat a landmark, especially in the productivity notebook space. It combines productivity and style in a thin body that’s looks and feels great for both business and pleasure. It shares most features with the recently released Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming laptop and ultimately costs the same too. So, what’s the difference between the two you may ask?
Well, the VivoBook M580VD-EB76 stands out for its business type look – svelte and without much embellishment – while being sufficiently powered to support moderately heavy gaming. On the other hand, the Acer Predator Helios 300 is made for users who don’t mind being pinpointed as gamers. The aesthetics definitely scream gamer and the red accents on the keyboard, features, and lighting tell it all.
All in all, the Asus M580VD-EB76 is one formidable laptop worth considering. It definitely makes a great choice for power users and gamers alike.
Fun fact: Did you know that the word Asus takes its name from Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. Asus embodies the strength, purity, and adventurous spirit of this fantastic creature, and soars to new heights with each new product it creates.
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