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ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 is a slim and lightweight high-performance laptop that’s powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processor. It features a Full HD display with 100% sRGB color gamut, high-quality NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 gaming-grade graphics, audio co-developed by Harman Kardon, and the latest cooling and fast-charge technologies.
Asus Vivobook 17 Specifications
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit.
- Processor & Chipset: Intel Core i7-8550U (Intel Core i7).
- Display: 17.3 inch 16:9, FullHD 1920 x 1080 pixel, 127 PPI
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 – 4096 MB, Core: 1354 MHz, Memory: 1493 MHz, GDDR5.
- Memory: 16GB DDR4-2400.
- Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
- Network & Communication: IEEE 802.11ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth V4.2
- Built In Devices: Microphone, Speakers x2 (Harman Kardon), VGA Web Camera
- Interfaces/Ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x Type C USB3.0 (USB3.1 GEN1), 1 x COMBO audio jack, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack, 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- Card reader: Multi-format (SDHC/SDXC/SD)
- Input Devices: Touchpad, Keyboard.
- Battery: 42 Whrs, 3 Cells Battery.
- Power Adapter: 19 V DC, 6.32 A, 120 W.
- Phisical Characterictics: (LxWxH) 411 x 270 x 20.9 mm, 2.1 kg
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The VivoBook Pro 17 features a plastic frame with sheets of brushed aluminum covering the palm rest and display lid. The metal lends a palpable degree of sturdiness to what otherwise would likely be a rather flimsy, large, and thin case—and as a result, there is very little flex across the breadth of the base unit (something which cannot be said for many other plastic notebooks of this size). It’s also easy on the eyes and looks more sophisticated. The rigidity of the display lid isn’t quite as reassuring, as twisting can flex it rather uncomfortably—but pressure from the back is well suppressed. Hinges are tightly-wound, leaving little to no bounce during everyday operation; consequently, however, two hands are required to open the machine to prevent the base from lifting off a surface.
The underside is still plastic, however, and the overall look—despite the clean metal aesthetic—is still rather plain. Fortunately, the weight is correspondingly low: at just 2.346 kg, it’s notably lighter than the typical 17-inch machine. It’s also a bit thinner (at 21 mm) and features a slightly smaller footprint than the competition.back to menu ↑
Asus fortunately did not opt for the same grade of display as that of the cheap TN panel we found in our VivoBook Pro 15. Instead, our VivoBook Pro 17 review unit includes an LG LP173WF4-SPF5 IPS display panel, which carries a 1920×1080 resolution and subjectively appears far superior to that of the VivoBook Pro 15.
Outdoors, the machine is perfectly usable in most environments (all but absolute direct sunlight) thanks to the anti-glare display and high brightness/contrast. Viewing angles are vastly superior to those of our VivoBook Pro 15 review unit, as expected, thanks to the upgrade from TN to IPS panel technology.back to menu ↑
The venerable Intel Core i7-8550U is a quad-core CPU featuring clock rates ranging between 1.8 GHz and 4.0 GHz. It carries a TDP (15 W) which is just one-third of that of the VivoBook Pro 15’s Core i7-7700HQ (45 W). Naturally, performance can’t quite keep up with the i7-7700HQ—but whether it even approaches the ballpark is heavily dependent upon the laptop’s cooling system providing ample thermal headroom within which the CPU can operate at higher frequencies uninhibited (a challenge which many recent machines have failed to meet). How does the VivoBook Pro 17 fare?
At least initially, it’s pretty solid. We recorded single-core performance that leads the field with a score of 172 in Cinebench R15 single CPU. In multi-core, the score of 642 is only around 14% below the leader (Dell XPS 15 9560), which—like all four of the competitors above the VivoBook on our chart—is equipped with an i7-7700HQ. Both of these results are well above the class averages of 119 and 564, respectively.back to menu ↑
Nothing about the VivoBook Pro 17 is particularly head-turning, but then again, this is not a machine which seeks to push the envelope in any particular category. Instead, it’s an overall value proposition, an appeal to those who would love to own a machine with competent, well-rounded everyday performance and a capability for occasional gaming, but who aren’t interested in paying the premium for top-notch aesthetics, design, and the affiliated bells and whistles.
And for the most part (with strings attached), it does succeed at that task. The thin and light VivoBook Pro 17 posts very good general system performance scores, features fast solid-state storage, and can manage a typical gaming session without any problem. The display is also quite good overall, with high brightness, good viewing angles, respectable color reproduction, and a matte finish.back to menu ↑
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- Thin and light design
- Relatively rigid case; sturdy on surfaces
- Attractive display with good brightness, color, contrast, and a matte finish
- Very fast NVMe SSD paired with mechanical storage drive
- Very good single-core CPU performance
- No GPU throttling; capable of running most modern games
- Reasonable noise levels
- Good speakers
- Disappointing CPU performance in multi-core applications; Core i5 seems a more practical choice
- Weak port selection
- Poor battery life
- High surface temperatures under load
- Awkward keyboard layout
- Difficult maintenance and upgrade procedures
- Slow card reader