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This Asus Copilot+ PC shows promising battery life but mediocre graphics

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The arrival of Microsoft’s AI-soaked Copilot+ PC has somewhat overshadowed the simultaneous launch of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon

Qualcomm has made some incredible affirmations about what the Snapdragon All competing CPUs have been updated since that announcement, so it’s crucial to examine the situation considering the current environment as a whole. The problem is that Microsoft’s Copilot+ PCs are only certified to run on Snapdragon to fly.

Before we get to the CPU, let’s look at the laptop that contains it more broadly. The Asus Vivobook S 15 (now features a space in the name, but sometimes not) dates back to 2017, when it started out as an Intel-based product. Intel-powered Vivobooks still exist, mind you. The Qualcomm-based version reviewed here is model number S5507Q.

The silver laptop features a spacious 15.6-inch display (non-touch) with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,620 pixels. It’s quite bright without being flashy, backing its screen with a robust Harman Kardon sound system. In addition to the Snapdragon The keyboard is spacious and responsive, even squeezing a small number pad to the right.

Photography: Chris Null

An intriguing addition is the inclusion of colored LED backlighting for the keyboard, something not often seen outside of the world of gaming laptops. Single-zone lighting effects can be modified in the preloaded MyAsus app, which controls a variety of functions ranging from fan speed to audio effects. The backlighting is inconspicuous largely because it’s hard to see due to the silver color of the keys. Whether the backlight was on or off, I had trouble reading the letters and symbols at the top of the keys; There just wasn’t enough contrast.

Please note that the unit does not No It doesn’t include Asus’ new ceralumin casing (the S 15 has an all-metal chassis) nor does it include the older ScreenPad feature (where the touchpad functions as a small screen), which is present on some other Vivobook offerings.

Port selection is good and adequate for a 15.6-inch laptop, with two USB-C ports supported USB4, two USB-A 3.2 ports, a full-size HDMI port and a microSD card reader. All ports are side mounted. The Vivobook weighs 3 pounds and is 20 millimeters thick, acceptable statistics for a machine of this size.

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