Sale 599€ Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W, cheap 16″ Blue portable laptop with 8-hour battery life and lightweight with powerful AMD Ryzen 5600H processor and 16GB RAM

Our review of the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W

Suited for students and nomads thanks to its 8-hour battery life, the affordable and versatile Asus VivoBook S1603QA-MB377W ultrabook, with its slim and light design and original blue color, benefits from 16GB of RAM and a powerful AMD Cezanne Hexa Core Ryzen 5 processor with Radeon Vega graphics that speed up processing and are suitable for light gaming. With a 16-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display in a 16:10 format, this Windows 11 laptop benefits from enhanced responsiveness due to its fast 512GB storage and Wi-Fi 6 and USB-C connectivity.

Characteristics of the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W

Screen(s): 15.6″ Full HD IPS 16:10 with slim bezels (1920×1200, anti-glare)
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Cezanne (3.3 GHz, 6 cores)
Installed RAM (max): 16GB LPDDR4X 3200MHz (soldered)
Graphics card: AMD Radeon Vega 7
Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0)
Connectivity: 2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 1.4
Network: Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0
Backlit keyboard: No, apparently (1.4mm key travel)
Numeric keypad: Yes
Windows Hello: –
Audio system: 2 SonicMaster speakers
Operating system: Windows 11 64-bit
Announced battery life / Battery: 8 hours / 3-cell 70Whr Li-ion
Weight / Dimensions (mm): 1.8kg / 358.4 x 247.7 x 19.9

Comparing the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W to the Competition

The Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W is currently discounted by Carrefour and offers an attractive price-to-performance ratio for its category, being one of the least expensive, slim, lightweight, and portable laptops to offer such a powerful and recent processor, along with a large amount of RAM and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

If this laptop does not fully meet your needs, we recommend checking our guide for affordable and student laptops, where you can find other similar laptops that can be good alternatives to the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W.

Chassis, connectivity, and display of the Asus VivoBook S1603QA-MB377W

Cooled by a fan via 2 heat pipes and vents, this portable computer sports an original appearance with its slim and lightweight blue design, making it as easy to carry as an ultrabook.

This versatile laptop has good connectivity consisting of 1 USB-C, Wi-Fi 6 ax and Bluetooth 5.2 for wireless connections and communications, an HDMI video output for easy connection to a TV or monitor, an audio port, and 3 USB ports, with the 2 USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0) ensuring faster transfers than USB 2.0 when USB 3.0 devices are connected.

The screen will please those who want to display more information vertically, as it adopts a 16:10 format, wider than the usual 16:9 format. Additionally, the screen benefits from IPS technology for wide viewing angles, and its anti-glare treatment makes it more readable than a glossy screen in bright environments. The screen is also suitable for HD content due to its Full HD resolution.

Performance and battery life of the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W

The Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB132W can interest those who want to acquire a comfortably sized laptop with an original color, powerful in terms of processor for common and portable versatile use. Its battery life is around 8 hours in light use, making it suitable for both nomads and students, and despite its size, its weight and thickness are contained, making it as easy to carry as an ultrabook.

This versatile laptop delivers good overall performance that will satisfy many users. It relies on a large amount of 16GB RAM, which is very useful for multitasking, as well as an AMD Hexa Core Ryzen 5 5600H Cezanne processor, along with the Radeon Vega 7 graphics.

While not a high-end graphics card, the Radeon Vega 7 still allows for viewing photos and videos, as well as playing small games without a dedicated graphics card (logical at this price level). The processor will be of interest to budget-limited creators, as it guarantees faster processing than 8GB DDR4/5 and a Quad Core processor. The difference is clearly felt in resource-intensive tasks that take advantage of multiple cores, such as photo editing and video editing.

In terms of storage, Asus logically opts for an SSD that rivals the standard hard drives in capacity with its 512GB, while also being more resistant to shocks, silent, more energy-efficient, and much faster. Thanks to the SSD, daily tasks are much more responsive and fluid compared to a simple hard drive. For example, start-ups/shut-downs are much faster as well as software launches, and it allows for faster access to online game maps, for example.

If more than 500GB is needed, the capacity can be extended with an external storage module, and opting for a USB 3.0/USB-C device represents an interesting solution for fast transfers. As for heat and noise, expect them to occur in case of heavy use of this versatile laptop (e.g., processing), in which case a ventilated stand could be added if needed.

Overall, the Asus VivoBook 16X S1603QA-MB132W presents a versatile and affordable option for students and nomads, offering good performance and battery life in a slim and lightweight design.

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