Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W, 16″ 16/10. blue AMD high-performance lightweight thin and fast laptop – LaptopSpirit

Our review of the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W

Original with its blue design, the thin and light versatile laptop Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W The 16-inch Full HD IPS anti-reflective 16/10 display benefits from a high-performance AMD Hexa Core Ryzen 5 Cezanne processor with Radeon Vega 7 graphics capable of running light games. Equipped with a fast 512 GB SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, this comfortable form factor laptop running on Windows 11 benefits from a backlit keyboard and connectivity with Wi-Fi axis and USB-C.

Features of Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W

screen(s) 15.6″ Full HD IPS 16/10 with thin edges (1920×1200, anti-reflective)
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Cezanne (3.3 GHz, 6 cores)
Installed RAM (max) 8 GB LPDDR4X 3200MHz (soldered), 1 slot (free)
Graphics card AMD Radeon Vega 7
Storage 512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0)
plug 2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 1.4
Network Wi-Fi 6 axis (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0
Backlit keyboard Yes (1.4mm stroke)
Numeric keypad Yes
Windows Hello
Sound system 2 Sonic Master speakers
Operating system Windows 11 64 bit
Advertised autonomy / battery 8 hours / Li-ion 3 cells 70Wh
Weight/dimensions (mm) 1.8 kg / 358.4 x 247.7 x 19.9 mm

Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W against the competition

L’Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W is currently available at Darty and Fnac. It is positioned as one of the most powerful processors in its category, where it is at the same time one of the thinnest and lightest.

Chassis, connector, screen of the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W

It has an original and elegant look with its thin and light dark blue design.
Its cooling is entrusted to a fan connected to 2 heat pipes and air outlet.

This versatile laptop is equipped with good connectivity options with its USB-C, its Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (more efficient and newer than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, its practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, for example its audio port, but also its 3 USBs, the 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.

The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit, which is practical for better distinguishing one’s keys in case of reduced ambient light.

Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W

The screen stands out with its 16/10 format, which is more comfortable in height than 16/9, while its Full HD definition makes it suitable for High Definition content. Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen also has significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. Since it is anti-reflective, the screen is also more readable in a bright environment (eg outside) than a blank panel.

Performance, autonomy of the Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W

The Asus Vivobook 16X S1603QA-MB014W is a high-definition laptop in a comfortable 16-inch format designed for general daily use.

It delivers solid overall performance that is able to suit a large number of users because it is based on an AMD APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Ryzen 5 5600H Cezanne Hexa Core processor coupled with 8GB of RAM.
Good point, you can increase the amount of RAM if necessary to be more comfortable in multitasking by adding a bar on the free slot.

In any case, the Hexa Core Ryzen 5 5600H guarantees faster processing than a Quad Core. We especially feel the difference in CPU-intensive areas that take advantage of multicore, such as video encoding or photo editing.

However, there is no dedicated graphics card on board, so this versatile laptop is not suitable for gamers. It nevertheless allows you to view photos and videos, but also to play light titles thanks to the Radeon Vega 7 graphics solution integrated into Ryzen 5.

In terms of storage, there is an SSD that matches the standard of hard drives in terms of capacity with its 512 GB.
However, an SSD offers several advantages compared to a hard disk: greater robustness, lower energy consumption, silent operation or even greater speed.

In practice, the SSD provides much better responsiveness and agility than a hard drive. This results, for example, on a daily basis in much faster start/stop, processing and application launches or even a faster arrival on the cards in online games.

In case 512GB is too tight, you can of course rely on an external storage device such as a USB 3.0 / USB-C device to achieve fast transfers.

In terms of autonomy, bet on around 8 hours of battery life with light use for this computer whose controlled weight and finesse make it easy to transport. Its 16 inch format is not the most portable, but has the advantage of being comfortable to use.
In any case, expect this laptop under heavy stress (eg treatments) to heat up and be heard.

If necessary to maintain temperatures, you can add a vented support to this versatile laptop (remember to check the measurements carefully!).

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