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ASUS VivoBook K570ZD Review: If you’re in the market for a casual gaming laptop, but not with many bucks in hand, then this laptop might be exactly what you’re looking for. The ASUS VivoBook K570ZD combines power and affordability to create a unique model that could be your next purchase.
Read on to see if this laptop is truly the one for you.
The VivoBook K570 immediately catches your eye with its futuristic, cutting-edge, jet-black frame. The Lightning Blue accents that run around the edges bring it all together and add that touch of oomph that sets it apart from other designs.
The body is all-plastic, which lacks the elegance of aluminium or other metal finishes, and to some, might look cheap or flimsy, but adds to the portability aspect of the VivoBook, making it lighter and easy to carry around.
The VivoBook K570ZD boasts an impressive AMD Ryzen 5 2500 U processor. The base processor, which is 2.0 GHz, can be upgraded to up to 3.6 GHz for your gaming needs. This robust quad core processor sports a 4 megabytes L3 cache, 8 threads, and 15 Watt thermal design power.
As a result of such a powerful processor – at such a low price, one might add – you can run pretty much any app or programme on this laptop, as well as meeting your gaming needs.
Thus, this model is sure to be loved by casual users and gamers alike.
However, be warned that you will not be able to play most of the newest AAA games, but it’ll still run all the household names such as Fortnight, Witcher 2, and World of Warcraft.
RAM & Storage
We believe an 8 GB RAM is sufficient to run all kinds of apps and programmes. You can even run heavier software such as Photoshop and Final Cut with zero hassle. Multitasking will be no problem, and if you still want more RAM, you can easily upgrade the pre-existing space to 16 GB using the two ports available in the model.
The 256 GB SSD ensures that the K570ZD runs smoother and much faster than your regular run-of-the-mill HDD. The pre-installed SSD is a welcome touch, given that most laptops still come with an HDD.
The VivoBook K570 uses a 1080p FHD panel with IPS-level technology and ASUS’ very own Splendid display technology to give you a fulfilling viewing experience. Think bright, rich colours, maybe not quite Apple level, but they work well nonetheless.
A fun bonus is how the ASUS Splendid visual optimization technology offers four distinct display modes: Normal, Vivid, Eye Care and Manual. You can choose whichever mode fits you best for the optimum experience.
The ASUS VivoBook comes with a decent graphics card, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, with 4 gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM. Sure, you could find better graphics cards on the market, but the processor and the graphics card are the hardware that actually lower the price of this laptop. For the price, you get what you paid for, nothing more, nothing less.
As mentioned before, when it comes to games, you will be able to enjoy all older mainstream names with the VivoBook, but will struggle to run newer and more demanding games.
This model sports three Type-A, and one type-C USB ports. It also includes a full-size HDMI out-port.
While it supports WiFi 802.11ac, a recurring problem is frequent Wi-Fi dropoutsdrop outs and connectivity issues, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Rejoice! Backlit keyboard alert! This will come as welcome news to the night-owls amongst us. However, do check which model you’re getting, because ASUS offers this model featuring backlit keys and also without.
As for the keyboard itself, we are divided. The short-travel keys, with just a 1.4mm stroke, have mixed reviews.
While for some it’s easier to access and type for hours on end without getting tired, for others it is quite the opposite, and the smaller spacing of the keys makes for a cramped typing space.
Not only this, but the numeric keypad is also shrunken to fit in with the frame, with the arrow keys also being dealt the same blow.
Personally, we would have hoped for a better layout of the keys – perhaps by getting rid of the numeric keypad altogether, as most laptops generally do?
Nonetheless, liking the keyboard or not is a highly subjective choice that you shall have to make at your own discretion after surveying all aspects of it.
As for the touchpad, it is matte, which may be susceptible to more stains. Some models also feature an additional security feature, i.e. the fingerprint scanner, which is located on the top right of the touchpad.
When it comes to weight, as with most of the other specs, the ASUS VivaBook K570ZD takes the middle ground.
While it is not as light as some ultra-thin and portable gaming laptops one might find on the market, at 4.32 lbs, it is not remarkably bulky either, the fact that gaming laptops are generally on the lighter side notwithstanding.
Then again, with this lower than usual price, you cannot really expect a laptop, a gaming laptop nonetheless, to be light as a feather. We keep coming back to this fact, but then again, at the end of the day, the cost of a laptop is one of the most likely factors to affect its efficiency and portability.
In the end, with most laptops, but especially with this one, it all boils down to price.
The processor is good, not great, but apt for the price you are paying. The graphics card is decent, not too impressive, but does the job adequately for what it’s worth. The body is plastic, which may look cheap, but then again the laptop is cheap.
The bottom-line is, it’s a decent laptop, not a fantastic one, but it delivers you your money’s worth.
The ASUS VivoBook K570ZD has aptly been dubbed a jack-of-all-trades laptop. As the term’s connotations suggest, such a laptop will not be specialised for any specific function. This is useful if you want a holistic, all-inclusive device that will work with you and bring you the satisfaction that general work and casual gaming requires.
Ultimately, this machine will take the middle ground when it comes to functioning. It will be your friend in day-to-day tasks, but it will not keep up with CPU-intensive tasks, if you want to run the latest games, or if you want to incessantly multi-task. That is, sadly, the limit that one finds oneself at while balancing affordability with performance.
The verdict? The VivaBook is a casual laptop for the casual gamer/user. A solid 8.5/10.
This has been my painstaking review of ASUS’ addition to the VivoBook series. Did it convince you that this is your next gaming laptop? Any questions or confusions?
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Last update on 2019-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API