A few weeks ago, we published the review of the ASUS VivoBook S14 M433. That was an AMD-based laptop, which we liked a lot because of the performance while having a pretty good price tag. And now we have the ASUS VivoBook S15 S533.
This ASUS VivoBook S15 S533 is already in the market but we still want to do this review because quite a lot of you have asked – what’s the difference between this and the VivoBook S14 M433 – and which one do I personally recommend?
So, I’m here to answer all of those questions. This review will draw a lot of comparisons with the VivoBook S14 M433 that we reviewed here.
First of all, the overall design language, the shape, and build quality is pretty much the same as the VivoBook S14 M433 – but bigger since it’s using a 15.6-inch screen instead.
Now, the first thing that caught my eye is the color. The one that we have is in the Resolute Red color, and it is also available in 3 more different colors – Dreamy Silver, Indie Black (like the one VivoBook S14 M433 that we reviewed), and Gaia Green. Personally, I like Gaia Green the most but this Resolute Red is definitely attention-grabbing.
This laptop uses a 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen, which is not a surprise since it is called “S15” which denotes a 15-inch screen.
To my sensitive eyes who look at Premiere Pro and Photoshop all the time, I can tell that t colors are definitely not accurate. It still looks decent enough to get by the day.
The bezel sizes remain the same as the VivoBook S14 M433, which I think is good. The overall bezel size relatively small, while the webcam is still at the top of the screen where it should be.
A shiny keyboard
The one thing that stood out to me is the shiny keyboard used on the ASUS VivoBook S15 S533. According to what I can find out, only the Indie Black color option uses a black keyboard (like what we used on the VivoBook S14 M433) while all the other color options come with this shining, shimmering, silver keyboard. To break away from the uniformity, there is a Mountain Dew-colored enter key which does help me to distinguish and pinpoint the location of the enter key through peripheral vision.
The overall keyboard layout is pretty standard for a 15.6-inch laptop. The power button is at the far top right end corner – which is okay since it’s at the number pad area.
Anyway, throughout my user experience with this shiny silver keyboard, it is ever so slightly stiffer than the one I’ve used in the VivoBook S14 M433. It’s still fun to type and for those who need to type for a long time – this keyboard is good.
However, one thing that bothered me was the smoothness of the keycaps themselves. It’s not really an issue at first, but I find myself wiping my fingertips when they started sweating. They’re just way too smooth and offers no grip when my fingertips started sweating.
It’s a fairly decent trackpad, honestly. The tracking is decent enough to get by. It also supports all the gestures since it uses Windows 10’s Precision Touchpad drivers.
The clicking feels a little weird and definitely loud yet high-pitched.
The ASUS VivoBook S15 S533 is available in only one variant for Malaysia – which is exactly the same as the one we have here. It’s running:
- 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen
- 1080p resolution
- 60Hz refresh rate
- Intel Core i5-10210U
- NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB VRAM
- 8GB of DDR4 RAM @ 2666MHz (soldered)
- 512GB of Intel Optane H10
- 50Wh battery
Let’s take a look at some benchmarks here first.
This list of specs is nothing to scoff at. That NVIDIA GeForce MX250 is just rare to see – even at this price range – and coupled with the Intel Core i5-10210U, this laptop can get a lot of things done.
Yes, you can play some games on it
Yes, you can play games on this laptop. Not GTA V kind of games but Overwatch, CS:GO, Valorant, all those titles will run exceptionally well on the ASUS VivoBook S15 S533.
We did try Overwatch – which is surprisingly smooth on this laptop. We used the medium preset and managed to hover around 60fps most of the time with some frame rate dips when intense actions are happening on screen.
The MX250 might not seem like much, but it can get a lot of things done.
Opening up the laptop reveals the 50Wh battery. It’s a decently-sized battery and we managed to get about 7 to 8 hours on a single charge at medium brightness on our workload. Photoshop cannot be left idle because it will “activate” the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 and drain the battery.
Charging time is as usual – about 2 hours to get from 15% to 100%.
What about upgradability?
Our original review of the ASUS VivoBook S14 M433 had one question that was asked constantly – can it be upgraded and how is that laptop compared to the VivoBook S15 S533 instead. So here is your answer.
The VivoBook S15 S533 is very similar to its smaller AMD variant in terms of upgradability. The RAM is soldered and we can only swap out the SSD and WiFi card. There is another spare M.2 slot so you can slot in another one if you want to do so.
I don’t see a reason to swap out the WiFi card since ASUS already included a WiFi-6 network card here.
Even the I/O ports are the same
Compared to the VivoBook S14 M433, we have the exact same slew of I/O ports too. Just as a quick recap:
- Barrel jack for power
- Full-sized HDMI
- USB 3.0 Type-A (5Gb/s)
- USB 3.0 Type-C (5Gb/s)
- Headphone/microphone combo jack
- Battery/status indicator LEDs
- MicroSD card reader
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
I have my own set of complaints about the I/O ports that I have already said in the VivoBook S14 M433 review – and I’ll say it again. Double USB 2.0 ports are just unnecessary – one is enough. Better yet, give me more USB 3.0 Type-A ports instead.
One more thing that I want to add is about the speakers. Just like the VivoBook S14 M433, it’s bottom-firing. It sounds okay but not particularly loud. If you’re using it on your lap or on a soft surface like your couch, then it will sound muffled.
Should you buy the ASUS VivoBook S15 S533?
Okay, here’s the thing – this exact configuration of this laptop is priced at RM3,199 – and that Intel Core i5 with MX250 is more than enough for most users out there – especially students. It packs an even better GPU which means we can comfortably play some lightweight titles at higher graphical settings.
Compared to the VivoBook S14 M433 with the Ryzen 7 4700U, I recommend this VivoBook S15 S533 instead.
Here’s are the two specific variants that I recommend if you’re choosing between the new VivoBook S14 M33 and the VivoBook S15 S533.
- VivoBook S14 M433 (Ryzen 5 4500U) @ RM2,899
- VivoBook S15 S533 (Intel Core i5-10210U + NVIDIA GeForce MX250) @ RM3,199
ASUS is also offering an even higher-powered version of this laptop with a 14-inch screen, a fingerprint scanner, and Intel Core i7 with MX250 at RM3,699. if you need that extra power, then go for it.