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Shop the virtual or actual laptop aisles, and you’ll see more specialized laptops available than ever before, filling needs at various sizes, specs, and price points. Plenty of shoppers, though, just want a straightforward 15-inch notebook that can perform the role of an entry-level desktop at home and on the go. Ideally, it doesn’t break the bank, lasts long off the charger, and has the ports they need. The Asus VivoBook S15 ($699.99) checks those boxes and then some, delivering a nifty, slim design, a good selection of ports, long battery life, and reasonably speedy performance. It does all of this at a low price and without any major downsides.
The notebook measures 0.63 by 14.1 by 9.2 inches, a thin and fairly compact footprint for slipping into your bag for a trip or daily commute. Between the color scheme and construction, it’s a pleasant laptop to hold and use, even if a 15-inch system is bulkier than the more portable options available today. (Worth noting: If the S15 appeals to you but you’d prefer a smaller size, there’s also a new 14-inch VivoBook S14.)
On the whole, the Asus VivoBook S15 is a very strong value. There is little to criticize in general, let alone when you consider how low the price is. The build quality stands far above most at this price range, and the laptop remains plenty portable despite a 15.6-inch screen.