ASUS ZenBook Pro or VivoBook Pro? Laptop Comparison and Benchmarks

ASUS ZenBook Pro or VivoBook Pro? Laptop Comparison and Benchmarks


Hey guys, Jarrod here and today we’re going
to compare the ZenBook Pro and VivoBook Pro laptops from ASUS against each other to help
you decide which you should buy. The ZenBook is generally considered to be
a more premium laptop and thereby more expensive product, so it will be interesting to see
how the cheaper VivoBook compares considering the form factors and specs are pretty similar. Starting with the specs, both of the laptops,
at least in the configurations I’ve got here, have a quad core 7700HQ CPU, and an
Nvidia 1050 graphics card. As for the differences, the VivoBook has 8GB
of memory while the ZenBook has 16GB of memory. The VivoBook I’ve got here also only has
a hard drive, no SSD, however it looks like it’s usually included with an SSD when buying. Both laptops have a brushed metal lid with
the ASUS logo, although the logo lights up on the Zenbook. The interior of the Zenbook
is matte and easily shows fingerprints, while the Vivobook is the same brushed metal as
its lid and does a great job of hiding fingerprints. The Vivobook is also slightly wider, deeper,
and thicker than the Zenbook, however despite this they weigh almost the same. In terms of IO on the left both have the power
input and a HDMI port, however the Vivobook has an ethernet port which the Zenbook is
missing entirely, you’ll need to use a dongle for ethernet connectivity. The Zenbook also
has two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports with thunderbolt, while the Vivobook has one such port without
thunderbolt, however the Vivobook also has a USB 3.0 Type-A port instead of a second
USB type-c. On the right both have a single 3.5mm headphone
and mic combo jack, while the Zenbook has a MicroSD card reader and the Vivobook has
a full size SD card reader. Both also have two USB type-A slots, however the Zenbook’s
are USB 3.1 Gen 1 while the Vivobooks are only USB 2.0. The speakers of both laptops also sound great,
however I think the ZenBook has a slight edge here. The Vivobook has two speakers on the
bottom towards the sides, while the Zenbook has two on the bottom towards the front, but
also two more speakers on either sides of the keyboard. The webcam on the ZenBook is unfortunately
garbage, it’s only 480p while the webcam on the VivoBook is a little better and is
720p. Screen quality is quite different between
the two laptops. Both laptops have a 15.6 inch 1080p 60Hz display, and that’s where
the similarities end. The Vivobook has a TN panel, and unless you’re looking at it directly
front on you’ll notice colour shift. The Zenbook in comparison is an IPS panel and
you can view it accurately from almost any angle. The Zenbook’s screen is also glossy,
so it will show up reflections in the background while the Vivobook’s has a matte finish
to it. While testing with the Spyder 5 Pro, the Vivobook was only able to reproduce 61%
of SRGB colours, while the Zenbook managed 96%, it’s just a much nicer display all
round on the Zenbook. The Zenbook also has a touchscreen while the Vivobook does not. The Zenbook definitely had less screen flex,
the whole thing was almost completely solid, it seems to be thicker metal than the Vivobook. I’d rate both keyboards and touchpads pretty
similar in terms of actually using them, both are backlit with white LEDs and the lighting
can be adjusted between 3 levels. The Vivobook has a narrow numpad while the Zenbook leaves
it out entirely, and I’d say both had a similar amount of keyboard flex. The Zenbook
has a fingerprint reader embedded into the touchpad while the Vivobook doesn’t have
one at all. The touchpads felt the same, were almost the same size, and both have left and
right buttons, if I had to pick I’d say the Zenbooks was slightly better. As for battery the Zenbook’s is larger,
it’s got a 73 watt hour 8 cell battery, while the Vivobook has a smaller 47 watt hour
3 cell battery. While doing the same test and watching YouTube videos with the screen
on half brightness, the Zenbook lasted for 4 hours and 2 minutes while the Vivibook lasted
for 3 hours and 18 minutes, so not really all that much difference considering how different
the sizes of battery are. While playing the Witcher 3 on medium settings capped at 30
FPS, the Vivobook lasted for an hour and 8 minutes, while the Zenbook lasted for an hour
and 4 minutes, so it was interesting that the Zenbook lasted slightly less despite the
bigger battery, however I did notice that the frame rate was bouncing between 30 – 35
FPS so it was likely rendering a few more frames and doing more work, despite it being
capped to 30 by Nvidia’s battery boost, that’s the only thing I can think of to
explain the difference. While testing both laptops with an ambient
room temperature of 24 degrees celsius, I found that the Zenbook ran slightly cooler.
At idle the Zenbook isn’t just slightly cooler, but also quieter at 36 decibels, compared
to 37 decibels from the Vivobook, granted both are so low you’ll hardly hear them
anyway. Both laptops also sat at around 29 degrees celsius in the middle of the keyboard,
while the Vivobook was a little cooler around the palm rest areas. The Zenbook also ran cooler under full load
for the CPU, however the graphics cards reached the same average temperature of 79 degrees
celsius on both laptops. With both the CPU and GPU maxed out, the Vivobook did experience
about 5% of a throttle on the CPU as it got so hot it had to dial itself down, however
the Zenbook was able to keep cooler and run under full load with no problems, granted
it doesn’t seem to be performing as good, as we’ll see in the benchmarks. The keyboard
area on the Zenbook got up to about 43 degrees celsius in the center, while the Vivobook
was a bit warmer at 48c, however the wrist rest areas of the Zenbook were again slightly
warmer by a few degrees. The fans on the Vivobook were also quite a bit louder, reaching 53
decibels in comparison to the quieter 47 decibels from the Zenbook. I think the Zenbook is better using its metal
body to exhaust heat which is why overall the body is a little warmer than the Vivobook’s,
as we saw in the wrist rest areas, and this kind of makes sense as there are no fan intakes
on the bottom of the Zenbook, while there are on the Vivobook and yet its CPU still
runs warmer. Interestingly despite both laptops having
the same CPU and graphics specs and the Zenbook running cooler, I found that the Vivobook
slightly outperformed the Zenbook in all graphical tests. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was tested
with the latest 1.0 version. I’ve used the new replay feature to perform this testing,
so the results between each test should be more accurate as I can now consistently perform
the same test run, however with that said the performance of the game will vary quite
a lot depending on what’s going on in the game, so while these may not accurately represent
all scenarios, they are at least comparable between each other. We can see that the average
frame rate is a little higher on the VivoBook, however the 1% lows are where it’s really
winning as these are quite a bit higher than the ZenBooks in many cases. It’s similar in the witcher 3, the VivoBook
is again winning in terms of both average FPS and 1% lows, except at ultra settings
where it appears the Zenbook pulled ahead in the 1% lows Shadow of war was very close at the higher
setting levels, however the Vivobook was still slightly ahead in almost all cases, with that
difference being more pronounced at the lower setting levels. It’s not just in the gaming tests where
this is being seen, I’ve also run some Unigine benchmarks including heaven, valley, and superposition,
and again we can see that the Vivobook is slightly ahead in all instances. It’s the same with 3DMark’s Fire Strike
and Time Spy benchmarks, the Zenbook is just slightly behind every time. From what I can tell it looks like the GPU
on the Zenbook is throttling itself as it hits the 79c maximum much quicker, it drops
down from 1,709MHz to 1,506MHz within a few minutes, while the Vivobook takes much longer
to warm up to the same temperature before it’s an issue and runs at 1,683MHz Comparing the hard drive speeds here isn’t
really fair, as mentioned the Vivobook I have here only has a hard drive and no SSD, so
it performs much slower compared to the SSD in the Zenbook. The Vivobook is available
with SSD, and I suggest getting it as mechanical disks only are torture, and with that I’d
assume disk performance would then be fairly similar, unless you upgrade the Zenbook to
PCIe based storage, which the Vivobook does not appear to support. Now perhaps the most important difference,
the price. In Australia the Vivobook pro retails for $1699 AUD while the Zenbook pro retails
for $2,899 AUD. That’s $1,330 USD vs $2,250 USD with taxes included for my international
viewers, so quite a large difference. While the Zenbook is definitely more premium in
almost every way, with the exception of the worse camera and slightly lower graphical
performance, I think the Vivobook is offering better value out of the two. Sure almost all
of its features aren’t as nice as the Zenbook, but a $1,200 AUD price difference is quite
a lot, so it comes down to what your budget is and if you want the extra nice to have
features. So which of these two ASUS laptops would you
guys pick? The Zenbook pro or Vivobook pro? Let me know what you guys thought down in
the comments, and leave a like on the video if you found the information useful. Thanks
for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe for future tech videos like this one.

100 thoughts to “ASUS ZenBook Pro or VivoBook Pro? Laptop Comparison and Benchmarks”

  1. Jarrod I am in need of help. I need a gaming laptop, I have no idea which one to get although I have my eyes on the Alienware 17 R4 and Alienware 15 R3 with the best loadouts. If you can help I will be grateful and if you have any other recommendations I will be happy to hear them! Thank you in advance, keep up the great work and have a nice day!

  2. I have vivobook pro, the money difference is too big to justify buying the Zenbook. The image on the display is not so good, but if you play a game you play it on a TV or view it front on the display. Anyway, i am extremely pleased with Vivobook performances and looks.

  3. Doesn't the Zenbook have a 1050ti? I thought that was its main selling point over the competition like the XPS 15. But if the thing throttles with a 1050, I can't even imagine how it would run with the hotter 1050ti. TBH it's a pretty weird product placement on the ASUS's part too; such similar machines at such different price points.

  4. Very nice review!
    I have the older zenbook pro with the 4k screen and I have noticed that games at 1080p still perform slightly worse that on laptops with native 1080p displays. Did you try to set the zenbook screen resolution to 1080p while running the tests? It might outperform the vivobook. My laptop gains at least 10 fps by doing so.

  5. Damn dude the pricing in Australia must be crazy high, I got a Zenbook from Amazon [US], with a 512 PCIe SSD, 1050Ti, & Upgraded Thermals for $1700 US.

  6. I bought Vivobook Pro 15 yesterday. The display quality and the view angle is VERY BAD. Does anybody could offer me a better ips panel for vivobook something like the Zenbook??

  7. So let me understand this, just below the ROG gaming rigs for ASUS as the top laptops is the Zenbook or Vivobook?

    Because Vivobook and Zenbook seem 1 and the same.

    Which of the 2 are is the better?

    Also , not that its a deal breaker, what was Asus thinking when they put a micro SD card instead of a full SD card in the Zenbook? there are more ways then one to hook up content and transfer videos , pictures and media and such.

  8. Can anyone explain me it's written asus vivo book pro. And in the video it is asus vivo book. Can u use Vivo book pro 4kUHD one for comparison.

  9. I'm still using my old ASUS U56E that I bought in 2011 and thinking of upgrading to the 17 inch VivoBook. I think I'll stick with that one instead of the ZenBook. I just wish Asus still made the battery life like they did with the U56E. When I got it I was getting 14+ hours of battery life. Never saw anything like that before. This laptop is what made me fall in love with Asus. Still kicking but finally started showing it's age late last year. VivoBook it is!

  10. Going for the VivoBook since i don't have much money for the Zenbook and I find matte finish screens better for me because I don't like reflections.

  11. Maybe i can say that with all that price, vivobook is more worth it than zenbook. But for some people they prefer the premium look one. I have a dilema between vivobook series, zenbook series, or rog series. in Indonesia with vivobook price you can get a rog strix. Maybe do you have a solution for me? I will be so happy if you answer my question. Thanks dude 🙂

  12. Just can't figure out why people don't watch this channel much much more…… Great video bro…. Really what i was looking for…. Glad that i stumped upon it….

  13. Why do higher end laptops usually have garbage webcams compared to cheaper counterparts? It’s the case with Zenbooks, MacBooks and many more expensive devices, but the cheap alternatives usually include much better webcams

  14. My VivoBook Pro is coming in the mail today and has HD IPS display and 256gb SSD +1TB HDD and 16gb of Ram for under $1050USD can’t beat that with a slightly bigger battery that kills the more premium ZenBook that runs the same GTX 1050 too

  15. asus n580vd-fy440 (
    Intel Core i5-7300HQ
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 4 GB
    SSD 128GB + HDD 1TB
    8GB RAM
    +fingerprint sensor
    )

  16. Спасибо большое, я как раз присматривался к Zenbook , теперь есть с чем сравнивать

  17. Zenbook UX550 has GPU throttling issue. Which explains why the GPU performance is slightly lower and thermals are slightly better.

  18. I swear, I have the exact same Vivobook, but it's nothing like it was advertised on the website. Mine has 4 gigs of RAM, it's CPU is dogshit, and I don't even have integrated graphics in it at all. Was I scammed?

  19. I'll go with Vivobook. The comparison is irrelevant now to be honest, because Vivobook pro has been updated and it's Pretty good.

  20. Well I got the vivobook pro with fingerprint reader, IPS panal and SSD and it's really good. Will recommend

  21. so if i don't care about screen and built quality, I should go for vivobook pro, right?
    I think zenbook heats up pretty fast and surprised that it lose to much a cheaper yet similar thin laptop.
    I am still looking for a laptop that is thin(can be macbook pro size) and can play games on (pubg, csgo), any recommendations?

  22. my frugal self is tempted to say the vivo, but I hate a screen with bad viewing angles so I would rather spend the money for an overall better experience despite the steep difference in price

  23. Thanks for the video! Would you recommend VivoBook pro15 N580VD for using 3d programmes such as 3ds max? Is it fast enough for rendering?

  24. Hi there, would you recommend VivoBook Pro 15 N580VD or S14 s410un or S15 510un?
    I hope your reply will help me in making the right decision

  25. Is it possible to change the Vivobook's TN screen for an IPS screen? The bezel doesn't appear to have any screws so I'm unsure how this would be achieved…

  26. I bought a Vivobook pro 15 laptop. It has 8gb ram , 1TB 5400rpm HDD+16GB Intel Optane Memory, and 8750H Processor with Gtx 1050 4gb Graphics And also it has a Fingerprint Reader. All are good in this Laptop but Heat is the problem for me. It heats so much when playing games and doing some more work. Can't Boost Fans so it heat so much sometimes it heats to 92C degrees.

  27. Hi there, great review. ¿Which one would you recommend for 4K video editing? ¿Do you think the Vivobook would do the job? Thank you!

  28. Фирма асус он класс круто 💪💪💪💪❤❤💙💙💙❤❤👄💋👊👍👍👍👍👍👍💖💔💜💛💚

  29. I dont understand how can there be these thin laptops that have very similar ram, cpu and gpu's numbers compared to gaming laptops and be the almost the same price. Why is it like this, just because it's all compacted and light?

  30. My vivobook has 16GB, I didn't even know that a 8GB version existed…
    As well as it have a primary SSD (512GB) and a secondary HDD (1TB)…
    Where did you get informations?

  31. I'm literally stuck deciding between these two 😬
    The price is only about…190usd different and I am so bad at making decisions….
    What I am curious about is why (at least in my country) they sell the Zenbook with a 3year warranty and the vivobook with a 1 year warranty….like what are they saying?

  32. Watching this on my vivobook pro 🙂

    I recommend, but opt for a higher option with more storage so that you get more value in your purchase. Also the ssd is a little slow but is still much faster than a normal hard drive.

  33. I like the fact that Zenbook has a much nicer IPS screen but I can't stand glossy screens so it's a big NO for me unless it comes with a non-glossy option.

  34. Bought the vivobook yesterday! And now replacing it because the usb port doesn't work with my samsung! It doesn't recognize my phone. Bought it back to the shop and other laptops recognizes my phone except for the model of the laptop i bought. I wonder why?

  35. In the UK the zenbook is £620 and the Vivobook is £400 I was aware of the display when I bought the vivobook but It's only myself who is watching the screen and the laptop is on a cooling unit in my bedroom .It's good for a few games Im quite happy with he vivobook

  36. Hi. I am interested in 1080p video editing. I thought about going for Vivobook S14 S430FA but now concerned about its display. Will it be a HUGE problem for editing? Because I am limited on budget. Please advise… Many thanks!

  37. I know its a old video but could you help me please? Im gonna buy a new laptop to surf on, watching netflix,youtube,streams,doing work and other stuff. Which would you recommend? ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 – i5 8GB 256GB or ASUS VivoBook S13 S330FL – i5 8GB 256GB MX250

  38. Asus VivoBook Pro N705UD-GC276T …  Even better.  has 256 SSD only.  No HDD ! Hurray, away with that ancient 5400 rpm junk. It also has IPS, Full HD, Geforce 1050, 16 GB (processor 8550 U) and other nice features. For me this one is good enough. You can certainly play some decent games with this.  Heck, i own an older  Asus 750NL (2014) now, and i could still play Skyrim and  (just for the jolly of stressing that card a bit ) Assassins Black Flag from good to reasonably already, with just that Geforce 840M in it.I thus expect this new one to perform alot better than that.Asus makes good quality products. My oldie i bought in May 2015,  model  late 2014, and except that ancient HDD giving out on me a few years back, exhanging it for an SSD, and some more memory, it never quit on me.Not even when i unintentionally bumped a big mug of coffee all over the place. Except the keyboard made the laptop act weird  when i shut it down and started it up again, this is just for a few minutes. Well,i now let it on'  sign out', not turning it off, no more problem. I have a Microsoft Ergo 4000 keyboard now aswell, which is so much better for typing and gaming anyway (since i am lefthanded, those arrow keys surely are convenient, lol) I also have an external harddrive Toshiba ( 1 TB), which is a very good one. But ofcourse ,i keep in mind that this dear laptop is aging, and ..i have to buy a newer one. I'll keep this one just as a spare, for necessity, when the other might need an upgrade, or a repair in future times.

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