The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) is an ultraportable Windows laptop with an OLED screen. Its 15.6 inch 1080p display gets bright enough to combat glare, and like all OLEDs, it can produce deep, inky blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. It also has full coverage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI P3 color spaces, making it suitable for color-critical work. The touchpad responds well to all movements and gestures, the webcam's video quality is adequate for video calls, and the keyboard is spacious but tiring to type on for extended periods. Its Intel 11th Gen CPU can handle light to moderately demanding workloads; however, its entry-level NVIDIA GPU isn't powerful enough for graphically intensive tasks like video editing or AAA gaming. Unfortunately, its battery lasts less than 7 hours of light productivity or 5 hours of video playback, and you can't charge the laptop via its USB-C port.
Our ASUS VivoBook 15 has an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU, 16GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. You can also configure the laptop with an Intel Core i3-1115G4, an i3-1125G4, or an i5-1135G7, which can provide a smooth experience in light workloads like web browsing and text formatting. However, if you tend to have many browser tabs or applications open simultaneously, it's best to avoid the dual-core i3-1115G4. You can choose between integrated graphics or a dedicated NVIDIA GPU; however, the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 and MX350 don't really perform much better than Intel's Iris Xe Graphics on the Core i5 and i7, so they're only worth it if you need to run VRAM-heavy applications. As for the memory, 8GB is the recommended minimum as 4GB is barely enough for the operating system and can cause slowdowns when multitasking.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 is decent for school use. It has a 15.6 inch screen that provides enough space for light multitasking and gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings. The touchpad tracks well, the webcam's video quality is adequate, and the keyboard is spacious but can be tiring to type on for extended periods. Although it's a compact laptop that's easy to carry around, its battery doesn't last long enough to get through a typical school day, and it doesn't support charging over USB-C, so you'll have to bring the proprietary charger with you.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 is mediocre for gaming. It's only available with power-efficient Intel 11th Gen processors with integrated or entry-level dedicated GPUs, which aren't powerful enough to handle graphically demanding games. You can play some older or lighter titles on models with a Core i5, i7, or an NVIDIA GPU, but you'll have to play at low settings to get smooth gameplay. While its OLED panel is great for game immersion, it has a basic 60Hz refresh and lacks VRR support to reduce screen tearing.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 is decent for media consumption. It has an OLED panel that displays deep blacks, making it fantastic for dark room viewing, and it supports a wide color gamut for HDR content. The speakers get acceptably loud and sound good overall; however, they aren't ideal for listening to music as they lack bass. Unfortunately, even though it's a thin and light device that's easy to carry around, its battery lasts less than 5 hours of video playback, so you'll have to bring the charger with you.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 is good as a workstation. Its Intel 11th Gen CPU can handle some moderately heavy workloads; however, its integrated graphics and entry-level NVIDIA dedicated GPU aren't powerful enough for graphically demanding tasks like video editing or 3D animation. On the upside, it doesn't throttle much under load, its storage drive is fast, and you can easily access the internals for repairs and upgrades.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 is decent for business use. It's a very portable thin and light laptop available with Intel 11th Gen CPUs, which are more than capable of handling tasks like text formatting, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The webcam's video quality is adequate for video calls, the touchpad is responsive, and the keyboard is spacious but can be tiring to type on for extended periods. Unfortunately, its battery lasts less than 7 hours of light productivity, and you can't use its USB-C port to charge the laptop or output a video signal to an external display.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 K513 has a simple, basic-looking design, with just some bright green accent color around the Enter key to give it a slight gamer flair. On the bottom, you can find the speakers near the front and the exhaust vents near the back. The bezels are relatively thin on three sides, but the bottom chin is thicker and has the ASUS VivoBook branding in the middle. It's available in three color schemes: Indie Black, Transparent Silver, and Hearty Gold.
The ASUS VivoBook's build quality is okay. The back of the display is metal, but the rest of the laptop is plastic. It doesn't feel particularly sturdy as there's a fair amount of flex in the keyboard deck and display, and the screen itself bends slightly inwards. Also, the chassis' finish feels slippery and easily picks up oil from handling. The feet stick firmly to the bottom, though, and the hinge feels strong.
The ASUS VivoBook 15's hinge is okay. It feels smooth when opening and closing the laptop, and it's stable, with very little play. The screen doesn't wobble even when typing aggressively. However, you can't open the laptop with one finger as there isn't enough weight in the base to prevent it from lifting with the display.
The ASUS VivoBook OLED is very portable thanks to its thin and light design, and its power adapter is also compact and fits easily into most bags.
The ASUS VivoBook's serviceability is great. Accessing the internals is easy as you only need to remove nine Philips screws and pry open the bottom panel with a pick or prying tool. There's space for a 2.5 inch SATA drive, but there isn't a mounting cable in the box, so you have to find a third-party solution if you want to add a second storage drive. Opening the laptop or changing the hardware may void the manufacturer's warranty.
The ASUS VivoBook's screen is decently sharp and provides enough space for light multitasking. Its standard 16:9 aspect ratio is great for viewing videos, but some may find it too short for productivity as you have to scroll more when reading a document or website. Like all OLEDs, there's a risk of permanent burn-in with static elements like Windows' taskbar; however, it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.
The ASUS VivoBook has a basic refresh rate typical of most thin and light productivity laptops. While most OLEDs have a near-instantaneous response time, this panel is a bit slow, causing visible ghosting behind fast-moving objects. That said, it's still better than most IPS or TN panels on similar types of laptops.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 has a superb contrast ratio. Like all OLEDs, it can turn off individual pixels to display true black, making it fantastic for dark room viewing. It effectively has an infinite contrast ratio; the posted number is too low due to our light meter's limitations.
The ASUS VivoBook's display gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings but not outdoors in broad daylight. Unfortunately, it doesn't get any brighter in the Vivid color profile. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness settings, which is great for dark room viewing as it causes less eye strain.
The ASUS VivoBook's reflection handling is okay. It struggles mainly with direct reflections, so it's best to avoid having bright lights right behind you. The reflections look warped in the photo because there's a slight bend in the display.
The ASUS VivoBook has perfect black uniformity because OLED panels can turn off individual pixels to display black.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 has decent horizontal viewing angles. Colors quickly shift as you move off-center and wash out at steeper angles. However, you can still share the screen with someone else as long as you don't need perfect image accuracy.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 K513 has decent vertical viewing angles. The image looks warmer from above and below as it gains a reddish tint. It isn't too bad if you're only viewing documents, but you have to look at the screen more or less straight on if you need accuracy for color-critical work.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 has decent color accuracy out of the box. The white balance is excellent, but most colors look oversaturated because it targets a wide color space, even in sRGB content. Some people may like the oversaturated look; it just isn't very accurate. The color temperature is only slightly warmer than the standard 6500K target, not enough to make much difference. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve, making most scenes appear darker than intended. Color accuracy can vary between individual units, but the difference is usually very minor and isn't noticeable. The posted results are measurements taken in the Standard color profile, here are the numbers for the Vivid color profile:
Colors look more accurate in the Vivid color profile, but the image is too bright.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 K513 laptop has an exceptional color gamut. It has full coverage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI P3 color spaces, and its Rec. 2020 coverage is great. It's suitable for professional photo editing as well as for viewing and producing SDR and HDR content.
The ASUS VivoBook's display isn't flicker-free. There's a small dip in brightness at every frame change, which can cause eye strain for people sensitive to flickering.
The ASUS VivoBook K513 has a decent keyboard. The keys feel good and have sufficient spacing between them. However, they're not the most stable, and they require a fair amount of force to actuate, making them tiring to type on for extended periods. You can toggle through three backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED's touchpad is decent. It's on the smaller side, but it tracks all movements and gestures well, and there aren't any palm rejection issues. You can only click towards the bottom of the touchpad, though.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 has good speakers. They get acceptably loud, with minimal dynamic compression at max volume. Its mid-heavy sound profile results in very forward vocals, which is good for spoken content, but the lack of bass makes them less ideal for listening to music or watching movies.
The webcam's video quality is okay. The image has some fine details and good color reproduction, but there's an unnatural hue. Speech sounds decently clear over the microphone, with very little background noise. There isn't a physical privacy cover; however, there's a button to disable the camera at the software level.
The ASUS VivoBook has a decent port selection. The USB-A port on the right side supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed (up to 5Gbps), but the two on the left are only USB 2.0 ports (up to 480Mbps). The USB-C only supports data at USB 3.2 Gen 1 speed, so you can't use it to charge the laptop or output a video signal to an external display. The HDMI port's maximum output resolution is 4K @ 30Hz.
The ASUS VivoBook 15's wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201. Some models only support Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.1; however, it's unclear which wireless adapter those models use. Bluetooth 5.2 has many improvements over Bluetooth 4.1, like speed, bandwidth, range, and efficiency.
The ASUS VivoBook has four Intel 11th Gen CPU options: an Intel Core i3-1115G4, an i3-1125G4, an i5-1135G7, and an i7-1165G7. The i3-1115G4 is the lowest-end configuration with 2 cores and 4 threads, while all other options are 4-core, 8-thread CPUs. If you only perform simple tasks like web browsing, text formatting, and video playback, the base Core i3 configuration is powerful enough to provide a smooth desktop experience. However, it's best to upgrade to one of the quad-core CPUs if you tend to have multiple browser tabs or applications open at once or you need to perform more demanding tasks. Upgrading from an i3-1125G4 to an i5-1135G7 will provide a slightly snappier experience, and the same goes for upgrading from the Core i5 to an i7-1165G7. That said, the performance increase is minimal and only noticeable if you push the CPUs to their maximum capacity.
The ASUS VivoBook is available with integrated graphics only or with an entry-level dedicated NVIDIA GPU. The integrated graphics will depend on which CPU you get. The Core i3s have Intel UHD Graphics for 11th Gen processors with 48 execution units, the Core i5 has Intel Iris Xe Graphics with 80 execution units, and the Core i7 has Intel Iris Xe Graphics with 96 execution units. There are two NVIDIA GPUs: the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 and the MX350; both have 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
All the GPU options can handle simple, everyday tasks like web browsing and video playback. The Core i5 and i7's Iris Xe Graphics and the dedicated NVIDIA GPUs perform fairly similarly, though the NVIDIA GPUs are slightly better in VRAM-heavy applications. Aside from the Core i3s' integrated graphics, they can all handle some light gaming, but you'll have to play at low settings in most titles to get smooth gameplay.
You can configure the ASUS VivoBook with 4, 8, 12, or 16GB of RAM. 8GB is the recommended minimum because 4GB is barely enough for the operating system and will cause slowdowns if you have many programs running simultaneously. The 8GB models can be in single-channel (8GB soldered + 1 empty SO-DIMM slot) or dual-channel mode (4GB soldered + 4GB SO-DIMM), so if you don't plan on adding a RAM module yourself later on, it's best to get the model that has the dual-channel memory as it'll perform better.
You can configure the ASUS VivoBook 15 with a PCIe NVMe SSD only or a combination of an NVMe SSD and a 1TB 2.5 inch 5400RPM physical hard drive. If you get a model with an SSD only, you have three choices: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB. The 2.5 inch hard drive is only available in combination with a 128GB or 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
The ASUS VivoBook with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 has a great score in Geekbench 5. Its single-thread performance is outstanding, among the best for x86 CPUs of its generation. Its multi-thread performance is good, but there are many CPUs on the market with more cores and threads that perform better. As for its GPU compute performance, the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 is inadequate.
The Intel i7-1165G7 provides a very smooth experience in light productivity workloads like web browsing, text formatting, and video playback, and it can even handle some moderately intensive applications or heavy multitasking. However, it isn't ideal for heavily multi-threaded applications like video editing or 3D animation software. The Intel Core i3-1115G4 will perform significantly worse, especially in multi-threaded workloads. On the other hand, the i3-1125G4 and i5-1135G7 will only be slightly slower, similar to the HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021) and the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). None of the GPU options are ideal for demanding tasks like image processing or photo editing.
The ASUS VivoBook's score in Cinebench R23 is excellent. The Intel Core i7-1165G7 has outstanding single-thread performance, beating the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020)'s M1 SoC as well as more power-hungry H-series processors like the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H. Its multi-thread performance is great but lags behind other CPUs with more cores and threads. Its overall performance is good enough for enthusiasts dabbling in rendering, but professionals might want to look for something with better multi-thread performance. The Intel Core i3-1125G4 and the i5-1135G7 will be slightly slower overall, but the Core i3-1115G4 will be much slower in multi-thread performance because it has fewer cores and threads.
The ASUS VivoBook has mediocre performance in Blender. It takes a long time to render the simple bmw27 scene with the CPU and even longer with the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 dedicated GPU. None of the CPU or GPU configurations are ideal for professional 3D rendering.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. It scores in the same ballpark as the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020) and the Framework Laptop (2021), which have an Intel Core i5 and i7 with Iris Xe Graphics, respectively. The NVIDIA GeForce MX330 performs similarly; however, the Intel Core i3s' UHD Graphics will perform significantly worse. Models with Intel Iris Xe Graphics or an NVIDIA dedicated GPU can handle some well-optimized mainstream games; however, you almost certainly have to play with low graphical settings or at 720p. The Core i3s' Intel UHD Graphics can only handle simple puzzle-like games.
The ASUS VivoBook's storage drive is outstanding. It has exceptionally fast random read and write speeds, meaning it can quickly write and access small files, making the system feel responsive and snappy. Its sequential read speed is excellent, so it can also access large files rapidly. Its sequential write speed is good, a little slow for a PCIe NVMe SSD, but still fast enough for most people doing general productivity tasks. If you get a model with a physical hard drive, it's best to install your applications on the SSD along with the operating system and only use the hard drive as mass storage. Otherwise, it can make the computer feel sluggish. The speed of the SSD may vary depending on the size, as larger SSDs tend to perform better.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 K513 has sub-par battery life. It doesn't last long enough to get you through a typical 8-hour day of light tasks like web browsing, so you'll have to plug it in for a quick charge at some point. Video playback drains the battery faster, giving you only enough time to get through two full-length movies at the most. Battery life for gaming is extremely short but good for a model with a dedicated GPU. It's worth noting that these results are for the top-end, most power-hungry configuration with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX350, meaning all other models will have longer battery life. Also, battery life varies greatly depending on usage.
Borderlands 3 runs terribly on the ASUS VivoBook 15 as it's very choppy even at the lowest graphical settings. None of the configurations can run this game smoothly.
Civilization VI runs poorly on the top-end ASUS VivoBook with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 and NVIDIA GeForce MX350. It's playable if you turn down some graphical settings; however, the average turn time is long. The Core i5 and i7 models with integrated graphics or an NVIDIA GeForce MX330 will perform similarly. The Core i3 models with integrated graphics will perform significantly worse, but the game will likely still be playable at the lowest graphical settings.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 runs CS:GO well. The gameplay is smooth at high graphical settings, with only a few occasional stutters. The Core i7 models with integrated graphics will perform similarly, and the same goes for the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 and MX350 models. The Core i5 with integrated graphics will perform worse, but it'll still be playable, while the Core i3s with Intel UHD graphics will perform significantly worse, similar to the HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021).
Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs terribly on the ASUS VivoBook 15. The average frame rate is too low to be playable at high graphical settings, even on the top-end configuration with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 and NVIDIA GeForce MX350. You'll have to play with low settings or at 720p for smooth gameplay. Models with an NVIDIA GeForce MX330 or an Intel Core i7's Iris Xe Graphics will perform fairly similarly. The Core i3 and i5 models with integrated graphics will perform worse or not run the game at all.
The ASUS VivoBook has decent thermal and noise handling. The keyboard deck is cool when idle, but it gets hot under load, with the hottest spot being just above where most people rest their right hand. The fan isn't audible when idle unless you put your ear right next to the laptop, and while it's noticeable under load, it's mostly the sound of heavy airflow rather than a high-pitch whine.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED's performance over time is outstanding. The CPU gets hot and throttles under load, but the performance loss is relatively minor and is only noticeable during heavy, sustained workloads. In contrast, the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU stays fairly cool and doesn't throttle at all. The Intel Core i3 and i5 will likely suffer less performance loss as they run at lower clock speeds. As for the GPU, the integrated graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 are also unlikely to throttle.
The ASUS VivoBook comes with Windows 10 or 11 installed, depending on the region and the manufacturing date. Some models have Windows in S mode, but you can switch to the full version of the operating system free of charge. You can also get the laptop with the open-source Endless OS or no operating system installed. There are many pre-installed applications, including:
There's a fingerprint sensor at the top right corner of the touchpad. You can use it to log into Windows quickly, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, or auto-fill passwords on supported websites.
We tested the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (model S513E) with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 dedicated GPU, 16GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. The CPU, GPU, memory, and storage are configurable; you can see the available options in the table below. However, most retailers sell this laptop with a pre-determined configuration, so it may be hard to get the exact model you want.
Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.
You can see our unit's label here.
Compared to other laptops, the ASUS VivoBook stands out for its OLED panel, which displays deep, inky blacks and bright, punchy colors. However, its build quality feels inferior, and its battery life is short.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) is better than the Acer Aspire 5 15 (2020) for most uses. The ASUS' OLED screen gets brighter to combat glare and can display deeper blacks and a wider range of colors. It's also a more compact device that's easier to carry around. However, the Acer's build feels sturdier, and its keyboard is more comfortable to type on. The ASUS' Intel 11th Gen CPUs perform much better than the Acer's Intel 10th Gen processors, but keep in mind that there are newer models of the Acer with Intel 11th Gen and AMD Ryzen 5000-series processors.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) and the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020) are very different even though they're both ultraportable laptops. The Apple is a much more premium laptop with better build quality, and it's easier to carry around as it's a smaller device. The Apple laptop's keyboard provides a better typing experience, the touchpad is larger and more responsive, and its webcam captures a more detailed image for video calls. The Apple laptop's M1 SoC performs better than the ASUS laptop's Intel 11th Gen CPUs, and it's more power-efficient, allowing the Apple laptop's battery to last more than twice as long as the ASUS. The Apple laptop's display is sharper, brighter, and more color-accurate, but the ASUS laptop's OLED panel can produce deeper blacks for a better dark room viewing experience.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) and the HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021) are ultraportable Windows laptops with Intel 11th Gen processors. The ASUS provides a better overall user experience as its display is brighter and more colorful, its keyboard feels better to type on, and its touchpad is more responsive. However, the HP laptop's port selection is better as its USB-C supports charging and video output, and you can use the laptop as a tablet thanks to its 360-degree hinge and touch-sensitive screen. The ASUS has NVIDIA dedicated GPU options, but they don't perform much better than Intel's Iris Xe Graphics.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) and the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020) are ultraportable Windows laptops available with Intel 11th Gen processors. The ASUS is a bigger device with a 15.6 inch screen, providing more space for multitasking, and its OLED panel gets brighter and can display more colors. The ASUS also has a touchpad that tracks better and a webcam with better video quality for video calls. On the other hand, the Acer has a wider port selection and significantly longer battery life. The ASUS is available with dedicated NVIDIA GPUs, but they're entry-level graphics processors that don't perform much better than Intel's Iris Xe Graphics.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020) are both ultraportable Windows laptops. However, the Lenovo has a 360-degree hinge that lets you use it as a tablet, which you can't do on the ASUS. The Lenovo laptop's keyboard feels more comfortable to type on, but the ASUS laptop's touchpad is smoother and more responsive. The ASUS also has a much better display as it uses an OLED panel that can produce deeper blacks and gets brighter. The ASUS' Intel 11th Gen processors perform better than the Lenovo laptop's AMD Ryzen 4000-series and Intel 10th Gen CPUs in single- and multi-threaded workloads. However, the Lenovo has much longer battery life, lasting almost twice as long as the ASUS.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) and the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019) are very different. The ASUS is an ultraportable Windows laptop designed for general productivity tasks like text formatting and web browsing, while the Apple is a mobile workstation with a much more powerful dedicated GPU designed for demanding tasks like video editing. The Apple provides a better overall user experience as it has a significantly better touchpad, better-sounding speakers, and a better webcam. It also performs better in multi-threaded workloads and has longer battery life. The Apple laptop's display is sharper and brighter, but the ASUS can produce deeper blacks because it uses an OLED panel.
The LG gram 17 (2021) and the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) are both ultraportable laptops with Intel 11th Gen processors. The LG is better for productivity because it has a larger screen for multitasking, a more comfortable keyboard, a more responsive touchpad, and a better webcam for video calls. For media consumption, the ASUS comes out ahead because it has an OLED panel that displays much deeper blacks, and it's more color-accurate out of the box. In terms of battery life, the LG lasts much longer, nearly twice as long for light productivity and video playback. The LG isn't as portable due to its larger size, but it's lighter than the ASUS.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 (2021) and the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 (2019) are ultraportable Windows laptops. The Microsoft laptop is a more premium device that provides a better overall user experience, like a more comfortable keyboard, a more responsive touchpad, and a webcam with significantly better video quality. However, the ASUS is a newer laptop with more powerful CPU options, and it sports an OLED screen that displays deeper blacks and a wider range of colors.