Review of ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA, Laptop with the Cheapest OLED Screen

By | January 12, 2022

Review of ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA, Laptop with the Cheapest OLED Screen

We were a bit surprised when we got a laptop with an OLED screen from ASUS. That’s okay, OLED laptops usually come in the tens of millions.

In fact, it is rare to find a laptop with an OLED screen that is priced at tens of millions. However, on our table, there is a laptop called the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 which turns out to be priced under Rp. 10 million.

This is definitely interesting. It’s rare to find an affordable OLED laptop. It seems that the presence of the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 can trigger the presence of another OLED laptop at a more affordable price.

Actually, ASUS has brought the ASUS VivoBook 15 K513 to the market. The specifications offered are similar. Both use the 11th generation Intel Core. Just be sure that it tuh version virtually refreshed than ever. But it’s not just an ordinary refresh because it’s a nice refresh thanks to the OLED panel it has.

ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 itself has many variants and SKUs. The unit we tested was the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA with the i3-1115G4 Tiger-Lake-U processor based on 10 nm fabrication and has a speed of 3 GHz. This variant is called ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA.

So, what does this ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA look like? Is it true that the OLED offered by this laptop is attractive? Just take a look at the following ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA review or review.

Specifications of ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA

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  • Layar: 15.6-inch,OLED,FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9,Glossy display,400nits,DCI-P3: 100%,Screen-to-body ratio: 85 %-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 display
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Processor 3.0 GHz (6M Cache, up to 4.1 GHz, 2 cores)
  • Graphic Card: Intel® UHD Graphics
  • RAM: 4GB DDR4 on board,Memory Max Up to:16GB
  • Storage: 256GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD
  • Connectivity: Intel WiFi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax), Bluetooth V5.0
  • Port: 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A. 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C. 2x USB 2.0 Type-A. 1x HDMI 1.4. 1x Headphone out, Micro SD card reader. Micro SD 4.0 card reader
  • Baterai: 50WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion

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Body Design and Keyboard

ASUS VivoBook has many variants of laptops with ordinary to special designs. ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA is one of those that has a special design. The design does tend to be premium. In fact, this body design is a combination of aluminum alloy and plastic.

The combination of these designs produces a laptop that feels good in the hand. Although unfortunately on the surface of this laptop it is easy to get fingerprints. But the premium impression is not lost. At least in our opinion. Moreover, the ASUS VivoBook logo on this laptop makes this laptop have more value.

The weight is also light, only 1.7 kg. Light for a laptop with a screen size of 15 inches. When we hold this laptop, this laptop feels light and makes us free to carry it everywhere.

When compared to the Zenbook series, this laptop is less thin. However, this is quite reasonable considering its price class. For its own thickness is 1.79 cm. While other ASUS ZenBook series usually have a range of 1.39 cm. The laptop itself is 35.9 cm long and 23.5 cm wide. An example is the ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX325).

Considering this laptop screen is 15 inches, we can quite admit that the dimensions offered are quite attractive. Therefore, we do not hesitate to say that the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513EA doesn’t feel heavy when you put it in your bag. 

Oh well,  speaking of bags, there is no special bag in this laptop sales box. In the sales box there is only a laptop, charger, manual, and additional slot equipment if it is a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD.

As for the charger, this laptop offers a DC-in port  , not a USB Type-C Power Delivery. DC-in position of the hole on the right of the laptop along with the  port  HDMI, one port USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1, audio jack, and a microSD card reader.

Meanwhile, on the other side, there are two USB 2.0 Type-A ports. These two ports can be used for an external mouse or for other purposes.

There is no power button on the side. The power button is actually on the keyboard. Its position is at the top, but not next to the “Del” button. You see, this laptop offers a full keyboard layout . That means, there are number buttons on the side that are commonly used for those who often count.

Talking about the keyboard, we feel that this laptop keyboard is comfortable to use. Suitable for those who need a laptop for work and need a numeric keypad. Regarding the typing experience, this laptop keyboard provides a pleasant typing experience and does not make it sore.

In addition, the presence of a white backlight on this keyboard also makes typing comfortable in low light conditions. The backlight brightness on the keyboard itself can be adjusted with the F7 key. 

Regarding the touchpad , we don’t have much to say because it is rarely used. We prefer to use the mouse. Only once in a while we try and we feel, the touchpad on this laptop has a space that feels lacking. In fact, there is still space for the touchpad to be longer. But again, we’re still fine with this touchpad.

On the touchpad, there is a small box in the upper right corner. At first we thought that the unit we were testing would have a fingerprint and that box was the location.

However, the box only functions as a right click. Not as a fingerprint nor as a button to turn on the numbers on the touchpad that are commonly found on ASUS laptops.

We are quite satisfied with the design of this laptop. Not a lot of gimmick but still seems premium for its price class. You could say, bringing this laptop will not be too shy. Good enough to be used as a mainstay for work or taken to campus or school.

Screen

As the name implies, and it was mentioned earlier, this ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E offers an OLED screen. The number 5 in the code name indicates that this laptop has a 15.6-inch screen. The screen itself is a Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels display with a screen-to-body ratio of 85 percent.

The screen itself does not feel wide thanks to NanoEdge Display technology. This technology makes laptop screens have thin bezels so that the dimensions of the body can be slimmer like a 14-inch laptop. Most are a bit thick at the top and bottom.

If the above is reasonable because there is a webcam that can be used for online video conferencing for work or online study needs The video quality itself is quite okay as long as the room conditions and light are sufficient. If it’s a bit dark, the webcam will produce a slightly blurry video display and a lot of noise.

Back again to the screen issue, we have repeatedly mentioned that this laptop offers an OLED screen. However, we must remind that the OLED screen on this laptop is certainly different from the OLED screen on premium class laptops.

The OLED screen on this laptop is a special screen made by ASUS. Therefore, the screen is called ASUS OLED screen . This ASUS OLED screen technology provides various features and capabilities that make the screen have an advantage over IPS panels in general.

The first advantage is in the quality of the laptop’s color display which is really okay. Simply put, ASUS OLED screens have richer and clearer colors than standard display panels. This can be achieved because this laptop offers screen technology with DCI-P3 and a brightness level of 400 nits. 

The second advantage is the screen panel that is comfortable for the eyes. Thanks to TUV Rheinland certification, this laptop screen is able to reduce blue light so that it makes eyes healthier. Therefore, the ASUS OLED screen is friendly to children’s eyes thanks to the reduction of blue light that can interfere with the development and growth of the child.

The third advantage, the ASUS OLED screen has the ability to display clear images even in conditions of low screen brightness levels. Claims from ASUS, this laptop screen has the ability to display more detailed colors, even though once again it is set at a low brightness level.

The fourth advantage, the ASUS OLED screen can present a detailed black color and has very extreme contrast capabilities. Another advantage is that ASUS OLED can provide super fast response time, which is claimed to be 50 times faster than LCD panels. For this fifth advantage, you can only feel it when playing the game.

Regarding this ASUS OLED, we feel that ASUS wants to try to present a panel that is close to OLED. The goal is that the laptop screen can make the user’s eyes comfortable. We also feel that the screen displayed by this laptop is indeed attractive and provides comfort to the eyes.

The color display of this laptop is really alive. It’s just that there are important notes that readers need to know. Although this laptop screen offers an OLED screen and has a 100% DCI-P3, this laptop is not necessarily suitable for professional designs.

The reason is, the unit we tested was a unit whose screen was not certified Pantone Validated. The good news is that this ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E has a screen variant that supports Pantone Validated. A laptop with Pantone Validated itself is a laptop certified by the Pantone company whose purpose is specifically for design because it is able to present colors that are similar to the original.

However, once again, that does not mean this laptop should not be used for design. You can still design or edit on this laptop , just standard doodles are still okay. It’s a different story, of course, for designers who are very sensitive to color accuracy, it might not be too suitable for this laptop.

ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E itself presents a screen panel that does not support touch technology. In addition, the screen cannot be rotated, aka the formation of this laptop is a clamshell . The screen also can’t bend too much, aka the tilt angle isn’t too far away.

With these things, we can say that the ASUS OLED screen is attractive and pleasing to the eye. It’s not as perfect as an expensive laptop OLED panel screen. But this ASUS OLED screen is better than IPS level. Especially if you look at the price class.

CPU Performance

The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E that we tested is a variant that uses the i3-1115G4 Tiger-Lake-U based on 10nm fabrication and has a speed of 3 GHz. This processor has 2 cores and 4 threads with a maximum TDP of 28 watts.

The processor is a processor that is comfortable when used for productivity needs, such as office work. Examples include typing, doing assignments, editing videos and light design. If you look at the results of the Geekbench 5 benchmark , the score obtained is 8,076. Pretty big score.

While for the Cinebench R15 test, the score of this laptop is in the range of 490 cb to 506 cb. Depends on the mode used. Oh well, about the mode that refers to the performance options of the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E.

For information, this ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E has three modes, performance, standard, and whisper. These three modes can be set and changed using a key combination or in a special application from ASUS.

Performance mode makes the laptop work hard to produce the best performance. The effect is the fan will be noisier. While the whisper mode mode makes the fan not work too hard, aka the ability is lowered. Standard mode is the mode in between the two mentioned modes.

The benchmark results that we did on this laptop are in performance mode This is done to see how stable the laptop is if it is brought to real performance. Another benchmark example is the result of PCMARK10 which shows the number at 3,829. That’s a pretty high number.

In the end, benchmarks are n’t everything. The experience of using a laptop actually offers more actual performance. In our experience using this laptop, the performance offered is quite good for various office tasks. The 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor seems to have an important role in its performance.

It’s just that, there is one thing that is an obstacle for us, namely RAM. The laptop’s default RAM that we tested only offered 4 GB. Still comfortable for light work activities. But if you have taken on more heavy work, such as opening multiple tabs in the browser, it feels like the RAM offered is lacking. Sometimes, tabbed pages that have been opened need to be reloaded .

For that, if you choose this laptop, we recommend upgrading the RAM directly , at least to 8 GB. The goal is that the performance of this laptop can be faster. Don’t worry, this ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E has an additional slot to add RAM

Graphics Performance

As an affordable laptop, it makes sense that the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E doesn’t add an additional graphics card. The graphics performance of this laptop only relies on Intel UHD Graphics which has 48 execution units. Having said that, we don’t really expect much to use this laptop for gaming.

But it does n’t feel right if we don’t test this laptop for playing games. With the support of 4GB RAM, we choose to play Counter Strike Global Offensive or CSGO games. We played this game at 720p and felt comfortable alias playable. However, for 1080p resolution, the game feels less comfortable. It’s safer to play CSGO games at 720p if you use this laptop.

Previously, we were also going to test Genshin Impact. Unfortunately, considering the performance of CSGO, we stopped playing the game, especially since Genshin Impact requires 8GB of RAM. Of course it’s not good to play the game.

Based on this, we think that the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E that we tested is not suitable for playing games. Maybe it will be a different story if you use another variant with a faster processor and an additional graphics card.

Hard Drive Performance

The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E that we tested, comes with a 256GB SSD. The type of SSD used is an NVMe PCIE SSD which can certainly produce fast performance. Based on our tests using CrystalDiskMark 8, the SSD in this ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E got a read speed of 1,777 MB/s and a write speed of 374 MB/s.

We were a bit surprised by the results of writing or writing which was quite far from reading it. Usually half the range. Therefore, we tested again using CrystalDiskMark version 7. As a result, the read speed was 1,781 MB/s and the write speed was around 960 MB/s.

Feature

There aren’t many other features this laptop has to offer, which we think could be really special. However, there are two things that we should talk about, the first is about the AI ​​noise-cancelling mic technology.

This technology gives laptops the ability to improve headset microphone performance by minimizing background noise to deliver crystal-clear online voice communication .

With this technology, it is clear that this ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E laptop is increasingly optimal for use for online video conferencing No need to worry about noise anymore that can interfere with the comfort of communicating in the context of working and studying remotely.

The second feature we need to bring up is the sound quality. Trust me, we were blown away by the audio quality on this laptop. The resulting sound feels out of a classy speaker.

This is of course thanks to the Harman/Kardon certification that this laptop has. The sound is very nice and clear so enjoying multimedia content using this laptop is really fun.

Battery

ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E is equipped with a 42Wh 3-cells lithium-ion battery. This battery can be said to have a long endurance during standard typing use. It’s just that it’s used to watch videos while connected to the internet, for some reason it feels wasteful. Watching a 20-minute 720p video alone reduces the range by 9 percent.

Luckily, what we love about this laptop is its fast charging time. From 15% to 75% power, it only takes about an hour or 60 minutes. While to be full it takes an additional hour of almost an hour.

Conclusion

The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E is here as a laptop that can fulfill the need for an affordable laptop with a stunning screen. The presence of this laptop can be the answer for those who need a laptop for work while enjoying multimedia content.

The main selling point of this laptop is obviously the ASUS OLED screen which could bring a new standard for affordable laptops. Imagine, for a price below Rp. 10 million, we can get a laptop with an OLED-like screen. A plus of course. However, of course there are other minuses from this laptop which can be seen in the following details of the advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E

  • Aluminum body design is sturdy, lightweight and feels premium
  • ASUS OLED screen that pampers and nourishes the eyes
  • Performance is okay
  • Bright white backlit keyboard
  • Champion Harman Kardon audio quality
  • Support for upgrading RAM and 2.5-inch slots
  • Charging support is quite fast

Lack of ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513E

  • Peat color that is not friendly with designers
  • Standard NVME SSD speed
  • Touchpad area that is not big enough
  • Battery life is not the best

We think that this OK 15 OLED K513E is very suitable for those who need a laptop with a wide screen, pleasing to the eye, lightweight, and of course easy to carry. Students and college students are also very suitable to buy this laptop.