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[Review] ASUS Vivobook S 15 OLED BAPE Edition - When Street Fashion and Tech Collide

ASUS Vivobook S 15 OLED BAPE EDITION (K5504) Price: RM6,499


PROS

CONS

+ Topnotch design

- Not ideal for gaming

​+ Looks premium

- Slightly Pricey

+ Stunning Display

​+ Lightweight and Portable

ASUS has teamed up with A BATHING APE, a renowned Japanese street-style fashion brand to bring users the first-ever BAPE laptop bundle: the Vivobook S 15 OLED BAPE Edition. The collaboration showcases the iconic streetwear brand's trademark design styled directly into the high-performance ASUS Vivobook series. The unique BAPE camo design also adorns an exclusive bundle of matching accessories. This collaboration blends daring street fashion with cutting-edge technology.


Design

First and foremost, the primary focus will be directed towards evaluating the design and performance of the laptop. Concerning the aesthetic aspects of the Vivobook S15 OLED BAPE's design, the laptop showcases an elegant and understated exterior, with the choice of materials playing a role in maintaining its slender looks. The laptop lid displays a cool backdrop embellished with Bathing Ape's artistic creations, resulting in a chic and captivating overall visual appeal.


On the internal front, the keyboard design and layout of the Vivobook S15 OLED closely mirror those of other laptops, facilitating seamless adaptation. For individuals in pursuit of a distinctive keyboard style, the Vivobook S15 OLED BAPE also comes with a collection of Bathing Ape keyboard stickers, introducing a distinctive and exclusive element to the laptop's aesthetics. These stickers make the laptop's look stand out and are only available with this edition. Furthermore, the touchpad on the Vivobook S15 OLED showcases Bathing Ape's emblem, exhibiting a design resembling the pattern found on the laptop lid.


Regarding its connectivity options, the Vivobook S15 OLED is equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 1.4 port, an audio jack, a charging port, and a USB Type-C port.


Display

The Vivobook S15 OLED comes furnished with a 15-inch OLED display, supporting a resolution of 2880x1620 and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. One notable difference from most laptops on the market is that the Vivobook S15 OLED has a 16:9 aspect ratio, deviating from the more common 16:10 ratio.


Performance Configuration

When it comes to performance, the Vivobook S15 OLED is driven by the Intel Evo-certified Intel Core i9-13900H processor. The Intel Evo certification serves as Intel's quality assurance label, ensuring support for Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. In terms of memory, the laptop is equipped with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and can be configured with up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage.


Regarding benchmark scores, as the laptop utilizes integrated graphics from Intel, my focus will be primarily directed towards the processor benchmarks. The testing software includes Cinebench R23 and PCMark 10. In the Cinebench R23 test, which assesses the processor's rendering capabilities, the Vivobook S15 OLED achieved a score of 927 points for the single core test and 11039 points for the multi-core test. According to PCMark 10, it garnered a score of 4524 points. Although this might not sound exceedingly high, the laptop remains well-suited for essential tasks and digital content creation.



Battery Life


The Vivobook S15 OLED houses a 75Wh battery. With regular usage at 70% brightness, the laptop can last around five to six hours, with approximately 90 minutes needed for a full recharge.


Special Features


The Bathing Ape edition of the Vivobook S15 OLED incorporates several distinctive features. One of these features is the laptop's startup animation. When users power on the laptop, they are welcomed by a Bathing Ape-themed startup animation.



Moreover, upon entering the laptop's main interface, users will come across a Bathing Ape-themed wallpaper that is also interactive. Hovering the mouse pointer over the ape in the wallpaper triggers a playful hiding animation, adding a charming interactive element.


Additional Accessories


Alongside the laptop, the box includes an array of accessories, including a laptop sleeve, a uniquely designed wireless mouse, a Bathing Ape plush toy, and the previously mentioned keyboard stickers. Starting off, the previously mentioned unique wireless mouse is the ASUS Marshmallow wireless mouse, comes with various color variants. Just like the other Marshmallow mice, ASUS provides two distinct color options for this special edition mouse.



Moving on to the Bathing Ape plush toy, this item showcases a design characterized by a larger head and a smaller body. While the head has a limited ability to rotate, its main attraction is it is a perfect decoration in nature theme look. Furthermore, the plush monkey is capable of holding a miniature toy version of the Vivobook S15 OLED laptop.


Finally, the laptop sleeve extends the design theme found on the Vivobook S15 OLED box, showcasing a collection of animals and camouflage patterns from Bathing Ape. Upon opening the laptop sleeve, you'll find a roomy interior capable of not only accommodating the laptop but also housing three extra compartments. These compartments are suitable for storing items like the Marshmallow wireless mouse, a wireless keyboard, and other accessories, enhancing the convenience for on-the-go usage.


Verdict

In conclusion, the Vivobook S15 OLED BAPE Edition presents a fusion of distinctive design elements from Bathing Ape, combined with robust performance and thoughtfully included accessories. While some individuals may not be fans of streetwear, I am personally a huge admirer of the BAPE design. Therefore, I would love to acquire it for the sake of aesthetics and the inclusion of those cute stickers. It is a superb midrange laptop, ideal for individuals who have high interest for streetwear and wish to stand out.




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