[Specs and Info] ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (K6500, M6500) – Do you really need a ZenBook?

VivoBooks started out as good-looking and decent-performing notebooks for youngsters who want well-designed laptops with cool features. However, the brand has expanded a lot and started to include Pro models with better screens and more powerful hardware.

This is how we get to the VivoBook Pro 15 OLED, which gets closer and closer to ZenBook territory while asking for less money.

Today’s laptop comes with both Intel and AMD hardware, but the latter will be a slightly tougher sell unless ASUS offers it at a good enough price to justify the last-gen hardware.

Today we’re giving you a quick overview of the ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (K6500, M6500).

Full Specs: ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (K6500) / VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (M6500)

ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (K6500) configurations:

ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (M6500) configurations:

Design

The VivoBook has a metal lid while the rest of is made of plastic. While not as premium as a ZenBook, we feel like it’s good enough. In terms of looks, we have a decently portable body with diamond-cut edges and rounded corners. It comes in two colors: Quiet Blue and Cool Silver. The blue is a lot like navy, while the silver is a light shade. The Enter key on the keyboard and the lid have a chevron pattern. In terms of dimensions, the laptop weighs 1.80 kg and has a profile of 19.9 mm.

Display

The display selection includes an FHD OLED panel with 100% DCI-P3 coverage and 400 nits of brightness. Then we jump to a 2.8K OLED display with a higher 600 nit peak brightness and a 120Hz refresh rate. Both panels are Pantone Validated and come color-calibrated out of the box.

Specifications and features

The Intel-powered laptop has four processors to choose from starting with the 8-core Core i5-12450H and going as high as the 14-core Core i7-12700H. On the AMD side, you can pick between the Ryzen 5 5600H and the Ryzen 7 5800H. This

For graphics, there’s the MX 550, which we wouldn’t recommend, as it doesn’t provide a sufficient performance boost compared to the iGPUs that we have here. Then there’s the GTX 1650, which is an aging GPU that you can get inside discounted and on-sale laptops from last year and further. The two GPUs that we would consider are the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti, which come at a lower TGP of 50W but still offer AI technologies that speed up rendering times and help with animations.

Keeping the temps low is a setup with two heat pipes and two fans. The solution is made to be quiet as well, working at below 40dBA in Standard mode.

The I/O on the laptop consists of two USB 2.0 ports, one USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, one Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, which has Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel model, a MicroSD card reader, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

All ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (K6500) configurations:

All ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (M6500) configurations:

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