Inside ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K3500) – disassembly and upgrade options
The Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K3500) has a lot of good features. Well, upgradability just doesn’t happen to be one of them.
ASUS VivoBook Pro K3500
- Intel Core i5-11300H
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside this device, you need to undo 10 Torx-head screws, three of which are captive. Then, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool and remove it from the chassis.
Here, we see a 63Wh battery pack. To continue the disassembly, unplug the battery connector. Then, undo all 6 Phillips-head screws, holding it to the laptop. After that, you will be able to lift it away.
3. Memory and storage
Right above the CPU, you will find the memory chips. Yes, this means the RAM is soldered and is not upgradable. On the bright side, you can configure the laptop with up to 16GB. Additionally, there is a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot for storage upgrades.
4. Cooling system
In terms of cooling, there are two heat pipes, shared between the processor and the graphics card. Moreover, two fans blow the heat away from the device.
ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 OLED (K3500) in-depth review
ASUS' Vivobook family is expanding like the universe. You can pick from devices meant for every occasion. Either for casual Web browsing or for more content-creating-related stuff. In this case, the Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K3500) is a mix of both. It is inexpensive, yet offers 35W Tiger Lake processors, and an optional RTX 3050 graphics card. As you can imagine, a key selling point of this laptop is its OLED display. In theory, this should allow the laptop to greatly outperform most of its competition. Of course, we take nothing for granted, and you will find our test results further in the [...]
- Adequate pricing
- Decent performance
- 100% sRGB and DCI-P3 coverage (Samsung ATNA56YX03-0 (SDC4161))
- HDR 600 support and infinite contrast ratio (Samsung ATNA56YX03-0 (SDC4161))
- MicroSD card slot + Thunderbolt 4
- Optional Wi-Fi 6 and fingerprint reader
- Extracts the best out of the hardware
- PWM usage (Samsung ATNA56YX03-0 (SDC4161))
- Soldered memory
- Two of its three USB Type-A ports are of 2.0 speeds