ASUS Vivobook 16 (M1605) review – it’s not a powerhouse but the battery life is great

The ASUS Vivobook 16 (M1605) is offered with Zen 3 (Refresh) CPUs or Zen 4 chips. The machines with the newer processor platform rely on DDR5 memory, Gen 4 M.2 slot, bigger battery variants (50Wh or 70Wh), and an optional 3.2K OLED display. If you don’t need all these features, the Zen 3-based notebooks can be found at a lower price since they have DDR4 memory, Gen 3 SSDs, a smaller 42Wh battery capacity, and you can’t opt for the fancy OLED display.

The rest is standard for all machines – Wi-Fi 5 / Bluetooth 5.1 or Wi-Fi 6E / Bluetooth 5.3 for connectivity, so-so I/O, and limited upgradability. We decided to buy a laptop with DDR4 memory to see how long the modest battery could last on a single charge when it has to deal with a not-so-powerful processor and a 1200p IPS display.

Oh, yeah, and the ASUS Antimicrobial Guard Plus coating is applied on the frequently touched zones. ASUS states that the coating that contains positively charged silver ions should last at least three years.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

ASUS Vivobook 16 (M1605) - Specs

  • Innolux N160JCE-ELL (CMN1618)
  • Color accuracy  5.8  3.3
  • up to 2000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4 or 1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 40GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, Windows 10 Home, Windows 11 Pro, Windows 10 Pro
  • Battery
  • 42Wh, 3-cell
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate
  • Dimensions
  • 358.7 x 249.5 x 19.9 mm (14.12" x 9.82" x 0.78")
  • Weight
  • 1.88 kg (4.1 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 2.0
  • 2x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD)
  • HDMI
  • 1.4
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.0
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • optional
  • Web camera
  • HD with privacy shutter
  • Backlit keyboard
  • optional
  • Microphone
  • Array Microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice rec.
  • Speakers
  • Speakers by SonicMaster
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All ASUS Vivobook 16 (M1605) configurations



All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here:

What’s in the box?

The box contains a bit of paperwork and the laptop itself. The DDR4-based notebooks are bundled with a 45W barrel plug adapter while the machines with DDR5 memory rely on a 90W charger.

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