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ASUS Vivo AiO (V272) review: All-in-one goodness?

A complete desktop PC that simply works

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As a person who builds his own desktop computers and thrives on portable laptops for his on-the-go lifestyle, I admit there are times I just want a PC that can do it all — minus all the hassle of plugging accessories in and finding wall sockets for charging.

That’s exactly what an all-in-one computer aims to do, and the ASUS Vivo AiO is the latest example.


Much like the Zen AiO Pro I reviewed last year, this model only needs a single power cable to get things running. Everything else is already built in or simply wireless. Now, that’s convenience!

Here’s what it can do

Make no mistake about it: This AiO PC is quite big. With a 27-inch LCD on its adjustable base, it takes some effort to take this 8.5kg computer out of its box and setting it on a table. From there, however, the rest of the setup becomes pleasantly easy.

All you have to do is plug in the power cable, insert the wireless keyboard and mouse’s dongle into an open USB port, and you’re all set! Powering the unit on happens by pressing a somewhat hidden button at the back of the display.

You’ll then be greeted by a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, which isn’t that dense for a 27-inch panel, but it does allow the system to run more smoothly since fewer pixels have to be pushed at a given time. ASUS claims it has a 100 percent sRGB color gamut, which is great for editing photos and videos more accurately.

Some variants of the Vivo AiO come with a touchscreen. This is kinda unusual to have on a desktop computer, but if it’s already there, then why not, right? Still, I would stick to using the keyboard and mouse, and leave the touch gestures to your laptop or smartphone.

I’m saying this because the bundled wireless mouse and keyboard are actually quite good. While not mechanical or gaming-optimized in any sense, they’re ergonomic and work well on all sorts of surfaces with no noticeable input lag.

Despite having everything in one solid piece, there are enough ports to go around.

Underneath the display, you get a single USB port, which I found to be a perfect spot to plug in the keyboard-mouse receiver, as well as a 3.5mm audio port for your headphones or external speakers.

At the back is a decent selection of ports, from USB 3.1 to HDMI and Ethernet. The only head-scratching omission is USB-C, which is becoming increasingly common on smartphones and thin notebooks. Even ASUS’ own phones and laptops are committed to the port, so it’s strange to see it missing here.

Design-wise, my main complaint is the location of the webcam. It’s situated on the bottom bezel, allowing it to look up your nose during video calls. ASUS brags about the display’s 81 percent screen-to-body ratio, but I would’ve been fine with some bezel up top to house the front camera instead.

Even though you can tilt the unit by a few degrees to find your sweet spot, you sadly can’t adjust the height to remedy the poorly placed webcam.

What exactly can it run?

One look at the specifications sheet, and you can tell what this machine is meant for.

My review unit is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB of memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics chip. This setup means the Vivo AiO can handle light workloads such as Microsoft Office, Chrome, and Photoshop with ease, but anything visually heavy will make it struggle a bit.

Like most AiO computers, upgrading components is a pain, so you’ll have to settle for whatever configuration you pay for from the start, so choose wisely.

During my time with this unit, I didn’t experience any lag while browsing websites, writing articles, and editing photos — all at the same time. That’s largely thanks to the quad-core Core i7 processor with Hyper-threading, giving you eight logical cores in total.

It’s only when I fired up a couple of graphically demanding games when the system couldn’t keep up.

For kicks, I played some Final Fantasy XV on this thing. As expected, I was forced to endure the lowest graphics settings on 1080p. However, to my surprise, the game managed to run at a consistent 30 frames per second, which made it totally playable. Any title less power-hungry than Final Fantasy XV such as Fortnite or PUBG — will definitely run more smoothly.

Video editing on Premiere Pro is enjoyable on the large monitor and its powerful stereo speakers, but don’t expect rendering to be seamless. Still, I highly recommend getting a configuration with both an SSD and HDD to speed up the processing and provide you with enough storage, respectively. My setup has a standard 128GB M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD.

All in with the all-in-one?

In a nutshell, this is pretty much the Windows equivalent of an iMac. And like an Apple product, the Vivo AiO simply works. There’s no cumbersome setup process or annoying cables and dongles to deal with; plug it in and you’re set.

Who is this for other than iMac users wanting to jump ship? I’d say Windows users who want more screen real estate than what a laptop offers, yet need to save as much desk space as possible. An AiO like this is by far easier to transfer from one point to another compared to a traditional desktop PC with its separate monitor and multitude of cables.

Of course, this costs more than a custom-built PC spec-for-spec. You may buy a Vivo AiO with a starting price of US$ 1,000, but you could assemble a more powerful rig for less.

It ultimately comes down to convenience versus power. Which one will it be for you this time? Take a long look at your work space and decide from there.

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Lenovo offers discounts for its budget laptops

Hurry before the promo is up

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Are you a student looking for a laptop that won’t break the bank? Lenovo is offering discounts for some of its budget laptops. The laptops eligible for the discounts are the Ideapad S145, S130, and the 330.

Here are the details:


  • Ideapad S130 81J1000WPH / 81J1000VPH / 81J1000XPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 14,995 down to PhP 12,995
  • Ideapad S130 81J1000SPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 15,995 down to PhP 13,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D0001SPH / 81D0001TPH (14″ HD display; Celeron N4100; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 17,995 down to PhP 15,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000NPH (14″ HD display; Celeron Gold 4205U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 18,995 down to PhP 16,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D00040PH / 81D0001UPH (14″ HD display; Pentium N5000; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 19,995 down to PhP 17,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000MPH (14″ HD display; Pentium Gold 5405U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 20,995 down to PhP 18,995

The discount is valid until August 30 in all Lenovo concept stores nationwide. Only cash payments are eligible. All laptops come with a standard two-year warranty.

All of the discounted laptops are Lenovo’s latest budget offerings. The Ideapad line is suitable for everyday needs of most users, including students. The Ideapad S145, which was released this July, features narrower bezels for interruption-free viewing and Dolby Audio for clearer sounds. And along with Ideapad S130, both RAM and storage on these laptops can be upgraded for a faster performance.

Along with these budget offerings, Lenovo also has a wide selection of laptops to suit the needs of different users To know more about the discount, visit Lenovo’s Facebook page.

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ASUS launches the ROG Elite Rewards Program

Official and exclusive ROG merch await you

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To celebrate its 30th year in the Philippines, ASUS is launching the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Elite Rewards program. The ROG Elite Rewards program allows ROG users and supporters to collect points in exchange of official and exclusive ROG merchandise by completing various tasks!

To join, users must sign-in through the ROG Elite website. After signing up, participants will be automatically delegated to the Bronze tier. There are 5 tiers in the program. As users collect more points, they climb up from Bronze to Silver, Gold, and eventually Platinum.


Only the best ROG Elite Rewards program participants can be chosen for the invite-only Diamond tier which grants them the privilege to try new products and attend special events.

Prizes Up For Grabs

For all the tiers, participants can snag limited edition accessories like ROG keycap, keychains and exclusive ROG shirts. Premium products such as the ROG Strix Fusion headset and even the flagship beast, ROG Phone, are up for grabs!

All they have to do is to complete tasks such as participating in laptop surveys, subscribing to the official ROG social media sites, or reviewing ROG products.

ROG products are marketed towards gaming. Their popular line up includes the innovative ROG Mothership which redefines what a gaming laptop could be. There is also Zephyrus S, which includes top-notch hardware for a premium price. For the more affordable option, ROG also offers the Strix Scar III and Hero III. They also offer the flagship gaming phone, ROG Phone II, which features the beefed up Snapdragon 855 Plus.

All ROG products are sold by ASUS Philippines. They can be brought in all physical stores nationwide.

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ASUS Philippines Laptop Price List

Pick which one is right for you

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Here are the latest prices of ASUS laptops in the Philippines. The laptops in this price list includes the ROG/TUF gaming series, ASUSPRO, Zenbook, Vivobook, X-series and the E-series. We listed the devices according to their series and price range.

Last update: July 18, 2019


ROG / TUF Gaming

Laptops above PhP 200,000

Laptops from PhP 150,000 to PhP 200,000

  • ROG Zephyrus S GX531GXR (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2080; 24GB / 1TB SSD) — PhP 199,995
  • ROG Zephyrus S GX70 (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB/ 1TB SSD) — PhP 169,995
  • ROG STRIX G531GW (15.6″ FHD; i9-9880H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 1TB SSD) — PhP 169,995
  • ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 1TB SSD) — PhP 154,995
  • ROG STRIX G731GW (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 154,995

Laptops from PhP 100,000 to PhP 150,000

  • ROG STRIX G531GW (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 149,995
  • ROG STRIX G731GW (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2060; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) —PhP 129,995
  • ROG Zephyrus S GX502GV (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2060; 16GB / 1TB) — PhP 124,995
  • ROG STRIX G531GV (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2060; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 124,995
  • ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1660Ti; 16GB / 512GB) — PhP 105,995

Laptops from PhP 50,000 to PhP 100,000

  • ROG STRIX G G731GU (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 97,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GU (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 92,995
  • ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1660; 16GB / 512GB) — PhP 84,995
  • ROG STRIX G G731GT (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 84,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GT (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 79,995
  • TUF GAMING FX705DU (17.3″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 74,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DU (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 71,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GT (15.6″ FHD; i5-9300H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 256SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 69,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GD (15.6″ FHD; i5-9300H + GTX 1050; 8GB / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 64,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DT (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1650; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 54,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DT (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3550H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 51,995

Laptops below PhP 50,000

  • TUF GAMING FX505DD (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3550H + GTX 1050; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 47,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DY (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3550H + Radeon RX560X; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 41,995

ASUSPRO

Laptops above PhP 50,000

  • ASUSPRO B9440FA (14″ FHD; i7-8565U; 16GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 91,995
  • ASUSPRO P2540UB (15.6″ FHD; i7-8550U + MX110; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 61,995
  • ASUSPRO P1440UA (14″ HD; i7-8550U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 56,995

Laptops below PhP 50,000

  • ASUSPRO P1440UA (14″ HD; i5-8250U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 46,995
  • ASUSPRO P3540 (15.6″ HD; i3-8145U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 42,995
  • ASUSPRO P1440UA (14″ HD; i3-8130U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 39,995

Zenbook / Vivobook / X-series / E-series

Laptops from PhP 90,000 to PhP 100,000

Laptops from PhP 80,000 to PhP 90,000

Laptops from PhP 70,000 to PhP 80,000

  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 16GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 77,995
  • ZenBook Flip 13 UX362FA (13″ FHD; i7-8565U; 16GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 74,995
  • ZenBook 15 UX533FD (15.6″ FHD; i5-8265U + GTX 1050; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 74,995

Laptops from PhP 60,000 to PhP 70,000

  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 69,995
  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 67,995
  • ZenBook 13 UX333FN (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 66,995
  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 63,995
  • ZenBook 13 UX333FN (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 63,995
  • VivoBook S15 S530FN (15.6″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 62,995
  • VivoBook S14 S430FN (14″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 62,995
  • VivoBook S13 S330FN (13.3″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 62,995

Laptops from PhP 50,000to PhP 60,000

  • VivoBook S13 S330FN (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 256 GB SSD) — PhP 56,995
  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 54,995
  • ZenBook 13 UX333FA (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 54,995
  • VivoBook S13 S330FA (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 51,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FL (14″ FHD; i7-8565U; 4GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 51,995

Laptops from PhP 40,000 to PhP 50,000

  • VivoBook S14 S430FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 4GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 49,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FL (14″ FHD; i5-8265U; 4GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 41,995

Laptops from PhP 30,000 to PhP 40,000

  • X403FA (14″ FHD; i3-8145U; 4GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 39,995
  • Gaming X570ZD (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 2500U + GTX 1050; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 37,995
  • X507UF (15.6″ HD; i5-8250U + MX130; 4GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 36,995
  • X407UF (14″ HD; i5-8250U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 35,995
  • VivoBook 15 X512DK (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3500U + Radeon R540X; 4GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 33,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412F (14″ HD; i3-8145U; 4GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 32,995
  • X507UF (15.6″ HD; i3-8130U + MX130; 4GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 36,995
  • X407UF (14″ HD; i3-8130U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 31,995

Laptops from PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000

  • VivoBook 15 X512DA (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3500U + Radeon RX Vega 10; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X407UF (14″ HD; i3-7020U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X505ZA (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 2500U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X507UF (15.6″ HD; i3-7020U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X507UA (15.6″ HD; i3-8130U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 28,495
  • X407UA (14″ HD; i3-8130U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 27,995
  • X507UA (15.6″ HD; i3-7020U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 26,495
  • X407UA (14″ HD; i3-7020U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 27,995
  • X555QA (15.6″ HD; AMD A12-9720P; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 23,995
  • X407MA (14″ HD; Pentium Silver N5000; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 20,995

Laptops below PhP 20,000

  • X540BA (15.6″ HD; AMD A6-9255; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 18,995
  • X407MA (14″ HD; Celeron N4100; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 18,995
  • X507MA (15.6″ HD; Celeron N4100; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 18,995
  • X407MA (14″ HD; Celeron N4000; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 16,495
  • E203MAH (11.6″ HD; Celeron N4000; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 15,995
  • E402YA (14″ HD; AMD E2-7015; 4GB / 64GB eMMC) — PhP 14,995
  • E406SA (14″ HD; Atom E8000; 4GB / 64GB eMMC) — PhP 14,495

These laptops are available at all ASUS Concept Stores and resellers nationwide. For more details, check out ASUS PH’s website, Facebook, and Twitter page.

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