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Vivobook 16
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Advantages of the ASUS Vivobook 16
  • Good for engineering and design
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3
  • Excellent portability
  • Very good speakers
  • Good keyboard

Key differences

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Screen Quality

6.4
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.8
16.0in
SIZE
12.4in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
295.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
337.0 nits
The ASUS Vivobook 16 has a better screen than the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 for software development, and content creation, while the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has a better screen for general use, and engineering and design.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
8.0 Hours
The ASUS Vivobook 16 has 6 hours of battery life. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has 8 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
Excellent
16.0in
SIZE
12.4in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
2.4 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has excellent portability, while the ASUS Vivobook 16 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.0
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.8
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 and ASUS Vivobook 16 both have good build quality, though the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 has somewhat better build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.5
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.2
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
295.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
337.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
6.7/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.5/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
9.2/10
The ASUS Vivobook 16 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.5
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.2
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.5/10
The ASUS Vivobook 16 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.2
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
6.9
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers ASUS Vivobook 16 to be good for engineering and design, while the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is only fair.

Content Creation

7.5
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.2
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The ASUS Vivobook 16 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both good for content creation.

Software Development

7.2
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
7.0
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.3/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1536 x 1024
6.7/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The ASUS Vivobook 16 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 are both good for software development.

Cost

$700
Vivobook 16
Surface Laptop Go 3
$652
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The ASUS Vivobook 16 has a price of $700 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 costs $652.

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How the ASUS Vivobook 16 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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ASUS Vivobook 16Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3
ASUS Vivobook 16Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

GENERAL

Price
$700
$652
Release Date
May 1, 2023October 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 9.8'' x 0.78''11'' x 8.1'' x 0.62''
Weight
4.14 lbs2.49 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13700HIntel i5-1235U
Graphics
Iris Xe Iris Xe
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
8 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
42 Wh41 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"12.4"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 12001536 x 1024
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
295 nits337 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7/107.8/10
Portability Score
7.5/109.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
7.5/107.5/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6.8/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
6/108.4/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
NoNo
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
31
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Olivier Martin, Ryan Lim, Yannick Khong | May 2023
"The ASUS Vivobook 16 M1605 (2023) is a budget Windows laptop. It's available with various AMD Ryzen 5000 and 7000 U-series CPUs and integrated graphics. You can only get 8GB of RAM; however, there's an empty SO-DIMM slot if you want to upgrade it. It has an FHD+ (1920 x 1200) 16:10 IPS display, a full-size keyboard with a Numpad, a 720p webcam, and Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity. Ports include three USB-As, one USB-C, an HDMI, and a headphone jack. The USB-C supports charging but no video output."

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

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Joe Osborne | October 2023
"When it comes to affordably priced laptops, the numbers after the dollar sign are crucially important—more so than in any other price category. By increasing the starting price of its Laptop Go line by $200 and not changing much else, Microsoft irrevocably altered the calculus surrounding the decision of whether to buy the Surface Laptop Go 3. Sure, it has a newer processor and longer battery life, but don’t think for a second you’re not paying dearly for that extra RAM and SSD capacity at that new price."

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About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

About Microsoft

Microsoft is an American technology corporation. Microsoft is best known for their Windows operating system and Surface laptop series. The Surface Laptop is their standard notebook offering, while their Surface Go, Surface Pro, and Surface Studio are their 2-in-1/tablet offerings in order of increasing capability. Although Microsoft charges a premium price tag for their laptops, buyers can expect a well integrated and packaged device since Microsoft develops the Windows operating system.

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