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Updated January 10, 2024·

The ASUS Vivobook S 15 offers a good balance between price and performance for everyday tasks and some heavier use due to its AMD Ryzen 7 processor with integrated graphics; it also boasts a larger storage capacity and has a good battery life, making it ideal for general use and productivity. On the other hand, the MSI Cyborg 15 is slightly more expensive but provides a significant performance increase for 3D work, machine learning, and gaming, thanks to its Intel i7 processor and Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics card; however, keep in mind that these enhancements come with a heavier build, resulting in decreased portability and shorter battery life. Choose the ASUS if you prioritize battery, cost, and a lighter device for regular tasks, or the MSI if you require more power for demanding applications and can manage a heavier laptop with more frequent charging. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the ASUS Vivobook S 15
  • Good overall build quality
Advantages of the MSI Cyborg 15
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Good keyboard

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

6.5
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
7.1
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.2/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The MSI Cyborg 15 is good for gaming and AI, while the ASUS Vivobook S 15 is only fair.

Screen Quality

6.3
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
6.8
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
267.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
234.0 nits
The ASUS Vivobook S 15 has a better screen than the MSI Cyborg 15 for software development, and content creation, while the MSI Cyborg 15 has a better screen for general use, gaming and AI, and engineering and design.

Battery

9.0 Hours
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
7.5 Hours
The ASUS Vivobook S 15 has 9 hours of battery life. The MSI Cyborg 15 has 7.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$960
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
$880
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$600

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$1,000

$1,200

$1,400

$1,600

The ASUS Vivobook S 15 has a price of $960 and the MSI Cyborg 15 costs $880.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.7
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
7.3
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
267.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
234.0 nits
9.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
7.5 Hours
6.7/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.2/10
The ASUS Vivobook S 15 and MSI Cyborg 15 are both good for general use.

Engineering and Design

7.2
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
7.5
7.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.8/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.2/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The MSI Cyborg 15 and ASUS Vivobook S 15 are both good for engineering and design.

Content Creation

7.6
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
7.4
7.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.8/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The ASUS Vivobook S 15 and MSI Cyborg 15 are both good for content creation.

Software Development

7.4
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
7.1
7.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.8/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
6.7/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The ASUS Vivobook S 15 and MSI Cyborg 15 are both good for software development.

Portability

Good
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
3.9 lbs
WEIGHT
4.3 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The ASUS Vivobook S 15 and MSI Cyborg 15 both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.0
Vivobook S 15
Cyborg 15
6.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers ASUS Vivobook S 15 to have good build quality, while the MSI Cyborg 15 has only fair build quality.

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How the ASUS Vivobook S 15 and the MSI Cyborg 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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ASUS Vivobook S 15MSI Cyborg 15

GENERAL

Price
$960
$880
Release Date
May 1, 2023May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 9.2'' x 0.74''14.2'' x 9.9'' x 0.9''
Weight
3.97 lbs4.37 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 5800HIntel i7-12650H
Graphics
Vega 8 RTX 4060 (45 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
9 Hours7.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
70 Wh53.5 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
267 nits234 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7/106.8/10
Portability Score
7.7/107.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
7.5/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteBlue
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6.8/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
6/106.8/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
32
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Mario Petzold | February 2023
"Internals make Asus VivoBook S15 laptop a compelling option. The Asus multimedia laptop may look rather below-average with its modest black chassis, lack of a dedicated GPU, limited RAM and meagre port selection without Thunderbolt support. But your impression of the device will start changing once you set your eyes on its high-contrast OLED capable of producing deep blacks and highly accurate colours. And your opinion will change completely when the VivoBook is switched on. The AMD CPU can effortlessly keep up with powerful rivals from Intel. The integrated Radeon graphics blows away Intel's iGPU when it comes to graphics workloads such as rendering and simpler games."

MSI Cyborg 15

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Sascha Mölck | April 2023
"The focus of the MSI Cyborg 15 lies on a compromise of performance, mobility, and power consumption. Due to the reduced performance settings, the CPU and GPU perform below their capabilities. Nonetheless, their computing power is still sufficient for FHD gaming at high to maximum settings even then. The power consumption, which is low for a gaming laptop, can be translated into a good battery life. Realistic values of 7 to 8 h are still possible, despite the relatively small battery capacity of 53.5 Wh. Unfortunately the USB-C port doesn't offer any support for Power Delivery, which would be a sensible feature in the case of the Cyborg."

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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 MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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