Last updated on September 15th, 2020 at 12:21 pm
The ZenBook sequence by Asus makes the headlines with its glossy kind issue, ultra-slim bezels, and strong development, however the ZenBooks normally break the bank. What do you get if you’d like one thing alongside the strains of the Asus ZenBook is a decent pocket? The reply is the ASUS VivoBook 15.
The Asus VivoBook 15 provides a pathway to the Asus’ premium vary of ZenBook laptops for lots much less cash. At the worth tag of simply $400, you get a light-weight laptop computer with the newest design and glossy bezels, a full-size backlit keyboard, and respectable specs for the worth. It’s an incredible fund providing that will get you the perfect of each design and specs. We have lastly acquired our hands-on laptop computer and right here’s what we give it some thought.
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On first look, it appears premium and speaks enterprise with its subdued colors and lack of any flashy trims. On the again, there’s an easy ‘Asus’ brand within the center with a metallic end. On the entrance, you’ve acquired a glossy ‘Asus VivoBook’ branding on the underside bezel. The metallic branding lends a contemporary air to the subdued plastic end.
The most putting function on the VivoBook 15 is the ErgoLift, a design function that was beforehand reserved for Asus’ premium ZenBook sequence of ultrabooks. The ErgoLift barely lifts the deck of the laptop computer when the lid is opened. In the case of this explicit laptop computer, that raise is 2°. While that may not look like a major raise on paper, it does assist so much in actual life.
ErgoLift immensely improves the typing expertise because the keyboard is tilted in direction of you. Moreover, as the underside of the laptop computer is just not touching the floor, it improves the airflow, which permits the laptop computer to stay calm underneath heavy duties.
When you open the lid, you’re greeted by fairly slender bezels across the display screen, one thing that appears very pleasing to the attention. Asus has fortunately managed to accommodate the webcam on the highest, regardless of the slender bezels.
The excessive display screen to physique ratio allowed Asus to accommodate a 15.6-inch display screen in a relatively smaller kind issue. So for those who’d hold the VivoBook 15 and one other 15.6-inch laptop computer, say the Acer Aspire 5, the VivoBook 15 would seem significantly smaller in measurement regardless of the identical display screen measurement.
Asus is pleased with the VivoBook’s light-weight, 3.7 lbs, making it some of the transportable laptops on the market. Other funds laptops with an analogous price ticket normally weigh over 5 lbs, and even the premium ultrabooks just like the Dell XPS 15 and Microsoft Surface Book 3 weigh nicely over 4 lbs.
The light-weight and compact chassis make this an ideal fund laptop computer for college students, writers, and enterprise professionals who don’t intend to do heavy duties or run the demanding software program.
Ports & Slots
Despite the compact kind issue, the Asus VivoBook is quite nicely related and encompasses a respectable array of ports.
On the fitting aspect, you’ve acquired a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type C port, a USB Type-A port, an HDMI port, a micro-SD slot, and the ability enter. On the left aspect, you’ve acquired 2 USB A 2.0 ports. It’s turning into fairly frequent to see the USB Type C port on funds laptops these days because it provides a contact of future-proofing, however sadly, it’s not a thunderbolt connector.
On the wi-fi finish of connectivity, the VivoBook 15 has a built-in Wi-Fi 5 card and a Bluetooth 4.1. It’s a disgrace that Asus didn’t go for the newest Wi-Fi 6 card, but it’s affordable provided that it is a fund laptop computer. What’s not affordable is that you just can’t improve the Wi-Fi card your self, because it’s a built-in card.
The Asus VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) encompasses a 15.6 inch full HD Display. The ‘nano-edges’ on all 4 sides lend the display screen an extremely slick look with a display screen to physique ratio of 88%. It’s a really low-quality TN panel with the anti-glare coating on prime which helps whereas utilizing it in daylight or a brightly lit atmosphere, however the brightness on the panel is sort of low.
Despite the sturdy construct, there may be flex within the display screen. While we don’t have any complaints with its full HD decision, the colors on the display screen appear washed out and fairly inaccurate, even for a day after day utilization.
It covers only a slender sRGB gamut of 58% and an Adobe RBG gamut of 37%. That’s fairly poor even for a fund laptop computer. The Acer Aspire 5, one other well-liked selection within the funds market, covers 64% of the sRGB gamut and 47% of Adobe RGB.
One can’t even think about doing color-sensitive duties equivalent to a photograph or video modifying. However, given the specs, you wouldn’t purchase this ultrabook to edit movies. It’s not good for content material consumption. While watching movies in our display screen checks, the pores and skin colors on the display screen appeared green-ish in sure scenes.
To conclude, other than the slim bezels, the precise show is sort of disappointing on the VivoBook 15.
ASUS VivoBook 15 Performance
The Asus VivoBook 15 F512JA-AS34 laptop computer provides the perfect bang for the buck relating to specs. It is powered by a tenth Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 dual-core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 128GB SSD. Of course, it doesn’t include a devoted graphics unit, however, its CPU built-in UHD graphics do a reasonably good job.
It’s additionally value mentioning that these are the bottom specs of the VivoBook 15, and it may be specced all the best way as much as an i7 processor, 512GB SSD, and 1TB SATA Drive HDD for added storage.
The boot-up and launching of purposes are fast, because of the SSD. The Intel i3 processor and 8GB of RAM are greater than sufficient to do primary, on regular basis duties equivalent to phrase processing, net looking, and watching YouTube or Netflix.
The laptop computer can be able to deal with multitasking as much as an extent, and it held up fairly nicely throughout all our checks. However, each time we tried to do something intensive like opening numerous tabs within the net browser, the fan kicked in fairly shortly.
It additionally begins spinning whereas watching a 1080p video on YouTube. The fan itself isn’t significantly loud, and you’ll count on really quiet expertise with the VivoBook when you’re typing and looking.
During our checks, the keyboard deck and palm relaxation space have been all the time at snug temperatures, and it didn’t present any signal of lag or stutter even once we pushed it to the boundaries, which is an efficient factor.
The battery on the VivoBook 15 has improved as in comparison with the earlier yr’s mannequin. Although it’s only a small two cell 37 Wh battery, because of the software program optimizations and low demanding specs, it could actually go on for nearly 8 hours.
Even once we examined the battery whereas modifying images on Photoshop “with a full HD monitor attached”, it might nonetheless final for five hours. This laptop computer additionally options quick charging which may cost 60% of the battery in 49 minutes.
That’s not the quickest of the charging we’ve seen on funds laptops, nevertheless, it’s nonetheless respectable. In distinction, the ThinkPad X1 carbon can cost from 0 to 80% in that very same period of time, nevertheless it’s value retaining in thoughts that the ThinkPad prices greater than double the worth of VivoBook 15.
The audio system on the VivoBook 15 use Asus SonicMaster’s expertise to ship a greater sound output. It takes the bodily output capability of the audio system after which tweaks and tunes the audio with the software program, which leads to the perfect sound output that this laptop computer can produce.
There are two speaker grills on the laptop computer, each of that are bottom-firing. While the sound output is loud sufficient, it’s a hole and devoid of bass. So the whole lot sounds fairly flat. Once once more, as a content material consumption system, it’s disappointing.
There is not any particular software program to optimize the sound by way of the headphones, however relying upon the standard of the headphones that you just utilize, you’ll most likely get a greater audio efficiency than the audio system.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The VivoBook 15 encompasses a full-size keyboard with a devoted Numpad on the fitting. The ErgoLift hinge offers a wonderful angle for a greater typing expertise on the keyboard.
Given that the laptop computer itself is sort of compact, the clicks don’t really feel cheesy. The chiclet-style keyboard feels smooth and squidgy. While the keys are nicely spaced out, it’d take you some time to get the cling of it.
In our checks with the keyboard, we felt that the num pad was a bit cramped and didn’t function the large ‘+’ and ‘Enter’ key on the fitting that adds to the accessibility. Apart from that, the keys have smooth and rounded edges, which doesn’t have an effect on the typing expertise, only a visible factor. The keyboard can be backlit, which makes typing in darker environments a lot simpler.
The trackpad is of respectable measurement and has nothing particular to supply, other than the fingerprint reader which can be utilized to log-in to the laptop computer with Windows Hello.
Getting contained in the VivoBook 15 is just not essentially the easiest job. Firstly, it’s important to take away 10 Phillips head screws on the underside plate that maintain it in place. Once you’re finished with that, you’ll pry the sides with a scalpel or a choice earlier than you may take away the panel.
Once you’re inside, you get a transparent image of all of the elements. In phrases of upgradability, there aren’t any empty RAM slots on this explicit mannequin (F512JA-AS34).
However, whereas 4GB RAM is sodded, the opposite half may be upgraded. You can add an even bigger RAM stick in the DIMM socket for growth. Beneath that, the M.2 drive may be upgraded as nicely. There’s additionally a slot for a two.5 inch SATA drive so as to add an HDD.
The ASUS VivoBook 15 (F512JA-AS34) units itself other than the competitors when it comes to design, options, and general efficiency. The ErgoLift hinge, slender bezels, and a light-weight chassis lend the laptop computer a contemporary, glossy, and premium look. We don’t have any complaints in opposition to the keyboard, and the backlit keys add to the premium aesthetic.
The specs are additionally greatest you will get in a laptop computer for the worth. It provides the latest present era CPU paired with a decent quantity of RAM and an SSD storage. That’s arduous to seek out in a laptop computer that prices underneath $400. Although it’s got a sub-par show and nothing could make up for its uninteresting brightness, we predict you continue to can’t go fallacious with it contemplating the worth and general package deal.
Design & Build Quality
Keyboard & Touchpad
- Great efficiency for the worth
- Modern design & acceptable construct high quality
- Good choice of ports
- Nice backlit keyboard
- Good battery life with quick charging
- Subpar show
- Dubious cooling system
- microSD card slot as an alternative of full-size SD card slot