ASUS VivoBook F510UA Full HD Laptop Review

     
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Ultrabooks are the essential laptops for power users and many professionals. On one hand, such a notebook is fast enough to run all programs you want to use. However, at the same time, the size of such a laptop is small, increasing the portability for, say, business traveling. Often these kind of laptops cost quite much, however in the case of ASUS VivoBook F510UA that can not be said. What follows is my thoughts about this budget ultrabook.

Good Performance For The Price

Is five hundred dollars notebook fast enough for serious use you might ask? Well, maybe not always, but in this laptop the performance seems to be mostly all well. Starting with the processor, you are given the Intel Core i5-8250U. The model number suggests it’s a 8th generation Intel processor, released only a few months ago. Despite it being a low voltage model – TDP stands at low 15W – the i5-8250U still manages to pack a quad-core configuration, 1.6GHz clock speed and an appropriate 3.4GHz turbo boost. This is actually in the same ballpark than older i7 processors, so you are getting plenty of performance as far as CPU is concerned!

The choice for a storage drive is always a double-edged sword. By choosing a 1TB 5400RPM (2.5″ SATA) hard drive as the manufacturer put in this ASUS, you get a full terabyte space – which is likely to never run out. On the other hand, with the 5400RPM spindle speed, this drive is far from SSD when it comes to read/write transfer rates. The good thing is, this drive can be upgraded if you want to. What is more, there is even a free M.2 2280 SATA3 slot for an extra solid-state drive. The bottom of the laptop must be removed to perform upgrade, it’s hold closed with few screws. In the same vein, the notebook’s default 8GB memory (1x8GB DDR4 2400MHz) can be upgraded to 16GB by adding another stick.

15-incher, Yet Still Ultrabook?

ASUS VivoBook F510UA happens to have a 15.6 inches screen which suggests quite a big size. Well, the weight is still a light 3.7 pounds, because the bezels around the screen are almost non-existent – in another words, the display takes almost the whole upper part. This is a trend manufacturers are moving towards in this era. Continuing to the screen specifications, all seems to be in check: 1920×1080 maximum resolution, matte coating and IPS panel. The last one often translates to great viewing angles and accurate colors. Bear in mind that touch is not supported on this exact model, and the maximum opening angle of the screen is 145 degrees.

This VivoBook is not a wonder of graphics performance. Indeed, it’s only the new yet low-end Intel UHD 620 integrated engine commanding the graphics department. It is embedded on the processor, and there is no way to add a dedicated graphics card inside. Even though the chip is new, you would find difficulties in playing new games on high settings. My advice is, concentrate on the older games (CS: Go, Minecraft etc) or use low settings if you are going for new, heavier titles.

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Nothing Special in Ports and Interfaces

Just like most laptops in 2017 and beyond, also the ASUS VivoBook F510UA supports USB-C. There is a single USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C port welcoming your devices and peripherals; although keep in mind it wouldn’t support charging. In addition, two regular USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports are at your grasp. The total amount of four USB is a decent one. And as usually, a single full-sized HDMI output is available. That can be used to hook up a PC monitor.

The laptop uses integrated 802.11ac (2×2 antenna) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 adapter for networking, ensuring strong and robust signal – as long as your network router is decent as well. It is missing a LAN port; a problem quickly fixed by getting USB to RJ-45 adapter.

You won’t find DVD burner on this laptop, many people prefer to download everything from Internet rather than to use discs anymore. If you prefer this “old school” way, just connect external optical drive. The laptop surely supports memory cards with its SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader.

Just Average Battery Life

True ultrabooks are known for their battery lives. Well, according to many user reports, this ASUS runs for 5 hours under regular, productive use. That is not so great a battery life; thus I would not call this model a true ultrabook. The 3-cell 42Whr battery is also built in to the system, you won’t be able to just pop it out and replace it.

The notebook is made of plastic like these cheaper units often are. Backlit keyboard is not available.

Pros:
Price can not be beaten - This VivoBook is really inexpensive considering the value it brings. The performance does not suffer an ounce; it's a powerful rig to play with.

Lightweight unit - For a 15-inches laptop this ASUS is very featherweight, just 3.7 pounds.

Cons:
Requires SSD for best performance - It's not common to find a conventional hard drive in ultrabooks anymore. You might want to upgrade to SSD on this one.

The ASUS VivoBook F510UA is surely an affordable choice; perhaps even suspiciously affordable to many. However, considering the specifications, there seems to be nothing wrong about it – a powerful processor, a lot of memory, large storage drive. What is perhaps even more important, people who bought this notebook have left favorable reviews, thanking it for the super light profile, for example. In my opinion, the laptop is decent as it is; and will become even faster should you install SSD on it.

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