ASUS VivoBook F510UA.
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Low Cost, High Quality
Large, inexpensive laptops with bulky, unattractive looks, like the Editors’ Choice Acer Aspire E 15 and the Dell Latitude 3490, won’t attract attention. In comparison, the VivoBook F510UA ($639.00 at Amazon) defies its low cost with a clean, contemporary design. Its distinctive and alluring gunmetal blue hue. At this price point, an aluminum chassis is not available, but the VivoBook F510UA’s plastic case is thin and somewhat sturdy. The texture of the lid reminds me of a lenticular lens—those corrugated surfaces on which an image shifts depending on your viewing position.
In terms of trimness, the VivoBook F510UA falls between the Dell Latitude 3490 ($449.00 at Dell Technologies) and the Acer Aspire E 15 ($599.00 at Amazon), measuring 0.8 by 13.3 by 9.2 inches and 1.2 by 15.0 by 10.2 inches, respectively. The Latitude 3490 weighs 3.79 pounds, the Aspire E 15 tips the scales at 5.27 pounds, and it is the lightest of the three at 3.57 pounds. The VivoBook F510UA, like the majority of contemporary laptops, is unable to read or write to a CD or DVD without the assistance of an external device, hence the Aspire E 15 weighs significantly more due to the addition of an optical drive.
You can type quietly and comfortably thanks to the spacious keyboard. This is not a cheap, flimsy keyboard. The keys have a strong feel, a restricted travel range, and a muted clack. When you type, the plastic keyboard deck flexes slightly beneath your fingertips, but only in the centre. Backlighting, a feature frequently omitted from inexpensive models, is absent from the keyboard.
Although it appears a little tiny at 4.1 inches broad by 2.9 inches deep on the roomy palm rest, the touchpad feels snappy. The touchpad offers a pleasant click when pressed, just like the keys do. In the touchpad’s upper-left corner is a fingerprint reader.
Many low-cost laptops have large screen bezels that make displays appear smaller than they actually are and give the whole aesthetic an old-fashioned vibe. The VivoBook F510UA differs from that in this regard. Here, the 15.6-inch display is elegantly framed by the device’s thin bezels.
No touch, but two different USB types
A bright, clear image is produced by the 15.6-inch full HD (1,920 by 1,080) LED-backlit display. Asus was able to avoid the glossy screen coating that comes with touch panels in favor of a matte surface that prevents glare and reflections because touch functionality is not there. However, because of the narrow viewing angle of the display, it is recommended that you use this large-screen laptop alone and avoid using it with a friend if you will both be seeing it from an angle other than straight on.
The audio output from the VivoBook F510UA is adequate. Although the audio output lacks bass as expected, it has enough punch to fill a small area and is more than adequate.
The laptop has USB Type-A and Type-C connections, so you may connect all of your USB devices without first looking for a dongle. There are two USB Type-A 3.0 connectors and an SD card slot on the left edge. A USB Type-A 3.0 port, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a headphone/mic combo jack, and the power connector are all located on the right edge of the device.
Performance figures show that the Core i5-8250U is a popular option for low-cost laptops, as you can see. I anticipated that the VivoBook F510UA would lag behind its rivals by one or two steps given that it is the least expensive model in the group and relies on a roomy but slow 1TB hard drive (as opposed to a faster SSD). Not so. Its 3,126 score on PCMark 8 was in the middle of the pack. When it comes to routine operations like viewing movies, browsing the web, and editing spreadsheets, anything above 3,000 on this proprietary benchmark indicates extremely strong performance. On our Handbrake and Photoshop tests, similar clusters could be spotted, and the VivoBook F510UA won first place with a score of 703 on Cinebench.
All of them, with the exception of the Acer Aspire E 15, rely on such integrated technologies and perform poorly in our 3D graphics and gaming tests. The VivoBook F510UA only supports casual browser-based games, so you should keep your gaming to a minimum.
The number of full-size USB ports is smaller on a slimmer chassis than on a laptop, and the optical drive is also removed. Only a USB 3.1 port (Type-C), a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI port are available on the Asus VivoBook F510UA. Better than the mini-HDMI that is becoming frequent among ultrabooks, the HDMI is full size.
You may easily connect power peripherals like USB displays and storage arrays using a USB 3.1 Type-C connection. There is also a camera, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone connector, however there is no Ethernet port. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is used for wireless communication.
There are 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage available on the Asus VivoBook F510UA. Although it may seem like a lot of capacity, solid-state drive (SSD) storage is faster and comes with more contemporary systems. For instance, the 256GB SSD included with the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 isn’t a lot, but it’s adequate for quick overall performance and quicker startup times. Next to the hard drive is a m.2 2280 slot, making it simple to insert an SSD for quick startup times.
However, the battery life is not very good. We anticipated that the latest processor would improve mobile computing, but it appears that we would need to wait a bit longer. We are looking at a battery life of around 5 hours 42 minutes, which is comparable to devices like the Dell XPS 15 Touch (9550) (5:56) but somewhat less than the MacBook Pro 15-Inch Retina Display (2014) (8:55).
Even while it weighs more than the sleek ultraportables, it will last almost as long as the majority of 15-inch laptops. When used moderately, this laptop may last all day at school or the office.