The Asus VivoBook F510UA is among the first laptops to receive a hardware update after the recent ZenBook lineup upgrade. The system takes pride with the latest 8th generation Intel core i5-8250U processor, a quad-core component based on Intel’s Kaby Lake architecture. Asus comes into the market to rival its able competitors such as the Lenovo Yoga 920 that has already embraced the latest processor from Intel.
Asus could be at the top of the pack against its competitors in terms of pricing, however, it comes with a few compromises here and there. Top on Asus’s agenda is keeping the affordable VivoBook as thin and light as possible to fit into the lives of college students and those working in the office.
The VivoBook includes 8GB DDR4 RAM and a massive 1TB HDD of storage space, and it features integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. The system comes pre-installed with windows 10 Home Operating System. It runs without lag, boots up quickly and it has no performance related issues.
Design and Features
The Asus VivoBook F510UA refreshes the ultra-book line of VivoBooks with a much lighter and slimmer design. The notebook boasts of 0.3-inch NanoEdge bezel, a smooth start Gray finish on its lid and it gets a premium touch thanks to its curved corners.
The laptop comes with a brushed metal, shiny chassis, in a glittering grey color. The VivoBook design appears to have largely borrowed from systems like the MacBook Air. The laptop measures 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches and weighs just over 3.7 pounds which makes it relatively easy to carry around.
The Asus VivoBook F510UA carries the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz ‘Kaby Lake’ processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz. The 8th generation processor is more power efficient over its predecessor, the 7th generation that graced the previous ZenBook models. The processor is capable of running between the speeds of 1.6GHz and 3.4GHz combined with the 8GB memory to offer the much needed performance for everyday computing.
It also features HyperThreading, allowing it to handle up to 8 threads at once. The technologies combine to enable the processor to conserve power when possible while delivering a stellar performance. The processor teams up with 8GB DDR4 installed memory that is enough to handle almost all home and office tasks seamlessly.
When it comes to choosing a storage drive, it has always been a double edged sword. Whereas Asus’s choice of a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive is welcome for the plenty storage space, it falters in terms of speed. The 5400 RPM spindle speed false far below the fast read/write transfer rates that come with a Solid State Drive.
Thankfully, the system offers room for upgrading to a Solid State drive with a free M.2 2280 SATA3 slot. If you are a computer geek you can perform this update on your own by the bottom which is held by some few screws. In the same breath, you can add another 8GB RAM to the remaining slot to upgrade your system to a 16GB DDR4 2400MHz of RAM. All the upgrades will go a long way in making the device fast and snappier in terms of performance.
The system does not turn heads with its basic integrated UHD 620 graphics, a common feature among midrange ultra-portables. The integrated graphics are fairly good but they are yet to match with the power and ability of dedicated graphics. As such, the VivoBook has less to offer when it comes to 3D gaming but can comfortably handle less demanding games such as Witcher 3. Casual gaming is achievable with the Asus VivoBook at low resolution and low to medium quality settings without pushing the hardware off its limits.
If you are more interested in mid-range gaming and capable of adjusting your budget upwards, then systems such as the Acer Predator Helios 300 fit the bill. The predator features a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. The system is capable of handling the latest high definition games with smooth frame rates. Furthermore, the Helios is VR ready so you can sit back and experience the future of gaming.
Connectivity is an important area in any laptop especially with the upsurge of cool peripherals over the years. The Asus VivoBook does not disappoint with the connectivity options that it offers. The system features two USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and as you would expect, a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
There is an HDMI port for easy hooking up of the laptop to a monitor or HDTV perhaps to make a presentation or watch a movie on a bigger display. Additionally, an SD card reader slot and a mic/headphone combo jack are also available around the machine’s shell. A fingerprint reader is strategically built in to the chiclet style keyboard to reinforce security and confidentiality to your documents.
Networking capabilities are made possible by way of a built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 which makes it easy to connect to wireless networks be it at home, office or while on the move.
Notably, the slim design of the Asus VivoBook edges out the conventional Ethernet port and the optical drive. The lack of the RJ45 port and Optical drive could not be a deal breaker as the move aims at making portability the priority above anything else.
Additionally, people have moved with the ever changing technology and prefer downloading from the internet or storing their music, data and files on Hard Disk Drives as opposed to discs. However, if you still find the old school way of doing things convenient, then you can purchase an external optical drive to connect to your laptop.
The VivoBook F510UA-AH51 does a magnificent job by offering a 1920 by 1080 resolution display on the 15.6-inch LED backlit screen. The device features an IPS NanoEdge display with an impressive 80 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The Full HD IPS display offers crisp and stunning visuals. The anti-glare finish on the screen is essential in eliminating light bleeds and reflections. However, the screen brightness is not enough for outdoor use.
Asus packs Tru2life Technology to the VivoBook which comes in handy when watching a movie as it tweaks the screen settings. Color reproduction on this laptop is accurate, however, a few tinkering with the calibration settings can make it better.
The laptop comes with a VGA front-facing camera, which has nothing out of the ordinary. The camera is capable of capturing decent images in daylight conditions but incapable of adding any details under low-light.
The image rendering of the camera is quick and is capable of capturing fleeting moments during a video call. As such, you can rely on it for video conference calls, and chatting with friends and Family via Skype.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The Asus VivoBook F510UA-AH51 features an ergonomic chiclet style keyboard. The keyboard is not backlit, but considering the price tag, it is not a deal breaker. The key travel distance is pretty good and you don’t experience any flex when pressing the keys. If you are into crunching numbers, the lack of a dedicated number pad, may be a drawback as it does not have one.
The precision touchpad is smooth and responsive. The touchpad responds quickly and correctly to multi-touch gestures including scrolling, zooming, switching to apps and launching Cortana for search. The finger print reader on the keyboard shall be essential for signing in to Windows Hello.
The laptop offers a decent battery backup which is way ahead most of its rivals in the category of desktop replacement laptops. The system provides between 5-6 hours of juice on a single charge. Notably, the chipsets in the 8th generation Intel core processor are very power efficient and robust. We hope the trend continues, as it will be a big win for consumers in terms of battery life.
The speakers are remarkably good capable of playing at maximum without distortion and with a little tone of bass. Playing “Gambler” by Kenny Rodgers, the music fills the room and you can gladly use the speakers to watch Netflix and YouTube comfortably
The Asus VivoBook F510UA-AH51 is a decent 15-inch laptop that offers value for those on a budget. There are better systems in the competition, only that they cost much more, for instance the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4. If you are an occasional gamer, the machine can comfortably serve you without stuttering. Overall, the 8th generation processor the system packs has a great benchmark and its performance on windows is admirable. If you’re looking for a general purpose laptop in a slim line, stylish and lightweight shell, the VivoBook F510UA is well worth considering.