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Finding mid-range laptops that are affordable and reliable at the same time it’s becoming more challenging over time. In this ASUS F505ZA-DH51 review, we take a look at this laptop from the house of Asus and see how it fits in this equation. This laptop is made for those who need a decent level of power at a budget price.
The laptop is affordable mainly because of its choice of processor. Asus has gone with an AMD processor instead of an internal leading to the reduced price. Does this mean the performance of the laptop is going to take a backseat? Is this laptop really worth my hard-earned money? Let’s find the answers to these questions and more in the full review below.
The design language of this ASUS F505ZA-DH51 laptop is not that extravagant by any means. We have a nice golden finish that has a beautiful shine to it. At first impression, this may not look like an affordable laptop. But once you lift it, you know that this is not a premium device, thanks to the materials used.
Plastic is the primary material used on this laptop but it is not that weak. The durability of the laptop is decent and should last for a long time. There is a bit of flexing when you force the display too much and you do hear some creaking sound is here and there which is sort of unavoidable at this price point.
With the dimensions of 14.2 × 9.6 × 0.7 inches, the laptop weighs around 3.5lbs. This is one of the most portable 15.6″ laptops is out there and you win easily carry it around without feeling anything extra. When it comes to portability come on this laptop suitable even for students and people who travel a lot.
The keyboard on this laptop is a pretty good one. We do not have a numeric pad which will certainly disappoint some. The layout of the keyboard is quite spacious and the keys come with decent travel giving you a smooth typing experience.
One of the things we liked about this keyboard is the presence of full-sized arrow keys. Most laptops will reduce the size of the arrow keys to fit into the keyboard, but here they have not gone that way. The touchpad on the laptop is also pretty neat giving you a nice surface to make your gestures.
The display on the ASUS F505ZA-DH51 laptop is a 15.6“ LED-backlit display. This LED-backlit display comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels i.e. full HD. The display is a widescreen display which means you can stack up windows side-by-side and carry on with your work without losing any productivity.
The color accuracy of the display is pretty decent. You can get a vibrant image on the screen, and that is perfect for media consumption and other visually specific activities. One of the best things about this display is the presence of slim bezels on its sides. This makes for a much better viewing experience.
The display is perfect for streaming your favorite online content on your favorite platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and other phones. You can also work on your office documents and browse the web freely, thanks to this widescreen display.
The sound quality of this laptop is above average. You get decent sound at low volumes and there is a bit of distortion added into the mix when you raise the volume higher. If you are not super serious about sound quality, you will be fine with the speakers inside this laptop.
The AMD Ryzen R5 2500U Processor powers this ASUS F505ZA-DH51 laptop. This is a mid-range chip from AMD that comes with 4 physical cores and 8 threads. The processor clocks at a base clock speed of 2.0 GHz and can clock up to a maximum of 3.6 GHz which is a lot of power for a laptop in this price range.
The processor does a pretty decent job when it comes to benchmarks scores and gets a CPU mark score of 6618. This is a pretty decent score and puts the processor in the mid-range category. With this processor in charge, the laptop can handle your everyday needs without any issues whatsoever. You can browse the web, stream videos, work on your social media platforms, and do much more with this laptop without any hiccups.
The memory department on this laptop comes with 8 GB of RAM. This RAM is of DDR4 type and comes with decent clock speed. With this memory, you will be able to perform multitasking without any shortcomings. You can run several apps side-by-side and even open more than a few tabs on your favorite browser without facing any lag.
Graphics and Storage
The ASUS F505ZA-DH51 laptop does not come with a dedicated graphics card. We only have the integrated AMD Radeon graphics card on this laptop and it does a pretty neat job when it comes to handling your everyday graphics requirements. This is not a gaming laptop so you will not be able to play all the latest and the greatest games. But if you must, you can play some light games and even some mid-range titles without any issues.
For storage, we have a 256 GB solid-state drive. This solid-state drive gives you a decent amount of space and also provides you a lot of improvements when it comes to performance. The SSD launches the operating system super fast and also does the same when it comes to your everyday applications. If you are coming from a mechanical hard drive, the speed improvements will be life-changing and you will never go back to a mechanical hard drive.
Battery Life and Connectivity
The battery life of the ASUS F505ZA-DH51 laptop is just about average. With light use, you should be able to squeeze 5 to 6 hours of battery life out of this laptop. This is not that great as we have seen laptops with better battery life in this price range. With heavy use, this battery life will only go down leading to a not-so-good user experience.
The laptop comes with a decent amount of connectivity options. We like the fact that is USB type C port is included. With this sport, you will be able to transfer data at lightning speed. The port also comes in handy if you have to connect your laptop to a high-end external display.
In addition to the USB type C port, you also have a USB 3.0 port, a USB2.0 port, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and also an audio jack. The sports are very essential when it comes to handling data transfer and connectivity issues. Laptop also comes with Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5 built-in. These wireless connectivity standards help in reducing clutter and give you the best experience.
ASUS F505ZA-DH51 Review – Wrap Up
Overall, the ASUS F505ZA-DH51 laptop is a very good choice for those who need an affordable laptop that is reliable and doesn’t compromise on power. The display on this laptop is very good for everyday use while the processor and memory together manage to present a solid user experience. The battery life of the laptop may not be that impressive, but including a solid-state drive definitely changes the way you use this laptop. If you are on a budget, then this laptop might be a good decision.