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The ASUS VivoBook series has given us some excellent affordable laptops. In this ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 review, we take a look at another budget laptop from the same series that is a good fit for students, home users, and other light users. With a price tag of under $700, this ASUS laptop brings a horde of impressive specs.
When you are on a budget, you have a lot of notebooks at your disposal. The problem is that each laptop will have some compromise which will make you look at another device. This ASUS laptop we have here does very well when it comes to offering a banquet of features and that is perfect for budget users. So is this laptop worth the price? Is this laptop a good choice for those who work from home? Let’s find out the answers to these questions and more in the full review below.
The design of this ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 takes a very similar design language that we observe in other budget laptops. The laptop is made from plastic and has a nice grey finish. Though this is an affordable laptop, ASUS has not achieved out when it comes to the quality of plastic. The laptop is durable and can handle a bit of physical flexing. You also don’t hear any creaking sound when opening and closing the laptop.
The laptop is also a great choice for those who want a portable device. At 3.5lbs, this laptop is one of the most portable laptops in the 15.6“ laptop category. You can easily slide this laptop into your backpack and carry on like nothing ever happened. This portability factor alone makes this a very good laptop for students. If you are someone who travels a lot, then this laptop also makes a lot of sense.
Let’s talk about the keyboard. We have a full-size keyboard on this laptop which is nice. The numeric pad on the right side gives you the ability to work with numbers without having to reach the top row every time. If you’re someone who works a lot with numbers, you will definitely appreciate this. The keyboard also was a pleasure to use as it comes with decent travel and a very good layout.
The keyboard also comes with backlighting which means you can work with this laptop even in the darkest of places. There is a bit of bleeding in backlighting but at this price point, we can’t complain. The trackpad on this device is a pretty sweet one and it works just as advertised.
One of the biggest selling points of this for the laptop is the presence of a fingerprint reader. This fingerprint reader gives you the ease of logging into your user profile with just the tap of your finger. You can register the finger of your choice, and from that point onwards, you don’t have to type the password and can just tap your way in. This feature can also help you encrypt certain files with the help of third-party applications.
The display we have on this ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 laptop is a 15.6“ display. This LED-backlit display comes with full HD resolution and has a NanoEdge bezel. One of the best things about this display is its design. ASUS has significantly reduced the size of the bezels giving it a more modern look. As a result, the screen to body ratio has also improved to 88% giving the laptop a much smaller footprint.
The display also does well when it comes to picture quality. The contrast ratio of the display is decent and it results in good blacks and whites. The greyscale performance of the display has not backed by any means but there is a lot of scope for improvement. This display is perfectly suitable for streaming your favorite content on the web and also for a bit of gaming.
The audio coming out of the display is not fantastic by any means. When compared to the audio from other budget laptops, this one does just as good if not better. The speakers of the device can easily fill a small room without any issues. If you are serious about sound quality, then we recommend getting a dedicated set of speakers for much better sound.
The processor that powers this ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 laptop is an AMD R7 3700U processor. This is a mid-range processor from AMD and it comes with a base clock speed of 2.30 GHz. The processor gets a CPUMark benchmark score around 8000 and puts itself in the category of mid-range to upper mid-range chips.
This AMD processor comes with a maximum clock speed of 4 GHz which means you will have a lot of power at your disposal when you need it. Wrapped up runs everyday applications fine without any hiccups. Even when you need to do some heavy lifting, the processor handles it just fine which is great for a budget laptop.
The memory department on this laptop comes loaded with 8 GB of RAM. The Ram is of DDR four type and comes with a clock speed of 2400 MHz. This memory enables you to run several applications at the same time without bringing any lag to the system performance. You will be able to improve your overall productivity without any issues.
Storage and graphics
One of the best things about this ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 laptop is its storage. We have a 512 GB solid-state drive storage that is just amazing. First, we have to appreciate ASUS for including a high storage option that too in the form of a solid-state drive. A solid-state drive brings excellent performance improvements all across the board.
In a budget laptop like this one, the difference between using a solid-state drive and a mechanical hard drive is day and night. The SSD on this laptop has very good reading and writing speeds which means you’ll be able to move data in and out of this laptop at high speeds. The SSD loads the operating system in a flash and the same can also be said for other applications as well.
You do not get a dedicated graphics card on this laptop. The integrated graphics card is an AMD Radeon one and it does a pretty good job when it comes to meeting your everyday graphics requirements. As for gaming is concerned, you will be able to play some light games and some mid-range games that aren’t graphically demanding. If you’re looking to play the latest and greatest games, then you are looking at the wrong laptop.
Battery Life and Connectivity
The battery life of this laptop is average at best. With light use, this laptop can last for about 6 to 7 hours maximum which is not that great. But in this price range, similar laptops perform much worse which gives this ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 laptop an edge. When working on something heavy, you can expect this battery life to go down to around 2 to 3 hours.
There are a lot of connectivity options in this ASUS VivoBook laptop. You get a USB 3.1 Type-C port, USB 3.2 Type-C ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and an audio jack. All of these ports are excellent when it comes to external connectivity and data transfer.
The laptop also comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. The former gives you access to high-speed internet while the latter manages reliable external connectivity with external devices.
ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 Review – Wrap Up
The ASUS VivoBook 15 F512DA-NH77 laptop is aimed at people who don’t need a lot of power every day. This is why we picked this laptop as a good choice for students and other light users. With a mid-range processor, sufficient memory, and fast storage, this laptop can deliver some serious performance when you demand it. The price of this laptop is also very affordable making it even more attractive. If you’re looking for an affordable laptop that doesn’t cost you a lot of money, then this one should be a solid choice.