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The search for a daily use laptop is a never-ending one. When you’re looking for flagships, there are a handful of options to choose from, but you need an everyday use notebook, you’ll find yourself sifting through hundreds of models that are very close to one another. In this ASUS VivoBook F510UA review, we are talking about one such laptop that manages to stay above the crowd.
The F510UA model has been here for a long time. The model we’re discussing is the F510UA-AH55 model and it is a better choice when compared to the other options we’ve had under the same model tag. One dominant change would be the inclusion of a solid-state drive which you won’t find on the other options. So is this laptop worthy of your money? How good is it? Let’s find out.
The design of this ASUS VivoBook F510UA laptop is a bit old school. We don’t see any modern design language on this laptop and it reminds us of the new things we saw in laptops a few years ago. The laptop comes in a nice shade of gray that looks decent. The first impression isn’t rich, but it isn’t bad either.
The build quality of the laptop is fine. ASUS has used plastic for the most part, and not the cheapest one. Though you might feel plastic once you lift the laptop, there is no notable flexing or creaking when using the laptop.
Even though this is a big laptop, it weighs around 3.7lbs. It’s easy to carry around. If you’re a student, you can slide this into your backpack and go on about your things. The fact that this laptop is portable gives it a huge advantage and separates it from a hundred other laptops in the same category.
The keyboard on the ASUS VivoBook F510UA notebook is a good one. We do not get a full keyboard here. ASUS has taken a leaf out of the books of flagship laptops and has removed the numeric pad, which we think could have been of great use to the target user-base of this laptop.
The typing experience of this keyboard is as good as one would expect. The keys are well laid out and you should enjoy typing on this without losing pace or accuracy. The only issue with this keyboard here is that it is not backlit. Having a backlit keyboard presents you a ton of advantage, which clearly lack in this laptop.
The trackpad on this laptop is neat. It is a standard trackpad and comes with good support for all the Windows operating system gestures. The surface is smooth and you should get a nice browsing experience overall.
In addition to these, you also get a fingerprint reader. It can be found on the top right corner of the trackpad. The fingerprint sensor is handy for logging into your laptop without typing the password every single time. It does provide you enough security but might not be the best in the business.
The display on the ASUS VivoBook F510UA laptop is a 15.6″ one. It is a LED-backlit display that comes with full HD resolution. The first thing you notice when you look at the display is the modern design of the bezels. The bezels on this display are thin and measure around 0.3″. This gives the laptop a contemporary look and also presents you with an uninterrupted viewing experience.
As far as the picture quality is concerned, this display does a pretty good job. The colors on the images are quite nice, thanks to the contrast ratio. The blacks are deep and the whites are bright enough to look good and natural. The overall color accuracy of the display is quite good at the price point and there is nothing to complain about.
One gripe we have with this display is that it is not an IPS panel. We have a TN panel and it is not as good as an IPS one. The viewing angles are not that great which means you should sit right in front of the laptop for the best images. If you have not used an IPS panel before, then it shouldn’t be a big deal.
The sound quality coming out of the laptop speakers is above average for laptops in this price range. You can watch YouTube videos and stream your favorite movies online without any problems. You can even handle video calls, though we wouldn’t recommend doing it professionally. If you’re serious about sound quality, then investing in a quality earphone might be necessary.
The processor that powers this ASUS VivoBook F510UA laptop is an Intel Core i5 8250U processor. This is a low-voltage processor from the 8th generation of Intel chips and is made for laptops that won’t need a lot of power all day long.
The processor is a quad-core one and comes with a base clocking frequency of 1.6GHz. This clock speed will be enough for most of your everyday activities like browsing the web, working on simple office docs, streaming content online, and so on.
If you’re going to need extra power for anything, the processor can Turbo Boost itself to a maximum of 3.5GHz which should be more than enough for most users working with this laptop. The processor scores well in benchmark tests and reflects the same in real-life performance as well.
The memory situation on this laptop is decent. We have 8 gigs of DDR4 RAM. This memory is quite fast compared to its previous generation and helps you to do more in less time. Multitasking on this laptop is a breeze and you can run multiple applications at the same time, thanks to this RAM. You can also upgrade the memory at a later stage which is a nice feature to have.
The storage option we have on the ASUS VivoBook F510UA-AH55 model is two-fold. There is a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. Having both these options on your laptop is a good thing. The predecessor of this model only has the HDD option and that wasn’t that helpful.
Having the SSD portion on the storage makes everything a lot faster. The operating system comes pre-installed in the solid-state drive which means it will load much faster and you won’t have to waste any time there. This is also true when dealing with other everyday applications.
Graphics and Connectivity
You will not find a dedicated graphics card in the ASUS VivoBook F510UA model. We have the Intel HD 620 graphics card as the integrated graphics card and that’s it. This graphics card does a neat job when it comes to handling the graphics requirements of an average user.
You won’t be able to play the most recent games that are graphically taxing. But you will be able to play some light and even some mid-range games without any problem. This graphics card can also handle graphics-oriented applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and other similar ones.
The connectivity department on the laptop is an impressive one. You get a USB 3.1 Type-C port that is very useful in transferring data at lightning speeds. You can also use this port to charge the laptop and connect it to an external display.
You also get a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port for data and external connectivity. These ports are great to have as most of us haven’t transitioned completely to USB Type-C which means we’ll have a lot of older devices that require these ports.
You will also find an SD card reader, an HDMI port, and also a microphone jack. The laptop comes with inbuilt WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options as well. The laptop does not come with an Ethernet port so having 802.11ac WiFi does help in getting excellent internet speeds. Bluetooth also comes in handy when you need to connect a wireless printer or any other wireless device with this laptop.
With light use, the ASUS VivoBook F510UA model can easily last about 8 hours. For a laptop in this price range, you should be content with this battery life. If you’re a student or someone who travels a lot, then you can go through your entire day without having to recharge your laptop, and that’s awesome.
With some heavy usage, this number will come down, and that’s only normal. If you’re going to be playing games or streaming something with the speakers on, then expect the laptop to last a lot shorter.
ASUS VivoBook F510UA Review – Wrap Up
The ASUS VivoBook F510UA is a nice laptop. It comes with good specs all around and you should have good user experience with it. There are no obvious problems with this laptop, and that’s why we will have no problem recommending it. The predecessor of this laptop came with slow storage, but this one corrects it by including an SSD. In many ways, this is a very good laptop and is worthy of your hard-earned money.