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This laptop has one of the worst TFT panel I have ever seen, there is literally no proper viewing angles. You will get distortion looking straight on. The monitor was poorly calibrated with WAY too much gamma, luckily adjusting this with Windows is trivial, I will get back to 'S Mode' later on. You will not be able to use this monitor for watching movies with a lot of dark scenes. If you are looking at the screen dead on the outer regions of black will be distorted to LIGHT grey.
The keyboard is decent, the 10-key is a bit difficult with the keys not being the right size on the side. The button press is tactile and usable and the feel is fine enough for typing blind, which you shouldn't have to do since the keyboard is back-lit.
The touch pad is okay, it's actually a bit too sensitive, the lower corners can be used as buttons but I would greatly prefer physical buttons like on the current Lenovo brand laptops. The touch pad has a fingerprint reader in the top right corner which interferes with the operation of the touch pad but at least the fingerprint reader is fast!
The speakers are complete garbage, they have no semblance to actual sounds and it sounds like you are listening to a cellphone speaker through a wooden door. They are completely unusable for anything at all, do not buy this laptop if you enjoy playing anything on your speakers.
The webcam is usable, but it's nothing to write home about, capping out at 720p/30fps it will feel like a power-point presentation more than a video feed on any video chat. The sound is about the same as phone quality. If you do video chats frequently, find another laptop.
Back to windows and 'S Mode'. Windows is pre-installed, it had some of the latest updates already so it was recently installed. It doesn't have much bloatware, but having Skype installed is too much already. The "type" of Windows that is installed is called 'S Mode' which is basically a locked down completely restrictive version of Windows. You can't even download Chrome from the web you have to get it from the Microsoft store - Chrome being the first app I install on any Windows computer -. I removed 'S Mode' almost immediately.
The laptop has 4Gb of non-removable memory and 4Gb of replaceable memory which is nice even though it's only single channel.
The laptop is made from a plastic frame which I actually don't mind, it makes the laptop reasonably light, but it gives it a cheap experience. Opening the lid for example requires two hands or a technique, both of which is actually mildly inconvenient.
The good: Decent keyboard and touch pad, fast loading web pages
If you like a want a PC for viewing Netflix/media at home with no headphones, look somewhere else. If you want a PC for viewing Wikipedia/news then this will be decent but there are cheaper laptops that can do that better. If you have a fancy IPS monitor, you will hate this laptop. If you are even thinking about gaming, the answer is no.
Seeing as this laptop has such limited uses with the horrible screen and speakers, I cannot give this laptop a better review that 3 stars. It's only purpose is to view webpages and basic coffee-shop work.
With respect to the aspect everything is perfect for the cost, the only problem is that I wanted to check the memory and it turns out that it came with a 4GB and the description says of 8GB I am disappointed in this. since one trusts what they are selling. You should not have to check if this was true.
This Vivobook with an SSD is LIGHTNING fast ! don't listen to the people who doesn't know about computers and trust me. This is the best laptop I have ever had. The screen quality is impressive. The sdd is fast. It takes 5 sec to boot. Update your laptop. I took almost 3 hours of updates trought windows update, but once you have finish updated you have a perfectly, fast lightning laptop for tasks. This is not a gaming laptop, this laptop is great for work, school, Netflix, Light gaming. Thanks to the vega 8 you will be able to play every game if you set the resolution at 720p and low graphics, you will get around 30-35 fps, better than nothing. For the price, this laptop has probably the best quality picture screen.
You can ADD any 2.5 inches HDD or SSD into this little beast! U can also replace de 4 gig dedicated ram to a 8 gig ram if you want to ! The ssd is a Kingston and Ram is Samsung. Great great great product. Asus really pushed quality on this one.
Pros -Great value on sale at about $600 -Fantastic IPS 1080p screen with wide viewing angles and little graininess -Thin and light for the size, tiny footprint and bezels -Great CPU and GPU performance for the price -FAST WiFi and SSD drive, equal to much more expensive options -Decent speakers with good sound and bass -English Keyboard, not bilingual -Keyboard is backlit nicely -Touchpad uses precision drivers and is made of glass -Chassis is surprisingly solid for the price -HDMI 2.0 is included, pushed 4K 60Hz with 8 bit color perfectly -No glossy surfaces to soil and get scratched up -Comes with accidental damage warranty (1 year) out of the box
Cons -Short battery life ~4.5 hours under normal use makes this not very portable, luckily power brick is small -Sound is distorted at high volume and the chassis rattles -Backlight bleed on the otherwise fantastic screen -Fan has an annoying whine when under load -Soldered on 4GB ram module, if you upgrade its a weird 12GB configuration -2GB ram permanently allocated to the Vega GPU. Expect only 6GB usable ram out of the box
Bought this laptop for school and for some light gaming on the iGPU in the 3500U. Gaming performance would always start out decently with the iGPU running in the 900-100MHz range. Unfortunately, as soon as the iGPU hits 75C (which is fast due to an inadequate cooling solution), the iGPU throttles significantly down into the 300MHz range cutting the performance to literally one third. This is even below the UHD 620 iGPU on comparable Intel chips and defeats the entire purpose of going with AMD for the stronger GPU. It will stay locked to this frequency until the iGPU cools off to around 60C, after which it will resume normal boost function. The rest of the laptop is quite nice considering the price with good build quality and acceptable battery life. However, the loud fans even doing basic tasks and the dysfunctional GPU severely disappoint.
Honestly, the laptop is great! I did buy a 1x8GB kit of ddr4 sodimm 2400mhz cl16 ram to upgrade the memory on the laptop from the original 8GB, and I made a quick discovery that the laptop comes with 4GB of RAM soldered onto the motherboard, thus you can only replace the other stick of RAM in the populated RAM slot that has a 4GB stick in it. So I now have 12GB of RAM on my f512d ryzen model. Furthermore, the SSD that came included with my model used a Kingston 256GB SSD, leaving one open slot for a 2.5 inch Sata SSD or HDD. The battery life lasts about 2-3 hours on a near-full charge, and since my college classes require atleast a 1.5 hours of charge per class, I could dim down the display for less battery usage and possibly the keyboard backlights, but I'd say it's a win either way. Overall, the screen is IPS and beautiful, the entire system feels snappy and responsive, and I can actually run 3D applications on it without it bugging out like my last Samsung i3 laptop from 2013. Love AMD's new product lineup and I hope this helps anyone else looking to buy this laptop.
UPDATE: Sadly, my unit didn't last long. I just began using my 3-d softwares and new code IDE's for C++ and this thing blue-screened every 5 minutes or so. Sometimes I was lucky and it'd work nicely but just today, the drive slowed down to a near halt and as windows tried to repair or reset it, it just died. I now boot into the bios everytime with no storage or boot-detection of the ssd. What a brilliant time for it to die. Also for battery life, turning off the keyboard backlighting litterally gave me 9+ hours of battery-life. Sad to see it go.
UPDATE #2: Please check comments to this review for more. With all due respect, I won't be updating anything in this review or responding to any of the comments published beyond this date. I hope I was able to help anyone with their purchase.
This great looking laptop is a value choice while still getting low weight and descent performance (SSD and I3 processor). The back-lit keyboard and nice screen (1920 x 1080) were appreciated touches for the primary user; my son. I like the ASUS brand generally.
Read the specs. We had specific priorities and this laptop may be missing some features/specs that someone else might consider important; NO LAN port, not touch screen, only 128 GB hard drive
By today's standards this is the best laptop we could find for $500. Of course, six to twelve months from now you will likely be able to get more for the same price. However, by today's standards we are very happy with the purchase!
I was looking around for a laptop, including many more expensive options, before I settled with this one.
The laptop is very fast with the NVMe M.2 SSD, with a disk benchmark, I was able to reach 1.6 GB (that is gigabytes, not gigabits) read speeds per second, and 900 MB/s write speeds per second.
I got this on sale, and for under $600, a Ryzen 5 quad core, 8GB DDR4 ram and 256GB SSD, it is excellent value. Not to mention the great feel of the chiclet backlit keyboard.
The performance of the Vega 8 integrated graphics, is better performance than any Intel integrated graphics would be. The fans is a little audible when running HD video or more intensive tasks, although still very quiet.
The battery life is average, although it can be a little bit above average if you set your settings to battery saver. Still, it should last a few hours at the least. Just a quick note, there is 6GB usable RAM rather than 8GB, as 2GB is permanently allocated to the AMD Ryzen Vega 8 GPU. Also, when first turning on the computer, there is noticable backlight bleed on the bottom two corners of the screen, while the screen is on though, the screen has good picture.
The pictures for this laptop does not do it justice, I was pleasantly surprised when I received the laptop - the laptop looks better in person than it is advertised!
All in all, this is the best laptop one can get for the price, hands down. Definitely recommend it for anybody who is looking for a laptop that won’t put a dent in their wallet. Good job Asus.
Pues eso, la computadora está demasiado buena para este precio. El procesador está bastante decente (rendimiento similar al de la zenbook que vale 13,000 pesos), tiene teclado con backlight, es muy ligera considerando el tamaño de la pantalla y, para el precio, tiene un sonido bastante decente. No se calienta y no hace NADA de ruido el ventilador (ya había olvidado lo que era eso! mi pobrecita compu anterior ya pujaba todo el tiempo...). El diseño también me pareció elegante sin ser llamativo (entre otros detalles, por ejemplo, el cargador es pequeñito, como el de un celular). En fin, más allá de recapitular las características que se enumeran en las especificaciones sólo me queda decir que me encantó. Pretendo updatear esta reseña si es que se presentan problemas (ojalá que no).
* Plus + Disque SSD rapide , démarrage au complet en 5 secondes ( avec ouverture de section ) + Design agréable + Emprunte digital + Clavier fluide à la frappe
* Moins + Écran assez fade à la vue ( pour ceux qui sont habitués à voir les écrans de haute qualité ) + Batterie relativement bon ( 5 à 6h max d'autonomie ) + Quelques logiciels preinstallés . + Sur 8 giga de RAM , seul 6 giga sont utilisés par les applications ; 2 giga sont réservés d'avance pour la carte graphique . Prévoir une barrette de 16 giga pour combler un manque éventuel de mémoire.