Asus Vivobook F510UA
Made For Writers & Content Creators
- Lightweight and easy on the shoulders to carry
- High quality UHD display with the IPS panel
- Variety of ports including USB 3.0 and SD card slot
- Poor battery timing
- Suitable for just very light weight gaming
Processor: Intel i5 8250U | RAM: 8 GB | Storage: 1 TB HDD | Display Size: IPS LED Panel | Screen Size: 15 inches | Graphics: Intel UDH Graphics 620
VERDICT:A compact laptop with an 8th Generation processor and a very good display, this is the Vivobook F510UA by Asus. With a great chassis and excellent bang for buck performance, this laptop cuts no corners despite its low price tag. At the cost of no dedicated graphics card and a very mediocre battery time, the Vivobook F510UA delivers an overall well-rounded performance with its responsive and fast speeds.
Budgeted laptops are a bit of a tricky matter to deal with. On one hand, you might be getting a good processor at the cost of a clunky design. If not that, then the hardware department ends up with the short end of the stick. And it’s just a back and forth battle when looking for budget laptops. Asus comes in here to save the day with their Vivobook F510UA. This laptop was designed to be pitted off against the likes of Dell XPS series which has been the industry standard for budget laptops. Along with many praiseworthy features, the F510UA also has a killer price, which is arguably its best selling point. Even after a year of its release, the F510UA is still going strong and comes out as a very good option.
The F510UA packs in a tonne of great hardware underneath the plastic and metallic chassis. It has a full HD IPS display panel which is 15 inches wide and delivers crisp and clear picture. And on the sides, there’s a number of available ports including the much loved, USB 3.0 ports. The F510UA is packed with a tonne of features that may just go unnoticed. Not only is this laptop very pleasing to look at with its durable build, but also performs exceptionally well. It manages to outperform some of its competitors. With its 8th Generation i5-8250U and 8 Gigs of DDR4 RAM, the F510UA does not disappoint.
Despite there being a great number of features that help the F510UA stand tall, there are some cutbacks as well. Most notably, with the battery as it does not offer a very feasible duration. Moreover, since there is no dedicated graphics card, this laptop is left to fend off on its own with Intel 8250U integrated GPU. But, there is much more to be discussed and talked about. So keep on reading down to find out what our detailed thoughts are about the Asus Vivobook F510UA.
Build and Design
Previous Vivobook series laptops have all had a very sleek build with Asus stepping things up a notch after every generation. This 15 inch laptop is a hard find as Asus cuts no corners with the F510UA and offers as much real estate to work with as you wish. Weighing just under 4 pounds, you can slide it neatly in your backpack and you’ll hardly notice it. Unlike many budget laptops, the F510UA offers an elegant and stylish body to work with, a testament to Asus’s promise of great aesthetics. The top of the lid is brushed metal with a shiny metal with a gorgeous grey finish. This laptop is thicker at the hinges but gets narrower as you move down its body. The placement of the trackpad and just the overall outer exterior seems to be familiar with MacBook Air.
Placement of the keyboard, all the ports, and their respective order just make everything easy. As the ports go, the F510UA has 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 Type C and 1x USB 3.0 Type A ports along with the standard 3.5 mm headphone and mic jacks. And, as video ports go, this laptop only has a single HDMI port. Lastly, it does have an SD card reader however no Ethernet cable. That is a letdown. The keyboard seems to be build of the same polycarbonate plastic as the rest of the chassis. It is not a backlit keyboard however, the keys seem very responsive and give off very satisfying muffled clicks when pressed. The keys are soft, comfortable and allow you to type in peacefully and in silence. Since the deck underneath the keys is also plastic, you’ll notice it bend down slightly as the keys are pressed.
The touchpad is placed in the middle and measures in at 4.1 inches wide and 2.9 inches long. The keys are also very soft and do not have the plastic, clicking sound to them when pressed. Over time, these click sounds tend to get on one’s nerves. Fortunately, the F510UA does not suffer from that. At the top right corner of the touchpad is the fingerprint reader. The touchpad of the F510UA also feels very responsive and free of lag. It is responsive and feels very smooth to the touch, however, plastic touchpads generally tend to wear out over time. Actually, plastic touchpads wear out faster than metallic touchpads being fading away. The F510UA does seem to be a victim of that but, given that it’s a budget laptop, there is always room for improvements.
Storage and Display
Inside this thin, lightweight laptop is a huge storage capacity of a whopping 1 TB. In all honesty, this is quite generous of Asus given that the F510UA is strictly a budget laptop. And with school season approaching soon, this just might be the perfect buy for students. This hard drive is a massive take away which is why storage will not be a problem. As long as you keep your things organized, as you should. Along with this very magnanimous storage capacity, you also have 128 GB of SSD to work with. Although not as big as some of the other high-end laptops, this is still something to cherish with the friendly price tag that this laptop has.
The 15-inch screen with thin bezzles is powered by an integrated Intel GPU- Intel UHD Graphics 620. The screen will surely knock your socks off. Because at this price, you’re getting a 15.6 inch anti-glare and IPS panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at an aspect ratio of 16:9. A mouthful, sure, but it is a delight to look at. This screen still lives up to its promise, even after 2 years of its release. With the IPS panel, limitations such as strong viewing angle dependency and lower quality color reproduction are solved. The result is a vivid, rich and vibrant picture with just the right color reproduction.
Graphics and Speakers
Some might hold the absence of a dedicated graphics card to be of minor importance, others might find it to be a dealbreaker. Regardless, this being a budget laptop, has no dedicated graphics card in it. Instead, it makes use of Intel UHD Graphics 620 which is powerful enough to handle some small gaming titles. It makes use of dual channel RAM to ensure improved performance output. However, the processing power is just what you’d expect from an Intel integrated graphics unit. There is not a lot of room to work with, which is why your gaming experience is essentially boggled down to simple browser games or maybe a few lightweight games every now and then.
A laptop’s multimedia capabilities including volume, sound quality, and optimization are most of the times, a make or break deal for it. Which is why it was very important that the Vivobook F510UA do well in the audio department. There are two speakers placed at the bottom of this laptop. Of course, we tested them out to the max by seeing bass handling, volume, muffling of sounds, etc. The volume, although not quite as loud as the Acer Helios laptops in the same price range, was sufficient to fill a small room. This makes it suitable for the usual streaming, binge-watching, and whatnot. There was no muffling of the sound but the bass department is quite a long way from being deemed passable. However, upon some tweaks, we observed that the sound was actually quite decent. It’s free of high volume tearing and bass muffling, with ample treble adjustments.
Processor and Memory
The Vivobook F510UA houses Intel’s 8th Generation Core i5-8520U processor. This was the latest in line of Intel’s processors, at the time of F510UA’s release and is still running quite strong. The processor’s clock speed locks in at 1.6GHz however, in Turbo Mode it can go up to 3.4GHz. For a simple reminder, the Turbo Mode essentially drops the clock speed of three cores and bumps up the clock speed of the fourth core. Single threaded applications can take better advantage of single cores running in high clock speeds. With Intel’s Kaby Lake technology, 1 TB HDD and 128 GB SSD, the F510UA will hardly run you into any processing troubles. Needless to say, we are very satisfied with what the processing end of this laptop has to offer.
Moving things along to the memory department, you’ll find that the F510UA has 8 GB DDR4 RAM. It only makes use of 1 memory slot with a single 8 GB stick of 1866 MHz. Although this will be more than sufficient for everyday tasks, the option for future upgrades is still available. Additional RAM and SSD can be added in the F510UA if you want to further future proof yourself. We found that there was no delay, and all things ran as smoothly as expected.
Battery and Performance
It seems as if everything with the Asus Vivobook F510UA has been running like clockwork until now. It’s apparent that the battery timing is where Asus decided to cut corners. The battery is a 4 cell Lithium-ion with a rated usage of 5 hours. And that’s being generous. If minimum power handling tasks are undertaken with the F510UA laptop, the battery will give service of up to only 5 hours per charge. However, we found that the battery timings even went down to 3.5 hours under extended heavy use. If you’re a traveler with not a lot of access to a power plug, it is advised that you invest and get a second battery as well. It will go a long way and, if used correctly, will give you the 10 hours time as promised.
The Intel 8th Generation i5-8520U is quite a commonly used processor in most budget laptops. Especially as Kaby Lake series technology is still somewhat fresh. But, it all doesn’t simply depend on the best processing unit. The 8GB DDR4 RAM also works in unison to make sure that the F510UA delivers a reliable and speedy response time. It’s not just the quick response keyboard keys but the internal components that define this laptop as well. This laptop is, not in a million years, designed for gaming needs. It will tend to heat up rapidly with its integrated chip doing the handy work. Luckily, the F510UA manages to stay quiet almost entirely through its duration of use. You do not want to test this laptop’s limits by pushing it too hard. Sit back, and let it do its thing.
The F510UA laptop by Asus is, in no means, a powerhouse of a laptop. However, when factoring in the price tag as well as the intended audience, this laptop makes its mark. It manages to offer many useful features that will secure you for the long run. Plus, with the school season closing in on us, the F510UA might prove itself to be one of the most useful college student’s must-have purchase. The Vivobook F510UA manages to outperform almost every other budget laptop on the market. With its 8250U processor and 8 GB DDR4 RAM coupled with a phenomenal design, the F510UA no doubt is one of the best you’ll find in the budget laptop domain.
Price at the time of review: $700
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