- Good Build Quality
- Good Specification
- Decent Display
- Very Reasonable Price Tag
- MicroSD Card Reader (Why?)
The ASUS Vivobook lineup requires little to no introduction because of how popular the series has been among the general consensus. This particular lineup has the capability to offer things at an affordable price. We have seen with their previous Vivobook S, A and so much more. This time, we have a new player in the house. Meet the ASUS Vivobook A512F – which we used it for quite a bit of time and here’s our final verdict on it.
Design and Build Quality
Not too long ago, the Vivobook adapted the new Ergolift design from the Zenbook but had a much curvier design and chic look going on. This time around, the Vivobook gets a Zenbook like treatment with a much more angular design which definitely is a welcoming choice. We got the chance to take a look at their Silver finish – which is simple and nice. On the inside, you will notice that the laptop features a ripple design all around the keyboard – another nice touch.
As for the build quality, the laptop is entirely constructed in a mixture of plastic and metal which gives enough durability to handle short drops. Lifting up the screen portion of the laptop with one finger is easy but after a certain angle you will have to use two hands to open it because you need to take the Ergolift into consideration. Other than that, it’s a pretty well constructed laptop.
Honestly, there’s nothing much to worry about – it’s one well-constructed laptop.
On the front, the Vivobook A512 features a 15.6” Full HD Display which is an IPS Panel. Good thing about IPS Panel is that – they tend to have good color production and covers 72% of the NTSC Color Space and with a 178-degree wide angle view, you don’t get any sort of color tilt that would ruin your experience with the laptop. We used the laptop for some light editing and media consumption – Photoshop Lightroom, Netflix as a way of testing the display and it did alright. It does have a matte finish that solves the glaring issues but at the same time it could be a bit of a challenge using it under bright light as the display tends to be a little dim.
If you notice, the Bezels on the Vivobook is also getting ridiculously thin. This allows them to fit in a huge display in a small body which is an nice move.
The Vivobook has a decent selection of ports on both the sides. On the left side, the laptop features 2 USB 3.1 and on the other side it has another Full Size USB, DC IN port, Full size HDMI, USB-C, Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack and finally a MicroSD Card slot – which really should have been a Full size SD Card slot.
Specification & Performance
Thing about the Vivobook is that their specification has always been and still is one of the handful few to convince me – especially in this price range. The Vivobook 15 A512 we reviewed is equipped with the following specification.
- Intel Core i5-8250U Processor with Intel HD Graphics 620
- NVIDIA GeForce MX250 Discrete Graphics
- 4GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
- 512GB PCIe SSD with Dual Storage Design
Comparing with the predecessor, the new Vivobook got an upgrade in the Graphics department and another welcoming change is the fact that ASUS has opted in for PCIe SSD which is a solid choice – as it offers insanely fast performance and load times. With that said, we ran CrystalMark to see the Read and Write speed of the laptop. With a Sequential (Q32T1), it gave a read speed of 1599MB/s and a Write Speed of 1036MB/s which is seriously good. We used Geekbench 4 to benchmark the device and CPUZ to verify the specification under the hood.
Thing about this laptop is that – well, lets take the whole lineup of Vivobook which we have seen so far is that none of it failed to offer good performance in day-to-day usage. The new Vivobook 15 is definitely a no brainer in the department. I personally used the laptop to edit my recent Taiwan trip images, edit a video via Lightroom and Filmora – it had a very minimal performance hit due to the limited 4GB RAM which can be upgraded of course. Using the laptop for productivity is a welcoming addition and thanks to the MX250 Discrete Graphics, you can even take this laptop for a spin – like for light gaming. We ran Devil May Cry 5, Cuphead, Tomb Raider with no issue and it can handle well. Guess that answers your question if you could play games on this machine.
The Vivobook 15 features a 37Whr 2-Cell Lithium Polymer battery under the hood. To charge the laptop it has a power brick that’s tiny and you can even toss it in your handbag if you are in a rush I mean. With that aside, the laptop battery life is good. During our time using it for usual task – which involves content creation, productivity based mostly over playing games, the laptop has the capability to last for 5-6 hours. But if you were to put the laptop in Battery Saver mode and on top of extra tweaking, you will be able to push it further – which is what I do to get more juice out of the Laptop.
The Battery life will definitely affect based on how you decide to use the Laptop and with that said – if you are heavy into gaming on this machine, expect the system to use its maximum performance which takes a huge hit in battery performance.
Trackpad, Keyboard and Speaker
The trackpad on the Vivobook has a glass-like layer on top which of course we have seen it with Zenbooks previously. The trackpad isn’t too big but it the same size as all the predecessor which we have come across. Thanks to Windows Precision drivers, performing gestures, every tap and clicks are accurate and responsive. The Trackpad doesn’t feel flimsy but solid after multiple clicks. To add on, on the top right corner of the trackpad is where the Fingerprint Sensor is located – which you can use it to unlock the device at ease.
Vivobook uses a Backlight Chiclit style keyboard with a key travel of 1.2mm. You can see that the number pad is crammed on the right side. Personally, I have never had any personal issues with the keyboard as it’s one of the few keyboards on a laptop that has a format that users can get used to quickly. The Arrow keys are a bit too small for my liking and wished it was bigger. The inclusion of the Numpad is a nice extra touch. Every key on the keyboard has an almost rounded off design going on – which I noticed in the new Vivobook.
As for the speakers, the Vivobook 15 gets a SonicMaster treatment. The speakers on the laptop is positioned on the bottom part of the Laptop. The speakers are good enough to listen to music and even watch movies at the maximum volume with no issue. The sound is clear and crisp. Only thing is that the speaker might need repositioned to a better location because placing it on your lap or certain surface tends to make the audio muffle because it can get covered easily.
Thing about the Vivobook 15 is that – with every generation there is an improvement, be it the design or anything. The new Vivobook once again brings new things to the table – like a refreshed design, a new specification at a price that no one saw it coming because the Vivobook 15 is priced at RM 2,899 for the Malaysian market and at this price point, its tough to come across a better or an equivalent laptop from other brands and ASUS nailed it.
Just one thing is that – ASUS needs to include a Full-Size SD Card Reader on to their laptops because we are sure that it isn’t going to take much space.