If there’s one thing I love about laptops, it’s that I get an opportunity to test them before recommending them to you.
So today I’m going to tell you about Asus VivoBook F510UA, a budget laptop that seems to have captured hundreds, if not thousands, of techies already.
Let’s get to it.
Asus VivoBook F510UA Review
If you’re on a tight budget, and you’re looking for a laptop that can perform just like high-end models, the Asus VivoBook F510UA is the best option to consider.
It includes the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor. It’s also quite slim and lightweight.
Design and Display
I’m not into looks more than I am in performance. But I must confess that Asus VivoBook F510UA takes the cake for its sleek appearance, not to mention solid design.
From an appearance standpoint, the gray sparkle with a brush shiny chassis makes it as attractive as you can possibly imagine.
It isn’t the lightest laptop on the market but its weight is reasonable enough. In fact, the aluminum build makes it feel lighter than many Dell laptops, not to mention that the grayish complexion makes it look like a laptop you’d brag about in front of your friends.
At 14.2 by 9.6 by 0.8 inches, you can throw it into your laptop backpack and still have extra space for your charge and your wired/wireless headphones.
I’ve heard some sweet-talking sellers call the display “charming”. And while that isn’t even a word I would use from a tech point of view, I honestly give Asus the credit.
For starters, the display isn’t just about the 15.6 inches size. It’s the 1080 pixels resolution that makes the F510UA such a big deal as far as the display is concerned.
Apparently 1080p, aka Full DH, is the sweet spot for a resolution. And while there are 4K laptops, like Dell XPS 15, I’d still go with FHD any day any time. Such quality of the display is perfect in my opinion. At the very least, the content appears crisp and sharp and that’s what every one of us wants in a laptop.
Then there’s the anti-glare technology. It makes it easy for you to use the laptop for an extended period without worrying about eyestrains. I tested it for nearly 3 hours straight with a brightness level of 100%, and I didn’t hit the palm of my head after that.
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This laptop comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. It’s by far the best Operating System Microsoft has ever created. Because it’s user-friendly and lightweight, it’s hard to imagine downgrading to Windows 7 or 8.
What I love about Windows 10 is just how robust it is. Its ability to synchronize perfectly across different platforms, like desktop computers, external displays, and smart televisions makes it worth consideration.
You can install just about any software solution on this laptop computer. Just make sure you get it from a legit vendor so that you don’t risk installing malware or viruses that could destroy the device.
I should start by saying that I’m a heavy media consumer. I download movies, play games, run robust software applications, and stream all day.
From storing 4K movies to loading heavy games like the old school GTA and the modern Asphalt 8 games, I need GBs of storage for my laptop life to have meaning.
And here’s the good news:
Asus VivoBook F510UA gives you just enough space to store everything you want. It’s 1TB hard drive space. For a price under $1000, the disk space feels like a steal.
So whether you want to download Netflix movies to watch offline, you want to add more games to your existing collection, or you want to run huge software applications simultaneously, this is the laptop for you.
I’ve interacted with laptops that simply have extremely disgusting webcams. But at least Asus VivoBook F510UA offers what I would call decent enough for the job.
So far, I have used the camera to make 20 Skype video calls to international clients and unlimited Whatsapp calls to my family and college girlfriend. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close.
When it comes to connectivity, Asus has tried its best to make sure you have all the relevant connectivity ports. You get two USB 2.0, a USB 3.0 Type C, and a USB 3.1. The connectivity option also includes an HDMI port and an SD card slot.
For music, you get a 3.5mm headphone jack. I have tested this with Bose, AGK, and Grado headphones and they all worked quite well.
But where’s the Ethernet port? It’s missing, and that kind of turns me off. But then again, Asus makes up for this quite well by building the Wifi system around 802.11ac technology. So if you have access to Wifi, the lack of an Ethernet port isn’t going to be such a bother.
Laptop batteries make me uncomfortable. And if I’m being honest, many don’t always have the long battery life that we all want.
So is the one for Asus VivoBook F510UA different?
Well, not exactly.
I’d say the battery life is average. You get about 5 hours of runtime on a single charge on standard use. But it’s even less when you have Wifi on and programs running in the background.
You can probably extend the runtime by closing programs that run in the background or turning off your Wifi when it’s not in use.
- The keyboard has an excellent travel area and its touchpad is very responsive
- The display is excellent; see content in FHD and experience their clarity
- Has a big disk space to store as much content as you like
- It’s a budget laptop; get this one if you’re on a tight budget
- Features the Intel Integrated UHD 620 graphic card
- The keyboard is not backlit, but that shouldn’t even be a problem
- Short battery life; a 5-hour runtime is simply not the most ideal for such a powerful laptop