Asus VivoBook 15 X512 Review

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The Asus VivoBook 15 series has arguably been the best series of laptops that we reviewed. With that Asus offered top of the hardware at very affordable prices. Building upon the same principle, Asus just updated the lineup with some cosmetic changes and a whole lot more under the hood. 

We have the VivoBook 15 X512 with us for review. Priced at INR 65,990, the laptop comes equipped with the latest generation processor and the ErgoLift hinge. The model we have comes with an 8th Generation Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s MX250 GPU. The VivoBook 15 X512FL has been our daily driver for close to three weeks now and here’s our review. 

Specifications 

Asus VivoBook 15 X512FL

Processor: Intel Core i7-8565U
Graphics adapter: Nvidia GeForce MX250 2GB
Memory:  8GB 1 of 2 slots occupied
Display: 15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS LED, 60Hz
Mainboard: Intel HM370
Storage: 512 TB NVMe SSD
Soundcard: Intel PCH – High Definition Audio
Connections: 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB Type C Gen 2, 1 HDMI, Combo Audio Jack
Networking: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard Light: yes, 

Design 

The design is similar to what we have seen on this year’s Vivobook lineup. When compared to the last Vivobook generation which used both plastic and metal in the chassis, this time you get a Plastic build. Though the brand has used good quality plastic, going with a plastic lid cover is not something we’d expect from an INR 70k laptop. During our limited and careful usage, we found some signs of wear and tear already which going down the road will only increase. 

Weighing in at close to 1.7Kg, the laptop is definitely light and manageable for all types of users. The sleek footprint also ranks up some points for the build. The lid has a matte finish which hides the smudges while the Asus logo is placed in the middle. 

Inside the laptop, you get the 15.6-inch Full HD display which has a matte coating on it. Asus went ahead and has shaved off close to 4mm of bezels when compared to the X510 model. There is a two-tone pattern on the base, with the dotted finish on the keyboard and matte finish on the palm rest area. Other than that, you get a fairly decent sized touchpad with the fingerprint sensor on the top corner and ports evenly distributed on both the left and the right sides. 

Display 

Asus VivoBook X512 comes with a 15.6-inch nano-edge matte finish display with a Full HD resolution. Coming from an Asus ROG product which we used alongside this laptop, we saw an immediate change in the quality of the display. This being an IPS display with a 60Hz is enough for most casual users but people looking for a much more color-accurate display should shell out a little more cash and go for the Zenbook series. 

The display on this one is rated at 42% NTSC and has really poor viewing angles. The display of the laptop is also bright enough to be used in harsh lighting situations and the matte finish helps to cut down any unnecessary reflections. 

Overall, there is not a lot to boast about the display, it just gets the job done, but is certainly not focused towards a power user. 

Keyboard and touchpad 

Let’s talk about the Keyboard now, Asus went with a chicklet style keyboard that provides a decent amount of travel while not cutting on the number keys. There’s a whole Numpad on the right side which had been missing on a few models in the last vivobook lineup. 

You get backlit keys with three levels making typing experience a breeze in dimly lit situations. What we would have liked was a little softer feedback on the keys, like something on the Zenbook series. 

Coming to the trackpad, it’s got a very decent size with a fingerprint sensor on the right-hand side corner. Moving to the actual performance of the touchpad, it’s adequately sensitive with left-right keys on the bottom. It’s a precision touchpad so you get access to gestures and better tracking, which is awesome. The fingerprint sensor is the same unit that is being used on the X507 model and works as expected. 

I/O and Ports 

Coming to the ports and I/O options you get with the laptop, there’s a decent amount here as well. You get two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a USB-C port, a USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, a headphone and mic combo jack, an HDMI port, and, of course, a charging port. 

The notification LED’s are placed on the left side while the charging port is on the right, so it’s a hassle at times and you have to peek on the left side every time you plug in the charger just to make sure the charging has started or not. Another gripe is with the USB ports, instead of giving two USB 2.0 ports we would have liked an extra USB 3.0 port. 

Performance and Battery life 

Now let’s focus on the main aspect of this laptop, its performance. The VivoBook 15 X512 is being offered in a wide variety of processor and graphics options. As previously mentioned, our unit came with the Intel Core i7-8565U processor. There’s 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM on board, along with a 512GB NVMe SSD for fast storage, and the Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU with 2GB DDR6 VRAM. 

In terms of RAW power, the laptop is very capable of to surpass anything thrown at it in terms of CPU performance but lacks slightly in the GPU department. That being said it’s basically a product being pitched to students and corporates who need performance at minimum cost. During our testing period, we passed the laptop through a couple of stress tests, one of them being opening close to 50 parallel tabs in chrome and typing work at the same time. For these kinds of scenarios, the VivoBook X512 passed with flying colors. 

We also tried few games like Pubg Lite, Fortnite which ran on low to medium graphics and for people looking towards productivity apps, Photoshop and Illustrator ran perfectly fine. When looking at the entry-level GPU that this laptop comes with, the results are not surprising at all. Thanks to the Kingston NVMe SSD, we got excellent Read and Write speeds, and the boot times were also less than 7 seconds. The speaker on this is one such area where the laptop completely disappoints, they trash and sound tinny hindering the overall experience. 

Coming to the battery performance of the laptop, the X512 comes with a 37Whr battery. During our tests, the laptop lasted between 5-6 hours with medium usage and brightness set to 30%. Topping up the battery takes close to 2 hours. 

Pros 

  • Decent performance 
  • Compact form factor 
  • Above-average battery life  

Cons 

  • Sub-par display 
  • Poor Speakers 

Verdict – Should you go for it? 

At the price of INR 66,000, the Asus VivoBook 15 X512 offers decent hardware like the core i7 processor, SSD, dedicated GPU. However, all is not well here, the subpar display and audio easily hinder the experience to a point where we simply can’t recommend this to a power user.  The generation that this laptop replaces was arguably one of the best Asus products last year but the same can’t be said for this one. 

People who looking for a compact form laptop with decent battery can look at it, but we would recommend going for the Core i5 model. 

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