Here comes another VivoBook creation from ASUS. Expectedly, it bears most of the features we’ve seen on this series of devices (excluding the ScreenPad) and comes at a very affordable price.

Of course, one of the main features that ASUS blows the whistle about is the so-called NanoEdge display, which results in 88% of screen-to-body ratio (according to them). Indeed, this is a great thing to see on laptops and is made possible by the ErgoLift hinge, which elevates the backside of the base so that it covers most of the bottom bezel of the display. While it can be considered as a kind of cheating in reaching that ratio of screen to the body, it is actually a neat invention.

Hardware-wise, you can pick a model with an Intel chipset, or an AMD one. Naturally, the Intel-equipped devices will come with a Whiskey Lake processor, while the AMD-run ones will embody a 3000 Ryzen U-series CPU. Additionally, the Intel-based laptops are getting the option of a dedicated GPU, whereas the Red company counts on their integrated graphics cards only.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-vivobook-15-x512/

Contents


Specs Sheet

ASUS VivoBook 15 X512 – Specs


HDD/SSD

up to
1000GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD


OS


No OS, Linux, Windows 10 Home


Dimensions


357.2 x 230.4 x 19.9 mm (14.06″ x 9.07″ x 0.78″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-A 2.0
  • HDMI
  • Card reader microSD
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio jack Headphone/ Microphone combo

Features

  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, accompanying the laptop, there are the mandatory paperwork, as well as a 45W power brick (or 65W one if the device is equipped with a dedicated GPU).

Design and construction

Suiting the low retail price, the VivoBook 15 F512 (X512) is made entirely out of plastic. This results in a 1.75kg body weight and a 19.9 mm profile – a pretty thin and light laptop.

If you would like a device that opens with a single hand than this one is not for you. Additionally, its lid is prone to bends when you twist it. On the bright side, however, is that ErgoLift hinge mechanism. It lifts the laptop’s base no more than a couple of millimeters, but this is enough to give it some breathing space and to make typing ever so slightly more comfortable to you.

Speaking of comfortability during typing, its keyboard is pretty good. It has decent key travel and clicky feedback. Moreover, it includes the Number Pad, despite it is being slightly shrunken. One thing that we don’t particularly like on it, is the color of the keys, which makes it extremely difficult to distinguish one another, because of the reflections from the display. Of course, this would not be the case if you order the laptop with a backlit keyboard. In addition to that, the touchpad is very fast and snappy.

Things are pretty minimalistic on the bottom plate. There is only one small grill for the fan, as well as two on the front corners of the device, meant for the speakers.

Ports

On the left side there are two USB Type-A 2.0 ports, that would serve for peripheral connections, while on the right you can find the barrel-style power plug, a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, an HDMI connector, a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, a combo audio jack as well as a MicroSD card reader.

Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

Not so different from the VivoBook S15 S532, the VivoBook 15 F512 (X512) has 10 Phillips head screws that hold the bottom plate in its place. After you remove them, there is some prying action that you need to do before you take it off. And on the inside?

On the inside, there is a somewhat similar picture to the ASUS X509. It is concerning the cooling solution. However, in contrast to the former, the VivoBook 15 F512 (X512) has a single heat pipe that leads to a supposed heat spreader on its right. Then a fan is blowing the heat away from it. Interestingly, the aforementioned heat spreader is not placed on the edge of the laptop but on where a dedicated GPU would sit.

As far as upgradability – there is one RAM DIMM available, with 4 GB already soldered to the motherboard. Moreover, there is an M.2 slot and a 2.5″ SATA slot beneath it.

Battery-wise, the capacity is 37Wh, which is clearly not the biggest we’ve seen.

Display quality

We are currently working on the quality tests of the VivoBook 15 F512’s display. Stay tuned!

Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for this laptop can be found here: https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ASUS-VivoBook-15-X512FB/HelpDesk_Download/

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. Capacity-wise, the VivoBook 15 F512 is equipped with a 37Wh unit.

However, thanks to the good optimization by the guys at ASUS, the laptop was able to achieve 8 hours of Web browsing and nearly 7 hours of video playback.

CPU options

Okay guys, so as we mentioned, the laptop is offered in both Intel and AMD variants. The Intel options include the Core i3-8145U, Core i5-8265U, and the Core i7-8565U, while the AMD ones come with Ryzen 3 3200U, Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U.


GPU options

GPU-wise the choices is between the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, AMD’s Vega 3,8 and 10, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 and MX230. Now that is quite the pool to choose from.


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
ASUS VivoBook 15 F512 (X512) 3.10 GHz (B+35%) @ 65°C 3.09 GHz (B+34%) @ 80°C 2.39 GHz (B+9%) @ 68°C
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo IdeaPad S540 (14″) 3.24 GHz (B+54%) @ 60°C 3.08 GHz (B+47%) @ 66°C 2.95 GHz (B+40%) @ 72°C

Interestingly, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor inside this VivoBook 15 F512 (X512) works at lower frequencies than we monitored on the Ideapad S540, which comes with the lower tier Ryzen 5 3500U. On the bright side, the temperatures are maintained pretty well by the freaky cooling solution, but still, it seems that the Ideapad S540 (14″) one offers a better one.

Verdict

Well, guys, after the time we spent with this laptop we experienced no significant problems with it, whatsoever. Yes, there was a thing or two that we didn’t enjoy that much, but in general, the VivoBook 15 F512 (X512) is solid.

By things we didn’t enjoy we were referring to the color of the characters on the keyboard, which makes them difficult to see, because of the reflection of the display. We learn that some models may come with a backlight that will completely fix the issue. Then, there is the sketchy cooling. While it is not exactly a problem for this device, we saw it perform worse than the Ideapad S540 (14″), which was equipped with a lower-tier CPU.

Then last, but not least, there is the TN panel, which is essential for the low price point. As you may imagine, it doesn’t present you with the best viewing experience, so if you have found an IPS-equipped laptop at a similar cost, you are better off with it instead.

However, there are some significant thumbs-ups for the VivoBook 15 F512 (X512). One of them is the battery life, which reaches 8 hours during Web browsing and 7 hours during video playback. This is mainly due to the great efficiency of AMD’s new CPUs. Then there is the experience given by the input devices. Yes, we complained about the keyboard, however, we didn’t tell you that is great for typing, while the touchpad only enhances the experience.

When compared to a laptop like the ASUS X509, we think that this one might just have the edge. With its ErgoLift hinge and great screen-to-body ratio, the VivoBook 15 F512 (X512) is clearly one step ahead.

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life thanks to optimizations and efficient hardware
  • Sufficient input devices
  • Offers decent upgradability

Cons

  • All-plastic build
  • Limited IPS options

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-vivobook-15-x512/





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