ASUS VivoBook F510UA FHD Laptop Review

ASUS VivoBook F510UA FHD Laptop, Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, USB-C, NanoEdge Display, Fingerprint, Windows 10, Star Gray (F510UA-AH51)

The ASUS VivoBook F510UA FHD Laptop is a mid range machine that should easily cope with everyday computing tasks and have some power to spare for more demanding tasks, too. Email, surfing the web, updating social status, word processing, decoding HD video and even some casual gaming should pose it no difficulties.

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Powering this machine is an 8th Generation Intel i5-8250U System On a Chip (SoC). This quad-core component is based on Intel’s Kaby Lake architecture. Each core is capable of adjusting its speed from a minimum of 1.6 GHz up to a maximum of 3.4 GHz, thanks to Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. It also features HyperThreading, allowing it to handle up to 8 threads at once. Together, these technologies enable the processor to conserve power when possible, but still deliver maximum performance when it’s needed.

The processor is supported by 8GB of DDR4 memory. This is pretty standard in laptops of this class, and should easily be enough to allow the VivoBook F510UA to run the supplied copy of Windows 10 Home, multitasking you favorite applications without difficulty.

A 1TB 5400 RPM hard disk drive provides permanent storage of your music, documents, pictures, videos and, of course, software applications. Again, this is fairly standard for machines of this class, and should provide more than enough storage capacity for most users. However, should you find that you eventually need more space, it’s a simple matter to connect an external hard disk to one of the machine’s USB ports.

Features :

  • Intel Core i5-8250U Processor
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB Hard Disk
  • Ergonomic chiclet keyboard with fingerprint sensor
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0
  • HDMI Port
  • Windows 10 Home

Staying with disk drives for a moment, it’s worth pointing out that this laptop doesn’t include a built in CD / DVD drive. That isn’t, perhaps, entirely surprising when you consider that the machine is designed to be relatively small and lightweight. Nor is it likely to be a major issue for most users; optical drives, while sometimes nice to have, are far less important than they once were, particularly when you factor in the rise of online streaming and storage services. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that you’ll need to purchase an external USB model if you think you might need to use an optical drive with the VivoBook F510UA.

The machine’s 15.6” LED-backlit, anti-glare, Full HD, WideView, 1920 x 1080 pixel display is driven by an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 Graphics Processing Unit. Integrated graphics processors are significantly better than they were in years gone by, and while they are still no match for dedicated GPUs when it comes to demanding game-play, the UHD Graphics 620 should be more than capable of handling the kinds of routine tasks that this general purpose laptop is designed for.

No matter how good the laptop’s built-in display may be, you will eventually want or need to attach the laptop to an external display, perhaps to watch a movie in comfort or to make a presentation for work. For this purpose, the machine is equipped with an HDMI port, making it easy to hook it up to an HDTV or monitor.

As you would expect from a modern laptop, the machine offers wireless networking capabilities. Built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect to wireless networks, either at home, in the office or on the move. It’s worth noting, however, that the laptop’s slimline design doesn’t seem to have left enough space for a conventional Ethernet port. As with the optical drive, this is unlikely to be a major issue for most users, who will no doubt be attracted by its ultra slim and lightweight design, but it is something to keep in mind; if you think you might need to connect to a wired network, you will need a USB to Ethernet adapter.
In other respects, however, the VivoBook F510UA is well served with connectivity options. It features one USB 3.1 port with type C connector, two high speed USB 3.0 ports and one legacy USB 2.0 port. An SD card reader and a mic / headphone combo jack round off the usual array of ports and sockets found around the machine’s shell. For added security, there is also a fingerprint reader built in to its chiclet style keyboard.

Finally, the machine measures 114.2 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches, and weighs just 3.7 pounds, making it small and lightweight enough to carry around with ease.

Overall, the VivoBook F510UA represents a great choice for anyone seeking a small, lightweight yet reasonably powerful laptop. Of course, in order to achieve it’s surprisingly small 0.8 inch profile, some compromises have had to be made, notably the lack of Ethernet port and optical drive. However, these are likely to be minor issues for most users (if, indeed, they are issues at all) and are worthwhile tradeoffs in this case. If you’re looking for a general purpose laptop in a slimline, stylish and lightweight shell, the VivoBook F510UA is well worth considering.

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