Asus Vivobook S510U Laptop Review

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It’s refreshing to see a laptop as thin as the Asus Vivobook S510U come to market at 15″ rather than the more common 14″ size. I know there isn’t much difference between the two, but it is noticeable, especially for things like media consumption and photo/video editing.

The Asus laptop we were kindly sent to check out falls in the lesser spec out of the two available on the Asus website. Inside you can find an Intel Core I5-7200 processor with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD solution. There’s also a GeForcew 940MX inside too for that extra bump to graphical performance. The laptop price varies from store to store ranging from about £739 right up to £901, so make sure you hunt around before you buy.

Design and Build Quality

The whole thing has been brushed to look like a metal chassis, which is partly true. The lid is made from aluminium to give the screen bit of protection when you’re lofting it around, but the base you will notice is plastic. Not the best construction, but I can’t see too much damage happening to the laptop unless you are careless. The keyboard too also seems housed in some kind of flimsy plastic tray. There’s a lot of flex, especially if you’re a heavy typer. The touchpad is large enough and the actual click actuation is pretty good too.

Saying all that though, the Asus Vivobook S510U looks like a solid build, and has probably only sacrificed a complete metal chassis due to retail cost. It’s a smart looking machine, and one that can almost keep up with the likes of Apple with their MacBook Pros, as this has clearly stolen some influence from.

There are plenty of ports to contend with as well. You will find two USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader on the left hand side, and another USB 3.0, a full sized HDMI port, a headphone jack, the power port and a USB Type-C on the left.

The Screen

The Asus Vivobook S510U has a 15-inch IPS LED display which is pretty thin. The bezels are a little thicker than I would have liked for such a slimline laptop, but the 1cm left and right side bezels are still pretty minimalistic. The biggest issue with the screen is the fact that its performance is pretty average. It’s not particularly bright and using outdoors could become a bit of an issue. It has a 1080p resolution and a pretty average contrast ratio although viewing things like documents is completely fine. With only 42% of the Adobe RGB spectrum covered, this definitely isn’t a laptop of choice for photo or video editors. Using it for every day tasks like work or a bit of YouTube is perfectly fine.

What I really do like, and something I’ve had trouble with throughout the time using my old laptop, is the hinge on the screen. It feels as if it goes all the way across the rear of the base, which gives it some promise of last. My old XMG laptop had hinges at either side of the screen, and it only lasted a couple of years which to me, is not long at all for the life of a laptop.

Performance

Likewise with the screen and build quality, the laptop due to its slimline design suffers when it comes to its performance. Inside you will find an Intel Core i5-7200U clocked at 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. There’s even an nVidia Geforce 940MX chipset to handle the more graphical type performance. However, do keep in mind that it uses Intel’s slimline range of processors too, which means you are losing two whole cores compared to a full sized processor. For most of us, this isn’t a huge deal but for those wanting a little more power to render video, you’ll notice the slow down. Below are some benchmarks we ran from PCMark 10 and the Fire Strike Graphics Test.

 

Even during the Unigine Heaven Benchmark, I got some surprising scores, and scores that tell me that this laptop could play games.

Pretty decent for such a small form factor laptop. I ran a game test, and used Assassin’s Creed Origins, as I am playing through that at the moment. I want to state that I ran two tests. One streaming form my gaming desktop, which ultimately scored a 1080p 60FPS image, and the other playing directly using the laptop’s hardware. The laptop performed surprising well if I may say so considering Asus has used small slimline components. Battery life however isn’t as long as I would have liked. I managed to get around seven hours of heavy media consumption before I was stretching for the charger.

 

Verdict

The Asus Vivobook S150U is by no means the best laptop on the market, especially with its shaky build quality, sub-par colour reproduction and brightness on the screen. It can play games fairly well, especially if you’re going to be using streaming services like Steam, and its definitely the best option you have right now for that slimline Windows platorm laptops. Want something more powerful in this kind of style, you’re probably going to be a looking at a MacBook Pro. For more information, please visit the Asus website.

 

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