The VivoBook F512 (X512) is a revolutionary budget laptop. It has some interesting innovations in it and some expected cost-cutting measurements. Let’s get inside of it.
1. Remove the bottom plate
The bottom panel is fixed in place by 10 Phillips-head screws. Bear in mind that the clips of the chassis are pretty tight and you need some patience when prying it up.
As always, the first thing you need to do before upgrading is to unplug the battery connector, so no current is going through the motherboard. The battery itself is a 37Wh unit and is held in place by a metal bracket that you need to remove before you are able to take the battery off.
3. Memory and storage
Traditionally, this is the only upgradable section of a laptop. In the case with the VivoBook F512 (X512), there is only one RAM DIMM for upgrading as there are 4GB of memory soldered to the motherboard. Additionally, the laptop is equipped with an M.2 NVMe slot.
4. Cooling solution
In the cooling segment, we saw the actual innovation, if we may say. The laptop now has something like a heat spreader, that is placed (wait for it) on the place where the GPU would sit, should the laptop have one. In addition to that, there is a heat pipe that connects it to the CPU and a fan that blows towards it. Interestingly, the bottom panel is designed in such a way that it channels the air towards the heat spreader.