ASUS’ VivoBook lineup is targeting the younger audiences out there, offering inexpensive devices that can have capable hardware and some premium features that have usually been reserved for the more expensive and flagship lineups like the ZenBook and their gaming laptops.
Today we have one of the newer VivoBook additions, that has good hardware for the price and might as well be able to take over as one of the top choices for multimedia laptops that are perfect for students and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s Top 5 picks about the ASUS VivoBook 15 F515.
Here is our in-depth review of the ASUS VivoBook 15 F515: https://laptopmedia.com/review/asus-vivobook-15-f515-review-corners-were-cut/
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-vivobook-15-f515/
3 reasons to BUY the ASUS VivoBook 15 F515
1. The Upgradeability
Starting off with something great to see, this new VivoBook, despite being an inexpensive device, has decent upgradability. Once you remove the 10 Phillips head screws, you are greeted by the internals of the device. There you can see either 4GB or 8GB of soldered RAM and one SODIMM slot that supports up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x2 drive and one 2.5-inch drive bay.
Below is a detailed video teardown of the ASUS VivoBook 15 F515:
2. The Display
Continuing on with the display, this VivoBook has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS screen that has excellent viewing angles and a good contrast ratio. What is more, is that it doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness, which is great to see on a more budget device. On the flip side, however, the color accuracy and color coverage suffer a lot, with the screen covering only 53% of the sRGB color gamut and has an average dE value of 3.5.
Below we have the results of our color accuracy test, both with factory settings (left) and with our Gaming and Web design profile applied (right).
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
3. The Battery life
While the numbers from our battery life test aren’t the most impressive, they really surprised us considering the small 37Wh unit that is inside the VivoBook 15 F515. The battery managed to squeeze out 7 hours and 44 minutes of Web browsing and 6 hours and 40 minutes of video playback.
2 reasons NOT to buy the ASUS VivoBook 15 F515
1. The Build quality
One area where this device definitely shows its budget nature is with its build quality. The whole laptop is made entirely from plastic and there is a considerable amount of flex that happens around the keyboard and the lid, which has a glossy finish.
Now that we have mentioned the keyboard, it isn’t great with its mushy feedback and metal clicks that come from the badly attached keycaps. As for the trackpad, it has inadequate tracking and high latency and is generally one of the worse that we have seen.
2. The Cooling
What is also not so great on this machine is the cooling solution that is implemented. From the picture below you can see one small heat pipe that has to cool both the CPU and GPU. There is one fan that is away from the heat pipe, which is rather unconventional. You can also see the two plastic walls that channel the air through the heat pipe, memory, and the VRMs.