ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin & Light Laptop, 15.6” FHD Display, AMD Quad Core R7-3700U CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, AMD Radeon Vega 10 Graphics, Fingerprint, Windows 10 Home, Slate Gray, F512DA-NH77

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Features

  • Standing screen display size: 15.6 Inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Max Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  • Graphics Coprocessor: AMD Radeon Vega 10
  • Chipset Brand: AMD
  • Card Description: Integrated
  • Graphics Card Ram Size: 8 GB
  • Wireless Type: Bluetooth, 802.11ac
  • Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 2
  • Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 2

Description

Whether at work or play, ASUS VivoBook 15 is the compact laptop that immerses you in whatever you set out to do. Its new frameless four-sided NanoEdge display boasts an ultraslim 5.7mm bezel, giving an amazing 88%...

User reviews

Honestly, the laptop is great! I did buy a 1x8GB kit of ddr4 sodimm 2400mhz cl16 ram to upgrade the memory on the laptop from the original 8GB, and I made a quick discovery that the laptop comes with 4GB of RAM soldered onto the motherboard, thus you can only replace the other stick of RAM in the populated RAM slot that has a 4GB stick in it. So I now have 12GB of RAM on my f512d ryzen model. Furthermore, the SSD that came included with my model used a Kingston 256GB SSD, leaving one open slot for a 2.5 inch Sata SSD or HDD. The battery life lasts about 2-3 hours on a near-full charge, and since my college classes require atleast a 1.5 hours of charge per class, I could dim down the display for less battery usage and possibly the keyboard backlights, but I'd say it's a win either way. Overall, the screen is IPS and beautiful, the entire system feels snappy and responsive, and I can actually run 3D applications on it without it bugging out like my last Samsung i3 laptop from 2013. Love AMD's new product lineup and I hope this helps anyone else looking to buy this laptop.UPDATE:Sadly, my unit didn't last long. I just began using my 3-d softwares and new code IDE's for C++ and this thing blue-screened every 5 minutes or so. Sometimes I was lucky and it'd work nicely but just today, the drive slowed down to a near halt and as windows tried to repair or reset it, it just died. I now boot into the bios everytime with no storage or boot-detection of the ssd. What a brilliant time for it to die. Also for battery life, turning off the keyboard backlighting litterally gave me 9+ hours of battery-life. Sad to see it go.UPDATE #2:Please check comments to this review for more. With all due respect, I won't be updating anything in this review or responding to any of the comments published beyond this date. I hope I was able to help anyone with their purchase.
This product seemed like a bargain...(Ryzen 5 3500U, 8gb model)SUMMARY (2400mhz RAM only runs @800mhz off the charger AT ALL TIMES) (ONLY 1 RAM SLOT)DEEMED: DECEIVINGFirst things first...THE RAMAdvertised at 2400mhz: with descriptions, reviews, and answers that are misleading. First thing to know: upon contacting ASUS, there are two possible motherboard configurations: one with 4gb of soldered RAM paired with a 4gb SODIMM, and a configuration with NO onboard RAM, and one 8gb SODIMM. I bought an extra RAM stick hoping to boost up to 12 GB only to find out I had the MB configuration NOBODY WAS TALKING ABOUT.So you can imagine, as I’m about to add this sweet 8gb stick: there’s already just a single 8gb stick in the slot making the upgrade redundant.Next, I decided to install CPU-Z to see what the hold-up was. I noticed the laptop was a bit slower than I expected for the specs when it wasn’t on the charger, and let’s be forward here the only reason anyone BUYS a laptop is to use in portable situations hence the expectation of full performance away from the plug. Anyway, upon installing CPU-Z I noticed a few things off about the RAM. First off, it ran at a native 1866mhz when plugged in UNTIL you do something that requires an extra push, at which time the RAM ramps up to the advertised 2400mhz. Secondly, I checked with the cord unplugged to find out the RAM was running at an APPALLING 800mhz. The ASUS spokesperson said that it was an expected feature and not a defect.What makes things worse: I know how RAM modules work. A single SODIMM draws such a small amount of power, that revving it down to a speed equivalent to that of a mid-tier DDR2 module is unacceptable! Just another factory implementation of a throttling method to force people who get their PC for a bargain to regret making the right decision.To make matters EVEN WORSE: this model comes equipped with a Ryzen 5 CPU. *What’s wrong with that?* What’s wrong with that is this: Ryzen CPU’s by design, are relatively dependent on the onboard RAM. MEANING: Slower RAM = Worse CPU performance.So, RAM that performs at 1/3 of the advertised speed, (2400mhz is just OKAY for RAM in the first place) a single RAM slot with no option for dual channel, and a CPU that WILL perform slower as a result make this PC perform at the $150-$200 range when away from the charger.BUY SOMETHING ELSE FROM ANOTHER BRANDThe one plus= The nice screen-to-body ratio.
The SSD and RAM are upgradeable but it does not have any empty slots for anything.When opening the case there are no hidden screws.It has a single stick of DDR4 RAMIt uses a PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDPictured are the upgraded SSD and RAM


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