As an introduction to this analysis
Latest release in the range Asus, we’ve been running tests onVivobook A512…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Vivobook A512 enough for internet use?
Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is to respond to this type of need that Asus has developed this Vivobook A512.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Material that seem to be well-designed.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Intel Core i5-8265U. Asus basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Last point about the autonomy. the Vivobook A512 can work 4 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
Vivobook A512 for videos?
Making this Vivobook A512 a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Asus. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
The laptop from .Asus is imposing by its size. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 15.6 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1920×1080. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 2.3 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Vivobook A512. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The processor installed on this model is a Intel Core i5-8265U sufficient one for audio and video. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
With NVIDIA GeForce MX110, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Asus has made efforts with available 4 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Vivobook A512 seems inappropriate. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
The Vivobook A512- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Vivobook A512 to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Asus. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2.3 Kg. Every transport is painful. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The weight is mainly related to the size of the screen. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
The manufacturer offers the processor Intel Core i5-8265U on this laptop; in average in terms of power compared to other products in the same range, and also in terms of energy consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Vivobook A512. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
With 4 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Asus was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
The connector part is very interesting, with 4 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Vivobook A512 really made for travelling.
The Vivobook A512- the right model for audio or video editing ?
For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this Vivobook A512 may be fine. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i5-8265U of this laptop is within the market average. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Vivobook A512 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
With 4 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Vivobook A512 receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
The Vivobook A512- the right model to play with?
Considering that today’s games involve a lot of fast movements, with thousands of calculations per second and requiring a lot of resources, this laptop can be made for that. Until recently, with rare exceptions, only desktop computers could be used. Thanks to this Vivobook A512, Asus has designed a laptop powerful enough to meet this need.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
With its graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX110 card and processor Intel Core i5-8265U, Asus has indeed chosen an interesting option. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-8265U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Vivobook A512 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For online gaming, it Vivobook A512 has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With 2.3 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In summary, an excellent machine, whether for the graphics, the processor, or the acceptable weight, this Vivobook A512 is an excellent choice for video game use. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
The Vivobook A512 for office automation.
Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. ThisVivobook A512 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It Vivobook A512 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. This model weighs 2.3 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, the Vivobook A512 is an excellent choice for office use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.
The Vivobook A512 in conclusion
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. With the Vivobook A512 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
In summary, we advise this model for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks