✔ 8 GB DDR4 RAM
✔ Full HD Display
❌ Doesn’t have a dedicated GPU
Asus always baffles everyone out by making the sleekest, most beautiful laptops in the form of Vivobooks. This time, it created a low-budget Vivobook that not only looks good but performs much better than its looks.
The specs speak out for themselves. This Vivobook combines an 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, an FHD display, all under the weight of 1.7 Kg. Every other great laptop that we have reviewed under this price range of about 30-35000 lags far behind in terms of performance and design.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|1. FULL SPECS|
3. DISPLAY & SCREEN QUALITY
4. PERFORMANCE & GRAPHICS
8. KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
|Dimensions||26.6 x 36.5 x 2.2 cm|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches (39.6 cm)|
|Display Resolution and type||1920 x 1080 FHD LED backlit display|
|PROCESSOR, GRAPHICS & STORAGE|
|Processor Type||7th Gen Intel Core i3-7020U Processor 2.3 GHz|
|RAM Size||8 GB|
|Hard Disk||1 TB HDD|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Integrated Intel graphics|
|Number of USB 3.0 ports||1|
|Number of USB 2.0 ports||2|
|Number of HDMI ports||1|
|Number of Audio inputs||1|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||33 WHr|
|Battery type:||Lithium-Ion battery|
|Number of Lithium-Ion Cells||3|
|Keyboard type||Island-style keyboard with numeric pad|
As we looked to it from a distance, the colour scheme showed a contrast between the lid, the bottom and the chassis. Beginning from the lid, the beige-coloured plastic surface mimics the widely used brush-metal design, on which rests the ‘ASUS’ logo that is made out of metal. We tried to give it a few scratches and it didn’t work out the way we expected. The lid isn’t scratch-resistant at all. So you would have to be careful while travelling with the laptop.
PRO ADVICE: ALWAYS KEEP THE LAPTOP IN A CLOTH COVER
As we lifted it up after unboxing, the body felt lighter than most of the 15.6-inch bodies we ever tested. It weighs roughly 1.68 Kg. Most of the low-budget laptops have heavier bodies as they aren’t developed for value, not aesthetic ease. We found it as an exception.
As you take a sneak peek at the insides, you get to see a silver-coloured chassis with dark-chocolate coloured keys. This colour matches with the bottom as well. The overall colour scheme of this laptop is diversified enough for you to not spend an extra amount of money on skins.
One important thing that the creators didn’t overlook is the screen. Most laptops having this kind of functionality pass the display down to a horrifying level. Being a 15.6-inch laptop, its screen had much more chances to be worse than its counterparts, but thankfully it is not.
When we opened the laptop for the first time, it made us kneel down to Asus because of a very small, but ironically magnificent feature, the side bezels. they were as thin as the width of a pencil. Asus likes to call it ‘Nano-Edge Display‘. The graphics are as detailed as they can get (1920 x 1080 pixels). The screen offers a wide-angle display (178 degrees). We watched Batman V/S Superman to give it a test. During the dark scenes, we didn’t feel the need to increase the brightness to properly see sides and corners, which proves that the wide-angle display is a worthy bet to make.
After a good set of youtube videos ran on 1080p HD display, it was evident that the frame -rate of 60Hz works together with the FHD display to produce minimum lag, given that the internet speed is fast enough. The only one disappointment that this display shows according to us is the colour reproduction. Otherwise, you can easily rely on the laptop for normal video watching and even soft video-editing as well.
The internal configurations include a 2.3 GHz Intel i3-7020U 7th gen processor. The CPU does not offer turbo boost. We faced some lagging issues while multitasking, especially while using Youtube side-by-side with Google sheets. Intel’s reason behind this is preventing the usage of too much battery. Given that the 8 GB RAM induces a lot of power in this laptop, sacrifices had to be made in order to make the Vivobook a good device overall.
The onboard graphics were nowhere better than expected. The i3-7020U is combined with an Intel HD integrated GPU, which makes modern games playable at the lowest of all settings. As far as video editing and graphic designing is concerned, you would have to buy an external GPU only if you are on an intermediate level. Beginners who just want to use photoshop, Filmora, etc. can get their work done with the integrated graphics as well.
This laptop isn’t originally meant for any hardcore gaming at all. But if you really want to play some low-level titles like Outlast, NFS, etc., you can satisfy yourself by purchasing and installing an Nvidia GTX 1050 or an AMD Radeon R5 with a VRAM of 2GB or more.
The cheapest version of this Vivobook offers a 1 TB SATA HDD with a 5400 rpm speed. Other versions include the fast and modern SSDs, that evidently have better booting speeds and overall functioning as well as battery life.
But the catch is, that they cost 10-15000 Rupees more than the base model, which is overpriced if you want to just pay the price for an extra SSD. As an alternative, you can buy a medium-quality SSD that costs about 30-40% of the price of the costlier versions and get it installed from your geeky friend.
The 33WHr battery in the Asus gives about 5 hours of total runtime, with just minimal tasks and average brightness. If you just edit documents on a regular basis, its battery life won’t be a big issue for you. But while watching videos or playing games, the battery is just going to last just for about 2 hours.
The good thing about this laptop is that it supports fast charging, so the battery charges up to 60% in 45 minutes (According to Asus). The figures may not be really accurate, but the charging speed is still faster than that of most laptops because of the fast-charging support.
The ports distribution cannot be said as the best or the most functional among the competition, but still, it is satisfactory for most of the users.
LEFT: Charging slot, two USB 2.0 ports, microSD card slot, HDMI slot, Audio jack
RIGHT: Kensington lock slot, USB Type-A 3.0 port
The Asus Vivobook has an island-style keyboard with a numeric pad. The dark chocolate colour looks really good on the shiny chassis. The keys have a good travel (1.4mm) and are very well spaced. There is an odd space above the left and right arrows that take some time to get habitual of. Otherwise, the keyboard is a good thing to type on.
The touchpad is accurately sized, nothing too big, nothing too small. The surface is made of plastic and supports multi-finger gestures. Costlier versions also come with a fingerprint sensor on the touchpad.
Most of the times, we use either External speakers or headphones for videos and music on laptops, which is why sound production isn’t much of a deal maker or breaker while buying them.
Still, the Vivobook gives a pretty decent audio output considering its price. The bass isn’t as powerful as most laptops, but the sound is clear and crisp.
Asus Vivobook X507UA is an awesome laptop for anyone who expects the best all-round performance in a low budget laptop. It works decently for most purposes given that you do not overburden it with, let’s say professional gaming or professional graphic designing.
If you are buying a laptop for the first time, consider it one of the best picks that you can have. For the guys who want a laptop that does everything and still costs around 30000, this is the best laptop available in India according to our review experience.