The VivoBook 15 F515 from ASUS is an all-around mid-range laptop that is designed to help assist you with your daily computing requirements without breaking your budget. Offering up ideal performance for the price, this computer offers you a nicely designed body. Unfortunately, the ASUS does have some flaws, especially when one considers the cost and the portability.
Premium Daily Driver ASUS VivoBook F515
To start with, the ASUS VivoBook F515 is the model we’re reviewing today. We selected this model for its blend of performance and affordability over the other options.
As far as designs go, ASUS played it somewhat too safe when they designed the VivoBook F515. While the design is on target, hasn’t got any flashy elements that are out of line, it’s straightforward and simplistic. Offering up an ideal premium vibe when one is seeking a good deal. However, as you lift the ASUS, you’ll realize that the undercarriage and chassis itself are comprised of plastic. While it doesn’t feel or appear to be cheap, it is actually affordable thanks to the lighter weight of the plastic yet, it appears to be a premium laptop option.
Many feel that it is a boring look, however, I don’t agree with this assessment. It’s simple, yet designed to get the job done. It may not look fancy sitting on the desk, however, thanks to the thin bezel on the screen, it does an ideal job mitigating the overall plainness of the laptop by the full HD display that takes the center stage.
ASUS VivoBook F515 offers up a solid performance yet has underwhelming storage space.
This model, the VivoBook F515 is fitted with Intel Core i5-1135G7 processing. A quad-core unit that is ideally suited for daily computing tasks. With 8 megabytes of cache readily available and a maximum frequency of 4.2 GHz, you shouldn’t have any problems using it for your daily activities. Its limitations are only apparent when you’re using it in a professional setting such as rendering and compiling. That’s not the sort of task that the VivoBook was designed to be used for.
The system memory rated at 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM, has the ability to expand to 16 gigabytes if desired and will work out well for most.
The ASUS VivoBook F515 has an NVMe PCIe 3.0 solid-state drive and offers up to 256 gigabytes. With an average SSD, it seems to lack the storage that I was hoping to see. By comparison, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-50RS has more room and is faster for the same price.
With entry-level graphics and an unimpressive display, it does come with new graphics and you can play indie games and other popular MMOs. However, if you’re anticipating spectacular details or framerates, you can forget about some of the games that you normally play. You may wish to step up an AMD Powered ASUSf TUF Gaming A 15 version laptop instead.
With a rather unspectacular display, it is at least on par with its competition. With a 15.6-inch FHD IPS matte display it fails to impress. It may work for home use where someone may not be as picky, however, if you’re needing it on a daily basis for digital artwork, you may wish to consider a different option. The display isn’t going to cut it. The dimness is going to be more challenging in a brightly lit room or if you’re working outside.
Interface and networking
Interface and networking can be done with a wide selection of ports however, there is no Thunderbolt port. You likely won’t encounter any problems with the peripherals with the available I/O ports.
- Micro SD card reader
- Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
- Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2 port
- Audio combo jack
- 2 x Type-A USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI 1.4
The connectivity is on par with the remaining model’s specs. ASUS offers up Wi-Fi 5 wireless as well as Bluetooth 4.1. While this isn’t necessarily cutting technology, it is a good deal for the price.
Not As Portable As It Appears
Weighing in at 3.97 pounds, it’s one of the more heavy daily drivers. Now don’t get my thought wrong on this, it is still portable, however, it’s more fitting to sit on a desk or table. It’s affordable for home and office use, but not something that you’d want to use on a daily basis to port around for meetings and the like. The Acer Aspire 5 offers far more portability at a mere 3.64 pounds.
The battery isn’t very long-lived either. At 37 WHR, the batter will stay for up to six hours if you’re using it lighting. You’ll have less time for heavier use. Regardless, that’s not the best. You can get a 30 per cent increase in an Acer!
Finally, I think that the ASUS VivoBook F515 falls somewhat short of its goals. I really am disappointed, I wanted to like this model however, the Acer Aspire 5 is far superior in portability and storage space. The quality is what I’m looking for and while VivoBook is a solid computer option, it’s only solid for the mid-range.
While it will get the job done, if you plan to overuse it or use it above and beyond its capacity, you’re going to be disappointed. Buy something that is dependable for the level of use that you’re going to be needing for all of your computer tasks whether it be in the office or at home, for emails, documents, and spreadsheets, or for a multimedia device wherein you’ll be streaming content off the Internet. Otherwise, you’re going to want to go with the Acer for your more robust computer needs. Buy the best that you can afford and you simply won’t go wrong.