Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) Review 2019

February 27, 2019
Budgets are available abundantly in the laptop market for everyday or accidental use, but it may be a difficult matter not to sacrifice too much to fit into a lower budget. Asus is targeting cost-conscious buyers with the recently launched VivoBook 15 (X505Z).

The Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) is based on the first generation of AMD Ryzen mobile platform, and as far as the main components are concerned, it mostly checks the main boxes.

To turn it off, it is relatively slim and light for 15.6 inch laptops, and you get all this Rs. 35,990 Let's see if it actually looks on paper.
  





Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) Review 2019



 Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) Review

 


Highlights

• The laptop is based on a mobile platform Ryzen 5 2500U

• Normal performance is slightly sluggish due to slow hard drive

• The price of this model (X505Z) is Rs. 35,990

 

Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) Design


The VivoBook 15 (X505Z) has been made in a low budget, but you will not see it after seeing it. We believe that Asus has done a good job with style, and even if the body is made mostly of plastic, brushed metal design on the lid and palm-rest area, which is made in conjunction with the dual-tone color scheme. , Helps to create this model. .

The hinge does not allow the lid to push in 180 degrees all the way, but you can get a wide angle for most typing positions.

 Both hinges hold the lid at any angle well, although if you talk about it then it easily falter. The thin border on the display gives a modern look to the VivoBook15 (X505Z), and it also helps to reduce the overall footprint of the laptop, which is much larger than the 15.6 inch model.

VivoBook 15 X505Z is considerably slim in the thickness of 18.9 mm, and its weight is approximately 1.6kg, so it is not very fast to carry it on daily basis.

 Despite slim profiles, Asus has made full-size ports on both sides. You get two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 (both type-A), a USB Type-C 3.1 (Jane 1) port, HDMI, a headphone and microphone combo port, Gigabit Ethernet, and a full size SD card slot.

Palm-rest area is also big enough for the largest hands, which is good. Keyboard and palm-not much flex in the rest area because the whole panel is a piece of plastic, but the key itself seems to be useless and spongy. The main journey is decent, but we need to actually mash some difficult keys from normal to register the input.

As a result, we finished a few typo while writing this review. There is no backlighting for the key, and there is no pad too. The trackpad is huge and works well with Windows gestures.

For air circulation, on the lower part of the laptop and some hinges have some vent. The 15.6-inch display has anti-glare finishes and sports full-HD resolution, which is good considering the price of laptops and other specifications.

However, the quality of the panel is less than the average. Viewing angle is quite poor, which means that there is a very narrow range of angles on which colors and brightness look balanced. Viewing anything beyond this color shows color and blurry image. Whites are also blown up at high glow levels, making it difficult to read the fine text.

In the box, the Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) is a pair of manuals and ships with small, square size 45W power adapter.



Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) Specifications and Software:-


The VivoBook 15 (X505Z) runs on the Ryzen mobile CPU of the first generation of AMD. You can choose between a Ryzen 3 2200U and a Ryzen 5 2500U, and we have Ryzen 5 models on trial. It is a multi-threaded quad-core CPU with a base clock speed of 2GHz and the ability to turbo up to 3.6GHz. There is also a Radeon Vega 8 mobile graphics chip built in it.

The rest specifications of VivoBook 15 (X505Z) are the same, no matter what CPU you go with.

 These include a DDR 4 RAM of 8 GB, which is solder on the motherboard and 1 TB mechanical hard drive (5400 rpm). A free RAM slot is available that lets you upgrade this model up to 16GB. However, there is no quick-release of any kind in the bottom, so you have to unset the entire base to access the RAM and hard drive.

Wireless connectivity includes 2x2 MIMO antennas with Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The laptop has a VGA webcam, which is very disappointing because the quality is very bad. Even in a well-lit room, the image looks blurry and granular.

The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and with it, you get some preinstalled Asus app for battery management, audio and video setup, and keep the drivers up to date.

Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) Performance and Battery Life:-


VivoBook 15 (X505Z) is not a speed laptop, and it is mostly due to hard drive. The 1TB Toshiba hard drive is not very fast, and it shows in Benchmark such as SiSoft Sandra's File System Test.

 Laptops returned sequential read bandwidth of 106.4MB / s, gradual read bandwidth of 57.1MB / s and gradual read-and-wright bandwidth of approximately 83MB / s.

This is not unheard of for laptop drives at this price point, but even a small amount of flash storage will help to speed things up.

It is worth noting when idling with normal Windows 10 usage or when attempting to load any app or game. Basic productivity and social applications like slack, twitter, chrome, etc. go fine, but it is not easy to try multitasks because the system becomes slightly unresponsive for every moment brief moments.

AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U CPU is more or less similar to the Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, most of which are synthetic benchmarks also run. When something like Asus ZenBook 13 (UX 331) is used, which uses a lot of Intel CPU, we get the same score as 138 and 149 in the single-core CPU test of the Cinebike R15, respectively. In the same benchmark, the multi-core test seemed to favor Ryzen 5 2500U, the core returns a little higher score of 629 points compared to 510 for the i5-8250U.

On the other hand, the OpenGL graphics test plunched Framert at 37.8fps for Integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU compared to 52fps with Intel's UHD Graphics 620 GPU.

 FireStrike graphics score of 1504 points with VivoBook 15 (X505Z). However, in real-world tests such as file compression, 3D rendering and video encoding, it was struggled to maintain vibobuks.

It took 7 minutes and 40 seconds to zip the 3.2GB folder of mixed files with 7zip, while the 1.36GB AVI video file took about 2 minutes and 30 seconds to use MKV handbrain.

Gaming on VivoBook 15 (X505Z) is possible (to a certain extent) possible provided you dial the graphics settings in a heavy headline. In the rise of Tomb Raider, we found an average framerate of 14.1fps using the 'less' preset in the original resolution. We had to drop the resolution to get a more playable framerate.

 Doom was also accurate in 1280x720 and pres Low 'presets, because we had average approx 17-18fps.

The narrow boundaries around the display immerse all types of material a lot, but the low quality of the panel prevents us from really enjoying our media. The average color reproduction and narrow viewing angles are also vibrant, animated videos look a bit sluggish. To get the color profile tweaked, you get a great utility of Asus, but this did not help much. Stereo speakers were also very rough.

They do not do very loud and do a little bit.
The 3-cell, 42WHr battery has been able to run in our battery Eater Pro Benchmark for 1 hour and 35 minutes. It's not bad, and the battery capacity given was consistent with our expectations. 

However, with actual use, which was working mostly on Google Docs and some intermittent music and video playback, we managed to squeeze about 4-4.5 hours of runtime from a full charge. This is not very good, because the laptop will not charge you even on full working days at one time.

Decision

 

We have to aggressively assign Assus to the pricing of VivoBook 15 (X505Z). Rupee. But 35,990, it is hard to find anything that corresponds to the model in terms of specifications by us.

The closest, which we can get with Windows, is Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51), but there is a low resolution display for 4 GB RAM and for a little more money. The VivoBook 15 (X505Z) was launched in December with Exclusive Tie-up with a 1 month Exclusive Tie-up with Paytm Mall, and even today, it is the only place to find that all the variants are listed.

If you are planning to choose this laptop, then a few things should be taken care of. Due to slow hard drive, app loading time and multitasking are not fast. Performance is relatively fast, but color and viewing angles are weak.

The keyboard is also very useful according to our liking, the webcam is below average, and the battery will not bring you throughout the work day.
However, for the price, you get a decently powerful CPU, a lot of storage, Windows 10 preinstalled and a good set of ports.

This makes VivoBook 15 (X505Z) still worth considering for accidental use.

Price (MRP): Rs. 35,990 (as reviewed)

The professionals

 

• Aggressive value

• Relatively thin and light

• USB Type-C port

• feels good

 

Opposition

 

• Not a great multitasker

• Spongi keyboard

• Vulnerable viewing angle and color

• Battery life may be better

• Low quality webcam

Rating (of 5)


• Design: 3.5

• Display: 3

• Display: 3

• Software: 4.5

• Battery Life: 3

• Value for money: 4

• Overall: 3.5

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