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F512FA-AB34 ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin Review

Are you trying to find a new device that can replace your current laptop? If it has to be a Windows OS device, portable, 1080p full-HD panel, 8GB of RAM, more than 64GB of SSD storage, and having full-size HDMI port, then this ASUS VivoBook F512FA-AB34 15.6 inch is well worth your attention. This device isn’t a gaming laptop but is a good choice for the home office, browsing the internet, and play very mild game titles, like Minecraft. Read our review below.

Furthermore, if you are looking for a good alternative to Chromebook, this is the one.

F512FA-AB34 Specs

These are the main technical specifications of this device;

ASUS VivoBook F512FA-AB34
CPU2.10GHz Intel i3 8145U (turbo boost up to 3.9GHz)
RAM8GB 2400MHz
Storage128GB SSD SATA 3.0
GraphicsUHD Graphics 620
Display15.6″ Full-HD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare IPS-level Panel 60Hz
OSWindows 10 Home 64-bit
Connectivity1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 3, 2x USB 2, 1x HDMI, 1x Micro-SD Card slot, Audio jack, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, HD webcam
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Intel CPU

Right out of the box, the Intel Core i3 8th generation CPU performs really well. Compared to the equally-priced CPUs, this 2-core and 4-threads CPU that can boost of 3.9 GHz can outperform them with ease.

Also in terms of gaming, with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, you will be positively surprised. As it actually will exceed your expectations. In this price category, it is able to run more than a couple of light games. The processor, despite being one year older than the Ryzen 3 CPU, it outperforms the 2019 AMD’s CPU by 25%.

The ASUS VivoBook F512FA CPU vs AMD's
ASUS VivoBook F512FA CPU (2018) vs AMD R3 (2019)

Memory and Storage

This slate gray ASUS VivoBook 15 thin laptop packs 8GB 2400MHz of RAM. Which is more than adequate and is certainly more powerful than notebooks that have 4GB of RAM. The 8GB of memory comes with 2 slots. The 4GB is onboard, and the other 4GB is available for the upgrade.

As for the storage of this F512FA-AB34, you have 128GB of SATA 3.0 SSD. This said you need to figure out what you want to use this laptop for. Windows 10 operating system’s installed files use the approx. 21GB of the storage (after running the updates). If you use it for mainly home office, and surfing, also watching YouTube, the 128GB is more than enough.

But if you plan to install games, store your photos and movies on your laptop, then the 128GB is not enough. For gaming, we recommend the FX505DT-AH51 ASUS budget gaming laptop.

Purchase a portable external hard drive. Then you can connect to the laptop’s USB 3 port. This USB 3 port is useful for fast file transfer and stores your photos or videos in this external HDD.

ASUS VivoBook F512FA 15.6 ports and design
ASUS VivoBook F512FA 15.6 ports

Furthermore, both memory and SSD storage is upgradable. The SSD is upgradable to a 512GB SSD, and the RAM is upgradable total up to 12GB SDRAM.

F512FA-AB34 FHD Display

The ASUS VivoBook F512FA-AB34 comes with a 15.6″ Full-HD 1920x1080p anti-glare IPS-level display that has a 60Hz refresh rate, 40% NTSC and 16:9 aspect ratio.

The screen quality and the viewing angle is not the best out there, but it is also good enough for daily and office computing routines. If you are looking for the 11-inch range VivoBook check out this one. For the 13-inch look at the ZenBook model.

The 5.7mm ultrathin bezel and the 88% screen-to-body ratio makes the screen good to look at and has better visuals. ASUS calls it as frameless 4-sided NanoEdge display.

It came with a pre-installed Windows S mode. But you can switch it out easily to Windows Home for free anytime you want.

Backlit Keyboard

The fantastic feature of this ASUS VivoBook F512FA notebook is the backlit keyboard and its chiclet keys. If you often typing in a dark room, having a backlit keyboard is a lifesaver. Especially with this price tag.

F512FA-AB34 with the backlit keyboard and chiclet keys
F512FA-AB34 with the backlit keyboard

This notebook also features the Fingerprint sensor or reader so you will be able to log on to your laptop in seconds. Without typing your password and username every time you want to log in.

With heavier CPU processing such as browsing websites in many tabs, and watching video simultaneously, and light gaming you will get 3-4 hours of battery life.

Depending on the usage, if you use for lighter computing tasks, you will get more of the battery life cycle.

Alternatives

We have compiled some similar laptops that have almost the same specs. These are the main difference between their every feature and price. We hope that this comparison will help you decide which one you would want to purchase.

vs Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L

The A515-43-R19L Acer model costs about $80 less (when we write this review), but it also weighs more.

The A515-43-R19L has also an IPS panel but it has less RAM with 4GB. So you’ll need to upgrade the RAM to have the equal 8GB of RAM.

Other than that, the Acer packs the AMD’s CPU while this one has an Intel’s.

ProductF512FA-AB34A515-43-R19L
Preview
Weight3.75 lbs3.97 lbs
IPS Panel
RAM8GB4GB
CPUIntel Core i3-8145UAMD Ryzen 3 3200U
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Vs Acer A515-54-30BQ

Both have the same processors, the same screen dimension, but the ASUS weighs less and packs more RAM.

The Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-30BQ has the IPS screen.

ProductF512FA-AB34A515-54-30BQ
Preview
Weight3.75 lbs3.97 lbs
IPS Panel
RAM8GB4GB
More Specs difference VIEW VIEW

Vs ASUS VivoBook F512DA-EB51

Both are identical and don’t have an IPS panel, but the F512DA-EB51 packs more storage (SSD), which also about 50$ more expensive.

The difference is the CPU, our device has an Intel CPU, the other one has AMD’s.

ProductF512FA-AB34F512DA-EB51
Preview
CPUi3-8145U IntelRyzen 5-3500U AMD
Storage (SSD)128GB256GB
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In Conclusion

Without a doubt, with more money, you will be able to find a laptop that has more power than this one. But if you don’t want to spend more, we recommend this notebook.

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In other words, unless you play modern games or render the next Disney’s film, this ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin and Light Laptop, 15.6” FHD, Intel Core i3-8145U CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 10 in S Mode, F512FA-AB34, Slate Gray is just all right.

F512FA-AB34 ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin 429.99
4.95
Price/Feature Ratio 5.0/5
Memory 5.0/5
Connectivity 4.8/5
Pros
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Light for a 15-inch laptop
  • Adequate RAM without upgrade
Cons
  • No touchscreen




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