Review Asus R510CA-CJ862H Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 04/30/2014

Temptation in red. From the technological point of view, the R510CA offers nothing more than your standard features. Noteworthy are the touchscreen and large hard drive. But the computer's big attraction is its red attire.

For the original German review, see here.

Asus' R510CA is a simple 15.6-inch office notebook. Even if its technology is not quite up-to-date, its red case certainly has its appeal.

To position the notebook relative to its competitors, we will compare it with the Acer Aspire E1-572 (Core i3-4010U, HD Graphics 4400) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D (AMD A6-5200, Radeon HD 8400)

We are already acquainted with this notebook, as it is structurally identical to the models in Asus' X550/F550 series. Due to this fact, we will not discuss the case, connectivity options, input devices, display or speakers at length -- unless there are differences. You can find more information on these topics in our reviews of the X550LD-XX023H and the F550CA-XX078D.

Case

The most striking difference between the above-named structurally identical notebooks and our review device is the case color: Asus dresses their computer in a muted red that is unlikely to bother even those who prefer more conventional notebook colors. There is another small difference on the back of the lid: The lids on the X550LD and the F550CA have a grooved texture with circles rippling out from the center. The R510CA, however, is not textured and instead is imprinted with the same pattern.

The Asus R510CA-CJ0862H
The Asus R510CA-CJ0862H
The back side of the lid is glossy (image: Asus).
The back side of the lid is glossy (image: Asus).
Input devices: Asus R510CA
Input devices: Asus R510CA

Touchscreen

Asus equipped their R510CA with a touchscreen with 10 touch points. The screen functions perfectly and reacts to input promptly.

Display

Asus R510CA vs. sRGB
Asus R510CA vs. sRGB
Asus R510CA vs. AdobeRGB
Asus R510CA vs. AdobeRGB

The same display Asus used in the X550LD-XX023H resides in the R510CA. Nevertheless, our measurements differ somewhat. This is normal. Two structurally identical panels are never 100% alike. Additionally, the R510CA's actual display sits behind the touchscreen.

At around 200 cd/m², Asus' panel is not especially bright. At 366:1, its contrast is acceptable, and for a device in this price class, its color reproduction is reasonably good as well. Outdoors in the sunlight, the panel is plagued with reflections that obscure the display content.

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199
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196
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 205 cd/m²
Average: 196.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 194 cd/m²
Black: 0.53 cd/m²
Contrast: 366:1
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CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color Saturation
CalMAN - Color Saturation

Performance

The R510CA is one of Asus' simple 15.6-inch office notebooks. The computer is intended for use in the office and is able to perform simple tasks like surfing the Internet, Skyping, word processing, or watching videos. The attracting feature of the notebook is not so much its computing power as its red case. The device is currently priced at around 400 to 450 Euros (~$550 to ~$620).

Processor

The R510CA runs on an Intel Pentium 2117U processor. This is a dual-core CPU that is still based on Ivy Bridge architecture. The processor runs at a speed of 1.8 GHz and has no turbo. It belongs to the class of ULV CPUs and has a TDP of 17 Watts. The CPU completes the Cinebench benchmark's CPU tests at full speed in both AC power mode and battery mode.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.75 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.44 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
9.81 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
58 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
120 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
Asus R510CA-CJ862H
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
0.75 Points ∼27%
HP Compaq 15-h024sg
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.23 Points ∼8% -69%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.25 Points ∼9% -67%
HP 250 G2 (F0Z00EA)
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3510, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.26 Points ∼9% -65%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-10E
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.39 Points ∼14% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D 59405766
Radeon HD 8400, A6-5200, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.5 Points ∼18% -33%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.61 Points ∼22% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
0.75 Points ∼27% 0%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.76 Points ∼27% +1%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus R510CA-CJ862H
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.44 Points ∼8%
HP Compaq 15-h024sg
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.46 Points ∼3% -68%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.47 Points ∼3% -67%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.14 Points ∼6% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1.45 Points ∼8% +1%
HP 250 G2 (F0Z00EA)
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3510, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.48 Points ∼8% +3%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-10E
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.49 Points ∼8% +3%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.87 Points ∼11% +30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D 59405766
Radeon HD 8400, A6-5200, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.89 Points ∼11% +31%

System Performance

When it comes to the notebook's system performance, there is nothing to complain about: It runs robustly and fluidly. The results in the PCMark benchmarks are good as well, though its two competitors offer better numbers here. The Aspire is outfitted with a stronger CPU and a stronger GPU. The IdeaPad profits from its hybrid hard drive.

PC Mark
PCMark 72167 points
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PCMark 7 - Score
Asus R510CA-CJ862H
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2167 Points ∼33%
HP Compaq 15-h024sg
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1051 Points ∼16% -51%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1083 Points ∼16% -50%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-10E
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1417 Points ∼21% -35%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1484 Points ∼22% -32%
HP 250 G2 (F0Z00EA)
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3510, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1604 Points ∼24% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
2156 Points ∼33% -1%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2385 Points ∼36% +10%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D 59405766
Radeon HD 8400, A6-5200, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2449 Points ∼37% +13%

Storage Devices

The Seagate hard drive at work in our review device provides 750 GB of space for personal data and runs at 5400 rpm. All in all, the results from our tests are more or less what we would expect nowadays from 5400 rpm hard drives.

Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
Sequential Read: 95.39 MB/s
Sequential Write: 91.92 MB/s
512K Read: 31.6 MB/s
512K Write: 37.83 MB/s
4K Read: 0.375 MB/s
4K Write: 0.759 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.744 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.774 MB/s

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) graphics card is responsible for graphics output. The GPU supports DirectX 11 and runs at a speed of 350 to 1000 MHz. In the 3DMark benchmarks, the R510CA falls behind its competitors. Both are equipped with stronger GPUs.

3D Mark
3DMark 11378 points
3DMark Ice Storm23306 points
3DMark Cloud Gate1964 points
3DMark Fire Strike264 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Asus R510CA-CJ862H
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
378 Points ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D 59405766
Radeon HD 8400, A6-5200, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
694 Points ∼5% +84%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
782 Points ∼6% +107%

Gaming Performance

The computer was not created for playing computer games. A few titles play fluidly at low resolution and low quality settings. The notebook has more of a chance with games that demand little of the hardware -- for instance, FIFA 14. The Aspire and the Flex 15D produce higher framerates, but by no means can either be called a gaming device.

If you would like to be able to play games, Acer's Aspire E1 572G represents a cost-effective alternative.

low med.high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 23.611.47.6fps
Fifa 14 (2013) 54.432fps
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) 34.514.38.6fps
Tomb Raider
1024x768 Low Preset
Asus R510CA-CJ862H
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
23.6 fps ∼5%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
37.1 fps ∼8% +57%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Asus R510CA-CJ862H
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
11.4 fps ∼3%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
18.3 fps ∼5% +61%

Emissions

System Noise

Because the R510CA is outfitted with an energy-efficient ULV processor, it follows that the notebook will need little cooling, and thus go about its work quietly. Our measurements confirm this. Whether the computer is in idle mode or under full load, the device hardly makes a sound. Even during our stress test, the fan only runs at a moderate speed. The Aspire is considerably quieter yet. The IdeaPad produces more noise.

Noise Level

Idle 31.5 / 31.6 / 31.9 dB(A)
HDD 32.3 dB(A)
DVD 36.5 / dB(A)
Load 34.1 / 35.4 dB(A)
 
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min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Asus R510CA in the stress test
The Asus R510CA in the stress test

None of our three competing devices heat up substantially. The case temperatures are in the green everywhere we measured -- both in idle mode and during the stress test.

The R510CA completes the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark running simultaneously for at least an hour) in the same way both in AC power mode and battery mode: The CPU and GPU run at full speed (CPU: 1.8 GHz; GPU: 1 GHz). During the stress test, the CPU temperature leveled off at about 58 °C (136.4 °F).

 28.1 °C29.8 °C25.4 °C 
 29.2 °C30 °C26 °C 
 28.3 °C32 °C29 °C 
Maximum: 32 °C
Average: 28.6 °C
25.8 °C29.4 °C29.5 °C
26.4 °C33.4 °C31 °C
28.7 °C32.7 °C30.2 °C
Maximum: 33.4 °C
Average: 29.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  30.4 °C | Room Temperature 23.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The computer's energy-consumption rate corresponds to what we would expect of a 15.6-inch notebook with an Ivy Bridge ULV CPU. The Aspire proves to be more frugal with its energy usage overall, even though it has a stronger processor. However, that is not surprising, as the Acer computer is equipped with a Haswell CPU. Haswell processors consume less energy than their predecessor models from the Ivy Bridge generation.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 6.7 / 9 / 9.3 Watt
Load 26.5 / 30.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In the WLAN test, which is meant to simulate practical, everyday use, a script automatically loads new websites at 40-second intervals. The energy-saving profile is activated, and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The R510CA reaches a battery runtime of 2:58 h in this test. This is not a very good result. We would expect more of a notebook with a ULV processor. The IdeaPad chugs along for 3:46 h. We were unable to run this test on the Aspire.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
2h 58min

Verdict

The Asus R510CA has enough performance power to handle all the usual everyday tasks. That includes surfing, Skyping and word processing, for example. The notebook does a good job with video playback as well, and even during that operation it always runs quietly. Additionally, the computer offers a lot of storage space for the user. Not to forget: The red case looks very good. However, the battery life in our WLAN test (which is meant to simulate practical, everyday use) certainly leaves something to be desired. We expect a great deal more from a notebook these days. The display also deserves some criticism: Its brightness is below average, and its contrast is mediocre. That is our objective assessment of the computer.

In principle -- besides the case color -- we see no reason to buy this notebook. It is not especially cost-effective, technologically it is behind the times, and none of the measurements we took proved to be especially phenomenal. There are better notebooks available for less money -- the Aspire, for example.

The Acer Aspire E1-572 gains points for its matte Full HD display. It is also equipped with the strongest processor and simultaneously happens to be the most inexpensive of our three competing devices. Without a Windows operating system, the notebook is currently available for about 390 Euros (~$540). The Lenovo Ideapad Flex 15D's unique feature is its display that rotates up to 300 degrees.

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Specifications

Asus R510CA-CJ862H

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
6144 MB, DDR3, Dual-channel, 4 GB directly soldered to the motherboard, One memory bank (occupied)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Core: 350-1000 MHz, 9.17.10.2932
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, 10-point multitouch, LG Philips LP156WH3-TLS1, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB, 750 GB 5400 rpm , 640 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combination, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Mediatek MT7630E (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8C2S
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 380 x 251
:: Weight
2.3 kg Power Supply: 0.233 kg
:: Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 2500 mAh
:: Price
449 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD-Webcam, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, AsusDVD, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial version), Microsoft Office 365 (trial version), Windows Essentials 2012, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Red case
+24-month warranty
+Runs quietly
+Display has no blue cast
+Display offers good color values
 

Cons

-No Haswell processor
-Expensive
-Meager battery life
-Low-contrast display

Shortcut

What we like

The red case and that the notebook runs quietly.

What we'd like to see

A better battery life and a better display.

What surprises us

In 2014, notebooks with Ivy Bridge processors are still being put on the shelves.

The competition

Acer Aspire E1-572, Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D, HP 255 G2, Acer Aspire E1-532, Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15, HP Compaq 15-h024sg, HP 250 G2, Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-10E, Acer Aspire E1-522.

Rating

Asus R510CA-CJ862H
04/22/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
64%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
76%
Display
71%
Games Performance
47 / 85 → 55%
Application Performance
57%
Temperature
93%
Noise
93%
Audio
55%
Camera
38%
Average
68%
76%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-04-30 (Update: 2014-04-30)