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Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF (i7-8550U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review

Allen Ngo 👁, 06/17/2018

Cheap price, cheap chassis. There is nothing about this VivoBook that makes it stand out from the crowded 15-inch multimedia segment. When considering the target market and inexpensive price, however, the dull impression shouldn't be a problem. We're hoping that future revisions will address the poor keyboard while adding in USB Type-C charging.

Whereas the Asus Zenbook series encompasses the high-end flagship range, the Asus Vivobook series targets the budget to mainstream market through cheaper prices and more down-to-Earth designs. The Vivobook here today is simply an internal update of the existing VivoBook S15 S510UQ, Vivobook S X510UA, and Vivobook S510UA. Thus, we recommend checking out the reviews on these prior SKUs for more information on the chassis, keyboard, connectivity, and more. Our focus will instead be on the GeForce MX130 GPU as it is an uncommon find.

Our Vivobook F510UF as configured can be found at retail for about $750 USD or several hundred cheaper than the 15.6-inch alternatives like the Dell XPS 15 9560 or HP Spectre x360 15. Direct competitors include the  Envy 15, Acer Aspire 5 A515, Lenovo V330-15IKB, and the Dell Inspiron 15 series.

Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71 (VivoBook 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX130 - 2048 MB, Core: 1108 MHz, Memory: 5010 MHz, GDDR5, 388.57, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, PC4-19200, 1200 MHz, 10-10-10-28, Single-channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF9-SPK2, IPS, LGD073, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035, 1024 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.4 x 361 x 244 ( = 0.76 x 14.21 x 9.61 in)
Battery
42 Wh, 3-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: VGA
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Asus Hello, Giftbox, E-Service, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.624 kg ( = 57.28 oz / 3.58 pounds), Power Supply: 212 g ( = 7.48 oz / 0.47 pounds)
Price
750 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Connectivity

Ports remain identical to the SKUs that have come before it. It's a bit disappointing that the notebook is still relying on a proprietary AC adapter as standard Type-C charging would have been much more convenient for the end user.

(Source: Asus)
(Source: Asus)

SD Card Reader

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SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.1 MB/s ∼100% +160%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
69.4 MB/s ∼87% +125%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
 
32.4 MB/s ∼40% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.9 MB/s ∼39% 0%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.8 MB/s ∼38%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
88.1 MB/s ∼100% +149%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82 MB/s ∼93% +132%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.5 MB/s ∼43% +6%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.39 MB/s ∼40%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
 
35 MB/s ∼40% -1%

Communication

Dual-band wireless and Bluetooth 4.2 come standard. We experienced no connection issues during our time with the unit.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
647 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
632 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
337 MBit/s ∼52% -48%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
331 MBit/s ∼51% -49%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
174 MBit/s ∼27% -73%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
676 MBit/s ∼100% +35%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
500 MBit/s ∼74%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
339 MBit/s ∼50% -32%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
325 MBit/s ∼48% -35%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
48 MBit/s ∼7% -90%

Input Devices

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard and touchpad continue to be average at best. Individual keys feel cheap to the touch and they tend to wiggle in place. Feedback could have been firmer and travel is very shallow even for an Ultrabook. 

Display

Screen quality is sharp and it's perhaps the best aspect of the notebook. Despite being matte, the IPS display is almost completely free of grains for a very clean first impression. It's worth noting that its LG Philips LP156WF9-SPK2 panel can also be found on the similarly priced 15-inch Yoga 720.

Our test unit suffers from light-moderate uneven backlight bleeding around the top and bottom edges. It's thankfully not noticeable during regular use, but it will be visible during video playback.

Moderate backlight bleeding
Moderate backlight bleeding
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
237.2
cd/m²
261.8
cd/m²
237.8
cd/m²
249.9
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
243.7
cd/m²
255.4
cd/m²
233.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 261.8 cd/m² Average: 246 cd/m² Minimum: 13.66 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 257 cd/m²
Contrast: 756:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.54 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 3.61
ΔE Greyscale 4.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
59.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.44
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
LG Philips LP156WF9-SPK2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
AU Optronics B156W02 / AUO B156HAN02.1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
Innolux JMC9X 156BGA, TN LED, 15.6, 1366x768
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Chi Mei CM15E9, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
LG Philips LGD0573 LP156WF9-SPK2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
BOE CQ NV156FHM-N48, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-43%
-41%
-26%
-30%
-57%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
27.2 (13.2, 14)
47 (21, 26)
-73%
50 (28, 22)
-84%
40 (22, 18)
-47%
42 (22, 20)
-54%
46 (25, 21)
-69%
Response Time Black / White *
24.8 (14, 10.8)
28 (16, 12)
-13%
24 (20, 4)
3%
26 (14, 12)
-5%
26 (15, 11)
-5%
36 (20, 16)
-45%
PWM Frequency
250 (20)
25000 (30)
21000 (90)
Screen
22%
-39%
29%
9%
15%
Brightness middle
257
293
14%
197
-23%
221
-14%
270
5%
237
-8%
Brightness
246
275
12%
195
-21%
207
-16%
250
2%
229
-7%
Brightness Distribution
89
86
-3%
78
-12%
87
-2%
87
-2%
88
-1%
Black Level *
0.34
0.25
26%
0.43
-26%
0.15
56%
0.25
26%
0.19
44%
Contrast
756
1172
55%
458
-39%
1473
95%
1080
43%
1247
65%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.54
3.81
16%
10.35
-128%
4.35
4%
4.79
-6%
4.85
-7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
16
6.64
58%
16.02
-0%
8.98
44%
8.83
45%
8.34
48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.61
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.6
2.66
42%
11.25
-145%
3.09
33%
5.66
-23%
3.84
17%
Gamma
2.44 90%
2.54 87%
2.08 106%
2.23 99%
2.64 83%
2.42 91%
CCT
7096 92%
6541 99%
11592 56%
6068 107%
7179 91%
6790 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37.5
37
-1%
38
1%
56
49%
37
-1%
37
-1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59.2
58
-2%
60
1%
86
45%
59
0%
58
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / 11%
-40% / -39%
2% / 20%
-11% / 3%
-21% / 3%

* ... smaller is better

Dig deeper into the colors of the panel and its cut corners begin to show. Color space is only 59 percent and 38 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively, which is indicative of a cheap panel. Higher-end laptops like the XPS 15 include Sharp IGZO options for full sRGB coverage and more. For the average user, this means that colors will not be as vivd or accurate on vivobook.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further analyses with a X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal average grayscale and colors out of the box. The color Blue in particular is very poorly represented as it can appear blue-voilet instead especially on deeper saturation levels. Our calibration efforts improve grayscale by a noticeable degree and we recommend applying our ICC profile above to get the most out of the display. Nonetheless, Blue continues to be very inaccurate no matter our efforts.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 10.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
27.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is below average since the panel backlight is not powerful enough to overcome glare. Colors become washed out even when under shade and the wide IPS viewing angles do little to help.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
IPS viewing angles
IPS viewing angles

Performance

The Core i7-8550U is becoming increasingly common on Ultrabooks of all price ranges. This is the same CPU that can also be found on systems costing double of what our Vivobook is worth. Meanwhile, the GeForce MX130 is much rarer, but it should provide a healthy boost over the Intel UHD Graphics solution. Optimus is included for additional power savings.

Processor

CPU performance is excellent on the Vivobook. Not only are initial scores where we expect them to be for an average i7-8550U CPU, but the system is able to maintain these scores throughout. Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in just a 5 percent drop in performance at worst. We've seen steeper performance drops from pricier laptops with the same class of CPU such as on the MateBook X Pro.

Users upgrading from the older i5-7200U or i7-7500U will see a massive performance boost of around 100 percent and 80 percent, respectively.

More technical information and benchmarks on the Core i7-8550U can be found on our dedicated page here.

CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Core i7-8550U
168 Points ∼77%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (108 - 172, n=67)
160 Points ∼73% -5%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
Intel Core i5-8305G
157 Points ∼72% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼67% -13%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼67% -13%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
142 Points ∼65% -15%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
141 Points ∼65% -16%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
138 Points ∼63% -18%
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
Intel Core i5-7200U
130 Points ∼60% -23%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼59% -23%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
107 Points ∼49% -36%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Intel Core i3-7100U
100 Points ∼46% -40%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
Intel Core i5-8250U
730 Points ∼17% +11%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
Intel Core i5-8305G
681 Points ∼16% +4%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Core i7-8550U
655 Points ∼15%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
618 Points ∼14% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (301 - 761, n=69)
575 Points ∼13% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
530 Points ∼12% -19%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
516 Points ∼12% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
367 Points ∼8% -44%
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼8% -49%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼8% -49%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
306 Points ∼7% -53%
Asus VivoBook 17 X705UA-BX022T
Intel Core i3-7100U
256 Points ∼6% -61%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.94 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1.43 - 1.95, n=32)
1.834 Points ∼75% -5%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
Intel Core i5-8305G
1.79 Points ∼73% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.61 Points ∼66% -17%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
1.61 Points ∼66% -17%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1.58 Points ∼65% -19%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.56 Points ∼64% -20%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
0.85 Points ∼35% -56%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
Intel Core i5-8305G
7.47 Points ∼28% +22%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
6.91 Points ∼26% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4.38 - 8.56, n=32)
6.28 Points ∼23% +3%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.11 Points ∼23%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.93 Points ∼22% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
5.88 Points ∼22% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.4 Points ∼13% -44%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
2.68 Points ∼10% -56%
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.11 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
69.21 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
168 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
655 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
82.01 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

Pcmark scores are on par with competing budget-mainstream notebooks like the Acer Swift 3 or HP Envy x360. We experienced no software issues during our time with the unit save for the slow system responsiveness as one would expect from a primary HDD.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4464 Points ∼73% +21%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3704 Points ∼61%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
GeForce MX130, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3695 Points ∼61% 0%
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8
3468 Points ∼57% -6%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Vega 8, 2500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3462 Points ∼57% -7%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3450 Points ∼57% -7%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
Vega 3, 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3185 Points ∼52% -14%
PCMark 10 - Score
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
GeForce MX130, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3418 Points ∼44% +22%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Vega 8, 2500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2944 Points ∼38% +5%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
2801 Points ∼36%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
Vega 3, 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
2534 Points ∼33% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2501 Points ∼32% -11%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3704 points
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Storage Devices

Our unit ships with only a primary 5400 RPM HDD from Seagate even though the system includes two internal storage bays (1x 2.5-inch SATA III + 1x M.2). The result is a very slow system that chugs during bootup, installations, and especially when loading large applications like games or editing software. We highly recommend upgrading or configuring the system with at least a small M.2 SSD for the primary C: drive.

More HDD and SSD benchmarks can be found on our comparison page here.

HD Tune
HD Tune
CDM 5
CDM 5
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Asus FX504GD
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Average Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
37%
5966%
6335%
-25%
-17%
Write 4K
1.283
3.776
194%
94.91
7298%
98.65
7589%
0.27
-79%
1.254 (0.217 - 3.78, n=7)
-2%
Read 4K
0.493
0.439
-11%
27.3
5438%
29.07
5797%
0.586
19%
0.3733 (0.285 - 0.493, n=7)
-24%
Write Seq
79.27
74.87
-6%
410.4
418%
605.7
664%
86.83
10%
84 (71.1 - 102, n=7)
6%
Read Seq
136.7
136.3
0%
464
239%
1118
718%
113.2
-17%
109 (85.4 - 137, n=7)
-20%
Write 4K Q32T1
2.266
4.585
102%
246.5
10778%
175.2
7632%
0.242
-89%
1.574 (0.222 - 4.59, n=7)
-31%
Read 4K Q32T1
1.068
1.135
6%
246.4
22971%
287.8
26848%
0.963
-10%
0.87 (0.647 - 1.135, n=7)
-19%
Write Seq Q32T1
108.7
114.5
5%
451.4
315%
599.2
451%
98.43
-9%
91.1 (56.5 - 115, n=7)
-16%
Read Seq Q32T1
143.7
146
2%
531.5
270%
1551
979%
110.2
-23%
104 (78.6 - 146, n=7)
-28%
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Transfer Rate Minimum: 40.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 126 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.7 MB/s
Access Time: 19.6 ms
Burst Rate: 164.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.5 %

GPU Performance

The GeForce MX130 can be considered a direct successor to the older 930MX. According to 3DMark benchmarks, its raw graphics power is 20 to 40 percent faster than the 930MX and about 200 percent faster than the UHD Graphics 620. Users can expect a performance level similar to that of the GeForce 940MX. Most newer games will run only on low settings and resolutions while older and less demanding titles like Starcraft 2 or DOTA 2 can get away with low 1080p settings.

Jumping from the MX130 to the MX150 as found on the Vivbook S510UN SKU will bring a performance boost of about 20 to 25 percent. The gain would only be noticeable to gamers and possibly video editors. Users who intend to use the notebook mostly for video streaming and browsing will benefit very little from more powerful GPUs. More technical information and benchmark comparisons can be found on our MX130 page here.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
7788 Points ∼43% +183%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7025 Points ∼39% +155%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
6188 Points ∼34% +125%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7200U
4374 Points ∼24% +59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3547 Points ∼20% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2975 Points ∼16% +8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX130
  (2708 - 2958, n=10)
2840 Points ∼16% +3%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2756 Points ∼15%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2683 Points ∼15% -3%
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2650 Points ∼15% -4%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 8250U
1888 Points ∼10% -31%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1334 Points ∼7% -52%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
15322 Points ∼30% +447%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
9862 Points ∼19% +252%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7200U
8329 Points ∼16% +197%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7133 Points ∼14% +155%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3551 Points ∼7% +27%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
3549 Points ∼7% +27%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX130
  (2592 - 3188, n=11)
2867 Points ∼6% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2849 Points ∼6% +2%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2802 Points ∼5%
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2689 Points ∼5% -4%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 8250U
2376 Points ∼5% -15%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1420 Points ∼3% -49%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
11903 Points ∼29% +413%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
7355 Points ∼18% +217%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
6356 Points ∼16% +174%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7200U
5705 Points ∼14% +146%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
2807 Points ∼7% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2340 Points ∼6% +1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX130
  (2149 - 2478, n=10)
2340 Points ∼6% +1%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2322 Points ∼6%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2310 Points ∼6% -1%
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2158 Points ∼5% -7%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 8250U
1660 Points ∼4% -29%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, 2200U
996 Points ∼2% -57%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
995 Points ∼2% -57%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
58932 Points ∼32% +375%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
44796 Points ∼24% +261%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
38881 Points ∼21% +213%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7200U
36552 Points ∼20% +195%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
17743 Points ∼10% +43%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
15186 Points ∼8% +22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX130
  (12166 - 14809, n=10)
13420 Points ∼7% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
13362 Points ∼7% +8%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
12406 Points ∼7%
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
11986 Points ∼6% -3%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 8250U
9050 Points ∼5% -27%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
7980 Points ∼4% -36%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, 2200U
7049 Points ∼4% -43%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
200390 Points ∼27%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8305G
165559 Points ∼23%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
68150 Points ∼9%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 8250U
59831 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
45638 Points ∼6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX130
 
44243 Points ∼6%
3DMark 11 Performance
3077 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
45310 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
10515 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2184 points
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low med. high ultra
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 289123.269.734.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 119.569.960.522.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 43.925.3147.6fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 37.329.215.812.8fps
Overwatch (2016) 111.375.235.6fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95 to stress the CPU, clock rates can be observed as high as 3.7 GHz for the first few seconds until core temperatures reach 96 C. Afterwards, clock rates stabilize between 2.3 GHz and 2.9 GHz in order to maintain a cooler core temperature of 75 C as shown by the Prime95 stress test screenshot below. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will drop the CPU down to just 1.9 GHz. Interestingly, GPU memory clock rate will alternate between 400 MHz and 1252 MHz when under such extreme loads. The changes in GPU temperature and system power consumption reflect the uncommon behavior of the GPU memory clock rate.

We would have expected steadier CPU clock rates during the Prime95 stress test since the results from the CineBench loop test above are very good. The dips to 2.3 GHz may be short-lived enough to not have any on impact our CineBench results.

Running Witcher 3 is more representative of real-world gaming loads. Fortunately, the odd GPU VRAM behavior from above is not present as it remains steady at 1253 MHz. The CPU is able to operate comfortably at 3.8 GHz or faster with core temperatures averaging at about 77 C for both processors.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
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The Witcher 3 low
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.3 - 2.9 -- 75 --
FurMark Stress -- 980 73 82
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.9 889 79 70
Witcher 3 Stress 3.8 - 4.0 1150 75 82

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Fan noise (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)

While CPU and GPU performance is very good, it comes at the cost of higher fan noise. The Vivobook can become very loud at almost 46 dB(A) simply by running the first benchmark scene of 3DMark 06. Gaming will induce a very similar fan noise level as well. Most ultrabooks like the Envy x360 15 or even the Yoga 720 with the uncommon Radeon RX 560 are quieter when subjected to similar loads.

Perhaps the only few bright spots are that we can notice no coil whining and the single fan is lethargic during low processing loads. Thus, the fan is unlikely to pulsate or suddenly jump in RPM when video streaming, browsing, or word processing when set to the Power Saver profile.

Noise Level

Idle
30.8 / 30.8 / 31 dB(A)
Load
45.6 / 46.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.5 dB(A)
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
Vega 3, 2200U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Vega 8, 2500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
Vega 8, 2500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Noise
0%
5%
6%
6%
5%
off / environment *
28.5
30.6
-7%
30.4
-7%
30.13
-6%
30.3
-6%
31.8
-12%
Idle Minimum *
30.8
31.2
-1%
31.4
-2%
30.13
2%
30.3
2%
31.8
-3%
Idle Average *
30.8
31.2
-1%
31.4
-2%
30.13
2%
30.3
2%
32.1
-4%
Idle Maximum *
31
31.2
-1%
31.6
-2%
30.13
3%
30.3
2%
32.1
-4%
Load Average *
45.6
43.3
5%
31.9
30%
38.8
15%
39.2
14%
33
28%
Witcher 3 ultra *
45.6
41.6
9%
Load Maximum *
46.7
43.3
7%
40.9
12%
38.8
17%
39.2
16%
34.8
25%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust

Surface temperatures are generally cooler on the left half of the notebook when compared to the right half. The asymmetric positioning of the hard drive and heat pipe is responsible for the noticeable temperature difference between the two sides of the keyboard. Fortunately, temperatures around the palm rests and keyboard are never at uncomfortable levels no matter the onscreen load.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Max. Load
 31.4 °C
89 F
35.2 °C
95 F
34 °C
93 F
 
 23.6 °C
74 F
30 °C
86 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 23.2 °C
74 F
24.2 °C
76 F
28.4 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Average: 29.1 °C = 84 F
30.8 °C
87 F
52 °C
126 F
34.6 °C
94 F
32.6 °C
91 F
44.2 °C
112 F
27 °C
81 F
31 °C
88 F
28.6 °C
83 F
27 °C
81 F
Maximum: 52 °C = 126 F
Average: 34.2 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 22.4 °C = 72 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.1 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.2 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 52 °C / 126 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.1 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.8 °C / 83.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (+0.3 °C / 0.6 F).

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

The internal speakers are again decent for the size and price. Bass is poorly represented and this becomes obvious on higher volume settings where balance is poor. Headphones are recommend especially when gaming due to the loud system fan.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.241.92537.538.23135.935.94033.734.95032.535.56332.134.28031.937.410030.634.912529.235.916028.543.520028.448.825026.854.631527.356.440026.556.250025.655.863025.357.78002558.8100024.953.6125024.262160024.362.7200024.261250023.459.5315023.758.9400023.563.1500023.666.1630023.467.6800023.364.51000023.363.91250023.266.41600023.369.4SPL36.374.9N2.734.5median 24.3median 58.9Delta1.65.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69.36 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 35% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption is very similar to last year's Vivobook S510UQ with the 7200U CPU and 940MX GPU. In other words, the newer F510UF is able to provide almost twice the CPU processing power and a similar level of GPU power without demanding more from an AC outlet.

Measuring power consumption over time confirms our stress test results from above. As shown by our graphs below, initiating Prime95 will cause the system to draw 64 W for just a few seconds before falling down to a steady ~35 W. Similarly, running Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will cause power consumption to fluctuate between 40 W and 60 W similar to the alternating behavior of the GPU memory clock rate. 

Note that this SKU ships with a 65 W AC adapter whereas SKUs with only integrated HD graphics, like the Vivobook S15 S510UA, ship with less capable 45 W adapters.

Prime95+FurMark load
Prime95+FurMark load
Prime95 initiated at the 20s mark
Prime95 initiated at the 20s mark
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.27 / 0.43 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.9 / 7 / 8.5 Watt
Load midlight 54.5 / 55.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
8550U, GeForce MX130, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
7200U, GeForce 940MX, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK128GVN8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
2200U, Vega 3, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035, TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
7200U, Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
2500U, Vega 8, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
7%
10%
-44%
-13%
Idle Minimum *
5.9
3.6
39%
5
15%
9.9
-68%
7.3
-24%
Idle Average *
7
6.8
3%
8.4
-20%
9.5
-36%
9.7
-39%
Idle Maximum *
8.5
9.5
-12%
9.2
-8%
10.7
-26%
13
-53%
Load Average *
54.5
51.6
5%
30
45%
62
-14%
40.4
26%
Load Maximum *
55.7
56
-1%
44.7
20%
86.7
-56%
42.2
24%
Witcher 3 ultra *
50.6
84
-66%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes are very nearly the same as on the older S510UQ SKU. This is perhaps unsurprising given the fact that both have the same 42 Wh capacity battery with very similar power demands as shown in our comparison above. Users can expect just short of four hours of real-world WLAN use when on the Balanced profile with the display brightness set to 150 nits or 80 percent.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take about 1.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 52min
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
8550U, GeForce MX130, 42 Wh
Asus Vivobook S15 S510UQ-BQ189T
7200U, GeForce 940MX, 42 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
2200U, Vega 3, 42 Wh
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
8250U, GeForce MX130, 38 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
7200U, Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 40 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1
2500U, Vega 8, 48 Wh
Battery Runtime
10%
8%
75%
83%
34%
Reader / Idle
423
570
963
730
WiFi v1.3
232
255
10%
251
8%
407
75%
425
83%
310
34%
Load
71
77
50
81

Pros

+ consistent performance; only slight CPU throttling on extreme loads
+ relatively narrow bezels; smal footprint
+ matte chassis detracts fingerprints
+ quiet under low processing loads
+ respectable speaker quality
+ crisp matte IPS panel

Cons

- still reliant on proprietary AC charging adapter
- dim backlight; below average outdoor visibility
- narrow color space; poor Blue reproduction
- spongy and cheap keyboard keys
- no improvement to battery life
- flexible lid couldbe more rigid
- loud fan noise when gaming
- slow primary HDD
- no Thunderbolt 3

Verdict

In review: Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
In review: Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71

On a performance level, the Vivobook F510UF is impressive for the price. It offers quite the leap over the last generation i5-7200U or i7-7500U without significant throttling or impacting battery life. Meanwhile, the MX130 GPU is a noticeable bump over the common UHD Graphics 620 that many smaller 13-inch Ultrabooks are stuck with.

The Asus system begins to falter when we look beyond its performance. Its chassis is more flexible and nowhere near the quality of flagships like the Spectre x360 15 or XPS 15. This includes the keyboard keys which feel spongy and cheap as if they belong on a netbook. While we don't expect the best or most rigid chassis design, we do expect the keyboard and trackpad to be representative of the price range of the system. As such, there is still a strong case for purchasing the least expensive and slower XPS 15 SKU because of its much stronger case.

Our last major complaint is fan noise. The system fan is as loud as some full-fledged gaming notebooks when under stress despite the Vivobook being slower by orders of magnitude. The MX130 GPU certainly comes at a cost if users intend to take full advantage of it.

Other downsides to the system are typical of budget-mainstream notebooks in its price range such as the limited color space, average battery life, average display backlight, and plain design. We're hoping that future revisions will improve the keyboard, install a more powerful cooling solution, and swap out the proprietary AC port for the more universal USB Type-C charging.

The CPU, GPU, and matte panel are the highlights of the system and a decent bargain for the price. Users should be aware of the cheap keyboard keys, loud fan when gaming, and very slow primary HDD. It may be worth considering paying $100 to $200 USD more for the stronger-built entry-level XPS 15 SKU instead.

Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71 - 06/17/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
77 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
49 / 81 → 61%
Weight
68 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
74%
Display
83%
Games Performance
68 / 85 → 80%
Application Performance
93 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
80 / 95 → 84%
Audio
73%
Camera
22 / 85 → 26%
Average
72%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-06-17 (Update: 2018-06-17)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.