Asus VivoBook 15 X505ZA
Reviews for the Asus VivoBook 15 X505ZA
Source: Business Standard Archive.org version
The relatively thin screen bezels, weight of the notebook and addition of a USB Type-C port at this price point are the highlights of the VivoBook 15. The cooling system also handles stress better than a lot of competitors. While the build quality is a bit questionable, overall it makes for a great option if someone is in the lookout for an entry-level laptop that looks premium and handles everyday chores with ease.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/21/2018
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Attractive design; big screen; thin frames; slim size; powerful processor; excellent gaming performance; decent connectivity. Negative: Overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/06/2018
Model: The Asus VivoBook 15 X505ZA is a combination of beauty and performance. Available in several colors and finishes, VivoBook 15 is a Windows 10 laptop powered by the latest generation AMD Ryzen 7 processor with up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM and AMD Radeon Vega processor graphics. The Asus VivoBook 15 X505ZA comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor with 8 GB DDR4 RAM and AMD Radeon Vega 8 processor graphics for smooth visuals and great gaming experiences. It boasts a dual-storage design that combines the fast data speeds of a 128 GB SSD with the large capacities of a 500 GB HDD, making it the ideal laptop for daily computing and entertainment. Users can install apps on the SSD for superfast response times, and use the HDD to house large files such as movies, music libraries and photo albums. The Asus VivoBook 15 is thinner and lighter with a thin 18.9 mm profile, it weighs just 1.6 kg. It’s an everyday laptop with the weight and compactness of an ultrabook. The stylish ASUS VivoBook 15 is available in a high-gloss spun finish in Icicle Gold and Star Grey. The ultrathin bezel of the NanoEdge display on the VivoBook 15 allows a 15.6-inch Full HD display to fit into a frame size that’s only slightly larger than those typically used in 14-inch laptops. The 7.7 mm bezel on the NanoEdge display also results in an incredible 81% screen-to-body ratio, so users get more screen for more immersive viewing.
The Asus Splendid visual optimization technology provides the very best visuals for any type of content. It features four display modes, which can be accessed with a single click. Normal mode is ideal for daily tasks; Vivid mode optimizes contrast to deliver stunning photos and video; Eye Care mode reduces blue-light levels to ease eye strain, and Manual mode allows for personalized color adjustments. For input and output, a USB 3.1 port with a reversible USB Type-C connector makes connecting devices quick and easy. USB 3.1 provides data transfer speeds as fast as 5 Gbps, up to 10X faster than USB 2.0 connections. It also features dual-band 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, so users will enjoy a super-fast online performance. To enhance the entertainment experience, the VivoBook features Asus SonicMaster, which is a combination of hardware, software and audio tuning designed with the goal of giving the very best audio experiences. Besides that, it also has the Asus Audio Wizard, a powerful software suite that makes it easy to achieve the ideal audio balance for any type of content. It also offers manual settings options. As a conclusion, the Asus Vivobook 15 is a laptop that can handle graphic-intensive applications and games very well. Users who are looking for an affordable laptop with good performance can definitely consider the Asus VivoBook 15 X505ZA.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
AMD Vega 3: Integrated graphics card of the Ryzen APUs based on the Vega architecture with 3 CUs (= 192 shaders) and a clock of up to 1200 MHz.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
R3 2200U: Mobile APU that integrates two Zen cores (with SMT, therefore 4 threads) clocked at 2.5 to 3.4 GHz. The TDP is configurable between 12 to 25 Watt (15 W nominal) and the integrated Radeon RX Vega 3 is clocked at up to 1000 MHz. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is a major Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer based in Taipei, founded in 1989. Under the Asus brand name, the company manufactures a wide range of products, including laptops, desktops, motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, smartphones and networking equipment, complete systems and PC components for end users.
Under the ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand name, ASUS manufactures gaming laptops known by gamers for their powerful specifications, dedicated graphics cards, high refresh rate displays and advanced cooling systems.
Beyond gaming, a wide range of notebooks are offered for different needs and budgets, from ultra-slim and lightweight ultrabooks to versatile 2-in-1 convertibles and budget-friendly options. In 2023, Asus had a 7% global market share of the PC market.
Customer satisfaction with ASUS notebooks concerns performance, the features, and the good price-performance ratio of ASUS notebooks. However, as with any brand, there are occasional reports of problems such as overheating, driver compatibility, or build quality issues.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.