Asus VivoBook S15 S510UN-BQ121T
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Reviews for the Asus VivoBook S15 S510UN-BQ121T
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Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: This laptop, I wanted to buy so bad, but I was not sure about it, because I wanted to use it for gaming. Now, it is not a gaming laptop of course, but with MX150 GPU you can use it for lightweight gaming such as LoL, CS:GO and other non demanding games. Why did I change my mind? I talked to a friend who bought it already and he told me about some fan issues and the problem with the plastic case that wore of a bit after a while. I ended up buying a Zenbook Pro, soon after I realized they share some similar issues, which is fans.
Now, fans may or may not be an issue for you. The problem with them is, when you put powerful hardware in a small case, they get triggered a lot. A constant fan noise is not something you want to have. But unfortunately this is what happens most of the time. Of course if you use headphones that problem goes away, but that is the general problem with small cases. Weighing only 1.5 kg is a great achievement for a 15.6 inch laptop. Asus does a good job here.
Besides the form factor, I think this laptop is a good powerhouse too. In my opinion, the only missing piece is 16 GB of RAM. There is another SKU comes with that, but of course for a higher price. 8 GB of RAM are already enough for most of the users, it is just to make sure you have everything.
The reason why I wanted to buy this laptop is, as I said, for light gaming and having something powerful enough to do my daily stuff. With that I mean actually everything. 256 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, MX150 GPU, 8th generation i7 8550U CPU in a laptop that only weighs 1.5 kg. It is a great package. What is the bad part? Connectivity. 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3 is all you get. USB 3 is something that you can live with, but why USB 2.0, Asus, just why?
Other than that, maybe the keyboard layout could be a problem for some. Combination of FN keys can be sometimes complicated and makes it hard to operate the laptop with just one hand. But I think this is something that again most people can live with.
Overall, I think the Asus VivoBook S15 S510UN-BQ121T is a good laptop if not great. I can suggest it with all my heart. But if you are searching for something cheaper, you can go for Acer Aspire 5 series.
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş
NVIDIA GeForce MX150: Pascal GP108 based laptop graphics card and mobile version of the desktop GeForce GT 1030. Offers 384 shader cores and usually 2 GB GDDR5 with a 64 Bit memory bus. Manufactured in 14nm.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-8550U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.» 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.
80%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.