Asus VivoBook S510UQ-BQ322T
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus VivoBook S510UQ-BQ322T
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Stylish design; decent hardware; slim size; nice performance. Negative: Short battery life; uncomfortable keyboad; relatively high price
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/23/2017
Source: Chip Online TR TR→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 79%
Model: Looking for something that fits your budget? You need it fast, reliable, with a good screen and it has to be light? Asus might have what you are looking for with the VivoBook S series. S stands for Slim in this series, so you can expect it to be light and compact.
Sounds good right? Yes, the VivoBook S510UQ is a solid device for day to day usage. It also comes with a GeForce 940MX graphics card for your multimedia needs and you can play some games too. The ending of the model defines the used graphics card and processor. For example UQ is for 940MX while UN models have updated Kaby Lake-R processor and MX150 graphics card. Therefore the price range of VivoBook S510 models varies depending on the SKU. If you are not after playing any games and all you need is to take care of your office work, 7200U SKUs (like this model) will do the job for you.
Okay, enough about the performance. What else? Device weighs a little bit more than 1.5 kg. This is fair for a 15.6-inch laptop and considering the price point, it is totally okay. Speaking of price, the S510 series starts from 500$ and goes up to 1100$ depending on the processor and graphics card being used.
The VivoBook S510 series has some premium competition. Devices like the Dell XPS 15, the Samsung Notebook 9, the LG Gram 15, or the Asus Zenbook UX530. They are all one tick above the S510. But comparing their case, the Vivobook S510 provides something similar for a lot less.
Since the laptop comes with a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, you do not need to worry about performance. But, while playing games, base unit gets hot, it comes close to 40 celsius degrees, so playing games on the lap is not a possibility. While under load, fans spin fast and noise levels reach close to 45 dB, which is quite loud. If you are someone who plays games occasionally, this will not bother you that much. In the end, this device is not a real gaming machine, it is rather designed for office / multimedia usage.
One of the main drawbacks of the device is its small battery. It only comes with a 42 Wh battery, which translates to a maximum 9 hours of usage with literally minimum activity like watching a movie and doing nothing else. The other thing is plastic used for the keyboard that affects your typing experience. I have already mentioned the fans. They can get noisy even in daily usage, which may be a problem for your liking.
The Acer Aspire 5 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 520 provide similar configurations. But what matters at this point is the price tag. For a mid-range device like this you should not be spending more than 700-800$. But if you are more into looks and ergonomics of the device, you can go for more premium models like the Asus Zenbook UX530 or the Dell XPS 15.
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX: Mid-range laptop graphics card based on the Maxwell architecture. Compared to the older 940M, the MX now also supports GDDR5 graphics memory and maybe slightly faster clock speeds.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-7200U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm 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.
79%: 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.