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Latest release in the range Asus, we’ve been running tests on VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent the right choice for surfing the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent. An inexpensive computer such as VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent may seem to be the solution. Asus is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
The screen is quite large, with 15 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i7-1065G7. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The 8 Gb of RAM is in the average for this type of product. Everyone is free to hand in a little more memory, for work that requires it.
For hard drive sizing, Asus decided to put 500 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 4 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent most of the time connected to the power cable.
VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent the right choice for watching movies ?
With this laptop, Asus offers a product oriented toward general use. This VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Asus presents this model in a large size version. A 15 inches screen, and a resolution of 1920×1080 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.7 kg.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Core i7-1065G7 is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Asus not install any. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows 10 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
With Intel Iris Plus G7, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Regarding the connectivity part, Asus has made efforts with available 4 ports. It’s better than the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent may not be suitable. That’s only 4 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
The VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent to use while travelling.
It VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Asus didn’t really take into account in the design of this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
It VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent weights 1.7 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. With its 15 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
No backlit keyboard on this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
With the installation of the processor Core i7-1065G7, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Asus is optimistic about the autonomy of this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Asus; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 4 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 500 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Asus was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The main reason is its 15 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
On the connector side, it VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent has 4 ports. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent for travel use.
The VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent to make audio or video editing.
Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Core i7-1065G7 that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 500 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
With 4 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point Asus could have done much better.
On the connection side, the VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argenti s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
Clearly, it’s not VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent designed for audio-visual editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent the right choice to play online?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent, it may be better to go to other models. Clearly, Asus has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
With its 500 Gb of space, this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent is on a level playing field with its competitors. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With a weight 1.7 Kg and a screen size of 15 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
For autonomy, 4 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent the right choice for office automation ?
Like the majority of its competitors, Asus has designed VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It’s not VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.7 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Asus chose the matt tile option for this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent that does not reflect light. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. About 500 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Ultimately, this VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent is an intermediate choice. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.
In short, is the VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent, the right choice ?
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it VivoBook X512JA-EJ197T Argent is disappointing whatever the uses. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– office tasks