The Vivobook A512 – Intel Core i5-8265U fromAsus : for audio and video oriented use

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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Asus Vivobook A512 according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

Vivobook A512 compatible with internet use?

Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit that Asus has developed this Vivobook A512.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Material that seem to be well-designed.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Intel Core i5-8265U. Asus basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Vivobook A512is a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. 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 about the autonomy. the Vivobook A512 can work 4 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

Is Vivobook A512 one for watching movies and listening to music ?

High quality, the engineers of Asus have chosen to make this Vivobook A512 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
Asus presents this model in a large size version. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 15.6 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1920×1080. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 2.3 kg, partly because of the screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the Vivobook A512 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
This Vivobook A512, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-8265U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
With NVIDIA GeForce MX110, 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. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 4 ports. Much better than most of 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.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Vivobook A512 seems inappropriate. That’s only 4 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

Vivobook A512 the right choice for travelling connected ?

It Vivobook A512 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 A512. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2.3 Kg. Every transport is painful. If you use it on your lap, you will find that it is cumbersome. The reason for that ? The size of the screen.  Its weight is a disadvantage, but the15.6 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
No backlit keyboard on this Vivobook A512. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The energy consumed by the processor Intel Core i5-8265U is in the average currently.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Asus must be reduced. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
With 4 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. 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 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
The connector part is very interesting, with 4 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Finally with the Vivobook A512, Asus deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The Vivobook A512 to make audio or video editing. 

Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this Vivobook A512 can suit you. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i5-8265U of this laptop is within the market average. Having 8 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Vivobook A512 has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point Asus could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Vivobook A512 receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.

The Vivobook A512 for online or local games.

If the question you are asking yourself is « Can I play games with this laptop? » then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. Until recently, with rare exceptions, only desktop computers could be used. With this Vivobook A512, the engineers of Asus have succeeded in balancing the right graphics chip, the processor with enough power, the screen with the right size and the cooling that goes well.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX110 card and processor Intel Core i5-8265U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-8265U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Asus has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For online gaming, it Vivobook A512 has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You will limit your travels with this laptop; the cause? Its weight of 2.3 Kg which makes it one of the biggest on the market.
For autonomy, 4 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Cheaper than many other less powerful laptops. The right tool for maximum performance!

Is the Vivobook A512 adapted to office automation ?

Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. ThisVivobook A512 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
As soon as you have to take this laptop to the office, or on a trip, you will regret its consequent weight. With a weight of 2.3 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
Key spacing will be important for office use. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
Asus chose the matt tile option for thisVivobook A512 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.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In conclusion, the Vivobook A512 is an excellent choice for office use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

The Vivobook A512 in conclusion

Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. With the Vivobook A512 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks