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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
VivoBook S712FA-BX919T 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 S712FA-BX919T Argent. With this VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Asus is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
The screen is quite large, with 17 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The manufacturer offers a processor Core i3-10110U; A mid-range orientation. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. The 8 Gb of RAM available on this VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent is correct, equivalent to other products in the same price range. If needed you can add more, thanks to the extra slots inside.
The 500 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Last point about the autonomy. the VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent 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.
The VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent- the right model for streaming and videos ?
Asus has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
For this model, Asus thought big. A 17 inches screen, and a resolution of 1600×900 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 2.3 kg.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. 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. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. 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 i3-10110U is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
On the application side, Asus chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 4 ports. It’s better than the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
It VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. 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. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
The VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.3 Kg. Every transport is painful. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The weight is mainly related to the size of the screen. With its 17 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
Too bad for the processor Core i3-10110U that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Asus; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 4 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
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. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. Indeed, because of its size, 17 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
On the connector side, it VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent has 4 ports. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops 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…
Finally with the VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent, Asus deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent for audio or video editing ?
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Asus have thought of for this VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Asus has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Core i3-10110U that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. 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 S712FA-BX919T Argent has only got one, with total 500 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
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. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argenthas the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
As you will have understood, it VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent the right choice to play online?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent wasn’t designed for video games. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
Provided with a resolution of 1600×900, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
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. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 500 Gb drive. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
With 2.3 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
The VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent for office automation.
Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
It’s not VivoBook S712FA-BX919T 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. Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. Note that with its 2.3 Kg it is one of the heaviest.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
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.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The VivoBook S712FA-BX919T Argent in conclusion
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it VivoBook S712FA-BX919T 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
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– office tasks