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ASUS VivoBook X505 Detailed Review

Asus VivoBook X505: Design and Build

Talking of the design, Asus VivoBook X505 got a surprisingly great construction considering the price. Even though the body is made of abs plastic, the lid is made of aluminum with brushed finish which makes the laptop look fabulous when paired with a palm rest also made of aluminum with fairy well texture.

The metal finish feels cool to the touch and doesn’t easily catch oil marks after prolonged use of 12 hours. though the body of the Vivobook feels sturdy, the display panel flexes but not to a point where it disrupts user experience(though using one hand to open the lid is not advised).

and talking of the weight this thing’s gonna add to your bag-pack, the vivobook x505 as a 15.6inche laptop that weighs just 1.6kgs thanks to it’s ultra-thin construction and light design

Asus VivoBook X505: Display

The Asus Vivobook X505 boasts anti-glare full HD 15.6inch 1080p IPS panel with a resolution of as expected 1920 x 1080p with a aspect ratio of 16:9. The response time of the display panel is 26ms and the pixel density of the display panel is 142 pixel per inch which effectively becomes retina when viewed from a distance of more than 60cm(from this distance the eye can’t tell the different pixel apart anymore).

Talking of professional productivity prospective, this display definately isn’t something which you’ll be willing to use for tasks that demand color accuracy such as photoshop editing as it covers only 55% of the sRGB spectrum with a max brightness of only 251 nits(cd/m2).

But despite of it’s below average color production and not so impressive brightness, it should be good enough for an average person to do fairly basic tasks like watching movies and surfing the internet comfortably without causing eye strain from using it for longer periods of time.

Asus is known to sprinkle its own software into the mix and here also it enables you to choose between 4 different display modes, namely Normal, Vivid, Eye Care, and Manual. The display is set to normal by default, but you can pick Eye Care to apply a night light filter.

Asus VivoBook X505: Keyboard

Moving on to the keyboard, the VivoBook X505 packs a standard chiclet keyboard with no numpad which is a personal preference thing.

It can be said that Asus is looking at professionals and students to market its latest entrant into India and if the keys are well-spaced out instead of being stuffed into the limited space then it’s all fine, right?

While the keys here did offer a good amount of travel, however, the keys are wobbly and the keyboard deck has some flex to it.if you are a little too fast and hard with typing, the keyboard wasn’t really stiff enough to handle the pressure.

Also, there is no LED indicator in the Caps Lock key, nor does the laptop show when the function has been activated with an on-screen popup.

Asus VivoBook X505: Touchpad

Asus has included a decent-sized touchpad on the VivoBook X505 with a single button at the bottom, where the left and right clicks are defined by a small line down the middle. The touchpad here is made  of plastic with a matte texture so it doesn’t feel cheap to the touch and offers a comfortable scrolling experience.

Asus has elevated the experience by including Windows Precision Drivers on the VivoBook X505. Many budget laptops don’t place focus on the touchpad experience, which is used extensively every day over the lifetime of the laptop, but this laptop does that and makes it easier to navigate around.

Asus VivoBook X505: Ports and Connectivity

The Asus Vivobook X505 have all the connectivity options that one might need on a daily basis and is evenly between both hand sides.

The left side packs the DC port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, an HMDI port, a USB Type-A 3.0 port (also referred to as SuperSpeed USB port), and a USB Type-C port.

You can also use the USB Type-C earphones with this laptop.

Moving to the right side, there’s the Kensington Lock, 2x  USB-A 2.0 ports, a combo headphone jack (which supports an earphone with an in-line microphone), and a multi-format card reader.

As for the connectivity aspect, the VivoBook X505  offers Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2×2 MIMO support. There’s also Bluetooth 4.2 support that comes in handy for using wireless headsets, Bluetooth speakers.

Asus VivoBook X505: Performance

Under the hood Asus offers two variants for the Vivobook X505 in India.

On the lower end, Vivobook x505 got AMD Ryzen 3 2000U processor with 1mb cache and  base clock of 2.5ghz and boost clock of 3.4ghz coupled with a Vega 3 graphics.

And on the upper end, it got AMD Ryzen 5 2500u processor with 2mb cache and base clock of 2.0ghz and boost clock of 3.6ghz coupled with a Vega 8 graphics.

Both the variants have up to 8 GB SDRAM with a  SO-DIMM socket for expansion, up to 16 GB SDRAM and a 5400rpm 1tb SATA HDD which is slightly disappointing given the naturally slow speed of it which degrades the overall performance of the laptop. An upgrade to ssd is highely recommended for such reasons and an ssd will definately increase the user experince by a segnificant margin. 

In regular day-to-day use, the VivoBook X505’s performance is pretty good. The laptop is able to handle daily  needs with ease, one can easily have 15-20 tabs open in Opera and Microsoft Edge at the same time.

Performance in Gaming

The VivoBook X505 is certainly not made for gaming in mind but one can enjoy a few popular game titles like CS:GO, Fornite, Battelfield, PUBG Mobile on the emulator, and many more.

Though out of the box one might suffer from drops even with the above-mentioned titles, one shall be able to ger playable performance with a RAM and SSD upgrade and by using optimal settings.

Asus VivoBook X505: Thermals

This laptop includes only a single fan module at the rear end, sitting right under the SonicMaster logo that’s visible above the keyboard deck. While the VivoBook X505 stays cool during regular use, i.e. While browsing or even while using Photoshop, but it tends to heat up when gaming on it. Not extremely hot, but mildly hot! Asus has equipped the laptop with its proprietary IceCool technology that should keep the temperatures low using smart fan control, internal heat pipes, and the fan design. All this means palm rest should be at room temperature even while gaming.

Under extreme loads, the temperature is found be around 40-42 degrees but the high-temperature zone was concentrated around the top, above the keyboard. The keyboard deck and the palm rest, however, stays cool and dosen’t mess with the experience.

Asus VivoBook X505: Camera

The VivoBook X505 comes bundled with a 0.3MP VGA camera and the picture quality is as expected way below average as one might compare it with the quality one might get with a budget smartphone the days.

Considering the price and slim build of this laptop,one should not be complaining about the picture quality as it would mostly be used for work-related Skype calls and it’s decent enough for it. However, if you’d like to click some personal photos and videos, then the Microsoft Camera app will come in quite handy.

 The Microsoft Camera app shows what you’re recording on the screen in real-time (up to 480p @ 30fps) and it’s good to see that the webcam on board has a decent refresh rate. There are no stutters in the video recording when you move your head around. You can also play around with the app settings, enable Digital Video Stabilization, to make it just slightly better.

Asus VivoBook X505: Audio

It’s safe to say for the given price that the Vivobook x505 is made for a casual user, who is likely to carry it to the workplace or lectures during the day and use it as their primary source of entertainment at night. It is not only the display that plays a major role but instead, the audio output can help make the experience worthwhile. We cannot say that about the Asus VivoBook X505 that we have right here.

Asus may like to boast about the SonicMaster audio tuning and technology, but the audio output here is just average. The poor placement of the speakers could be a big factor.

The SonicMaster branding may excite users at first, but the speakers are pretty average and nothing close to what Asus boasts off.

The VivoBook X505 has two tiny speaker grills on either edge, at the bottom front and the sound output is not well-balanced and lacks bass. 

The output was sufficiently loud when the VivoBook X505 was placed on a table, however, moving to the comfort of your bed or placing the laptop on your lap would definately muffle the sound.

You can jump into the Audio Wizard software on board to choose from among 5 different audio modes, such as movie, music, and gaming, to tweak the audio output, but that doesn’t affect sound quality too much.

Asus VivoBook X505: Battery Life

The ASUS VivoBook F5050 is powered by a 42Wh 3-cell battery which is not big for a 15.6-inch notebook. Battery life is average. You can get around 4 hours inside but this is a trend we see with the mobile Ryzen processors also.

If you’re looking to travel around with this laptop then you might want to lower the brightness or make sure you have a power outlet close by to charge up every few hours.

VivoBook X505’s Charging Brick

Talking about the charging capabilities of the VivoBook X505, Asus bundles a 45W (19V, 2.37A) charging adapter with the laptop and tests that it fully charge it in about 2 hours and 15 minutes– which is quite decent but still a bit slow when you consider the amount of charge it holds.

This laptop also comes backed by Asus’ fast-charging technology that in theory helps juice up the laptop to 60% in 49 minutes slows down later in the charging process.

Asus has also bundled its own ‘Battery Health’ monitoring software on the VivoBook X505 and one can choose from 3 charging modes- Full Capacity, Balance, Maximum lifespan, to cap the charging capacity and prolong the battery life.

Asus VivoBook X505: Pros and Cons

The ASUS VivoBook x505 turned out to be a great budget-friendly notebook.

We are particularly fond of the weight of the notebook – just 1.60 kg and the addition of a USB Type-C port at this price. You also get some fairly premium features like relatively thin screen bezels. And to be fair, the cooling system handles our stress tests better than a lot of competitors.

Of course, there has to be something which isn’t so perfect to keep the price so competitive. For instance, we are fairly disappointed with the battery life. Four hours might get you through the day depending on usage.

The build quality is a bit questionable. The notebook has a metal lid which adds a nice touch to the overall construction but the area around and above the hinges is quite flexible. We are also not fans of the keyboard. It is comfortable for typing but the untraditional layout might take some time to get used to and there is no illumination.

This makes it an ideal laptop for college students and professionals, who usually need to carry out their work in word processors, browse the web, Netflix and chill, and also have some fun game time.

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