If storage space is a determining factor in a laptop PC for you, then the Asus Vivobook S512JA-BQ842T should appeal to you. With 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD storage combined with a 1 TB hard drive, it offers everything you need to surf with comfort. Its 1.6kg silver case also packs a 10th generation Core i5 Quad Core processor for productivity. Its borderless Full HD IPS screen adds a plus for moviegoers while the backlit keyboard will be of great help when working in the dark. On the other hand, nothing should be expected from the small battery and there is no biometric authentication.
Specifications of the Asus Vivobook S512JA-BQ842T
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD IPS LED 250 nits (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1035G1 Ice Lake (1.0 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||12 GB (8 GB soldered 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot (occupied)|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD Graphics G1|
|Storage||256GB 1TB 5400RPM M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Audio system||2 SonicMaster speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||4 hours / Li-ion 2 cells 37Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.6 Kg / 357 x 230 x 19.5|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus VivoBook S512JA-BQ842T
With its refined design and narrow “NanoEdge” bezels, the Asus Vivobook S512JA-BQ842T does not lack charm. Its small weight of 1.6 kg and its compact size (357 x 230 mm) make it the perfect companion for studious outings. Its silver metallic finish is not embellished with any particular finish for a very refined appearance, a mark of elegance and sobriety.
Note that Asus reinforces the back of the aluminum cover for more robustness and a numeric keypad is slipped on the right side, a detail that is not one for those who regularly enter numbers. Also welcome to facilitate typing in a dark environment, the white backlighting of the keyboard can be adjusted to three levels of intensity, a not insignificant even if it will tend to have the opposite effect during the day (the illegible gray lettering) .
The screen also plays a decisive role in the aesthetic rendering of the ultrabook and its refined NanoEdge contours will not only increase the feeling of immersion but also allow a 15-inch panel to slide into a 14-inch chassis. It benefits from a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) which provides a healthy display density for modulating the display or viewing High Definition content in the best conditions. In addition, the anti-reflective coating facilitates viewing in strong ambient light but viewing angles are stable due to the use of an IPS panel . Note that the screen is placed on ErgoLift hinges which will raise the keyboard base when the cover is opened, a plus for comfort.
Well distributed, the connections bring together most of the interfaces currently expected at this level of the range. There is an HDMI output, a microSD card reader and three USB Type-A ports, two of which are still limited by the 2.0 standard. A USB Type-C is also part of the game as well as the AC Wifi and Bluetooth 5.0 modules. There is no fingerprint reader on the menu, however.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus VivoBook S512JA-BQ842T
Storage is a determining element within this configuration since it offers all the space you may need, while ensuring system responsiveness. On the one hand, the dedicated 256 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe) is responsible for accommodating the operating system and all programs and games and contributing to a more responsive execution, shortened loading times and an overall more lively environment. On the other hand, the 1TB hard drive (5400 rpm) will provide a large capacity to archive a large amount of data in addition.
At its center, the 10th generation Ice Lake processor will propel the VivoBook towards productivity. It is a low consumption Quad Core i5-1035G1 which gains a few performance points over its predecessors (i5-8565U Whiskey Lake / i5-10210U Comet Lake) thanks to a finer engraving (10 nm). Essentially, it fully supports everyday use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) and masters a few more demanding applications taking advantage of the multicore architecture (video editing, Photoshop, etc.). Opposite, the 12 GB RAM bodes well for system fluidity and for multitasking, ensuring you several quiet years.
The integrated graphics Intel UHD G1 is comparable to an Intel UHD 620 integrated in the processors of previous generations. This one takes care of the graphic tasks related to the current use and can even support some occasional parts as long as these are not too greedy.
Finally, the autonomy does not really follow the nomadic direction taken by the ultabook with only 4 to 5 hours reached when browsing the Internet with active Wifi. This is below the average for its category.