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Asus VivoBook 15 M515 (M515DA-BS31-CB)

Asus VivoBook 15 M515 (M515DA-BS31-CB)

This laptop won't break any speed records, but it's a cost-effective solution to handle everyday homework and going online.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $470.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck7th percentile
Versatility19th percentile
Power (General Purpose)33th percentile
Power (Graphical)35th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)70th percentile
Storage Space87th percentile
Portability41th percentile
Battery Autonomy8th percentile
Longevity2th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck8th percentile
Versatility32th percentile
Power (General Purpose)26th percentile
Power (Graphical)24th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)59th percentile
Storage Space68th percentile
Portability61th percentile
Battery Autonomy7th percentile
Longevity4th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1366×798 (1366 × 798, 1.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

AMD Ryzen 3 3250U, 2 cores clocked from 2.6 to 3.5 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

37Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.07 × d23.62 × h1.95

Dimensions (in): w14.2 × d9.3 × h0.77

Weight (kg): 1.81

Weight (lbs.): 3.99

Features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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