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Asus X515 15-inch Laptop (X515JA-SB39-CB)

Asus X515 15-inch Laptop (X515JA-SB39-CB)

This model ranked #12 among Laptops priced $500-1000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This convenient laptop makes a compelling solution for homework and other everyday tasks. It remains affordable while including all the features I'd consider must-haves.

Some of this laptop's memory is soldered to the board, but I cannot say how much for sure. As a result, we know that you have a few options to upgrade down the line, but if you do expect a few surprises under the hood.

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+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $550.

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Photo Editor
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User
  • Audio Editor

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck32th percentile
Versatility93th percentile
Power (General Purpose)43th percentile
Power (Graphical)54th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)66th percentile
Storage Space86th percentile
Portability38th percentile
Battery Autonomy64th percentile
Longevity13th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck25th percentile
Versatility96th percentile
Power (General Purpose)34th percentile
Power (Graphical)43th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)55th percentile
Storage Space71th percentile
Portability56th percentile
Battery Autonomy64th percentile
Longevity11th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Core i3-1005G1, 2 cores clocked from 1.2 to 3.4 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

37Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.02 × d23.49 × h1.99

Dimensions (in): w14.18 × d9.25 × h0.78

Weight (kg): 1.8

Weight (lbs.): 3.97

Features

  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • 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.

Additional Ressources

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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