Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop model: X505ZA-BH51-CB

I had a few things to say about this laptop

Watch the video below to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. I recorded this during the March 8th, 2019 live stream. The video below starts right when we started discussing the Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop.

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Quick Description

A compact and lightweight laptop for mobile productivity on a budget.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 8 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2019-11-08, selling for $470.

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+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories.

Currently not sold (new) anywhere I know.

It was last seen on 2020-01-06, priced at $399.97.

Based on 351 days of observation, the Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop usually costs ~$400 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $399.97.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Sorry, I do not know of any Canadian retailer currently selling this product.

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Specs

Here's how the Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 256.00 GB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(141.21ppi)
Dimensions: 36.07 × 24.38 × 1.78 cm
Weight: 1.590 kg

The 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 3
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement6/10A technician can help you with that
Memory Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that
Data Storage6/10A technician can help you with that
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

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What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 4/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 1/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (5 / 5)

Texts & Numbers (11 / 11)

Drawing and Illustrations (11 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (5 / 9)

Music Production (7 / 10)

Photo Editing (6 / 6)

Video Editing (6 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (33 / 71)

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Video Games (10 / 14)

Triple-A Video Games (11 / 71)

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