Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop - Grey model: X510QA-SS12-CB

Ranked #2 among Laptops priced $350 - $475.

Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop - Grey

Quick Description

Designed mostly for cost-efficiency, this laptop won't impress in any way, but it offers a lot of room to store your files and is strong enough to handle common everyday tasks with only a bit of patience.

The key to using this computer comfortably will be to do only one thing at a time; if you like to keep an eye on social media and watch videos while you work on something else, this computer is not for you. The screen featured on this model could have a beneficial side-effect, however, as text and graphics will naturally appear larger on it.

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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+

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.

Currently Exclusive to Staples for $450

Based on 21 days of observation, the Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop - Grey usually costs ~$500 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $449.99. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus VivoBook 15.6" Laptop - Grey 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:

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Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

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

Laptops

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price1/5
Durability1.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage3/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck0.5/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price0/5
Durability0.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0/5
Graphical power2/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy0.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price1/5
Durability1.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power2/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage2/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy0.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: AMD A12-9720P
Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 256.00 GB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(100.45ppi)
Dimensions: 36.07 × 24.38 × 2.03 cm
Weight: 1.678 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 2
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 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 Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)

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 3/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 2/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 4/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 2/5
  • 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 (10 / 11)

Drawing and Illustrations (10 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (4 / 9)

Music Production (4 / 11)

Photo Editing (6 / 6)

Video Editing (5 / 12)

Enthusiast Games (26 / 76)

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Video Games (8 / 12)

Triple-A Video Games (11 / 73)

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