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Asus VivoBook S15 S510UQ review: Attractive cost and core spec, though battery life is a worry

When a 15.6-inch laptop with a 7th-generation Core i7 processor becomes accessible for good underneath £1,000, it catches a eye. When that laptop boasts a slight shade bezel and brushed steel finish, it gets a second glance. However, it’s doubtful that a laptop with these certification can broach opposite a house for £899 (inc. VAT), so where has Asus done a compromises with a VivoBook S15 S510UQ?

According to Asus, a VivoBook S15 has a weight and condensation of an ultrabook. That’s a bit of a stretch: during 1.5kg it’s not a lightest of lightweights, and a 15.6-inch shade also creates for a rather vast chassis, during 361mm far-reaching by 245mm by low by 17.9mm thick.

To be fair, a shade is packaged into a comparatively tiny framework interjection to a slight left and right bezels. Asus calls a minimal-bezel proceed ‘NanoEdge’. At 7.8mm, a bezels are a satisfactory bit wider than a 5.7mm found on Dell’s InfinityEdge XPS 15 9560, for instance — nonetheless this is substantially not a fairest comparison, as Dell’s XPS 15 is in a opposite price/performance league.


The 15.6-inch VivoBook S15 has a full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) non-touch shade and weighs 1.7kg.

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One area where these twin laptops differ in Asus’s foster is a positioning of a webcam. Asus has motionless to keep a tip bezel comparatively thick, during around 14mm, that allows a webcam to lay in a normal position above a screen. Dell, by contrast, has given a XPS 15 a slight tip bezel to element a sides, that army a camera to be on a bottom edge. This creates video job a tiny awkward. Unfortunately Asus lets a webcam side down by tying it to VGA resolution.

The shade has a matte finish and delivers reasonable yet not ideal observation angles. It doesn’t support hold input, yet a full HD fortitude (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) is ideally excusable for web browsing, essay and video streaming.


The Splendid app provides preset and primer arrangement colour heat settings.

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Asus includes a customary Asus Splendid app, that has preset arrangement modes for ‘Normal’, ‘Eye Care’ and ‘Vivid’ colour temperatures as good as charity a primer setting. Eye Care mode reduces blue light levels to assistance forestall eye aria during extended durations of mechanism use.

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Having remarkable that a arrangement is ‘acceptable’, this sums adult a build peculiarity too. The brushed steel finish looks utterly attractive, with quite eye-catching straight striping on a lid section. But it’s als receptive to scratching, as are a bottom and keyboard surround.

There’s a reasonable volume of flex in a lid, and on a whole this is a laptop we would wish to receptacle inside a sleeve and generally provide with some care.


The keyboard has 3 backlight levels, yet is some-more stretchable than we’d like.

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The keyboard comprises well-spaced keys and a large, double-height Enter key. There are media playback controls on a cursor keys. There are 3 levels of keyboard backlight, tranquil by twin Fn keys — one to lift and one to reduce a brightness.

The keys themselves feel a tiny spongy. Their 1.4mm transport is fine, yet a keys don’t offer most insurgency when pressed, nor do they open behind with most verve, so a typing knowledge is a bit flat. I’m not a fan of this low-resistance approach, yet that conspicuous we didn’t have any problem hold typing during my normal speed.

More concerning is a grade of flex in a keyboard. This is not uniform opposite a whole area, yet there’s frequency a mark where there’s no flex during all and during times it is really pronounced. It influenced me even as a comparatively light-touch typist.

The touchpad is responsive, with clicky and serviceable buttons. The Asus website lists a fingerprint sensor built into a touchpad, yet also records that specifications competence change by region. There was no fingerprint reader in my VivoBook S15 S510UQ examination unit.

The CPU is an Intel Core i7-7500U upheld by 8GB of RAM. There’s also a dissimilar Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This height should concede a VivoBook S15 S510UQ to support compute-intensive workloads like video modifying and gaming.

The OS is Windows 10 Home, commissioned on a 256GB SSD. Windows and several Asus tweaks devour a cube of a SSD’s storage, of course, and a complement reported 196GB free.


The VivoBook S15 measures 17.9mm during a thickest point, giving copiousness of room for a good preference of ports and slots.

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Connectivity options are fine, if frequency slicing edge. There are twin USB 2 ports, a USB 3 pier and a USB-C pier (USB 3.1 Gen1, so no Thunderbolt 3). There’s also a full distance HDMI port, a 3.5mm microphone jack, an SD label container and a round-pin energy connector.

Sound peculiarity from a built-in speakers is pretty good. Volume could go a bit higher, and drum tones could be better, yet what’s delivered should be adequate for video calls, work presentations and catch-up TV.

Asus provides a fast-charge AC adapter that it says will broach 60 percent assign in 49 minutes. That’s substantially a good thing, as a 42Wh battery competence onslaught to keep energy users going for a full day. For instance during one three-hour duration of use involving writing, web browsing and about an hour’s streaming, a battery forsaken from 100 percent to 62 percent. The shade was set to 50 percent liughtness throughout.



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Asus has versed a VivoBook S15 S510UQ with a important height in a figure of an 8GB Core i7 CPU and a dissimilar 2GB Nvidia GPU. However, a build peculiarity could be some-more robust, there’s important keyboard flex, 256GB of storage competence not be adequate and a VGA webcam is disappointing. The biggest obstacle is battery life, that competence not support all-day operative for perfectionist users.

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