ASUS Vivo Book X505 – Full Review
ASUS Vivo Book X505 is one of the best gaming laptop launched by Asus recently in the Vivo Book series . We are thank full to Asus India for providing us with the Review unit of ASUS Vivo Book X505 for Review and Hands on .
In this post we will be sharing the whole Review on ASUS Vivo Book X505. If it’s worth to buy , How long the Battery last , How’s the performance , How’s the User Experience ? . All these questions will be answered here in this post .
ASUS Vivo Book X505 – Review
What’s inside the Box ?
The inbox elements of ASUS Vivo Book X505 are –
The ASUS Vivo Book X505 itself
Design And Build –
As we talk about the Design and Build of ASUS Vivo Book X505 the 15-inch form-factor remains a favourite for many people around the world, serving as a sweet spot between the now mostly defunct 17-inch machine and the much smaller 13-inch (or less) displays. It’s a favourite amongst a very wide range of user groups such as gamers, office staff and even the college goer. The ASUS Vivo Book X505 is a laptop that comes in variants that are powered by the Intel Celeron and goes all the way up to an Intel Core i5 chip. There’s a decent quantity of RAM and the ability to have both large storage space and speed.
The ASUS Vivo Book X505 is constructed out of plastic through and through, but the finishing on the product adds an element of finesse to it. In fact, the design of the X505 shows that Asus actually paid attention to making a machine that people would not dismiss at first glance. For example, the hinges have a curved moulding which is different from the usual rectangle-on-rectangle connected through a hinge that we normally see. The keyboard island has a nice textured finish which, in some ways, helps keep the hands from sliding around. Additionally, it does lend to the laptop’s good looks when you consider the price. The display itself, which is a 15.6-inch panel, has rather thick bezels, almost an inch on top and bottom. The bezel-less trend may have become mainstream in the smartphone segment, but laptop manufacturers are yet to bite the bug.
Using the laptop for over a week, there are a few things that stand out almost immediately. First is the fact that the X505 really light. The ASUS Vivo Book X505, in comparison, weighs just 1.69 kilos, feels light in hands. This is a great thing for anyone who’s particular about having a lightweight machine. In this price segment, weight and quality of construction are generally inversely related, that is, if the laptop is light, it must be poorly built, and for a well-built laptop, you’re going to have to live with heavy weight. The Vivobook X505 manages to tread a fine line between both.
Let’s go through the specification of the ASUS Vivo Book X505 –
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Processor Cores: 4
Processor Clock Speed: 2GHz (Max Boost of 3.6GHz)
RAM: 8GB, upgradeable to 16GB
Storage: 1TB 5400rpm HDD
Display Resolution: 1920×1080
Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI 1.4
The ASUS Vivo Book X505 also offers a generous selection of ports, featuring two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. On the left side, there is also an HDMI port in case you want to attach an external monitor. Maximum supported resolution for the external monitor is 1920×1080. The left side of the laptop is where you will find all the ports and sitting square in the middle of the USB and HDMI port is an exhaust vent. Thankfully, there’s enough space between the vent and the ports so as to make sure the heat isn’t being blown onto the connected cables. For those who care, there’s also a microSD card slot on the left side.
Overall, the ASUS Vivo Book X505 offers a decent selection of ports and connectivity. We only wish that all USB ports on the machine were USB 3.0 instead of the much slower USB 2.0. However, if you do plug in an external hard drive to watch movies off of, you should definitely plug it into the USB 3.0 port to make sure there are no buffer issues.
The ASUS Vivo Book X505 comes equipped with a generously spaces keyboard along with a numpad. This is great for those who are just moving from a regular desktop onto a laptop for the first time, or even for those who are into coding. The keys of the main keyboard have the standard size and are spaced generously enough for typing to not be a problem. The numpad, however, has its keys all squished together and there are bound to be instances of you hitting two keys instead of just one. Don’t be surprised if you hit an unintended key on the numpad either. Basically, the numpad will require some getting used to.
Now let’s get to the real meat of the ASUS Vivo Book X505. There is also 8GB of RAM onboard and felt like a little on the lower side. The motherboard on the X505 features a singular RAM DIMM and allowing you to upgrade to 8GB of RAM. Our review unit also had a 1TB internal drive spinning at 5400rpm, but there is an m.2 slot on the motherboard which will allow you to use an NVMe based SSD (max 256GB) to speed up the system.
Battery Life –
The ASUS Vivo Book X505 runs off of a 3-cell 33watt-hour battery which manages to last about 200 minutes on the PCMark 8 battery benchmark. In daily use for work, we used the laptop with the display set at 75% brightness and then it would last about 4 hours give or take. What’s nice about the X505 though is that it supports fast charging, where the battery can be topped up to 60% in about 50 minutes. While office employees won’t really feel the pinch on the battery life, students whose classrooms don’t provide adequate power sockets might need to reach for a notepad and pen after a point to take notes. However, you can top the battery up by a little over a percent for each minute you have it plugged in, so top-ups will be quick.
Final Verdict –
The ASUS Vivo Book X505 is a well-designed laptop that can find itself fitting well into the lifestyles of various kinds of users. Anyone who’s looking to buy their first laptop and is on a budget can consider the Vivobook X505, provided all they need the machine for is light browsing, typing up documents and watching the occasional movie or video calling with people. The display on the machine is decent, reproducing colours decently well. The matte finish helps prevent reflections, improving usability. Overall, the Asus Vivobook X505 makes for a good entry level laptop.