ASUS Vivobook F505 15 Inch (Ryzen 3 2200U, 6GB) Laptop Review

The ASUS Vivobook F505 is a very interested released this manufacture. One thing that makes it special is located on the hardware. They usually put of Intel Core I series generation processor into their Vivobook line up series, but this time they give us an AMD Ryzen processor. For under 500 dollars, I think it’s pretty interested because Ryzen APU is not only powerful in CPU, but also in GPU which capable of running some games. This is a good chance for users who want to spend their money a little as possible, but expect for doing some gaming during their lunch break.

This is probably the first and not the last devices using of Ryzen APU by ASUS. The rest of specification for this case is also impressive. You get of 15 inch display with 1080p resolution, 6GB RAM, and 1TB SSHD storage. The 1080p display could be a good selling point since it’s hard to find a similar case during this price range. Let’s take a look inside further and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

Let’s start by checking of its design. Here, the chassis overall looks impressive and feels sturdy, however I notice the chase is not entirely made from aluminum, but also combined with plastic. The lid cover itself is built from aluminum, but it feels quite thin and somehow managed to bend pretty easily during this case. Twisting the lid will resulting of bad impression here although I often see a similar case at this price range. Moving into the back cover, you should notice it’s created from plastic, but I cannot find a maintenance hatch here and means you need to entirely open the back cover to get inside.

One good thing that ASUS always mentions in the marketing of their laptop series is on how thin and small the bezel here. As soon as you open the lid, you will see the screen has almost 81 % screen to body ratio. The screen looks clean as you won’t bother by seeing the black thick corner anymore. Moving a little bit down below, I find the palm rest feels comfortable as it’s made from aluminum, but once again the build quality is mediocre so make sure to take care it pretty nicely during your usage. As for the connectivity, you have a single USB type-C and few other USB type-A ports.

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Display and Input

ASUS Vivobook F505 15 2 The 15 inch display does not look so promising in term of my opinion, but at least the experience you will have is slightly better since it’s already using of 1080p instead of HD resolution. In term of quality, the panel only manages to cover of 60 % SRGB color and having of brightness for under 300 nits. The color accuracy is relatively low and sometimes the color looks unnatural in some points. However, I enjoy of using this screen a lot compared to what I find in Lenovo Ideapad 330 Ryzen which only promises of HD resolution and TN panel. I recommend you to consider this system as you it offers a good entertainment experience.

As for the input, they promise of a Chiclet style keyboard with any backlit support. The keys are well sized here, but I find the layout looks weird and takes time to get used here. The typing experience is nice and comfortable and I just hope the flex is less happened as it feels quite annoying during our typing. The same impression found on its touchpad, the surface is made from plastic and promises a good experience for navigating through the system. It fully supports of Windows 10 precision driver.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:12:11

ASUS Vivobook F505 15 InchMain Specs
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200U Dual Core 2.2 GHz
Graphics AMD Vega Graphic 3
Display Size15.6 Inch IPS FHD
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 6GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 1TB SSHD

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Hardware Performance and Battery

ASUS offers of two hardware configurations included the basic model with Ryzen 3 and the highest model equipped with Ryzen 7 APU. For this case, I take the base model that considered as the cheapest option available here. The Ryzen 3 2200U features of dual core CPU clocked at between 2.2 GHz to 3.4 GHz clock. The Radeon Vega 3 graphic is integrated into the CPU and promising of good performance in both of working and gaming. I can run some of older games like Skyrim and Rocket League without any issue. The CPU performance is relatively low compared to Intel CPU, but the GPU performance is pretty powerful than Intel HD integrated card.

The performance is nice, but what about its battery life? Well, for most all of time I always have of 5 to 6 hours of battery life my daily test. The 42 Wh battery is pretty small and should never give you more than 8 hours of battery result. This is the point where the thing always gets sacrificed. ASUS is well known for adding a small battery capacity on its budget series laptop and I am not surprised anymore here. Carrying its charger around is the only solution you have right now.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:12:11
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Final Thought

The Vivobook F505 offers so many good things that other competitors fail to provide into their consumers. It’s hardly to find an aluminum chassis design and 1080p resolution for around 500 dollars. You might find one with good hardware, but it’s usually end up with plastic case and HD resolution display. If you have not made any option here, then I suggest you to consider of this device as your top consideration. However, the choice is yours so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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