- Editor's Rating
- Affordable price point
- Quality design
- Good speakers
- Glossy display is reflective
- Lack of SSD
Quick TakeThe Asus Vivobook V500CA offers an all-around decent performance, but failed to wow reviewers in any specific area.
The Asus Vivobook V500CA is a well-rounded mid-tier notebook that doesn’t stand out in any one area. NotebookReview found the Vivobook has an “alluring aesthetic” with a black, brushed aluminum lid and inward slants at the front end of the chassis, which offer a stylish ergonomic design. NBR found the cover is easily susceptible to fingerprints. The notebook is 15 x 10.2 x 0.8-inches and weighs 4.6 pounds, offering a “solid level of portability.” The chassis is made of a mix of plastic and aluminum, which only flexed minimally when extreme pressure was applied. The display case also held up well to pressure. In terms of ports, the Vivobook offers a Kensington security slot, two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone/mic combo jack, SD card reader, power jack, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI and a USB 3.0 port.
The Vivobook has a 15.6-inch LED backlit display with 100 dpi resolution and multi-touch panel. NBR said the display offers “an attractive viewing experience.” The screen produces impressive contrast and text is easily read. NBR found the touch controls work exceptionally well, responding quickly to touch, swipe and multi-finger gestures. However, NBR did note the display is sometimes finicky, with poor strength of the display hinge and extreme reflections from direct light. The notebook also has two speakers capable of filling a modest sized room with audio and “solid performance.”
A Chiclet-style keyboard with full number pad is included in the notebook and NBR found the keys are noticeably condensed, which can limit accuracy. However, the surface area of the keys is large enough to be serviceable and key travel distance and responsive feedback are also serviceable enough. The generously sized touchpad does not have dedicated buttons, but rather designated areas of the touchpad for right and left clicks. NBR noted the touchpad reads all gestures well, but the lack of dedicated mouse buttons was a big issue.
The notebook runs on a 2 GHz Intel-Core i7 processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics and 8 GB of RAM. It supports Windows 8. NBR noted the Vivobook easily handles basic web and word functions as well as more strenuous Office tasks and there is no lag or drop in performance when juggling multiple tasks. However, the notebook is somewhat limited in handling graphically intense functions. It cannot handle 1080 HD video or more graphically intense games. The notebook has a 500GB HDD, which NBR found boasts impressive resume times, but also noted performance was inconsistent. The notebook remained cool and relatively quiet even when pushed to its extremes. The battery lasted three hours and 35 minutes in NBR testing, which translates to about five hours of real life usage.
Overall, NBR found the Asus Vivobook V500CA to be a good overall mid-tier notebook, with its biggest issue being that it doesn’t stand out in any one area. NBR was impressed with the price, design and speakers but was disappointed in the lack of an SSD and reflective, glossy display. The device is priced at $800 at the time of the review. NBR said the Vivobook is a good option for users looking for a device that can do a bit of everything and don’t mind conceding in a few areas.