The choice of cheap inexpensive laptops on the market is now more and more. Like the Asus VivoBook 15 X505ZA series which is enough for students. How is the ability? Here is the full review:

The design

ASUS X505ZA has a body that is fairly slim and lightweight, in terms of design, overall the ASUS X505ZA looks quite elegant.

Wrapped with metal material that surrounds the keyboard area that also supports his appearance. But once the body structure is dominated by plastic material, which makes this laptop feel less premium when carried in the hand, but as a cheap laptop this is indeed inevitable.

This laptop is equipped with a 15-inch screen with a thickness of only 20.44mm and weighs 1.68kg, with a ratio of length and width of 361.4 × 243.5mm.

Interestingly, despite buried a 15-inch screen, this Asus laptop has a form-factor laptop screen with a size of 14 inches. This is thanks to trimming the screen side bezel which is quite significant. The thickness of the bezel is only 7.7mm which results in a display to body ratio of 81 percent.

Asus X505ZA has a number of important physical ports. You can find the charging indicator, flash memory card slot, headphone / headset / microphone socket, two USB 2.0 ports, and a security slot on the right. Moving to the left side, found a USB type-C port, USB 3.0 port, HDMI 1.4 port, LAN port, and a socket for charging.

Screen

Using a 15.6-inch screen, the display on this laptop uses a NanoEdge display with a 7.7mm ultranarrow bezel. With its vast area, users will be presented with a display with HD resolution (1366 × 768 pixels) with only 45 percent of the color value of the NTSC.

This laptop screen has been equipped with anti-glare coating, 60Hz refresh rate, Splendid technology, to the ASUS Tru2Life Video feature to improve visual quality, and boost image sharpness and contrast levels by up to 150 percent.

With its resolution, it is true that it is still inadequate for the needs of editing photos or videos. But even so, the screen quality of the ASUS X505ZA is still qualified for multimedia file player activities such as watching videos and gaming.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Asus X505ZA keyboard has adopted the use of a chiclet keyboard with a wider distance between the keys. Users will not find a numerical pad on this laptop, but the size of the keys is quite roomy, making it convenient when users use it to type. This is thanks to the tactile sensation that is on the keyboard, so typo events will be reduced.

The drawback on this laptop keyboard is the absence of backlight and caps lock indicator. Besides that what makes it uncomfortable is the size of the direction navigation button that is too small.

Luckily, this cheap laptop still supports Windows gesture capabilities on the laptop touchpad that is located in the middle. A number of different movements on it will trigger certain functions.

Like with three fingers to sweep down to display the desktop, three fingers up for multitasking view, and three fingers to the right or left side to move between applications, and more.

The performance

Comes with a complete Microsoft Windows 10 Home operating system, this laptop is supported with AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Processor 2.0 GHz (2 M cache, up to 3.6 GHz) with 15 watt Thermal Design Power embedded. This processor supports VEGA 8 Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP).

Above capabilities are still combined with 8GB DDR4 1866MHz RAM (dual channel) RAM memory, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD hard drive. With its specifications confirms that in terms of performance Asus X505ZA is indeed quite adequate.

When tested for everyday use such as office work running Office applications, browsing with multiple tabs, this laptop is able to comfortably accommodate without any problems. Likewise when editing photos in image editing software such as Photoshop CC.

Battery Life

For battery power capability, this Asus laptop uses a 3 Wh 42 cell battery that can last up to a day. When tested based on standard use, such as browsing, completing office work, to streaming and watching 1080p video files for 2 hours connected to a WiFi network, with a screen brightness and sound volume of 50 percent, this laptop can last up to about 5 hours

Conclusion

With an economical price, the Asus X505ZA can be a new alternative for those students who want to complete their final project. Or for employees who need affordable laptops with fairly fast capabilities.