- Page 1: Introduction
- Page 2: Design, ports, screen
- Page 3: Trackpad and keyboard
- Page 4: Performance, gaming, and battery life
- Page 5: Maintenance and upgradability
- Page 6: Wrapping up the ASUS VivoBook Ultra A512 review
Design, ports, screen
Starting off with the design of this laptop, we obviously need to talk about the colors of this laptop. It is available in a total of 4 different colors – Transparent Silver, Slate Grey, Peacock Blue, and Coral Crush. Essentially, it is somewhat like silver, black, dark blue, and bright orange.
These colors are bright and striking. By just looking at them, you can feel its colors just shine to your eyes. I unboxed the VivoBook Ultra A512 outdoors and the brilliance of the color shocked me.
The ASUS VivoBok Ultra A512 is a very lightweight laptop and that is because ASUS opted for a full plastic body. It can get scuffs and scratches very easily, and it is also somewhat fragile as ASUS used soft plastic for the entire laptop body. It is a trade-off that ASUS has made this time around. Just be careful as any scratches will show up prominently because of its shiny, colorful body.
ASUS also maintained a fairly thin body for this laptop together with its iconic ErgoLift hinge design. By lifting the keyboard up by the hinge area, it allows additional cooling and maximizing comfort for typing as well.
Combined with the NanoEdge bezels on this laptop, the VivoBok Ultra A512 feels like a 14-inch laptop and I thought this laptop was a 14-incher… until I realized that nope, ASUS managed to cramp in a 15.6-inch display in this super compact 14-inch body – which is a nice segue to the next section.
Even with a fairly thin body, ASUS still retains most of the ports that we commonly use. On the left side we have a total of two USB 2.0 ports, a power indicator LED and another battery indicator LED.
On the right side, we have a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm combo audio jack, a USB-C port, HDMI, USB 3.0 port, and also the power jack.
The only missing port on this laptop is honestly, the Ethernet port. I can safely say that an Ethernet port on laptops is not particularly important since WiFi is good enough for day-to-day use and even for movie streaming.
Both the speakers are placed on the two sides of the laptop, below the wrist rest area. Though the speakers to look tiny, they actually sound pretty good for what it is. They are not particularly loud, but they actually sound decent.
Coming back to the screen itself, ASUS packed a massive 15.6-inch 1080p display into the VivoBook Ultra A512. Honestly, the laptop’s body is so tiny that I originally thought it’s a 14-inch laptop instead.
That happened thanks to ASUS’s NanoEdge bezels which are only 5.7mm at both the sides of the screen. ASUS achieved 88% screen-to-body ratio with this thinner bezel design, and still managed to fit in the webcam above the screen too. Say no to nose cams!
Through my eyes, the display used here is actually pretty good in terms of colors. There is no sign of oversaturation while maintaining good white balance. I did try doing a bit of Lightroom work on the VivoBook Ultra A512 and yes, the display is good enough for some creative work.
My only problem with the screen here? Definitely its brightness while using it outdoors. The screen here while is beautiful for indoor use, it’s not bright enough to use outdoors – even under a gloomy day and under some shade. Though if you don’t use it outdoors, it’s a great display.