- 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
Trackpad and keyboard
The ASUS VivoBook Ultra A512 does come with a pretty good trackpad. It’s something that is actually fine to use. I wouldn’t complain as it is using Windows precision touchpad, hence all of the settings and gestures are built into Windows 10 itself.
Not only that – the trackpad comes with a fingerprint sensor at the top right corner too. Not the most ideal position as ASUS could have placed it on the power button itself. While on the subject of buttons, let’s move on to the next part.
Surprisingly, the VivoBook Ultra A512 does come with a pretty good keyboard. I found myself enjoy typing on the keyboard more than I should have as its travel is pretty deep and has enjoyable tactile feedback on each key press. The key press is quite soft, yet springy, and does not tire out my hands after hours of typing.
The keyboard layout, however, is certainly something special. It is a full-sized keyboard with physical number pads on the right side of the keyboard, but with a twist. The keyboard is not edge-to-edge and the number pad lacks the humongous plus/minus and enter keys.
It also caused the trackpad to be shifted to the left side by a little so that the trackpad is always is just below the spacebar. Depending on personal preference, you might like this offset. For me personally, ASUS did a good job on cutting down the number pad size so that the trackpad wouldn’t get shifted too far off like some other laptops.
Let’s not forget that the ErgoLift hinge is surprisingly comfortable to type on, too. While on that subject, the heat radiating from within the laptop while gaming is coming from around the number pad “4” and enter key area – and that is good since no games ever utilize those keys anyway.