ASUS VivoBook V500: A Great Family-Friendly Addition!


Asus VivoBook v500: Overview

A sturdily designed laptop for everyday family use, the ASUS VivoBook V500 delivers Windows 8 in a sleek looking well-priced package.

Retail Price: $729.92 CAD

 

Pros:

+ Full-size, low profile keyboard
+ HDMI, VGA
+ 2-second instant resume from sleep mode
+ Slim profile

Cons:

– Only 1 USB 3.0 port
– Average battery life (4.5 hours)

Specs:
– 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3337u, 3M Cache
– 8GB system memory
– 500GB hard drive
– 15.6″ HD LED display with touch screen
– Intel GMA HD graphics card
– Windows 8, 64-bit, English
– HD web camera
– Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic-in jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack
for LAN insert, 1x SD card reader, 1x HDMI
– Connectivity options include 802.11b/g/n (single band) and LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
– Dimensions: 0.8″ (H) x 15.1″(W) x 10.2″(D)
– Weight: 4.6 lbs


The Breakdown

The Look:
With its slim UltrabookTM profile the , ASUS VivoBook V500 balances its brushed aluminum finish with a glossy black cover.  Details such as hidden hinges and a low profile keyboard add to the aesthetic appeal.  A feature that I really like is the indicator bar on the keyboard to alert you of remaining battery life, wifi, storage, caps and num lock.

The Screen:
Windows 8 is displayed in all its glory with the ASUS V500 all-glass 15.6” touch screen panel.  Very responsive, the touch panel is perfect for pinching, tapping and swiping through your documents – just as you would with your smartphone or tablet.

The Sound:
If rich bass is what you’re looking for, the VivoBook V500 features the exclusive ASUS SonicMaster Lite technology which when combined with larger-than-normal speakers deliver an optimized sound experience that is unexpected from a home laptop.

Final thoughts:

The ASUS V500 is a good family laptop at a good price.  Although it’s on the heavier

** A special thank you to ASUS for sending over this unit for review.

Manufacturer’s Description
The ASUS VivoBook V500 gets even more hands on, thanks to a responsive 15.6” HD touchscreen that lets you tap, swipe and pinch to zoom just like a tablet. Designed with users in mind, the VivoBook offers an incredible mobile computing experience with a stylish and easy-to-carry slim design.

ASUS VivoBook V500 and You. Incredible Together.

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