Pros: - Ryzen 7 5700U, 8 core, 16 threads
-512gb NVME SSD
Cons: -Single band (antenna) Wifi-5 (802.11AC) and BT 4.1
-The webcam is very low resolution by 2021 standards (480p)
-Doesn't charge via USB-C port in 2021
Overall Review: A laptop with similar main specs (Ryzen 7 5700U, 512gb NVME SSD, and 16gb RAM) usually cost $100-200 more depending on the brand. I was curious how they could reach this price point with that excellent mix of specs. As listed in my cons for this laptop, the cuts were made in the WiFi card, the webcam, and lack of USB-C charging.
The WiFi card is only 802.11AC or Wifi-5 and BT 4.1. Seeing as the WiFi standard is already moving on to Wifi-6e, that's already 1.5 generations behind and Bluetooth is on v5.2 now. I cracked the case open to check out the internals and was additionally disappointed to learn the WiFi chip is single band only (1x antenna) which was not mentioned in the specs. There's physically no port on the WiFi chip to add a second antenna so you'd need to buy a new chip as well as a second antenna if you wanted to upgrade.
The webcam as noted is only VGA 640x480 resolution. It.... works, but the image quality reminds me of webcams from like 20 years ago. 720p at least would have been nice. You'd be better off having a zoom conference on your smartphone's front facing camera quite honestly.
Lastly, the lack of USB-C charging is a little irritating considering the laptop does have a USB-C port. Thankfully the power brick is pretty small (it's only a 45w unit), but still it's one extra proprietary thing you'll have to lug around. Imagine needing only one USB-C charger that could charge your phone, laptop, and tablet? When USB-C will soon be capable of handling 240w with its newest revision, the lack of USB-C charging is a huge omission for a laptop released in 2021.
Battery capacity is a little low comparatively, however that's unavoidable given the thin size and light weight of the laptop so I'm indifferent on that part.
Negatives aside, the 5700U processor is fantastic. It's very powerful compared to a lot of the Intel mobile chips. Admittedly it's only Zen 2 architecture, but you're not really missing out on much from a general productivity standpoint. The NVME SSD and 16GB of ram complement the processor very well. The system is very responsive and applications open quickly. The fingerprint reader is also very fast and seems to be reliable. Overall a great laptop, I'd just plan on getting an external webcam if you need to have web conferences often and hopefully you're okay with lugging around an extra power brick. The WiFi card can be replaced/upgraded to a newer standard (Intel AX210 works with AMD processors) via the m.2 slot, just plan on having to buy an additional antenna with the new WiFi card and finding a place to install said antenna.
Pros: Fast and smooth. The 8 core smokes everything I throw at it...mind you, I don't use it for gaming, just web development and everyday office applications.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I definitely recommend this product.
Overall Review: Its super fast. Can handle all of my work and web development needs
Battery charges super fast and lasts a long time
Display is crisp
Incredible volume for such a light laptop
Pros: - Decent CPU (Ryzen 5700U, 8c/16t Zen 2 + 8 CU Vega IGP)
- Pretty good memory capacity (16 GB DDR4-3200 CL22, dual channel)
- Pretty good storage (512 GB SSD @ PCIe 3.0 x4)
- Light weight
- Attractive chassis
- Anti-glare screen coating
- Backlit keyboard with numpad
Cons: - Meh keyboard: minimal key travel and a very small numpad
- Loaded down with bloatware out of the box
- Not available with a 1 TB SSD
- Not available with Zen 3 APUs (5600U or 5800U)
- Intermittent connectivity problems (SEE BELOW)
Overall Review: I selected this laptop because my old one gave up the ghost and this one seems to offer the best balance of performance, light weight, and relatively low cost for my needs. Unfortunately, in the two weeks or so that I've had this thing, it has already had at least three distinct problems. First off, the fingerprint reader only works if you lightly tap the pad of your digit to it. If you're a little off center, or if you poke it at just the wrong angle, it'll refuse to read and make you type in your password. Not a big deal, but still annoying. Next, it seems like there might be an issue with the display connection. It went completely black at one point, then after a few seconds, flickered and turned back on at a low brightness setting. That looks to me like a loose internal connection or bad drivers. Either way, not really excusable. Finally, what prompted me to write this review is that the onboard Bluetooth adapter straight-up STOPPED WORKING. Remember, I've had this thing for less than two weeks. I don't just mean that I'm having connectivity issues, I mean the Bluetooth adapter isn't even recognized by the system. All the Bluetooth settings in Device Manager suddenly disappeared, and won't come back even after a device restart. I would peel the chassis open myself and ensure it's properly connected, but to forestall any accusations of misuse or improper maintenance, I think I'll just contact ASUS instead. It's really unfortunate that I can't use Bluetooth and extremely inconvenient that it happened so suddenly while I was using the system. I can't use my wireless mouse, I can't use my wireless headphones, and I can't tether the computer to my cell phone to use it as a wireless hotspot. Completely inexcusable issue for any product, let alone a new laptop practically straight out of the box.
Pros: Very fastttt ssd. It sometimes takes 4-6 seconds to boot.
Storage capacity is ok.
I use it for VMs, video editing and photo editing. It can do 1080p on davinci resolve with smooth playback unless if you're adding some effects can hinder the playback. I haven't tested it with 4k yet but according to reviews the 5700u is capable of editing 4k with ok playback.
Cons: The front camera is of terrible quality but that's what you get for buying a laptop with these strong specs at this price point.
Battery lifetime is like 3 hours or so.
Other than that nothing is bad.
Overall great laptop, it does most of the job for me.
Overall Review: Reiceved the product within 4 days!! Exceeding the expected time.
Cons: The box was majorly damaged and not packaged as securely as I would have liked for the money I paid.
Overall Review: I would recommend this product. Camera quality isnt the greatest resolution. Thats the only con for now I have seen.
Pros: good performance
Cons: battery no long so much
Overall Review: this is the best laptop for these price range
Pros: Fast as one would expect from the Ryzin processor.
Even though on die graphics, they are fantastic, I am not a heavy gamer, do use for movies.
Cons: Bluetooth has already quit, have tried reloading drivers, reloading windows, on and on .... bluetooth does not exist on this machine anymore .... that is a real turn off for Asus as a whole when this laptop is only 3.5 months old.
Overall Review: ***DO NOT RECOMMEND***