Asus recently launched Vivobook X507, an affordable laptop in India that comes with a mostly standard set of specifications but holds a few surprises and is a decent option for students. The Vivobook X507 that’s powered by 7th generation Intel Core processor was launched in partnership with Paytm and will be available at Paytm Mall for Rs. 21,9990 (after cashback).
We went hands-on with the new Asus laptop and used it for few weeks to find out what it has to offer and how much promise it holds in practice. Is it a good affordable laptop and is it worth buying? Let’s find out in our review.
Design, Keyboard, and Trackpad
The Asus Vivobook X507 comes with a brushed metal finish that makes it look attractive. It’s a light machine but doesn’t feel all that solid, which is fine for an affordable laptop. The hinges are noticeably bigger and mandate that you open the X507 using two hands.
The laptop has a full sized chicklet keyboard but the Numpad feels a bit cramped. Perhaps X507 would have fared better without it but some users do prefer an additional Numpad. The keyboard lays slightly lower than the trackpad area which helps with comfortable typing. Key travel and tactile feedback feel adequate and good for an affordable laptop.
The trackpad has a smooth finish and works fine. As is the convention, the single tap registers left click and two finger tap gives you right click. Asus has also added a fingerprint reader which qualifies as a nice touch.
The Vivobook X507 has a full HD Anti-glare display 15.6-inches in size with Nanoedge ultra-slim bezels which measures 8.1mm in thickness and has an overall 75.4% screen to body ratio
Asus is not using an IPS LCD panel and has a regular TN panel instead. This could theoretically result in average viewing angles and color shift when viewed from sides.
During our time with the device, we felt that the viewing angles were just fine. This might be due to the fact that Asus has used Asus splendid and true 2 life technology for accurate color and video quality enhancement.
The X507 screen seems to be good enough for practical day-to-day usage. We didn’t face any issues with the display while browsing websites, playing videos or while running entry-level games.
The hardware used on the Vivobook is quite basic on the entry-level model. You get Intel Celeron processor paired with 4GB RAM and 1TB of HDD. But the top model offers 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor, with 8GB RAM, 2GB Nvidia Mx100 discreet graphics and 1TB HDD.
The one we reviewed had Intel Core i3 6006U processor along with 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 520. The good thing is Asus has added an m.2 port and you can use it to had SSD storage to gain a significant performance boost.
As for ports, you will find a headphone jack, 3 x USB 3.0, HDMI, MicroSD card slot, indicator lights for HDD read, and a Kensington lock.
The Vivobook X507 holds enough hardware for “office work” and for entertainment usage. Viewing this as a gaming machine should be expecting too much. It comes with a 3-cell 33WHrs Li-ion battery which supports rapid charge and users can get 60% battery in 49 mins.
Priced at 27,990 INR for the Core i3 model with 4GB RAM, the Vivobook X507 is an affordable option that should make sense for students or light users. The option to upgrade with SSD storage further adds to its appeal and assures that it could hold well in the long run. This is undoubtedly a good budget laptop with a fingerprint sensor under 30,000 INR.