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Reviewed: the Asus VivoBook F512J, #1 Rated Budget Laptop

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The ASUS F512J, A Stunning Budget Laptop Powerhouse

The ASUS F512J, A Stunning Budget Laptop Powerhouse

Budget Price, Quality Product

Finding a laptop that that strikes the balance between cheap and quality is like finding a unicorn in your backyard on a Sunday morning. Elusive at best. Well, dedicated readers, I think I found a unicorn hiding in the bushes.

If you have perused any of my other product review articles, you will know that I am frugal, to say the least. I generally start all of my product research with a fixed budget and I look for products that fall within a certain price range. Keeping that in mind, I also have a list of detailed specifications that a particular product must meet in order for me to consider purchasing it. The ASUS F512J laptop from Staples ticked all the boxes. Let's see why.

The VivoBook packs tons of features normally found at a much higher price point.

The VivoBook packs tons of features normally found at a much higher price point.

ASUS, the Company

Founded in 1989, ASUS is a Taiwanese, multinational computer and electronics company. As of 2021, they were the 5th largest PC vendor in the world. ASUS was formed by four former hardware engineers of the computer company Acer. They are dedicated to bringing high-quality PCs and laptops to the home market. The company tagline, "In search of incredible," perfectly describes the product offerings available in stores.

Incredible fit and finish all around, the details are astounding.

Incredible fit and finish all around, the details are astounding.

Under the Hood: Specifications

Asus VivoBook F512JA-PH54-BAC 15.6″ Ultrabook Laptop

15.6" Full HD (1920×1080) 4-way NanoEdge bezel display with a stunning 88% screen-to-body ratio

Free upgrade to Windows 11

Exclusive Ergolift design for an improved typing position

1GHz Intel Core i5-1035G1 quad-core processor with up to 3.6GHz speed and 6MB cache memory

12GB RAM smoothly runs your games, photo, and video editing applications

Comprehensive connections including USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen 1), USB 3.2 Type-A (Gen 1), USB 2.0, HDMI, and Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)

ASUS BacGuard antibacterial treatment: BacGuard helps keep laptop surfaces clean and sanitary, potentially reducing the spread of harmful bacteria via contact

Ergonomic backlit keyboard with fingerprint sensor-activated via Windows Hello

Fingerprint reader included on the trackpad for secure sign-ins and personal security

Modern styling and ultralight, this bargain laptop is perfect for students and professionals alike.

Modern styling and ultralight, this bargain laptop is perfect for students and professionals alike.

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An Amazing Laptop With an Amazing Price

With an original retail price of over $600, the Asus VivoBook F512JA-PH54-BAC 15.6″ Ultrabook Laptop on sale at Staples for $429 was quite probably the deal of the century. Looking at the specifications for this laptop on paper and then finally experiencing the actual laptop at home pretty much convinced me that this purchase was one of the best technology purchases I've ever made. Finding a high-quality Windows 11 laptop with these features in the $400 price range is nearly impossible.

The ASUS F512J is light as a feather, weighing in at only three pounds. It is designed to be highly portable, making this thin and lightweight laptop a breeze to bring along on vacation or business trips.

The 15.6" HD screen was glare-free and bright enough to view poolside in bright sunlight without any trouble. The natural colors were vibrant and made images pop when viewed from almost any angle.

Loaded with the 10th generation Intel Core I5 processor, which is coupled with an amazing 12GB of ram, makes for a super smooth computing experience with zero lag when gaming or multitasking. I was pleased with the ease with which I was able to edit videos, browse the web, and download multiple files from the web without effort.

Personal security is top-notch with a fingerprint reader included on the trackpad to make secure sign-ins a breeze. Something not typically found on budget laptops in this price range.

I loved the backlit keyboard along with the smooth operation of the keys when pressed. These are some of the extra high-quality touches that ASUS provides to its customer base whereas other laptop manufacturers simply forgo these in favor of profit over customer satisfaction. Nice touch, ASUS!

I was thrilled to have found this beautiful laptop at the super low price of $429 since it has all of the features normally found in laptops in the $1200 price range. Value, quality, performance, and good looks abound in this budget powerhouse offered by ASUS. I highly recommend the Asus VivoBook F512JA-PH54-BAC 15.6″ Ultrabook Laptop. Get it while or if you can!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Charles Kikas

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