Asus Vivobook V500CA: Performance

August 20, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (44,681)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 5
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 4
    • Usability
    • 5
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 4
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 5.29
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

Equipped with a fourth generation 2 GHz Intel-Core i7 processor, with integrated Intel HD graphics and 8GB of Ram the Asus Vivobook offers a solid amount of performance at its $800 mid-tier price. The notebook is capable of easily tackling standard web and word processing functions with relative ease. Additionally, the notebook is able to take on more challenging Office programs such as complicated Excel spreadsheets with responsive performance. With its 8GB of Ram users can rest assured that the notebook is capable of juggling multiple programs without any noticeable lag or drop in performance.

Relying on integrated graphics the Asus Vivobook is somewhat limited with its ability to handle graphically intensive functions. The notebook is able to tackle older games and handle low-quality video editing, but without a dedicated GPU the machine won’t be able to edit 1080p video or play newer visually demanding game titles. As an ultrabook however, the lack of a dedicated GPU is to be expected, especially at this price point.

The Asus Vivobook is equipped with a 500GB single platter hard disk drive. Using only a single platter the drive is a boon for the device’s power consumption, but the HDD does offer noticeably slower data retrieval times than a SDD. Regardless, the Asus Vivobook manages to boast impressive resume times averaging between 3 and 4 seconds and solid boot times averaging around but 15 seconds. However, it should be noted that performance was inconsistent, as it took the notebook more than 40 seconds to boot up on several occasions.

Our Asus Vivobook V500CA-DB71T review unit includes the following configuration:

  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • 15.6″ LED Backlit HD 1366 x 768 multi-touch panel
  • 2 GHz Intel-Core i7-3537U processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 500GB (5400 RPM) check this HTS545050A7E380
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 15.1″ x 10.2″ x 0.8″
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs.
  • 3-cell Li-ion polymer Battery
  • Price as Configured: $800

wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):

 

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

 

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance): 

 

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test:

Heat and Noise
The Asus Vivobook houses a vent that is located on the back edge of the chassis sitting between the two display hinges. With the vent facing away from the user the little hot air that is produced by the Asus Vivobook is comfortably forced away from the user.  However, with the device’s single platter HDD and power conservative Haswell processor, the notebook never manages to get all that hot to begin with.

In terms of being cool, quiet and relatively lightweight the Vivobook serves as an ideal laptop.

Battery Life
To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

PowerMark “Balanced” battery life test results (higher scores mean better life):

In our tests, the Asus Vivobook ran for 3 hours and 35 minutes with the display set at 110 nits before shutting down. Running just over three and a half hours, the Asus offers solid battery life. With our tests often being far more strenuous than real-life use, users can likely expect the Vivobook to last roughly 5 hours on a single charge. However, users looking to consume a great deal of media should expect a limited battery life, as the device only ran for 1 hour and 45 minutes in our entertainment mode test before shutting down.


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