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[REVIEW] ASUS VivoBook X505ZA, Mainstream Ryzen Laptop Suitable for Students and Employees

Demand for laptops using Ryzen processors is indeed very high. Processors that are known to be very superior in multitasking or playing this game managed to win the hearts of consumers because of its various advantages. Therefore, ASUS finally contributed to Ryzen's performance on mainstream laptops, the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA to answer the request.

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Since its introduction in August 2018 yesterday, the VivoBook X505ZA is intended for users who need multimedia and gaming capable notebooks at affordable prices. Of course, students or students become one of the target markets of this laptop.

Luckily the author gets the opportunity to try the power that is owned by the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA. A laptop that has a thickness of only 18.9 mm with a fairly lightweight - only 1.68 kg - is equipped with a kitchen runway that cannot be underestimated.

The reason is, this laptop is equipped with the power of an AMD Ryzen U Series processor. This makes the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA one of the best value choices, especially from the great potential offered by the laptop. Here are the details of the CPU-Z specifications of the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA that the author tried:

[REVIEW] ASUS VivoBook X505ZA, Laptop Ryzen Mainstream yang Cocok Buat Pelajar dan Karyawan

[REVIEW] ASUS VivoBook X505ZA, Laptop Ryzen Mainstream yang Cocok Buat Pelajar dan Karyawan

In this review, the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA is armed with the Ryzen 5 2500U APU processor with the exact same Zen architecture as Ryzen's CPU on the desktop. Using DDR4 RAM with a capacity of 8 GB with a maximum speed of 2400 MHz. The memory configuration used is single-channel. But unfortunately for storage media, this laptop still uses a hard disk even though it has a capacity of 1 TB.

The advantage of the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA laptop is its thin and light size. For the side of the screen, this laptop is embedded with a 14-inch screen into the body; so that it automatically has a thin bezel with a body to screen ratio of 82 percent.

Part of connectivity, ASUS VivoBook X505ZA has four choices of USB ports that are ready to be presented, and two of them are the best choice.

The four USB ports are 1 x Type C USB3.0 (USB3.1 GEN1), 1 x Type A USB3.0 (USB3.1 GEN1), and 2 x USB 2.0 ports. As for wireless connectivity, the presence of Wi-Fi Integrated 802.11 AC (2 × 2) and Bluetooth V4.2 is ready to be a superior solution. While the rest is a COMBO audio jack port, 1 x RJ45 LAN and an HDMI 1.4 port for multi-display features.

[REVIEW] ASUS VivoBook X505ZA, Laptop Ryzen Mainstream yang Cocok Buat Pelajar dan Karyawan

One of the unique features of this laptop is the use of APU Ryzen 5 as a kitchen runway from the VivoBook X505ZA. For the first time, ASUS uses the Ryzen APU as its newest runway kitchen - which means the performance of this notebook can be on par with its competitors at the same price.

Even with the integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics card, making the VivoBook X505ZA one of the economical power notebook solutions because there is no need for a special graphics card. Below are the results of testing several applications, such as Cinebench R15, PC Mark, 3D Mark, and others.

Because the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA is a mainstream class laptop, when testing via Cinebench R15, the multicore processor only produces a score that is not too high. Even so, this laptop can still be relied on to edit videos even though it takes a longer time when rendering.

When tested in playing video games including; Grand Theft Auto V, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown's Battleground, and The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, the resulting frame rate varies.

ESports games like Dota 2 and CS: GO, this laptop is able to provide pretty good performance with medium graphics settings. Whereas when playing AAA grade video games, this laptop can only play in low or low-resolution settings, it is still considered not in the category worth playing because the frame rate is very low and sometimes interrupt shuttering occurs.

So throw away the dream to be able to play AAA class games on this laptop. It's better to be a little patient to take on higher specifications, such as the ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 or a class of ROG that is intended for smooth gaming.

Conclusion

With a budget of under Rp10,000,000 and only needs to be multimedia and work, maybe the ASUS VivoBook X505ZA laptop can be the right choice. This mainstream laptop, which is powered by the Ryzen 5 CPU, is indeed a new contender for competing laptops. Boasting a thin size and light weight, this laptop can be a prima donna for students who don't want to be complicated or office employees who always need mobility.

The widescreen span and excellent speaker sound make it an added value for this laptop. For the Ryzen 5 version of the X505ZA variant, it happens to have dual channel RAM so that it can be added to make the performance even faster.

The disadvantage is very noticeable on the storage media that still uses a hard drive that makes booting time and reading data rather long. The solution might be that you can upgrade with an SSD to provide even better performance.

Do not worry also for the electrical power used, because laptop power consumption can be reduced to 58 percent lower than previous generation AMD processors. So when used to use a battery with the use of just using Microsoft Office while opening YouTube, this laptop can last up to 3 to 4 hours.

Currently the ASUS X505ZA is available in three variants:
  • Rp6,099,000 (Ryzen 3 2200U / AMD Radeon Vega 3 / RAM 4GB / 1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD);
  • Rp. 8,199,000 (Ryzen 5 2500U / AMD Radeon Vega 8 / RAM 8 GB / 1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD);
  • IDR 12,799,000 (Ryzen 7 2700U / AMD Radeon Vega 10 / RAM 8 GB / 1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD).