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ASUS VivoBook 15 F513 Laptop: i3-1115G4, 15.6" 1080p, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD

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  • Intel Core i3-1115G4 3.0 GHz Processor
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 FHD Display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Home (S mode)
    • Free Upgrade to Windows 11 when available; Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device.
  • Ports:
    • 3x USB Ports
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x Audio Combo Jack
  • Weight: ~3.75 lbs

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Manufacturer# F513EA-OS36
Backlit Keyboard: Yes
Color: Black
Display Type: LED-Backlit
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Graphics Type: Shared
Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Memory: 8 GB DDR4 DRAM
Number of HDMI Ports: 1
Number of USB Ports: 3
Operating System Version: Windows 10 Home in S mode
CPU: Intel Core i3-1115G4
Processor Speed (Base): 3.0 GHz
Maximum Turbo Speed: 4.1 GHz
Storage capacity: 256 GB
Storage type: Solid State Drive
Touch Screen: No
Wireless connectivity: 802.11ax


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Jestoner asked this question on 09-16-2021 at 10:35 AM
09-16-2021 at 10:35 AM
Very easy.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/switching-out-of-s-mode-in-windows-10-4f56d9be-99ec-6983-119f-031bfb28a307
09-16-2021 at 10:35 AM
Yes. A few steps, just google it.
Today at 12:14 PM
If you reinstall windows from a USB drive before first boot, it will activate as Windows 10 Home without the S mode. This avoids having to switch modes in the Windows store anytime you restore it.
peopleknowme asked this question on 09-13-2021 at 09:05 AM
09-13-2021 at 09:05 AM
Even modestly powered Chromebooks can handle a good amount of tabs with even 4 GB RAM. While an i-core processor can handle hundreds of tabs. I know because I often open many links in different browsers when I am researching things. At least in ChromeOS, when tabs are just sitting there they aren't active and get refreshed if need be when you click on them. I don't know what windows or Chrome/Firefox do with background tabs on Windows.

For Excel I guess it matters how big of a file you are opening and how many link recalculations are happening when you change cells or recalculate. If that is the case and you make part of your living doing that. Then more is better. For ad hoc stuff to solve problems generate a chart for a presentation I am sure any modern laptop would be able to do that.
lb_oz asked this question on 09-14-2021 at 10:55 AM
09-14-2021 at 10:55 AM
No it doesn’t - USB-C is data only
ZeldaBoy asked this question on 09-17-2021 at 01:02 PM
09-17-2021 at 01:02 PM
11th gen!
Narutaki99 asked this question on 09-17-2021 at 01:02 PM
09-17-2021 at 01:02 PM
The NVMe drive is a 2280 format and will take whatever gen 3 PCIe drive. The 2.5" SSD needs a cable and some what to secure it in that space. Some people use foam and/or doublesided tape.
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09-17-2021 at 04:47 PM
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I'm reposting this from another thread. The review linked above is for the 2020 (10th gen i3 model)

I'm pretty sure the 2021 model is a 250nit IPS screen (Not amazing but very respectable for the price range)

This link review is for an AMD version, but I think it's the same chassis and screen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S...d7o&t=386s

A lot of people are comparing the 2020 to 2021 models (F512 to F513) I had the F512 2020 model on order and briefly checked it out in the store but actually own the F513.

I think it's important to note that cosmetically they are VERY different.

The 2021 model:
- No rubber feet on back of folding hinge (this may have been a durability issue on the 2020 model)
- Chiclet instead of island keys (an improvement IMHO)
- Different color (Navy/Black vs Dark Gray on the F512)
- Colored Enter key (gimmicky but does stand out)

And the big one - maybe…

THE SCREEN

I can confirm the older Vivobooks had awful TN screens that are washed out and distort easily.

The 2021 F513 definitely has a better screen. I cannot figure out if it is IPS or TN, but if it's a TN, it's as good as my Dell Inspiron with a 270Nit IPS. It's not as bright or vivid as my Galaxy Pro 15 but MILES better that the 1080p TN on my Samsung Chromebook 4 plus.

I would like to confirm if the screen is IPS or TN, but when I use it back to back with my other laptops, it strikes me as decently average in a much improved way than before!
Back lit keyboard for those people living on the Dark Side, as they apparently do with this screen.

edit: BeSpoke Black... Wink

8GB on board with one slot maybe?

https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/F.../techspec/

2280 drive and a 2.5" bay?

the processor has 48 Iris Xe cores.

And, I guess, if anyone cares, the AMD version has a 100% sRGB, 300 nits screen available for those willing to try to change the screen.

11lth gen page, no specs yet:
https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/F...Gen-Intel/

Standard Intel drivers:
https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/F..._Download/

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Back lit keyboard for those people living on the Dark Side, as they apparently do with this screen.

edit: BeSpoke Black... Wink

8GB on board with one slot maybe?

https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/F.../techspec/

2280 drive and a 2.5" bay?

the processor has 48 Iris Xe cores.

And, I guess, if anyone cares, the AMD version has a 100% sRGB, 300 nits screen available for those willing to try to change the screen.

11lth gen page, no specs yet:
https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/F...Gen-Intel/

Standard Intel drivers:
https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/F..._Download/
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205 nits. Oof.

Review: https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews...ivobook-15 [tomsguide.com]
The 11th gen is a good boost and should satisfy most people that just want a general computer to do web and run light programs to do some work.
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Basically, I'd like this over the Bargain Super-Slim Gateways 3450u-type I used to own.

Even though the SATA is not as good as a NVMe, I just use the second drive as a clone bootup drive for backups. So it's perfectly fine and I have old SATA SSD 2.5 drives hanging around.
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Quote from ShrewdWren559 :
205 nits. Oof.

Review: https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews...ivobook-15 [tomsguide.com]
I'm reposting this from another thread. The review linked above is for the 2020 (10th gen i3 model)

I'm pretty sure the 2021 model is a 250nit IPS screen (Not amazing but very respectable for the price range)

This link review is for an AMD version, but I think it's the same chassis and screen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S...d7o&t=386s

A lot of people are comparing the 2020 to 2021 models (F512 to F513) I had the F512 2020 model on order and briefly checked it out in the store but actually own the F513.

I think it's important to note that cosmetically they are VERY different.

The 2021 model:
- No rubber feet on back of folding hinge (this may have been a durability issue on the 2020 model)
- Chiclet instead of island keys (an improvement IMHO)
- Different color (Navy/Black vs Dark Gray on the F512)
- Colored Enter key (gimmicky but does stand out)

And the big one - maybe…

THE SCREEN

I can confirm the older Vivobooks had awful TN screens that are washed out and distort easily.

The 2021 F513 definitely has a better screen. I cannot figure out if it is IPS or TN, but if it's a TN, it's as good as my Dell Inspiron with a 270Nit IPS. It's not as bright or vivid as my Galaxy Pro 15 but MILES better that the 1080p TN on my Samsung Chromebook 4 plus.

I would like to confirm if the screen is IPS or TN, but when I use it back to back with my other laptops, it strikes me as decently average in a much improved way than before!
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I'm reposting this from another thread. The review linked above is for the 2020 (10th gen i3 model)

I'm pretty sure the 2021 model is a 250nit IPS screen (Not amazing but very respectable for the price range)

This link review is for an AMD version, but I think it's the same chassis and screen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S...d7o&t=386s [youtube.com]

A lot of people are comparing the 2020 to 2021 models (F512 to F513) I had the F512 2020 model on order and briefly checked it out in the store but actually own the F513.

I think it's important to note that cosmetically they are VERY different.

The 2021 model:
- No rubber feet on back of folding hinge (this may have been a durability issue on the 2020 model)
- Chiclet instead of island keys (an improvement IMHO)
- Different color (Navy/Black vs Dark Gray on the F512)
- Colored Enter key (gimmicky but does stand out)

And the big one - maybe…

THE SCREEN

I can confirm the older Vivobooks had awful TN screens that are washed out and distort easily.

The 2021 F513 definitely has a better screen. I cannot figure out if it is IPS or TN, but if it's a TN, it's as good as my Dell Inspiron with a 270Nit IPS. It's not as bright or vivid as my Galaxy Pro 15 but MILES better that the 1080p TN on my Samsung Chromebook 4 plus.

I would like to confirm if the screen is IPS or TN, but when I use it back to back with my other laptops, it strikes me as decently average in a much improved way than before!
Some f the details like a non-backlit keyboard and a high-spec processor like the 5700U, so I would be careful but hopeful for the screen. -- Note: there are two screens listed for the 4700U and 4500U with lower nits for the lower power one. As for the color gamut, I intend this to be a spare work machine and that should be fine for a work machine with occasional youtube videos. For streaming entertainment I have good alternatives.

This same processor is used for a Chromebook now and it should chew through webpages with no issues.

Here's a M513 disassembly with appropriate caveats as to applicability to an intel version. The chassis doesn't look too sturdy but that's the bargain bin for you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsjGTVM7yQM

Anyway, here is the spec page for the AMD version:
https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/F.../techspec/

The Office Depot reviews are fairly positive.
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I'm in. Wirecutter lists this as amongst the best laptops under $500: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutte...under-500/ I need a PC that will run Win11 and this will do the trick nicely on a budget. Thanks OP. Upped and Repped.
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I have the screen at 50% in my normal work environment. Whatever nits it had is completely sufficient for me.

By the way, this seems like an improved Gateway $349 laptop. Even uses the same type of power adaptor.
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I had the $350 Gateway laptop but quickly returned it when I saw this one. I'm happy with it, it definitely looks like a laptop I wouldn't be ashamed to take out in public, and I wasn't convinced with all the negative reviews on Gateway laptops.

Screen is decent, for this price range I don't think you'll find much better honestly. Decent battery life, I get about 6 hours with realistic usage. Overall I'm satisfied with my purchase, oh and the keyboard lights up with is important to me. Given the viewing angles I'm sure this is a TA panel.
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I had the $350 Gateway laptop but quickly returned it when I saw this one. I'm happy with it, it definitely looks like a laptop I wouldn't be ashamed to take out in public, and I wasn't convinced with all the negative reviews on Gateway laptops.

Screen is decent, for this price range I don't think you'll find much better honestly. Decent battery life, I get about 6 hours with realistic usage. Overall I'm satisfied with my purchase, oh and the keyboard lights up with is important to me. Given the viewing angles I'm sure this is a TA panel.
I agree with you that this looks nice. I am also a fan of very little branding and this thing comes very close to having no branding on it because I can easily get rid of what is there. Even the "Sound by Harman Kardon" is an unmarked indent.

Also, and very importantly, the touchpad works normally on this for me. On my $349 Gateway the touchpad was frustrating to the point I stopped using in favor of a wireless mouse. I have spare RAM and a NVME drive.

When I installed LTSC on the Gateway I loved that background Windows activity dropped to close to nothing.

And the sound is completely decent. It gets loud and is well balanced. Certainly better than the Gateway.
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I agree with you that this looks nice. I am also a fan of very little branding and this thing comes very close to having no branding on it because I can easily get rid of what is there. Even the "Sound by Harman Kardon" is an unmarked indent.

Also, and very importantly, the touchpad works normally on this for me. On my $349 Gateway the touchpad was frustrating to the point I stopped using in favor of a wireless mouse. I have spare RAM and a NVME drive.

When I installed LTSC on the Gateway I loved that background Windows activity dropped to close to nothing.

And the sound is completely decent. It gets loud and is well balanced. Certainly better than the Gateway.
I use a wireless mouse most of the time, but you're right about the Gateway's touchpad. The few times I used it, very unpleasant experience.
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