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[Amazon.ca] ASUS VivoBook 14 M415 Laptop, 14” FHD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $499

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[Amazon.ca] ASUS VivoBook 14 M415 Laptop, 14” FHD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $499

Brand Asus
Operating System Windows 10 Home
CPU manufacturer AMD
Screen size 14
Computer memory size 8 GB

About this item
14 inch Full HD IPS-level (1920 x 1080) display
Powerful AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor 2.1 GHz (4M Cache, up to 3.7 GHz) and Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
8GB DDR4 on board RAM
256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Windows 10 Home
Ergonomic keyboard along with a fingerprint sensor
Lightning-fast Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) keeps you connected through any congestion or interference
Comprehensive connections including fingerprint sensor
USB 3.2 Type-A (Gen1)
USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1)
USB 2.0, Micro SD card reader
HDMI Out port

Great price for a Ryzen 5 Laptop, albeit it's not Ryzen 4500U but still fairly decent for a $500 Laptop. Also great if you have any Amazon credits or gift cards as well.

Only downside is that it ships on or after June 2, 2021
[AMD Ryzen 5 1600X | Asrock B450M Pro4 | Corsair LPX 16GB DDR4 3000Mhz | WD BLUE 1TB & Samsung EVO960 240GB SSD| Phanteks P300]
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Is this the same model as what's at Shoppers?
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Apr 24, 2014
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Sydney
Those graphics would essentially be no good for anything but the lightest of gaming, right?
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Jan 13, 2003
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In the hand, these laptops are WAY better than I expected. The time of "cheap laptop = GUARANTEED trash laptop" is over
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Jul 19, 2017
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Ordered this last week from warehouse deals for 524 all in. 464 + taxes. I think its decent value
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Pretty dated. Big no-no is a no-backlit keyboard.. no USB-C charging... Small battery... Heavy and bulky... RAM needs upgrade (shared w/Video!)...

Wonder about screen nits & NTSC [probably not too good at this price point anyway!] If screen is surprisingly good, and it plays nicely with Linux... then maybe... but no backlit keyboard would hurt...

bottom tier model... probably better to save a bit more for something better...
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max011 wrote: Pretty dated. Big no-no is a no-backlit keyboard.. no USB-C charging... Small battery... Heavy and bulky... RAM needs upgrade (shared w/Video!)...

Wonder about screen nits & NTSC [probably not too good at this price point anyway!] If screen is surprisingly good, and it plays nicely with Linux... then maybe... but no backlit keyboard would hurt...

bottom tier model... probably better to save a bit more for something better...
it's literally 1.6kgs/3.53lbs...how's that heavy and bulky? more than decent cpu and a battery life 6+ hours with "normal" usage. i don't understand why are you expecting so much. backlight and usb-c for 500$. hoping you're just a troll XD
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geoffs wrote: Is this the same model as what's at Shoppers?
not the same model. Shoppers is 15.6”
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Jan 4, 2021
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Outdated CPU (not 8 cores), no dedicated GPU like a RTX3080 and only 8GB of ram (32 is minimum nowadays for browsing Reddit on Chrome). Maybe if it can run Windows Vista then maybe but the lack of a 8k screen really hurts.
Better spend $1000 more on something better.
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Feb 5, 2013
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Guys, this is a laptop for people who do web, word processing and the like. Think office work. This is a fantastic value for 500 bucks + tx.

Of course if you want the latest processor and gpu, you will pay 4-6x more than this.
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For 500 bucks I don't know what people expect lmao. Great deal for the price and specs.
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max011 wrote: Pretty dated. Big no-no is a no-backlit keyboard.. no USB-C charging... Small battery... Heavy and bulky... RAM needs upgrade (shared w/Video!)...

Wonder about screen nits & NTSC [probably not too good at this price point anyway!] If screen is surprisingly good, and it plays nicely with Linux... then maybe... but no backlit keyboard would hurt...

bottom tier model... probably better to save a bit more for something better...
Lolll get a load of this dude...
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Looks decent
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Apr 12, 2021
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I own the X512DA, basically a plastic,15in model of this laptop. I upgraded my RAM to 12Gb (4Gb is soldered).
CPU wise it's great. I've ran my machine learning code and processed medical data sets for my schoolwork.

Honest review of the X512DA which is very close to this one: Screen is average, viewing angles are poor, do not expect to game on this with the GPU, battery is average or could be better.
On the plus side, the CPU is excellent, the laptop + charger is very light. I got it for the weight since I carry bike to school with piles of papers.
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jacobspeeds wrote: it's literally 1.6kgs/3.53lbs...how's that heavy and bulky? more than decent cpu and a battery life 6+ hours with "normal" usage. i don't understand why are you expecting so much. backlight and usb-c for 500$. hoping you're just a troll XD
That is pretty bulky.

A typical 14" notebook weighs 3.0 - 3.2 lbs.

e.g. Dell Inspiron 14 5402 weighs 3.1 lbs and is 0.70" thick. Costs $539.

This Asus weighs 3.53 and is 0.78" thick.
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Aug 15, 2015
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Spinner wrote: That is pretty bulky.

A typical 14" notebook weighs 3.0 - 3.2 lbs.

e.g. Dell Inspiron 14 5402 weighs 3.1 lbs and is 0.70" thick. Costs $539.

This Asus weighs 3.53 and is 0.78" thick.
Wow are you other guy's friend? 🤣 Nobody notices 0.3lbs of a difference in weight, it's barely 150g and who notices 2mm difference in thickness in a laptop.
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Spinner wrote: That is pretty bulky.

e.g. Dell Inspiron 14 5402 weighs 3.1 lbs and is 0.70" thick. Costs $539.

This Asus weighs 3.53 and is 0.78" thick.
200g and 2mm. Do you even lift, bro?
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jacobspeeds wrote: Wow are you other guy's friend? 🤣 Nobody notices 0.3lbs of a difference in weight, it's barely 150g and who notices 2mm difference in thickness in a laptop.
If nobody notices it, nobody would be buying Dell XPS or ThinkPad Carbon X1.

If you've been driving Corollas all your life, you probably don't think there's a difference between 15" and 17" tires either.
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Sep 4, 2017
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Definitely a good deal for the specs. I have a laptop with identical specs and a ryzen 3500u, its pretty fast with everyday things, even some light photo/video editing.

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