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[Best Buy] ASUS VivoBook 15.6" Laptop - Dark Grey (AMD Quad-Core R5-2500U/256GB SSD/8GB RAM/Windows 10) $599

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[Best Buy] ASUS VivoBook 15.6" Laptop - Dark Grey (AMD Quad-Core R5-2500U/256GB SSD/8GB RAM/Windows 10) $599

I've been in the market for a Vivobook, it seems to check the boxes I want at a reasonable price. I have some concerns about the AMD chip but it integrated AMD graphics seem to do well in reviews.

I was going to wait for the Intel version at Boxing Day, but no guarantee it would be on sale, and has never gone under $649 anyway.

Appreciate any thoughts on this deal.
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Also thinking about getting this. Been searching for a laptop with a ssd drive for a while now. Is there any reviews out on this one?
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My concern would be with the quality of the included SSD. At this pricepoint manufacturers are probably using bottom of the barrel cacheless drives that are only marginally better than a mechanical HDD, and well below the performance of the brand name consumer grade SATA SSDs we've been seeing lately @ sub-$100 prices for 256GB drives and only slightly above $100 for 512GB.

If it were me, I'd be planning on replacing the included SSD with a known brand and price accordingly.

As an example of what to look for if you don't want to replace the SSD..... Dell Inspiron 15 5000 lists the SSD as being a PCIe NVMe drive which will be blazingly fast when compared to a cacheless SATA SSD.
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This seems like a hot price. 256 GB Ssds are cheap to replace if they fail, less than $50 on Amazon. In hoping the prices for these type of laptops drop even more on Boxing Day.
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Non back-lit keyboard and bilingual kill this deal for me...
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gsr519 wrote:
Dec 8th, 2018 12:04 pm
Non back-lit keyboard and bilingual kill this deal for me...
Why is bilingual a problem? I don't get it. It's been a long time since I've bought a new PC with an OS installed.
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Dec 8th, 2018 12:36 pm
Why is bilingual a problem? I don't get it. It's been a long time since I've bought a new PC with an OS installed.
The keyboard on bilingual laptops is cancer.
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This open box Dell is similar but cheaper https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/de ... 16135.aspx
On sale today only $449.99.

It has a 1TB HDD and a slot for an m.2 NVMe SSD. So you can add the SSD of your choice and retain the large HDD.

Bad things about the Dell (I haven't checked if these are true of the Asus):
  • I don't much like the screen (we have a sister model).
  • The HDMI port is only 1.4b, not 2.0.
  • The ethernet port is only 100 megabit.
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Hugh wrote:
Dec 8th, 2018 3:32 pm
This open box Dell is similar but cheaper https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/de ... 16135.aspx
On sale today only $449.99.

It has a 1TB HDD and a slot for an m.2 NVMe SSD. So you can add the SSD of your choice and retain the large HDD.

Bad things about the Dell (I haven't checked if these are true of the Asus):
  • I don't much like the screen (we have a sister model).
  • The HDMI port is only 1.4b, not 2.0.
  • The ethernet port is only 100 megabit.
Dell refurbished, 4.48lb and touch screen vs Asus new, 3.51lb no touch
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Hugh wrote:
Dec 8th, 2018 3:32 pm
This open box Dell is similar but cheaper https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/de ... 16135.aspx
On sale today only $449.99.

It has a 1TB HDD and a slot for an m.2 NVMe SSD. So you can add the SSD of your choice and retain the large HDD.

Bad things about the Dell (I haven't checked if these are true of the Asus):
  • I don't much like the screen (we have a sister model).
  • The HDMI port is only 1.4b, not 2.0.
  • The ethernet port is only 100 megabit.
still the cancerous keyboard.
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The link for this laptop includes a top down picture of the keyboard. What are the bilingual differences? I checked it out in the store and seems pretty standard to me... just wondering what I'm missing.
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sswilson wrote:
Dec 8th, 2018 11:33 am
My concern would be with the quality of the included SSD. At this pricepoint manufacturers are probably using bottom of the barrel cacheless drives that are only marginally better than a mechanical HDD, and well below the performance of the brand name consumer grade SATA SSDs we've been seeing lately @ sub-$100 prices for 256GB drives and only slightly above $100 for 512GB.

If it were me, I'd be planning on replacing the included SSD with a known brand and price accordingly.

As an example of what to look for if you don't want to replace the SSD..... Dell Inspiron 15 5000 lists the SSD as being a PCIe NVMe drive which will be blazingly fast when compared to a cacheless SATA SSD.
is it easy to replace the ssd and upgrade the ram, how many ram slots this one gets? i was thinking about that dell you mentioned too until i saw couple of RFDers complained about the screen, i will pass that dell. if it's easy to replace the SSD on this one, i would choose this ASUS between the two, but don't see any reviews on BB.
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forgetpwd wrote:
Dec 9th, 2018 1:52 pm
is it easy to replace the ssd and upgrade the ram, how many ram slots this one gets? i was thinking about that dell you mentioned too until i saw couple of RFDers complained about the screen, i will pass that dell. if it's easy to replace the SSD on this one, i would choose this ASUS between the two, but don't see any reviews on BB.
As far as I can tell, this is the model on their store website - https://store.asus.com/us/item/201810AM ... cicle-Gold - but I've been unable to locate a manual for it and thus have no idea how hard/easy it would be to replace hardware on it.
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forgetpwd wrote:
Dec 9th, 2018 2:50 pm
this one says (up to 3.6GHz) and the one on BB is only 2G?


either way it still doesn't get us any closer to finding a manual to confirm access to memory and ssd. The only way forward would be to get a look at one in a brick and mortar store.

edit: They both list the processor as a R5-2500U. If I had to guess it'd be that one is listing the max normal operating speed and one is listing the boost speed.
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