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Affordable ASUS VivoBook S510 Packs Kaby Lake Processor Inside .7 Inch Thick 3 Pound Chassis With A 15-Inch Display

ASUS today announced a rather premium thin and light laptop for folks on a budget. It is the VivoBook S510, and with a starting price of just $699, you can view it as a thin and light system for the rest of us. By that we mean it is much more affordable than most premium looking thin and light systems, which can sometimes command $1,500 or more, depending on the configuration.

The VivoBook S510 is a 15.6-inch laptop with a waistline that measures a scant 0.7 inches. It is also fairly lightweight for a 15.6-inch notebook, checking in at just 3.3 pounds. And when you flip open the lid, you'll discover that ASUS made the most out of its display real-estate by limiting the bezels to just 7.8mm, resulting in a larger viewable area compared to other laptops this size. ASUS calls it a NanoEdge display.

Operating under the notion that "Gold is best!," the VivoBook S510 sports a gold metallic finish so that it looks more expensive than it really is. As a whole, ASUS says the VivoBook S510's design is inspired by its high-end Zen line—both feature a tapered body and an aluminum lid with a brushed hairline finish for an "upscale feel."

As to the hardware and features, the $699 configuration (S510UA-RB51) pairs an Intel Core i7-7200U Kaby Lake processor with 8GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and a 1TB hard drive (5,400 RPM). It also boasts an SD card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A ports (one each), two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, a combo audio jack, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit. The display resolution is 1920x1080. It also has a backlit keyboard and integrated fingerprint sensor that works with Windows Hello.

For a $100 up-charge (S510UA-DB71), ASUS will upgrade the processor to a Core i7-7500U and add a 128GB solid state drive (SATA 6Gbps) into the mix. Both configurations wield a 3-cell battery than can be rapidly charged from empty to 60 percent in the span of just 49 minutes.

Both configurations are available now direct from Asus, and also from places such as Newegg, B&H, and others.

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