This is the best at this price range. Great performance. Ultimate portability. Breathtaking visuals. Overall a killer ultrabook that solves pretty much anything you throw at it. It would have been great if SSD could have been more (256GB or higher) also a better graphics card (GTX 1050 instead of MX150) Nonetheless, it outperforms most other ultrabooks in this price range.
Just picked this bad boy up at a store today (physically not on amazon so I will restrict this review to the product itself).
What they do tell you? -Core i7 is FAST. This is true. The latest gen 8th Gen i7 is lower power consuming than the previous so expect to get better battery out of it. Do note- This is i7 8550u. The "u" is the ultra book/ultra low voltage chipset that intel sells for portable laptops. This is not comparable to a K or HQ processor in any way. What you do receive is the flagship low power, ultraportable processor and it munches up pretty much anything you throw at it. Do research on the benefits of i7 8550u VS i5 8220u vs i7 &500u (7th gen) before you decide. The price bump from i5 8250u to i7 8550u however, gets you a larger cache and a higher max clock speed. This i7 8550u runs cold and nice for most applications. Web browsing and video etc shouldn't even need the fan, which turns on only when installing new large software or rendering projects etc.
-1TB is good enough. Windows is loaded on the SSD so boot up is under 10 seconds even after setting up Mcafee and Avast. Yes, under 10 seconds. Do NOT install softwares on the HDD, instead keep that solely for movies, music etc. If you install softwares on the HDD you will lose out on the benefits of a speedy m.2 SSD. (not sure of the manufacturer but it is fast nonetheless)
16GB RAM- future proofs you for a good long time. So if you are looking for a purchase and forget, this is a good choice. Do note- an extra 8GB RAM later may be more expensive to install plus all the work involved in opening up the aluminium chassis etc.
Form factor- This is slim and relative light for a 15 incher. screen is large and comfortable. Keyboard does NOT flex, as some other reviewers are mentioning. Key travel, however, is not too deep but much like a MacBook Pro 2017. This feels like a butterfly hinge. Additionally, function keys are well thought out and even placed above the arrow keys for END, PGUP, PGDN and HOME. Trackpad is large and coupled with the Windows Precision sensor drivers this is almost as good as any apple device. Screen does not Screen is Gorgeous. Blacks are DEEP, I strongly suggest you switch to the DARK mode on windows in the personalization settings. Screen is matte and not glossy and bezels are narrow, providing a very immersive experience. Fingerprint scanner is a little small. It gets my print about 8/10 times in the first try. The other 20% I may need a second try. Once successful login is virtually immediate without any loading. Speakers get me confused- Left vs Right Audio is excellently separated, it is clear without distortion. Don't expect thumping bass but more like audio played on speakerphone. If you are playing audio loudly the entire aluminium chassis including the keyboard will feel it. IO gets you HDMI x1 , USB-C x1, USB-3.0 x3, audio in-out combo jack x1, SD card slot x1 & DC charging in (small connector). Battery is about 6-7 hours on light use. Rendering and processing pushes it down to maybe 4. Charges fast.
What they DONT Tell You: 1) Asus warranty is 2 years (and includes the charging adapter)- YAY! 2) Asus warranty can be extended 1 extra year (3 years total)- for a very cheap sum (around INR 700) online once the device is registered (YAY YAY!) 3) SSD capacity- Windows hogs up a fair bit of the SSD. (oh :( ). Fret not- a new system should come with around 80GB of Free space (of the 128). If you do see a 256GB SSD version for the same laptop and have the budget- don't think twice. 4) EDIT: Backlight on keyboard IS AVAILABLE, use Fn+F4 key to turn on and change brightness.. The caps lock key has no indicator. Power key is a key on the keyboard itself on the extreme top right. Power key has one tiny led that bleeds light making that particular key feel cheap lol. Not something you want to see in an 80K plus device. Additionally the power key is very close to DEL so if you press that by mistake the notebook will go to sleep (lol but since boot up time is like 5 seconds that's not too annoying) 5) Not Asus' fault- some software still don't run optimal for a full HD experience. (looking at you, R), such software looks pixely especially text. There are settings you can edit for this. 6) Charger brick is small and wire is thin and light (YAY!) 7) While the lid and bottom are brushed aluminium, the inside palm rest and other internal surfaces are golden painted plastic. Fine for most use but you MAY see paint dull over the years, especially at the trackpad. Not an immediate concern but after 4-5yrs. 8) Asus- stop sticking the i7 8th Gen and Vivobook S510u product spec stickers with cheap glue. Removing these leaves some residue behind damnit. 9) MS Office is extra. Should come bundled or figure out your own way to install. 10)Not a touchscreen although the matte screen is anti glare so it is nice in a way that touchscreen isn't present (no fingerprints).
Overall- 10/10 would recommend for a laptop that you can use for a long time.