Seeking Feedback Regarding Your Experiences With Asus and VivoBook Laptops


David Goldfield
 

The Microsoft store is offering a Black Friday deal selling this Asus VivoBook K513 laptop for $799.00 featuring a 1 terabyte SSD, 16 GB of RAM and an 11th-generation I7 processor and I have to confess it’s calling to me. I’m considering it as my current Dell Latitude laptop is fabulous but can’t officially run Windows 11 and I’d like the option to install that OS. This laptop seems to check all of the boxes I really want. It doesn’t have an ethernet port which I’m really spoiled by with my current laptop but an inexpensive hub would surely take care of that. The reviews for this Asus are generally favorable. Reviewers love the OLED screen which as a blind person doesn’t matter to me. I’d prefer something a tad smaller but so far I haven’t found any laptops with these specs for the price. I also acknowledge that I could just continue to use Windows 10 on my current laptop knowing full well that any modern laptop I could buy by 2025 would be even better than what I could buy today and so this purchase is hardly urgent. I’m just wondering if any of you have any experience with Asus, good or otherwise, and if you feel that this particular purchase at an $800.00 price is worth it or are there reasons for avoiding it that I’m not considering.

Many thanks.

 

 

David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

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Don H
 

Only thing I noticed on the Asus laptops I have looked at is there is no
headphone jack so you have to use bluetooth or something to use headphones.

On 11/23/2021 11:04 PM, David Goldfield wrote:
The Microsoft store is offering a Black Friday deal selling this Asus
VivoBook K513 laptop
<https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/d/asus-vivobook-15-oled-k513ea-uh76-156-laptop/8x3ds9vrtm91?activetab=pivot:overviewtab>
for $799.00 featuring a 1 terabyte SSD, 16 GB of RAM and an 11^th
-generation I7 processor and I have to confess it’s calling to me. I’m
considering it as my current Dell Latitude laptop is fabulous but can’t
officially run Windows 11 and I’d like the option to install that OS.
This laptop seems to check all of the boxes I really want. It doesn’t
have an ethernet port which I’m really spoiled by with my current laptop
but an inexpensive hub would surely take care of that. The reviews for
this Asus are generally favorable. Reviewers love the OLED screen which
as a blind person doesn’t matter to me. I’d prefer something a tad
smaller but so far I haven’t found any laptops with these specs for the
price. I also acknowledge that I could just continue to use Windows 10
on my current laptop knowing full well that any modern laptop I could
buy by 2025 would be even better than what I could buy today and so this
purchase is hardly urgent. I’m just wondering if any of you have any
experience with Asus, good or otherwise, and if you feel that this
particular purchase at an $800.00 price is worth it or are there reasons
for avoiding it that I’m not considering.

Many thanks.

David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

JAWS Certified, 2019

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news and events in the blindness assistive technology field.

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Gene
 

I believe there are very cheap sound cards that are like adapters that you can plug into a USB port and on the other end, plug in headphones or anything with the compatible plug, I expect a one-eigth inch plug.
 
I think its absurd not to offer a standard analog jack.  But I believe there is an easy way around the problem.
 
Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Don H
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7:31 AM
Subject: Re: [chat] Seeking Feedback Regarding Your Experiences With Asus and VivoBook Laptops
 
Only thing I noticed on the Asus laptops I have looked at is there is no
headphone jack so you have to use bluetooth or something to use headphones.

On 11/23/2021 11:04 PM, David Goldfield wrote:
> The Microsoft store is offering a Black Friday deal selling this Asus
> VivoBook K513 laptop
> <https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/d/asus-vivobook-15-oled-k513ea-uh76-156-laptop/8x3ds9vrtm91?activetab=pivot:overviewtab>
> for $799.00 featuring a 1 terabyte SSD, 16 GB of RAM and an 11^th
> -generation I7 processor and I have to confess it’s calling to me. I’m
> considering it as my current Dell Latitude laptop is fabulous but can’t
> officially run Windows 11 and I’d like the option to install that OS.
> This laptop seems to check all of the boxes I really want. It doesn’t
> have an ethernet port which I’m really spoiled by with my current laptop
> but an inexpensive hub would surely take care of that. The reviews for
> this Asus are generally favorable. Reviewers love the OLED screen which
> as a blind person doesn’t matter to me. I’d prefer something a tad
> smaller but so far I haven’t found any laptops with these specs for the
> price. I also acknowledge that I could just continue to use Windows 10
> on my current laptop knowing full well that any modern laptop I could
> buy by 2025 would be even better than what I could buy today and so this
> purchase is hardly urgent. I’m just wondering if any of you have any
> experience with Asus, good or otherwise, and if you feel that this
> particular purchase at an $800.00 price is worth it or are there reasons
> for avoiding it that I’m not considering.
>
> Many thanks.
>
> David Goldfield,
>
> Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
>
> JAWS Certified, 2019
>
> Subscribe to the Tech-VI announcement list to receive emails regarding
> news and events in the blindness assistive technology field.
>
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>
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>
>





 

On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 08:38 AM, Gene wrote:
I think its absurd not to offer a standard analog jack. 
-
Not that I don't agree with you, but the trend toward trying to create the "lightest and thinnest" laptop continues unabated.  And that involves jettisoning a lot of things that were considered "standard" for years.

The number of USB ports is shrinking, many don't have an HDMI port, optical CD/DVD drives have almost vanished from anything other than business class laptops, and they are disappearing even from those.

One of the reasons I'm clinging to the laptop I have is because it has a CD/DVD drive.  I still pick up CDs at thrift shops frequently that I want to digitize into my MP3 library.  You just can't do that without an optical drive, and having to hook up an internal one every time you want to do so makes the process much more cumbersome than just "popping open the optical drive tray."

Laptops as a class have been way more than "portable enough" for me for years.  And I've never used any laptop "on the road" nearly as much as I do right here on my desk.
--

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H1, Build 19043

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

         ~ Harlan Ellison


 

David,

While I understand "the itch," and have absolutely nothing against Asus laptops, were I you, I'd wait if you're happy with your current computer and Windows 10.

It is almost certain that a number of features that are being introduced under Windows 11 will be back ported to Windows 10, much like the telemetry from Windows 10 was back ported to Windows 8.1 and 7.

With the current shortage in computer chips, prices are higher than they have been in the past, and almost certainly higher than they will be for the same class of equipment once the pandemic is over.

If you feel you really, really want or need a new machine now, or soon, that's a different story.  But if you are truly happy with what you've got for now, and a year or two, then were I you I'd hold off.
--

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H1, Build 19043

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

         ~ Harlan Ellison


Nimer Jaber
 

Looks like a decent machine to me. I've had a few Asus laptops, and had an issue with one where the sound card went out, but that is no reason to avoid an entire brand. Also, the lack of a headphone jack is not on every Asus laptop.

Thanks.

On Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...> wrote:

The Microsoft store is offering a Black Friday deal selling this Asus VivoBook K513 laptop for $799.00 featuring a 1 terabyte SSD, 16 GB of RAM and an 11th-generation I7 processor and I have to confess it’s calling to me. I’m considering it as my current Dell Latitude laptop is fabulous but can’t officially run Windows 11 and I’d like the option to install that OS. This laptop seems to check all of the boxes I really want. It doesn’t have an ethernet port which I’m really spoiled by with my current laptop but an inexpensive hub would surely take care of that. The reviews for this Asus are generally favorable. Reviewers love the OLED screen which as a blind person doesn’t matter to me. I’d prefer something a tad smaller but so far I haven’t found any laptops with these specs for the price. I also acknowledge that I could just continue to use Windows 10 on my current laptop knowing full well that any modern laptop I could buy by 2025 would be even better than what I could buy today and so this purchase is hardly urgent. I’m just wondering if any of you have any experience with Asus, good or otherwise, and if you feel that this particular purchase at an $800.00 price is worth it or are there reasons for avoiding it that I’m not considering.

Many thanks.

 

 

David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

JAWS Certified, 2019

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David Goldfield
 

Nimer is correct about the headphone jack as this laptop does have one.

 

 

David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

JAWS Certified, 2019

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From: chat@nvda.groups.io <chat@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Nimer Jaber
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2:32 PM
To: chat@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [chat] Seeking Feedback Regarding Your Experiences With Asus and VivoBook Laptops

 

Looks like a decent machine to me. I've had a few Asus laptops, and had an issue with one where the sound card went out, but that is no reason to avoid an entire brand. Also, the lack of a headphone jack is not on every Asus laptop.

 

Thanks.

 

On Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...> wrote:

The Microsoft store is offering a Black Friday deal selling this Asus VivoBook K513 laptop for $799.00 featuring a 1 terabyte SSD, 16 GB of RAM and an 11th-generation I7 processor and I have to confess it’s calling to me. I’m considering it as my current Dell Latitude laptop is fabulous but can’t officially run Windows 11 and I’d like the option to install that OS. This laptop seems to check all of the boxes I really want. It doesn’t have an ethernet port which I’m really spoiled by with my current laptop but an inexpensive hub would surely take care of that. The reviews for this Asus are generally favorable. Reviewers love the OLED screen which as a blind person doesn’t matter to me. I’d prefer something a tad smaller but so far I haven’t found any laptops with these specs for the price. I also acknowledge that I could just continue to use Windows 10 on my current laptop knowing full well that any modern laptop I could buy by 2025 would be even better than what I could buy today and so this purchase is hardly urgent. I’m just wondering if any of you have any experience with Asus, good or otherwise, and if you feel that this particular purchase at an $800.00 price is worth it or are there reasons for avoiding it that I’m not considering.

Many thanks.

 

 

David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

JAWS Certified, 2019

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http://counter.li.org/

To find out about a free, open-source, and versatile screen reader for Windows, visit nvaccess.org

You can follow @nimerjaber on Twitter for the latest technology news.

Thank you, and have a great day!


Don H
 

The latest Zin books have no headphone jack

On 11/24/2021 1:35 PM, David Goldfield wrote:
Nimer is correct about the headphone jack as this laptop does have one.

David Goldfield,

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*From:* chat@nvda.groups.io <chat@nvda.groups.io> *On Behalf Of *Nimer Jaber
*Sent:* Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2:32 PM
*To:* chat@nvda.groups.io
*Subject:* Re: [chat] Seeking Feedback Regarding Your Experiences With
Asus and VivoBook Laptops

Looks like a decent machine to me. I've had a few Asus laptops, and had
an issue with one where the sound card went out, but that is no reason
to avoid an entire brand. Also, the lack of a headphone jack is not on
every Asus laptop.

Thanks.

On Tue, Nov 23, 2021 at 9:04 PM David Goldfield
<david.goldfield@... <mailto:david.goldfield@...>> wrote:

The Microsoft store is offering a Black Friday deal selling this
Asus VivoBook K513 laptop
<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fd%2Fasus-vivobook-15-oled-k513ea-uh76-156-laptop%2F8x3ds9vrtm91%3Factivetab%3Dpivot%3Aoverviewtab&data=04%7C01%7C%7C4b132ce982f2434b81e008d9af813be1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637733791866082590%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=Kvc9s%2F%2BFn6FpI7mCIvMsp6UUGmCxMzwnTHDSFHRoPvs%3D&reserved=0>
for $799.00 featuring a 1 terabyte SSD, 16 GB of RAM and an 11^th
-generation I7 processor and I have to confess it’s calling to me.
I’m considering it as my current Dell Latitude laptop is fabulous
but can’t officially run Windows 11 and I’d like the option to
install that OS. This laptop seems to check all of the boxes I
really want. It doesn’t have an ethernet port which I’m really
spoiled by with my current laptop but an inexpensive hub would
surely take care of that. The reviews for this Asus are generally
favorable. Reviewers love the OLED screen which as a blind person
doesn’t matter to me. I’d prefer something a tad smaller but so far
I haven’t found any laptops with these specs for the price. I also
acknowledge that I could just continue to use Windows 10 on my
current laptop knowing full well that any modern laptop I could buy
by 2025 would be even better than what I could buy today and so this
purchase is hardly urgent. I’m just wondering if any of you have any
experience with Asus, good or otherwise, and if you feel that this
particular purchase at an $800.00 price is worth it or are there
reasons for avoiding it that I’m not considering.

Many thanks.

David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

JAWS Certified, 2019

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