In a few words
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Asus R409JA-EK050T Argent to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
R409JA-EK050T Argent to surf the Internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this R409JA-EK050T Argent. This R409JA-EK050T Argent is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Asus is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
With a 14 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. With a processor Core i3-1005G1, Asus offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. Having 8 Gb of RAM, R409JA-EK050T Argent is a laptop in the average. Everyone is free to hand in a little more memory, for work that requires it.
With its 500 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 4 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the R409JA-EK050T Argent is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
R409JA-EK050T Argent for videos?
Asus has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the R409JA-EK050T Argent; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
The computer proposed by Asusis of average size. A model with a standard template, 14 inches, and good resolution. 1920×1080. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.6 kg, it is easily transportable.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it R409JA-EK050T Argent has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Core i3-1005G1 is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Asus not install any. There’s only the operating system. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the Intel UHD G1 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Regarding the connectivity part, Asus has made efforts with available 4 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
It R409JA-EK050T Argent is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. Indeed, with 4 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The R409JA-EK050T Argent to use while travelling.
Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. With this in mind, we tested the R409JA-EK050T Argent. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this R409JA-EK050T Argent of 1.6 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
No backlit keyboard on this R409JA-EK050T Argent. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The viewing is up to the mark.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Core i3-1005G1; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Note that like all manufacturers, Asus is optimistic about the autonomy of this R409JA-EK050T Argent. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Asus; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 4 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 500 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. The R409JA-EK050T Argent is right in the middle compared to the competition with 14 inches and an acceptable weight.
The connector part is very interesting, with 4 inputs available. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
In conclusion, it can be considered that this R409JA-EK050T Argent can be used for travel purposes.
The R409JA-EK050T Argent for audio or video editing ?
Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Asus has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Core i3-1005G1 that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The R409JA-EK050T Argent has only got one, with total 500 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the R409JA-EK050T Argenthas the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
The R409JA-EK050T Argent for online or local games.
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis R409JA-EK050T Argent wasn’t designed for video games. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since Asus has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
With its 500 Gb of space, this R409JA-EK050T Argent is on a level playing field with its competitors. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
For online gaming, it R409JA-EK050T Argent has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With a weight 1.6 Kg and a screen size of 14 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, an average rendering that makes this R409JA-EK050T Argent a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
R409JA-EK050T Argent the right choice for office automation ?
Like the majority of its competitors, Asus has designed R409JA-EK050T Argent for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It’s not R409JA-EK050T Argent equipped with all the applications you’ll need. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. Average weight, with 1.6 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. It’s 500 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In the end, this R409JA-EK050T Argent is a good compromise. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
The R409JA-EK050T Argent – in summary
The conclusion of the test R409JA-EK050T Argent is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– travel use