Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on ASUS Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T to find out what it was worth.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T 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 Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T. An inexpensive computer such as Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T may seem to be the solution. 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.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by ASUS with a lot of care.
The manufacturer offers a processor Amd Quad iRNUM r5-3500u; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. 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. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 512 Gb, this Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of 9 hours is one of the worst on the market. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. In other words, you will have to keep this Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T most of the time connected to the power cable.
Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T the right choice for watching movies ?
ASUS presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.6 kilogram.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Amd Quad iRNUM r5-3500u, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
On the application side, ASUS chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
With AMD RadeonTM Vega 8 Graphics, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T only 4 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. Indeed, with 9 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 Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model ASUS. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
With a weight of 1.6 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 14 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
The touch screen is present on the Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
The backlit keyboard decided by ASUS for this model was not Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T really necessary, but it will be useful if you work in a dimly lit plane, taxi or subway. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
Too bad for the processor Amd Quad iRNUM r5-3500u that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 9 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 512 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. Thanks to this, ASUS was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 4 possibilities. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
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…
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T on holiday.
The Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T to make audio or video editing.
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of ASUS have thought of for this Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. 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. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Amd Quad iRNUM r5-3500u. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of ASUS have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 512 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (9 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T receives the USB3 connection. 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. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T the right choice to play online?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. With this Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, ASUS has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.512 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.6 Kg.
For autonomy, 9 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T for office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, ASUS has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It’s not Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T equipped with all the applications you’ll need. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. ASUS in this product line. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. An almost featherweight of 1.6 Kg.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T.
With only 512 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
What about the Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T ?
This Zenbook UM462DA-AI028T will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks