Latest release in the range Asus, we’ve been running tests onNotebook…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.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Notebook the right choice for surfing the internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit that Asus has developed this Notebook.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Material that seem to be well-designed.
The screen is quite large, with 17.3 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Pentium N5000; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. 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. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Notebookis a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
By offering a hard drive of this size, the company is making this model one of the laptops with the largest disk space on the market. You’ll actually have plenty of space to store files and video locally on the 512 Gb provided. In case you would have to do without any internet connection, this size of space can be interesting.
Last point about the autonomy. the Notebook can work 4 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Notebook is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Notebook the right choice for watching movies ?
This Notebook is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
Asus presents this model in a large size version. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 17.3 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1920×1080. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 2.1 kg.
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. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Notebook. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Pentium N5000 that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 605 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. 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 Notebook only 2 ports only provides you with ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
Notebook compatible with on the move use ?
It Notebook is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. At least that’s what we find out a priori. 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.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2.1 Kg. Every transport is painful. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The weight is mainly related to the size of the screen. Its weight is a disadvantage, but the17.3 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Pentium N5000 is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Asus; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 4 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
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. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Notebook will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The reason for this is its size; with 17.3 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Finally with the Notebook, Asus deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Notebook to make audio or video editing.
If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this Notebook is the right choice. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Pentium N5000 does best. 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. 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 Notebook has only got one, with total 512 Gb storage for your movies and music. 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 (4 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Notebook 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. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
This is a good product to start doing audio-visual editing. You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
Notebook the right choice to play online?
Today’s most popular gaming titles require performance and can take up huge amounts of storage space: this laptop meets both of these requirements. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. Thanks to this Notebook, Asus has designed a laptop powerful enough to meet this need.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Asus like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
This laptop has one of the largest internal storage spaces. The 512 Gb of Notebook can still be used by a large number of players in the case of locally installed games.
A better access to wifi on this Notebook that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. 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.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 17.3 inches size.
For autonomy, 4 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
Clearly, a good quality rendering on the graphics, a size of 17.3 inches, thin and rather light (2.1 Kg), make this Notebook an excellent one for a video game use. Cheaper than many other less powerful laptops. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!
The Notebook for office automation.
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. Perfectly office oriented, this Notebook is efficient.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10S.
Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. This model weighs 2.1 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
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.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Regarding the size of the hard disk, it has 512 Gb.Today it is one of the largest storage capacities available.
In conclusion, the Notebook is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
Notebook the right choice for the right use
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Notebook corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
In summary, we advise this model for :
– playing video games
– office tasks