As an introduction to this analysis
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.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
Notebook enough for internet use?
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.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Material that seem to be well-designed.
It’s a big screen that you have: 17.3 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Pentium N5000. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. 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. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
The size of the hard drive makes this laptop one of the biggest. Even with 512 Gb, you can be sure that many video and audio files are continuously stored. Here, Asus provides with this Notebook a laptop that will allow you to watch all your films locally for a long time.
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. In other words, you will have to keep this Notebook most of the time connected to the power cable.
Notebook for videos?
This Notebook is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight 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.
The laptop from .Asus is imposing by its size. 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. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 2.1 kg, partly because of the screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Notebook. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. 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.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Pentium N5000 that is several years old now. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD Graphics 605, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Asus didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The Notebook only 2 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.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Notebook seems inappropriate. That’s only 4 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. 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. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
The Notebook to use while travelling.
It Notebook is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Asus didn’t really take into account in the design of this Notebook. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.1 Kg. It’s unpleasant to carry. If you use it on your lap, you will find that it is cumbersome. The main cause is due to the size of the screen. For 17.3 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
No backlit keyboard on this Notebook. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
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. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
Too bad for the processor Intel Pentium N5000 that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Note that like all manufacturers, Asus is optimistic about the autonomy of this Notebook. 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 4 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. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.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.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. Indeed, because of its size, 17.3 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 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…
Finally with the Notebook, Asus deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Notebook- the right model for audio or video editing ?
Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this Notebook can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Pentium N5000 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Asus made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Notebook has only got one, with total 512 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). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. 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. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
With this Notebook product, Asusoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.
The Notebook- the right model to play with?
If the question you are asking yourself is “Can I play games with this laptop?” then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. With this Notebook, the engineers of Asus have succeeded in balancing the right graphics chip, the processor with enough power, the screen with the right size and the cooling that goes well.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
Although you won’t need it because of online games, it’s probably one of the biggest hard drives today. The 512 Gb of Notebook can still be used by a large number of players in the case of locally installed games.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
With 2.1 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
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. This Notebook is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10S, last generation.
As soon as you have to take this laptop to the office, or on a trip, you will regret its consequent weight. Note that with its 2.1 Kg it is one of the heaviest.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
It has a storage space of 512 Gb.That gives you a little time before you have to find another data storage area.
In conclusion, the Notebook is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The Notebook in conclusion
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. 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
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– 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