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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 S432FA-EB003T to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.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.
S432FA-EB003T adapted to surf the internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. With this S432FA-EB003T, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by ASUS are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 14 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. With a processor Intel Core i7-8565U, ASUS offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. 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. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 8 Gb of memory. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 512 Gb, ASUS considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 6 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the S432FA-EB003T is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
S432FA-EB003T the right choice for watching movies ?
With this laptop, ASUS offers a product oriented toward general use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this S432FA-EB003T is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.4 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
On the sound side, it S432FA-EB003T has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core i7-8565U, 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. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
As far as applications are concerned, did ASUS not install any. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
With Intel HD 620 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. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
ASUS didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The S432FA-EB003T only 5 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 S432FA-EB003T seems inappropriate. 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. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
The S432FA-EB003T- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It S432FA-EB003T is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model ASUS. 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.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Intel Core i7-8565U; 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 S432FA-EB003T. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 6 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 512 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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. Its 14 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 5 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this S432FA-EB003T on holiday.
The S432FA-EB003T to make audio or video editing.
Not really designed for video editing or music. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
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 Intel Core i7-8565U. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 512 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
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 S432FA-EB003T 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 (6 hours). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
On the connection side, the S432FA-EB003Ti s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
As you will have understood, it S432FA-EB003T proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The S432FA-EB003T- the right model to play with?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. With this S432FA-EB003T, 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. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
With only 1920×1080, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
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. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Our tests have shown that for ASUS this computer is not intended for playing video games. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 512 Gb.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.4 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 6 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this S432FA-EB003T a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
S432FA-EB003T the right choice for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, S432FA-EB003T it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It’s not S432FA-EB003T 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. This model, with its 1.4 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 512 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it S432FA-EB003T is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
The S432FA-EB003T in conclusion
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it S432FA-EB003T is disappointing whatever the uses. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks