The L406MA – Intel Pentium Silver N5000 from Asus : a good compromise for office automation

Foreword

Is the L406MA for you?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.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

L406MA to surf 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.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is to respond to this type of need that Asus has developed this L406MA.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
A medium-sized, 14 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. This laptop 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 L406MA 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.
A reasonable choice equips this model; the Intel Pentium Silver N5000. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 64 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this L406MA most of the time connected to the power cable.

L406MA for videos?

High quality, the engineers of Asus have chosen to make this L406MA the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
Asus has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. A model with a standard template, 14 inches, and good resolution. 1366×768. 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 2 kg, it is easily transportable.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. 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 fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
On the sound side, it L406MA has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The L406MA has a processor Intel Pentium Silver N5000, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
With Intel UHD 600, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
It L406MA is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. 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.

Is L406MA planned for travelling ?

One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. With this in mind, we tested the L406MA. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2 Kg. Every transport is painful. 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. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
This L406MA is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
No backlit keyboard on this L406MA. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The screen shows an interesting result.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
The energy consumed by the processor Intel Pentium Silver N5000 is in the average currently.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
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 64 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.
Knowing that you’ll have to carry this laptop by plane, train, or other means, it’s handy. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 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…
Asus clearly provides with this L406MA a very good choice for the trip.

The L406MA to make audio or video editing. 

For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this L406MA may be fine. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Pentium Silver N5000 of this laptop is within the market average. Having 4 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Asus made the choice to put only one SSD. 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 L406MA allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 64 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The autonomy of this L406MA is of 4 hours in normal use; It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point Asus could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it L406MA receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.

The L406MA- the right model to play with?

There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Asus in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. 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. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.64 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
No 5GHZ network possible in wifi on L406MA. You will need to use the ethernet port to access broadband.
You will limit your travels with this laptop; the cause? Its weight of 2 Kg which makes it one of the biggest on the market.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.

The L406MA for office automation.

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. ThisL406MA is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It is equipped with Windows 10.
Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. Note that with its 2 Kg it is one of the heaviest.
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.
Asus chose the matt tile option for thisL406MA that does not reflect light. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 64 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive L406MAcan be quickly filled.
In short, it L406MA is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.

What about the L406MA ?

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the L406MA you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– office tasks