ASUS X401U-BE20602Z is 14” thin laptop which his integrated with AMD E2-1800 APU. At a price tag of $250 (at Best Buy 23rd August deal), Asus X401U- BE20602Z is one of the least expensive 14-inch laptops. It comes with 4GB single channel memory and 500GB storage solution. In our review, we will discuss if this laptop is capable of delivering enough performance for regular computing or not.
Performance and specification of ASUS X401U-BE20602Z
ASUS X401U-BE20602Z comes with plastic case with dotted pattern all over the body. Again removal of optical drive and plastic build makes this laptop light in weight. Under the hood it offers AMD E series E2-1800 APU which is a dual core processor with TDP rating of 18W. The processor operates with 1.7GHz clock speed.
The integrated Radeon HD 7340 GPU offers good performance when it comes to basic computing. However, while comparing it with latest integrated graphics, it is not up to the mark. Thus users should not expect too much gaming or running high end programs on this laptop. User can play low end games with low fps. When it comes to streaming video, smooth video streaming in non HD environment is not a problem. The 14” LED backlit display ofASUS X401U-BE20602Z supports up to 720p HD video play back with its 1366*768 resolution.
The memory type it supports is DDR3 1333/1066 MHz SDRAM. The operating system is Windows 8 and the laptop comes preinstalled with 500GB hard drive.
Like other ASUS’s thin laptop this model also comes with Chiclet style keyboard. The touchpad is of good size and there is full sized arrow Keys. The Right side of the laptop holds 3.5 mm combo audio jack, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI-out, Ethernet connector, SD card reader, VGA-out. The left side has Kensington lock, AC power, 1 USB 2.0 port. As discussed earlier, optical driver is missing in this laptop. Thus, 2 USB ports are not sufficient, if user needs an external drive.
Network connectivity is supported by gigabit Ethernet LAN and integrated 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi
ASUS X401U-BE20602Z offers 6Cells 4400 mAh 47 Whrs battery. Though idle run time of the battery is over 5 hours yet, in wireless browsing environment, it is expected to deliver around 3 hours of battery life.
Pros of ASUS X401U-BE20602Z
Large touch pad
500GB hard drive
Cons of ASUS X401U-BE20602Z
Only 2 USB ports