Asus X501A-SI30403X is a 2.5 GHz, Intel core i3 processor equipped budget laptop. It satisfies those users who are looking for a system that not only furnish day to day jobs but also delivers performance with HD video playback, casual gaming and photo editing. Thanks to the processors’ Hyperthreading technology, it can handle multiple threads at a time. Installed with 4GB DDR3 RAM and 500 GB hard drive, this laptop would cost you around $350. It is hard to get a 2.5 GHz, core i3 equipped laptop at this price. Model X501A-SI30403X is a thin laptop and weighs around 4.6 lbs; missing optical drive helps in making it thin.
If you still need a core i3 laptop with DVD burner without extending your budget, then you may consider Gateway NE56R50u which costs approx $329
Here is a brief overview of Asus X501A-SI30403X.
ASUS X501A-SI30403X is powered by Intel core i3-3120M dual core processor which operates with 2.5 GHz frequency. Each core can handle two threads at a time. Thus, it will execute multithreaded application faster as compared with similar clocked Pentium processors. The Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics coming with the processor is a major improvement in performance, compared to earlier Intel integrated graphics that were available before 2009. Users can tae advantage of the Hyperthreading feature for casual video encoding. Thanks to Intel® Quick Sync feature which comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics and allows video conversion for portable media players and online sharing. However, 4GB memory is not enough for this job. So user may experience some lag. Current games like Sim city, fifa 13, Mass Effect 3, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive etc. will run on this laptop with modest setting.
The 15.6″ HD LED Backlight offers resolution of 1366×768 in 16:9 aspect and supports 720p video playback. The 500 GB hard drive comes with Windows 8 operating system. The hard drive operates with 5400 rpm. Memory type is DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM
Asus X501A series of laptop comes with 47 Whrs battery pack that can provide battery life approx. 4- 5 hours and depends on type application you are running.
One Microphone-in jack
one Headphone-out jack
one Line-in Jack
One VGA port
one USB 3.0 port
one USB 2.0 port
one RJ45 LAN Jack
2 -in-1 card reader (SD/ MMC)
Asus X501A-SI30403X is supported by both Gigabit Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi Network connectivity
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