ASUS VivoBook E403NA US21 – 14
The Asus VivoBook E403SA-US21 has enough features and performance to shine as an above-average entry among budget desktop-replacement laptops. Unlike many other low-cost notebooks, this Asus model does not subsidize its existence with a boatload of bloatware.
It boasts class-leading battery life, good build quality and design, a decent amount of quick storage space. Unlike a lot of 14-inch budget Windows 10 machines, the Asus VivoBook E403SA packs a full-HD (1920 x 1080) display that’s easy on the eyes. With brushed aluminium finish body, streamlined curves and an understated premium feel it looks clean and sleek. The laptop also featured a VGA web camera for video conferences and a 3-cell polymer battery which will give 10-13 hours of battery.
The integrated graphics card in the VivoBook is the Intel Braswell series (Celeron and Pentium) processors. These are based on the Broadwell architecture (Intel Gen8) supporting DirectX 11.2.
There are plenty of ports with a multi-format card reader, a combo audio jack, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, a USB-C Gen 1 port. The keyboard is nice to use and key presses feel pleasant which makes typing for long hours a lot more comfortable. Intel’s N3700 processor isn’t the fastest, but it will keep going and get your tasks done. You just have to remember that this is a budget laptop and there will be some lower performance.
Intel® Celeron® N3350 Processor,
Intel® Celeron® N3450 Processor,
Intel® Pentium® N4200 Processor,
Win 10 Home 64-bit
4 GB RAM DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM
128 GB eMMC
14″ 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
matte display, non-touch
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell) 505
Integrated 802.11 AC
Display 14 inch 16:9
Weight 1.5 kg
The Asus does run little hot after a while and the speakers are not the best but with a few small adjustments they do improve. The power of the laptop is not the best but Asus have given a low cost so there is no way we should expect a powerful machine at this price
This laptop weighs only 3.2 lbs and 17.9mm thin which puts it atop of its competition making this a thin-and-light laptop to use every day but perfect for travelling use. The128 GB eMMC flash drive is fast which helps with the battery life and weight. This version comes with a clean Windows installation which will be bloatware-free of those annoying software trials. This is a really rare thing normally you start the laptop up and you’ll see loads of free trial software for you to try. I have to give a huge thumbs ups Asus for doing this. Some people may find the matte screen viewing angle too shallow, but most should find it ok.
Being light gives this extra point against the rest, making it a decent good all-around device. What I would say is that if portability and design is more vital to you than power, keep the VivoBook on your short list as coming in around the same $400 mark it is worth it.