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A correct laptop for the price but nothing more
Asus X401A WX074V
Member Name: Csutimano
Asus X401A WX074V
Advantages: cheap, great for school, safe
Disadvantages: no DVD reader, slows down after some time
This 14" laptop comes with 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, Intel Pentium B970 / 2.3 GHz and original Windows 7 Home Premium in the 64-bit version. It has no DVD reader, only a 2 in 1 Memory Card reader. The dimensions of the laptop are 34.4 cm x 24.1 cm x 2.65 cm, it weighs 1.85 kgs and has a 6-cell battery.
The price usually includes a charger and mine had a mouse and a laptop bag too.
I have been using the Asus X401A WX074V for quite some time and overall I am satisfied with it, for this price I couldn't expect anything more from a laptop. The screen is perfect for me since I am not using any programs or games which require bigger resolution and watching movies on it is surprisingly pleasant. The battery life is really long for me, though I usually use it with low energy settings, once I had gone for 10 hours before recharging it so if battery life is important for you, this laptop is great.
The Laptop starts up quite quickly and the Windows 7 is working perfectly, never had a problem with it and the whole interface looks great. The installation was really easy since the operating system was already installed mostly and I just had to register and set up a few things. The webcam is standard and a bit slow but the quality of the speakers and the high volume level is impressive, it is definitely a pleasant surprise.
In the first few months the laptop worked perfectly. I had many tabs and programs open at the same time (I am kind of a multitasker) and it ran pretty smoothly, however by now it can't really cope with more than 3 programs at the same time. And sometimes, if I have the browser open while watching HQ movies, the player starts lagging which can be resolved by closing and then opening it but it is definitely not too pleasant during a gripping scene of the movie. I tried computer cleaning programs, uninstalling all the programs I rarely used, deleted most of my media to free up some space but it didn't really help.
This is my first laptop, I had a PC before so I don't have a lot of experience with it but from what I have heard from others, laptops tend to get slower in time so I guess this is just how it goes with everyone.
I faced the most annoying "mistake" of this product (though it is partly my own silliness that I didn't think about it thoroghly) when I tried to solve the slowness by wanting to reinstall the whole operating system: it has no DVD reader. I knew it when I bought it (and I even got the DVD for Windows 7) but I never thought that it would be a problem since I have never had many DVDs or games and, and to be honest, it is absolutely possible to live without it, it is still annoying, since an external DVD player is not cheap and carrying one with you everyhere when you need it is not the best option. I believe not thinking of this is my fault mainly so I won't take it into consideration when rating the product but I thought people should know that it might be a problem that they don't really expect.
I mostly use my laptop for surfing the internet, writing essays, studying, watching movies and for a few months I even played World of Warcraft on it, though it did not run without some glitches and lagging, it was ok.
Other than automatic restartfor Windows updates (I really hate it, it only asks you 15 minutes before the restart and it doesn't pop up, only runs in the background and you can easily miss it and be annoyed when the laptop randomly restarts) I have never had any problem with the laptop crashing or turning off randomly so it is really safe to write on it since it is highly unlikely that you can lose your data because of a sudden blue death.
This machine is great if you are looking for something to use for school or just for fun but don't expect miracles from it. It is cheap and really worth the price, though next time I might look for something from a higher category, but I can definitely recommend it for casual use for everyone.
Summary: A nice laptop for the price, definitely worth it if you are on a budget
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