ASUS X401A 14-inch Laptop (Blue) - (Intel Celeron B830 1.8GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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So far it hasn't had a problem running any of the tasks I need and it boots up really quickly. It runs cool so is great for sitting on the sofa with this on your lap. I also found the track pad a revelation. All the work laptops I have used (with Win XP) have been only a margin better than awful. This actually works and all the gesture stuff really makes navigation around Windows 8 easy. I also found Windows 8 itself to be really good as well.
I found the build really good and love the low weight of the device. It does however get covered in finger prints. It also does have poor viewing angles but the screen isn't bad when you do have it at the right angle.
Overall for a laptop under £280 this is a great little machine. Really happy with it!!
Quality wise this is also very good,the build quality is surprisingly good, and it's nice that some features that are often left out on lower end laptops are included, such as USB3 and HDMI, although as expected at this price there is some compromise. However, this is only slight, the touchpad I actually don't have any complaints about and the multi touch command are surprisingly functional. The keyboard is mostly good except that I find the space bar needs to be pressed pretty firmly in order for it to be recognised. At first I was having lots of words joined together because my touch wasn't detected, however now I have adapted and learnt to press it more firmly, so it isn't a big issue. Battery life is also good for the price, around 5 hours with battery saving mode on and brightness turned down, and on high performance mode you still get a good two and a half or so. A couple of other slight annoyances is the amount of bloatware that this came with, but if you go into msconfig it is easy to trim the start up programs down, or just uninstall the software (it is mostly junk). Secondly, as others have mentioned it is quite easy to get fingerprints on the laptop.Read more ›
Touchpad - it's not great but does work ok. I connected a Logitech M187 mouse instead.
Hard drive - the laptop has a WD drive in it with APM - this makes the drive spin down every few seconds with an annoying clicking sound. Download 'CrystalDiskInfo' and disable the APM.
Distortion through the headphones - go into device manager and uninstall the audio driver. Restart and let windows install its own driver - problem solved.
Bizarre 'morse code' noise when running some Metro apps - no idea what causes this, but using web based apps is better anyway.
Windows 8 - download 'Start 8' and put the start button back - now works like a fast version of Windows 7. Excellent.
For the price this is a very decent and good looking laptop, very happy with my purchase despite a few niggles!
Everything on the laptop is made out of (pretty flimsy) plastic and it has a cheap
feel to it. The keyboard is spongy and if you are used to a quality keyboard it's
not a very pleasant experience typing on it. The trackpad works OK, better than
the keyboard even though I did experience some twitching pointer motion.
If you are planning to use it a lot you might want to get a mouse for it (just
remember that this laptop does not come with Bluetooth).
The display is OK and battery life is not bad either. It's pretty light (Yay for plastic!)
If your budget is limited then this laptop is a decent choice and you're just
looking to do some light productivity work (and perhaps watch some movies).
The quality is very good, especially given the price and far better than anything sub £400.
The downsides are that the fantastic touch pad (which I really really like and better than any others I've used) sticks down when its been used for about 10 minutes.
I have had 3 now hoping it was a batch issue as I liked this so much and wanted to give it another go but the left hand touch pad button sticks down on all of them.
Also note there is NO BLUETOOTH.
The larger 15.6" X501A does not suffer from this.
I don't know why some others have slated the quality in this sub £400 14" bracket as it is really rather good.
The screen quality is very good and easily as good as others in this bracket, albeit with a narrow viewing angle, but more than adequate for a single user.
The plastic shell is of very good quality with no issues whatsoever. Far better than HP and Lenovo I looked at.
The keyboard and keys are also excellent and outperform the HP and Lenovo also.
The quality of the touchpad, its sensitivity and gesturing (when working) is fantastic with the others lagging far behind.
The others gesturing (or lack of) makes Windows 8 very hard to use, to the point I wouldn't/couldn't use it.
If it worked the only criticism would be the shiny black/blue case shows every single finger print.
Its just a real shame the touchpad fails and makes the thing inoperable - it could have been very good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, had had this for a couple of years and it's now come to the end of it's useful life, so I thought I'd write a review on my experiences. Read morePublished 16 months ago by yur1
Hopeless. Bought two of these for my teenage daughters. Both broke within one-year of moderate use.
Flimsy casing and flimsy keyboard. Read more
Build quality doesn't seem great compared to other Asus laptops or my MacBook but the lack of bloatware loaded by the factory makes it really quick and responsive out of the box. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2014 by John
I bought this to go on deployment with. I dropped it, accidentally kicked it a few times but it still ran smooth. Very quick little laptop that is very good value for money. Read morePublished on 2 April 2014 by Mr. H. Osborne
I Ordered this lptop it arrived I had it no longer than 2 wks when the it stopped working.There was a navy blue screen so I new there was something really wrong with it. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by Kindle Customer
Very practical laptop, very easy to carry in my bag for uni, very user friendly, works perfectly it is so cute
and the size of it just ideal not too big not too small, money... Read more
For a price you cant ask any more. I have an i3 model with 500gb HDD. I admit its not the most powerful laptop out there but it does the job. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by Linas Jacunskas