Latest release in the range Asus, we’ve been running tests onVivobook R409BA-EK036T…Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Vivobook R409BA-EK036T to surf the Internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. An inexpensive computer such as Vivobook R409BA-EK036T may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Asus; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it Vivobook R409BA-EK036T is provided by default with a touch screen. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Asus with a lot of care.
With a processor Amd Dual Core A9-9425, Asus offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 8 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. With only 256 Gb, Asus considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 6.5 hours is one of the worst on the market. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this Vivobook R409BA-EK036T most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is Vivobook R409BA-EK036T okay to watch videos ?
Asus has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Vivobook R409BA-EK036T is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to « classic » uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14, in 1280×720, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.4 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Asus is primarily intended for film lovers the Vivobook R409BA-EK036T. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the Vivobook R409BA-EK036T is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Amd Dual Core A9-9425, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Asus installed by default. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
With AMD Radeon R5 graphics, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 6 ports.That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
It Vivobook R409BA-EK036T is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
Is Vivobook R409BA-EK036T planned for travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Vivobook R409BA-EK036T to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Asus didn’t really take into account in the design of this Vivobook R409BA-EK036T. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
With a weight of 1.4 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
This Vivobook R409BA-EK036T is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
With the installation of the processor Amd Dual Core A9-9425, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Asus is optimistic about the autonomy of this Vivobook R409BA-EK036T. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 6.5 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.Thanks to this, Asus was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 14 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is very interesting, with 6 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Vivobook R409BA-EK036T really made for travelling.
The Vivobook R409BA-EK036T to make audio or video editing.
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Asus have thought of for this Vivobook R409BA-EK036T. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Amd Dual Core A9-9425 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (6.5 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the Vivobook R409BA-EK036Thas the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
As you will have understood, it Vivobook R409BA-EK036T proposes a rather basic oriented use. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
The Vivobook R409BA-EK036T- the right model to play with?
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this Vivobook R409BA-EK036T, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
With only 1280×720, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Since Asus has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.4 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 6.5 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this Vivobook R409BA-EK036T for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Vivobook R409BA-EK036T the right choice for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Asus may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. A weight of 1.4 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
With only 256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it Vivobook R409BA-EK036T is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the Vivobook R409BA-EK036T….
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Vivobook R409BA-EK036T is disappointing whatever the uses. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks