As an introduction to this analysis
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD 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. With this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Asus is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. With a processor 5405U, Asus offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 256 gigabytes will be enough. 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, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 5 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD for videos?
Asus presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
Equipped with a small screen size, 14 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. 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 big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.6 kilogram.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor 5405U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Asus not install any. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 610 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. This is standard compared to computers currently available on the market.Between, the speakers, the mouse, and the external hard drive you will have little possibility to add many more peripherals.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. 5 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
The X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD to use while travelling.
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Asus the design of this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD. We have tested it in several configurations : For travel, packed in a suitcase, in home-to-work mode, as part of a family weekend, or simply to go from the living room to the kitchen. The bottom line is this : Since the sum of its characteristics (weight, size, components) are better than the competition, it is in your best interest to choose this model.
With a weight of 1.6 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. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. The screen shows an interesting result.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
With the installation of the processor 5405U, the power consumption is rather important.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
An autonomy of 5 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
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.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Its 14 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
This X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD allows external elements to be associated via 3 connectors. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
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…
With this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD, Asus offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
The X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD for audio or video editing ?
For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD may be fine. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor 5405U. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. For 5 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A result in the average of the competitors.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.
The X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD for online or local games.
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD, 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. Clearly, Asus has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. 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.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For Wi-Fi technology, Asus decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.6 Kg.
By offering 5 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
In the end, we do not recommend this X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Is the X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD adapted to office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. 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. This model, with its 1.6 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In short, the X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
What about the X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD ?
The conclusion of the test X409FA-BV412T Argent – SSD is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– travel use
– making audio and video editing