Analysis of the S409JA-EK025T – Intel Core i5-1035G1 from ASUS.

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Latest release in the range ASUS, we’ve been running tests onS409JA-EK025T…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.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.

S409JA-EK025T compatible with internet use?

If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this S409JA-EK025T. An inexpensive computer such as S409JA-EK025T 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 other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it S409JA-EK025T 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. The engineers fromASUS have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i5-1035G1. 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 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 512 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. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point about the autonomy. the S409JA-EK025T can work 8 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. In other words, you will have to keep this S409JA-EK025T most of the time connected to the power cable.

S409JA-EK025T for videos?

With this laptop, ASUS offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the S409JA-EK025T; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1920×1080. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.6 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish.  ASUS is primarily intended for film lovers the S409JA-EK025T. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
For the sound part, the S409JA-EK025T 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 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.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i5-1035G1 is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
As far as applications are concerned, did ASUS not install any. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
With Intel UHD 605 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. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for ASUS. Indeed, it S409JA-EK025T has only 4 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it S409JA-EK025T seems inappropriate. Indeed, with 8 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.

The S409JA-EK025T- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

It S409JA-EK025T is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model ASUS. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
This S409JA-EK025T is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
The processor Intel Core i5-1035G1 is inferior to other competitive products.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 8 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 512 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .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. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
It S409JA-EK025T provides only 4 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this S409JA-EK025T on holiday.

S409JA-EK025T the right choice for audio or video editing ?

The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of ASUS have thought of for this S409JA-EK025T. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. ASUS has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i5-1035G1 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 512 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The S409JA-EK025T has only got one, with total 512 Gb storage for your movies and music. 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 (8 hours). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the S409JA-EK025Thas the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
As you will have understood, it S409JA-EK025T proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.

S409JA-EK025T for video games?

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this S409JA-EK025T, 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.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
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. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 512 Gb.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.6 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 8 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this S409JA-EK025T one. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

The S409JA-EK025T 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.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
It’s not S409JA-EK025T equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 1.6 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
The storage of this model, 512 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive S409JA-EK025Tcan be quickly filled.
In short, the S409JA-EK025T is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

The S409JA-EK025T in conclusion

This S409JA-EK025T will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks