Analysis of the UX362FA-EL274RG – Intel Core i7-8650U from Asus.

As an introduction to this analysis

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Asus UX362FA-EL274RG according to what you are going to do with it.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

UX362FA-EL274RG adapted to surf the internet?

We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. With this UX362FA-EL274RG, 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. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13.3 inches size. It UX362FA-EL274RG comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Asus has been taken in the overall design of this model.
With a processor Intel Core i7-8650U, Asus offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 16 Gb of RAM, it UX362FA-EL274RG is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
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. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 7 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this UX362FA-EL274RG most of the time connected to the power cable.

Is UX362FA-EL274RG one for watching movies and listening to music ?

Asus has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this UX362FA-EL274RG 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.
Equipped with a small screen size, 13.3 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. 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 big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 4 kilogram.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this UX362FA-EL274RG product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. UX362FA-EL274RG will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
On the sound side, it UX362FA-EL274RG has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Core i7-8650U that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Asus installed by default. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 Professionnel that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics graphic card, and with 16 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Asus didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it UX362FA-EL274RG has only 4 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it UX362FA-EL274RG seems inappropriate. That’s only 7 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

UX362FA-EL274RG the right choice for travelling connected ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes UX362FA-EL274RG to be easily carried around. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
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. The 13.3 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Note that the screen of this UX362FA-EL274RG being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to 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. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. A beautiful screen and quality images. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
With the installation of the processor Intel Core i7-8650U, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Asus; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 7 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 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. With a screen of 13.3 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 4 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
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…
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this UX362FA-EL274RG for travel use.

The UX362FA-EL274RG for audio or video editing ?

Not really designed for video editing or music. 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. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
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 Intel Core i7-8650U. 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 UX362FA-EL274RG allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 512 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (7 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point Asus could have done much better.
For the connector part, the UX362FA-EL274RGhas the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.

The UX362FA-EL274RG for online or local games.

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis UX362FA-EL274RG wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Asus has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
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.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. 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 Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 512 Gb it UX362FA-EL274RGis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 4 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
For autonomy, 7 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this UX362FA-EL274RG for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

UX362FA-EL274RG 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.
Asus has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s Windows 10 Professionnel, last generation.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. 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 4 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
No anti-reflective treatment on this UX362FA-EL274RG. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
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 UX362FA-EL274RGcan be quickly filled.
Simply put, it’s not UX362FA-EL274RG the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

The UX362FA-EL274RG – in summary

The conclusion of the test UX362FA-EL274RG is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks