As a preamble to this test
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, enough for internet use?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. 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.
A medium-sized, 14 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i3-7020U. 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. 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 4 Gb of RAM, it X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, 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.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. 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. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 5 hours of tranquility. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.
Is X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, 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 X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
The computer proposed by Asusis of average size. A model with a standard template, 14 inches, and good resolution. 1366×768. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.6 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
For the sound part, the X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Core i3-7020U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
On the application side, Asus chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
On the connectivity side, you will have 3 ports. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.Just what you need to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. You have 5 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average.
Is X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, planned for travelling ?
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Asus the design of this X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD,. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. Here’s what it turned out : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, of 1.6 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. The viewing is up to the mark.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
CPU Core i3-7020U power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Note that like all manufacturers, Asus is optimistic about the autonomy of this X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD,. 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.
An autonomy of 5 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. 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.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. The X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, is right in the middle compared to the competition with 14 inches and an acceptable weight.
With 3 connectors, this X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, allows multiple connections. It’s one of the average laptops.
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 X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD,, Asus offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
The X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, to make audio or video editing.
If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, is the right choice. 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.
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 Core i3-7020U does best. 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 X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. The available battery life is of 5 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
On the connection side, the X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD,i s equipped with USB 3 technology. 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. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
The X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD,- 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 X409UA-BV208T 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. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
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.
Our tests have shown that for Asus this computer is not intended for playing video games. 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.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For online gaming, it X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With a weight 1.6 Kg and a screen size of 14 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
Please note that with an autonomy of 5 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In the end, we do not recommend this X409UA-BV208T 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.
X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, 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.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with 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.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. In short, an average laptop with 1.6 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
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.
This X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD,can be quickly filled.
Simply put, it’s not X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, in conclusion
This X409UA-BV208T Argent – SSD, will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– 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