Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
E406MA the right choice for surfing the internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is to respond to this type of need that Asus has developed this E406MA.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
With a 14 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. Unlike some competitors, this model does not have a touch screen. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this E406MA if you have to work on the road.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is Asus paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
The processor chosen for this model is a N5000. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it E406MA is a fair one. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 128 Gb, this E406MA is one of the smallest in its category. 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.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 8 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. It is in the average range of what is done with today’s battery technology. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
The E406MA- the right model for streaming and videos ?
The E406MA will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
The computer proposed by Asusis of average size. A model with a standard template, 14 inches, and good resolution. 1920×1080. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.3 kg, it is easily transportable.
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. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it E406MA has good components: board and integrated 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. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This E406MA, equipped with a processor N5000, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
About the OS and applications installed on this laptop. This E406MA comes standard with Office 365, and Windows 10S.
Even if you use this computer exclusively for multimedia, it is worthwhile to give yourself the possibility to use it for office use as well. And this model is flexible enough for that.
With Intel UHD Graphics 605, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 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.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The E406MA only 2 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
As for battery life, it E406MA can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. Asus promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
Is E406MA planned for travelling ?
This E406MA is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. 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 : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
With a weight of 1.3 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. One of the reasons is its 14 inches screen.
If you prefer the touch screen mode, you will be disappointed by this E406MA. The constraint being then to always have the mouse in the computer bag. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
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.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
The processor N5000installed on this model makes it possible to save batteries.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this E406MA. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
An autonomy of 8 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 1 128 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
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 E406MA is a fair alternative with iis 14 inches.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
In brief, this E406MA can be considered useful when you decide to travel.
The E406MA for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this E406MAmeets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by Asus, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10S system.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor N5000 makes it possible. With its 4 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
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. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
In terms of autonomy,the Asuskept it simple. For 8 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. However, it’s still a decent average range.
For the connector part, the E406MAhas the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
With the E406MA, you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
The E406MA- the right model to play with?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Asus in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
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.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
Even if this model has Wi-Fi, it is not 5Ghz, so it is of lower quality. We would have liked it to be one of the available options.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.3 Kg.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 8 hours.
It E406MA is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Is the E406MA adapted to office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this E406MA is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It is a mature product.
Asus has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows 10S that’s running it.
The applications (Office 365) will allow tou to be immediately efficient. It’s in the norm and standards of the market.
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 1.3 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Ultimately, this E406MA is an intermediate choice. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
Finally, the E406MA….
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. With the E406MA you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– travel use
– playing video games
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing