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    Laptop Review ASUS X301A

    Review ASUS X301A

    This affordable 13-inch laptop Is currently ranked first in the ranking of search engines Hotline. uaThanks to a very attractive price. Obviously, when a device with a starting price of 3,000 hryvnia developers had to make certain compromises. And that's exactly what had to be sacrificed in the race for the combination of price / quality and you will find out in our review ASUS X301A.

    Design

    Laptop ASUS X301A Is available in two versions, colors: dark blue (dark blue) and off-white (ice white).The first option looks more solid and more suitable for the office, while the white version probably will prefer to home users and the fairer sex. It is significant that despite the name, a dark blue version of a laptop rather black, as blue tint to see there can be only under very bright lighting. C white version is still interesting, as it has only light cover and the operation panel and the base case, screen bezel and keyboard - dark. As a result, the laptop is different, "checkerboard" style, which can not arrange those who would like to buy pure white device (for example, under the wallpaper or clothing). Supplied is typical - the usual cardboard box, a standard power supply and the package instructions.

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    The top cover is finished with a smooth ASUS X301A "laminated" plastic with a dot pattern, which can be considered only at close range. Although the plastic surface and glossy, but fingerprints on it very well distinguished - those for whom it is critical, it is necessary initially to prefer the white version. The base case is made of rough plastic unassuming black. In the back of her nest is located a removable battery capacity of 47 Wh, equipped with sides, lift the far side of the notebook on the table. The base case has a few holes for air intake and two dual stereo speakers above the gap, but the usual hatch to upgrade the RAM and HDD is not here.

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    Pointed front edge ASUS X301A Are 5 status LEDs, the back face is completely free, as it covers the lower part of the display recline. Most of the left side plate is radiator cooling system, for which placed the port USB 2.0, charger socket and Kensington lock hole. The remaining ports are carried on the right side wall, you can find a combined audio port connector, USB 3.0, video output HDMI, the emerging port RJ45, card reader and an analog video output D-sub. No optical drive.

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    Ergonomics

    Workspace ASUS X301A Configured not very convenient - rather than to make room for a large touchpad, keyboard sliding closer to the screen, it placed exactly in the middle of the main panel. As a result, you get a small touchpad and a wide strip above the keyboard unused. Last performed on the island and the scheme would be quite comfortable, if not microscopic arrow keys. Thanks to the smooth curved surface of the panel for the keyboard did not have to provide a separate niche, but because of this design is springy keyboard markedly during active typing.

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    Silver button on the notebook ASUS X301A Directly above Delete key could be a problem if it were not for its design. Button fairly tight and placed on a level with the operating panel, so that even an accidental penetration through it does not lead to a false depression. Without dedicated touchpad buttons is quite common, although a little more useful height it would clearly not prevented. In our test instance of the touch panel was skewed, as can be seen in the photo with a protruding lower-right corner, in addition noticeably rattled during active use. Apparently this is a particular instance of the problem, not the design flaw, but check before buying the touchpad is clearly not hurt.

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    Functionality

    Laptop ASUS X301A Refers to the initial class of devices, it is not surprising that he completed class CPU Intel Celeron, Pentium and Core i3. In the minimum configuration model is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive, a version with a 320 GB HDD in Ukraine are not available.

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    When choosing between possible configurations available with Intel Pentium B970/B980 and more balanced based on the Intel Core i3-3110M, note that in addition to improved performance of the processor Core i3 you get the graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000, while the Pentium-variants are equipped with a weaker integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics (analog-tion 2000 series).

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    As we mentioned above, upgrade the hard drive and memory is not as simple as in the case with laptops with separate hatches, but in principle it is possible. The laptop uses the standard 2.5 "SATA hard drives, and memory size DDR3 (1600 MHz), the only one available SODIMM-slot, so adding to the preset memory 4 GB will not work - will have to change the whole bar.

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    Caught in the test instance of the ASUS X301A Is equipped with an Intel Core i3-3110M integrated graphics HD Graphics 4000, with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 750 GB hard drive. In the present configuration notebook scored 3100 points in PCMark 7, 1100 in 3Dmark11 points and 4.9 points in the index performance of Windows. The battery life of the battery capacity of 47 Wh was 1.5 hours at maximum load and 4 hours and 40 minutes in the emulation mode of reading.

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    Glossy 13.3-inch TN-matrix with a standard resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels fringed rough plastic, the brightness can be adjusted from 20 to 180 cd/m2. The maximum opening angle of the display is about 140 degrees viewing angles are average, a drop of contrast is particularly noticeable when tilting the screen to themselves. Overall assessment of quality of the display of the "three-minus" on a five-point scale, which is not surprising for a device of this class.

    Operation

    Given the low value of the critical claims against ASUS X301A During the operation have arisen. The small arrow keys and the flexibility of the working panel irritate not all, in addition to the considerable contribution "springiness" make high rubber feet. Operating panel of smooth plastic can stick to wet hands, collecting unsightly marks, but this feature is not unique to everyone, in addition noticeably manifests itself only in the hottest time of the year.

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    Almost all the connectors are located on the right side wall that can prevent those who use an external mouse. However, if it was on this side of the heat sink, it would be even worse. By the way, the cooling system is very good - even under load podladonnaya panel is not heated, and the noise does not exceed the level of office. Assembly quality is typical for low-end models of the design features that really confuse miniature loop display hinge.

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    Frequently used USB-connector only two, but one of them - fast USB 3.0. And in general, the equipment connectors ASUS X301A Time is good: there is RJ45 and a slot for memory cards SD, and for output to external sources are found just two choices (D-sub and HDMI). The thickness of 3 cm and a weight of 1.7 kg far from the standards of ultrabooks, but at a minimum configuration 13-inch laptop ASUS X301A costs only 3,000 hryvnia - that through this lens, and is necessary to estimate the model.

    Video review of the notebook ASUS X301A The results

    Review ASUS X301A

    As a result, ASUS X301A - 13-inch notebook entry-level full-fledged platform from Intel, which boasts a very nice price-performance ratio. A great choice for those who are seeking an inexpensive compact solution without critical defects worthy symbol "Best Buy".

    Liked

    + Attractive price

    + Modern hardware platform, the minimum configuration with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB HDD + Nice design, two color options

    + Full set of connectors, including USB 3.0, D-sub, HDMI, RJ45 and card reader + Quiet and efficient cooling system Do not like it

    - Only two USB

    - Sagging and small keyboard keys "arrow"

    - Not the high-quality screen

    ASUS X301A (X301A-RX150D) ASUS X301A (X301A-RX160D)

    Type

    Notebook

    Notebook

    Screen size, inches

    13.3

    13.3

    Type of matrix

    TN + film

    TN + film

    Type of covering the screen

    Gloss

    Gloss

    Screen Resolution

    1366x768

    1366x768

    Processor Type

    Intel Core i3-3110M

    Intel Pentium B980

    Frequency, GHz

    2.4

    2.4

    Pre-installed OS

    DOS

    DOS

    Mass, kg

    1.7

    1.7

    Dimensions in mm

    331x226x26 ,5-30

    331x226x26, 5/30

    Chipset

    Intel HM76

    N

    The amount of memory (Std / Max)

    4096

    4096/4096

    Hard disk, GB

    500

    500

    Optical drive

    - -

    Graphics card, memory

    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    Intel HD

    External Ports

    1xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, headphone, mic-in

    1xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, mic-in, speaker-out

    Expansion Slot

    - -

    Card reader

    SD, MMC

    SD, MMC

    WEB-camera

    0.3 MP

    +

    Network Adapter

    10/100/1000

    10/100/1000

    56K modem

    - -

    Wi-Fi

    802.11 b / g / n

    802.11b/g/n

    WiMAX

    - -

    Bluetooth

    4.0

    4.0

    3G

    Battery capacity, mA. ch

    4400

    4400

    Battery voltage, V

    N

    19

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