£280 Asus X401A laptop: a more-than-decent laptop with an affordable price tag

The Asus X401A is on sale at Ebuyer for £280 and it is one of the better sub-£300 on the market especially if you’re after a laptop with a massive hard disk capacity.

The device runs on an Intel Pentium B970 processor. The latter is clocked at 2.3GHz, has 2MB cache and comes with two cores.

Other features include 4GB of RAM, a 750GB hard disk drive, Windows 7 Home premium (with no upgrade path to Windows 8), a 14in 1,366 x 768 pixels display powered by Intel HD graphics, Altec Lansing speaker technology, Wi-Fi, GbE, a 6-cell 4400mAh battery, two USB ports, HDMI, VGA, a card reader and a webcam.

The device weighs less than 1.9Kg which is firmly Ultrabook territory but has a thickness of 26.5mm, which makes it slightly chubby to out tastes.

Note that Asus has also packed some Ultrabook-like technology like “true 2-second instant on resume from sleep or hibernate” as well as its Super Hybrid Engine II which allows users to get up to 14 days of standby with auto data backup capabilities should charge drop to less than 5 per cent.

In a nutshell, this laptop is Asus’ answer to the growing trend of slimbook devices developed by manufacturers to capitalise on the demand for cheaper Utlrabook-like laptops.