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£200 laptop showdown part 2: Asus X55A vs. Asus X401

Yet again, Argos is selling two laptops, this time from Asus, for under £200 on its eBay outlet. The first one, the X401, costs £197.99 with 198 Nectar points while the other, the X55A, costs £199.99 with 200 Nectar points. Both carry an extra £3.95 postage charge.

Both laptops come with an Intel Celeron B815 CPU, a dual-core model clocked at 1.5GHz, 4GB of RAM and are both refurbished with one year warranty. The similarities stop here.

The biggest difference you will notice when you handle that particular X401 is that it is pink. It also has a 14in 1,366 x 768 pixel display and its hard drive capacity is only 320GB. Other features include a DVD writer, two USB ports, an Ethernet connector, a HDMI port, a webcam, a pair of Altec Lansing speakers and Windows 7 Home Premium.

At 2.1Kg, it is just light enough to be qualified as an Ultrabook although its relatively poor battery (4Hr) and the lack of SSD means that it can't be called as such.

As for the X55A, it has a bigger 15.6in display with the same resolution, a bigger 500GB hard disk drive, Windows 8, a DVD writer and a dedicated numeric keypad.

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