If you are on the market for a sleek and light 15.6 inch laptop, but did not want to spend much money, we think we have a good news for you. The Taiwanese based company, Asus has officially announced new family in Asus X501A line up series. Asus X501A-SI30403X is a not a high end laptop, but if you are not too concern about graphics performance and looking for a portable laptop for daily use, we believe the laptop with just 1.3 inch thin is still a good choice and gives a great value for your money.
Yeah, this is not a powerful machine, but the sturdy design and light profile makes it perfect for companion at home, office or wherever you go. As a sub-$350 notebook, Asus X501A-SI30403X laptop is made from high quality plastic for construction. Comes in “Black” color with a chrome Asus logo on the lid cover and bottom center of black bezel makes it looks sturdy machine. Measures 10 x 15 1.3 inches (38.0 x 25.3 x 2.65 ~3.23 cm) and weighing around at 4.6 lbs, this model is still lighter than common 15.6 inch laptop on its price, such as Toshiba Satellite C55-A5204 15.6 inch laptop that measures 1.4 inches and weighs around at 5.4 lbs.
The Intel Core i3-3120M dual core processor that clocked around at 2.5GHZ and features a 3 MB L3-Cache is a low end Intel Ivy Bridge platform, but still have more than enough power for almost all productivity tasks and undemanding multimedia tasks. Inside, the integrated Intel HD graphics and 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM combined is still provides fast and smooth day to day multitasking performance, such as rich internet browsing, watch HD video, daily office work and play most casual modern games in low resolution.
Like common low end Asus laptop, the X501A-SI30403X also boasts a 15.6 inch High Definition TFT-LCD widescreen display. The display can produces internal resolution at 1366 x 768 pixels, delivers fairly bright, crisp and natural colors for both images and 720p video playback. Built into bezel, the 1.0 megapixel web camera with internal digital microphone still provides fairly bright and crisp color for face to face video communications, along with loud audio chats. Unlike Toshiba Satellite C55 that has an optical drive on the sides, the Asus machine is lacks optical drive, but you still can connects it into external drive via USB port.
Inside, the 500GB of Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive that has spinning speed of 5400 rpm provides plenty of storage capacity. Reportedly, the machine can store more than 260 hours of 720p HD video files or more than 140,000 MP3 music files. There is also full sized black keyboard with Palm Proof technology and island style design. Yeah, the keyboard did not have LED backlit technology, but still comfortable and accurate to use, especially in bright light condition. According to reliable source, the 6-cell Lithium Ion X501A’s battery can produces up to 4 hours and 30 minutes of battery runtime on single charges.
Around on the left and right sides, the 15.6 inch budget friendly laptop also equipped with all essential port interface, such as a USB 3.0 port, 3.5mm audio jack, microphone jack, dual USB 2.0 port, VGA port, RJ 45 as Ethernet connector and HDMI port to connect into external HDTV and support 1080p HD video playback. Moreover, the newest Asus X501A series also equipped with built in Altec Lansing stereo speakers, multimedia card reader slot, 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN to connect into wireless network.
There are few preinstalled applications, such as Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office Trial version, Windows Essential and more. Yeah, Asus X501A-SI30403X 15.6 inch laptop is a low end laptop and did not have the capability to handle hard editing video or play modern games. But with long battery life, comfortable keyboard and sturdy light design makes it still a great choice for only $350. If you think the price is still too expensive for you, we recommend you to take a look at Asus X502CA-BCL0901D 15.6 inch laptop that powered by Intel Celeron 1007U processor and priced only around at $270.