Sunday, April 7, 2013

Asus Vivobook S400CA-CA038H - Low cost 14-inch Windows 8 touchscreen laptop

Buyers looking for a low cost Windows 8 touchscreen laptop don't have all that many choices. At under Php30,000, you have Asus 11.6-inch Vivobook x202e series and Acer's 14-inch V5-431P series. One more option is now available.

Asus has released a lower cost version of is Asus Vivobook S400 touchscreen laptop. The first Asus Vivobook S400 released was powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, had a hard drive which had a 24 GB SSD cache drive and was priced at Php35,990. The lower cost version, the Asus Vivobook S400CA-CA038H, is priced at Php29,990. It used a lower power Intel Core i3-3217U processor and drops the SSD cache drive. 

Overall, it is a better deal in my opinion. Unless you really value instant wake from sleep more, the loss of cache drive really does not really affect you. The Intel Core i3-3217U is fact enough for the typical user, with only gamers missing the faster Core i5. But gamers would likely pick a different model all-together.

For the low Php29,990 you still to get Windows 8 (64-bit), 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive in a package weighing in at about 4 pounds. 

You will find two Acer 14-inch V5 touchscreen laptops at at Php23,490 and Php26,990, powered by Intel Celeron and Pentium processors. The Asus S400's are over half a pound lighter than the Acer V5-431P's. If you want an optical drive though, the Acer V5-431P's is the way to go. The Asus S400's do not come with optical drives. 

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