ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop review 2020

ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop review 2020
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ASUS M409 features a 3x the lifespan of standard Lithium-ion batteries. With ASUS fast-charge technology, A low battery can be charged to 60 percent in just 49 minutes. With an overall weight of just 1.8kg, the extremely portable ASUS M409 is the lightweight laptop that keeps up with your fast-paced lifestyle. Its nanoedge display gives ASUS M409 a vast screen area for an immersive viewing experience for work and play. Find details in ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop review 2020.

ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop review 2020
ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop review 2020

Pros & Cons – ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop

PROS
– Build-quality
– Compact and Lightweight
– Speedy for daily tasks
– Price
– Battery

CONS
– Only 4GB RAM

Key features – ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop

  • The nanoedge display gives ASUS M409 A vast screen Area for an immersive viewing experience for work and play
  • With an overall weight of just 1.8kg, The extremely portable ASUS M409 is the lightweight laptop that keeps up with your fast-paced lifestyle
  • ASUS M409 is equipped with the reversible usb-c 3.1 port, featuring an any-way-up design that makes connecting devices as easy as possible. It also delivers data transfer speeds up to 10x faster than older USB 2.0 connections
  • ASUS M409 features a 3x the lifespan of standard Lithium-ion batteries. With ASUS fast-charge technology, A low battery can be charged to 60 percent in just 49 minutes
  • Powered by AMD’s Ryzen 7 Processor

Compare ASUS M409 vs ASUS VivoBook vs ASUS ZenBook

ASUS M409 Full HD 14 Inch LaptopASUS VivoBook X412DA 14 Inch Full HD LaptopASUS ZenBook UX431FA 14 Inch Laptop
Computer Memory Size4 GB8 GB8 GB
Connectivity TechnologyUSBBluetooth; Wi-Fi; USB
Processor (CPU) ModelRyzen 3 3200UR SeriesCore i3
Processor (CPU) ManufacturerAMDAMDIntel
Processor (CPU) Speed2.6 GHz2.1 GHz2.1 GHz
Display Size14 in14 in14 in
Hard disk DescriptionMechanical Hard DriveMechanical Hard DriveMechanical Hard Drive
Hard Disk Size0 GB0 GB0 GB
Item Weight1.5 kg
Operating SystemWindows 10Windows 10Windows 10
Processor Count242
Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 1080
System RAM TypeDDR4 SDRAMDDR4 SDRAMSODIMM

ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop review 2020

Build and display

The first thing I noticed about the laptop is how light yet well-built it is. The laptop is made of plastic, however it really feels and looks like brushed metal giving it bit of a premium feel and look. When we turned on the laptop I also noticed how amazing the display is. At 14″ a 1080p resolution works perfectly. The thing that amazed me about this display is its colours though. I don’t think it’s an IPS display as the vertical viewing angles aren’t the greatest but the colours do look like those on an IPS. While vertical viewing angles aren’t great, horizontal viewing angles are perfect. The display also gets quite bright as initially it was actually set to only 60% brightness and was still brighter than any laptop I had used before.

Audio and camera

The speakers are of decent quality and when on max volume can easily fill up the room with sound with it even being heard in the next room. I can’t comment on the mic or camera quality as they haven’t been used yet, however I wouldn’t expect much as even expensive laptops have rubbish mics and cameras and these are things that are usually bought separately anyways.

Keyboard

The keyboard is good, with the keys having a really nice feel to them. It is an island style keyboard, with nice keys that are a bit larger than on most laptops and the letters printed on them are larger too which has helped my elderly grandmother a lot with being able to see each letter. The track-pad both tracks and clicks really well. It has the standard gesture control as on any other track-pad and I really liked the feel of it.

Gaming

I tried playing World of Warcraft on this machine at graphic option 3 out of 10, I get 30 to 60 frames out of it. I know its not supposed to be used like this but for what this laptop is it has surpassed my expectations. Its super fast to boot up, really responsive and has a 2 and a half hour battery life even when gaming on it. Honestly for a ryzen 3 with vega mobile graphics and 4 gig of ram it is really powerful. Asus is one of the best if not the best option for laptops. Oh yeah as expected the screen is great if you set it up right.

ASUS M409 full HD 14 inch laptop performance review 2020

Now onto the specs and performance. I’ll start off by saying that it’s ridiculous to see laptops with only 4GB of RAM in 2020. This amount of RAM really is unacceptable and ridiculous, it is not enough for anything other than maybe having 2 or 3 web browser tabs open. I know it’s easy to buy another 4GB stick on Amazon and upgrade yourself but this isn’t something we should be doing. Laptops should come with 8GB of RAM minimum, an 8GB stick of RAM only costs 10 quid more than a 4GB one to buy (ASUS M409 RAM upgrade).

With that being out of the way I must say that everything runs really fast and smoothly as you would expect with an SSD. The Ryzen 3 processor, while being the entry-level Ryzen, is more than enough for normal daily tasks which this laptop has been used for over the past week. Installing, downloading and unzipping programs went smoothly without hiccups. Video playback with the integrated Vega graphics was also smooth with no dropped frames and with videos loading/starting instantly.

The only issue is the RAM limitation (ASUS M409 RAM upgrade) when you want to open more than a few tabs or want to have another programme running at the same time, it is then when things start to slow down but not massively so. I plan to fix this issue by adding another stick of RAM in the future once my grandmother learns how to use more programmes.

Finally the battery life. As my grandmother has only used the laptop for a week I don’t have much data to work with but so far so good. Watching HD video on YouTube for about 3 hours only drained the batter to about 50-60% with the brightness set to max, which is a great result for a laptop at this price and a result that some of the more expensive laptops don’t achieve. If the battery life changes I will update the review.

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