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Bought this a week ago when it was £229.99 and its dropped now to just less than £200. I think its a decent little laptop for a student or light user.

Specifications:
Intel Pentium Quad Core N3700 CPU (up to 2.4GHZ)
2GB DDR3 RAM
32GB eMMC memory
14 hour battery life
Aluminium construction
1366 x 768
USB 3.0 x 1
USB type C x 1
USB 2.0 x 1
HDMI 1.4 x 1
802.11 b/g/n wifi + BT 4.0
less than 18mm thick

CPU passmark of ~2000 makes it perfectly usable for day to day tasks, about 16GB of available storage out of the box, expandable with SD card slot. Battery life is very close to advertised, even when streaming from Youtube etc

Build quality is what drew me to this model and feels much more sturdy than other notebooks in this price range along with double the performance of the likes of the HP steam. Slim and light means its great for travelling and portability.
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#1
I agree, these eMMC Memory Laptop's have ridiculously LONGGGGG Battery Lifes attached to them for real!, luvvvvvvvv it!.

If only some of them could have BIGGER Internal Memories built-in to them, huh?, lol. :-)
#2
Not bad for what it is.
3 Likes #3
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.
#4
Balls, I just pulled the trigger on the e402MA from John Lewis for £170. Looks like this has a slightly better CPU and the USB C thing.
#5
Anyone know how this would compare with the Toshiba C40-C? Looks like a similar spec (including 14 inch screen) but the Toshiba has a Intel Celeron N3050 processor. I'm guessing this Asus would be more powerful.

Only asking as I'm looking for a cheap laptop for around the house and the C40-C is £150 at Very at the moment.
#6
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.


​i agree with you on this point. ive been using chrome/spotify/office and windows defender (+ all windows services) all running at the same time and not maxed the 2GB RAM, usually around 1.6GB

as long as the expectations are reasonable its a decent little machine
#7
DirtyQwerty
Anyone know how this would compare with the Toshiba C40-C? Looks like a similar spec (including 14 inch screen) but the Toshiba has a Intel Celeron N3050 processor. I'm guessing this Asus would be more powerful.

Only asking as I'm looking for a cheap laptop for around the house and the C40-C is £150 at Very at the moment.


​the N3050 was the alternative i was looking at, but has about half the theoretical performance of the quad core in this notebook. the N3050 should be okay doing 1/2 thing(s) at a time but this notebook can deal with a handful of programs at a time quite handily
#8
adamspencer95
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.
​i agree with you on this point. ive been using chrome/spotify/office and windows defender (+ all windows services) all running at the same time and not maxed the 2GB RAM, usually around 1.6GB
as long as the expectations are reasonable its a decent little machine

The Linx 7 (and other similar tablets) with 1GB RAM are surprisingly efficient - for all the slating Microsoft gets, their latest OSes are very frugal with resources, dare I say it, better than OS X these days (which seems to almost demand 4GB and an SSD to be remotely useful). The Intel Atom Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors are perfect for light-use and never really feel slow either.
#9
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.


So I guess the RAM and the eMMC ssd chip (if you like) are both soldered to the board and irremovable?
Can anyone actually completely confirm that this is the case because whilst I don't doubt the memory I'd like to think the ssd could be changed although could be quite costly due to the size of the part
#10
plewis00
adamspencer95
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.
​i agree with you on this point. ive been using chrome/spotify/office and windows defender (+ all windows services) all running at the same time and not maxed the 2GB RAM, usually around 1.6GB
as long as the expectations are reasonable its a decent little machine

The Linx 7 (and other similar tablets) with 1GB RAM are surprisingly efficient - for all the slating Microsoft gets, their latest OSes are very frugal with resources, dare I say it, better than OS X these days (which seems to almost demand 4GB and an SSD to be remotely useful). The Intel Atom Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors are perfect for light-use and never really feel slow either.


​completely agree, i have 2 'hipstreet w7' tablets (which are essentially copies of the linx 7) for HTPCs in the lounge and bedroom, only £49 each and they have only maxed their RAM when trying to stream high bitrate files due to caching to RAM. the atom Z3735 really is a remarkable little SOC, and the CPU in this notebook is essentially the new version of that on the braswell architecture (quad core, passive cooling with respectable performance). its processors like this which dont really reflect their actual performance in benchmarks
#11
kingstongold
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.


So I guess the RAM and the eMMC ssd chip (if you like) are both soldered to the board and irremovable?
Can anyone actually completely confirm that this is the case because whilst I don't doubt the memory I'd like to think the ssd could be changed although could be quite costly due to the size of the part


​both soldered unfortunately, however i am on the hunt for a low profile SD adapter which sits flush with the housing to augment the internal storage without sticking out the side of the chassis. once i get one of those it should be fine
#12
According to the reviews of the 402, there's space for a 2.5" drive in there as well.
#13
adamspencer95
kingstongold
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.
So I guess the RAM and the eMMC ssd chip (if you like) are both soldered to the board and irremovable?
Can anyone actually completely confirm that this is the case because whilst I don't doubt the memory I'd like to think the ssd could be changed although could be quite costly due to the size of the part
​both soldered unfortunately, however i am on the hunt for a low profile SD adapter which sits flush with the housing to augment the internal storage without sticking out the side of the chassis. once i get one of those it should be fine

Yeah I've had those before at work but this was with a 1k compact laptop which was suitably compact but packed a punch tech wise
#14
Bossworld
According to the reviews of the 402, there's space for a 2.5" drive in there as well.

the e402ma is a different model altogether, no aluminium build, different processor and I/O, thicker with less battery life so i wouldnt draw any conclusions from that.

there is no easy access to the internals of the notebook due to the 'compact' nature of it but i dont think it will fit a 2.5" drive inside. i'd love to be proven wrong but finding any decent reviews of this model seems particularly difficult!
#15
Bossworld
Balls, I just pulled the trigger on the e402MA from John Lewis for £170. Looks like this has a slightly better CPU and the USB C thing.

I would definitely return the e402ma (luckily john lewis are good with this). I owned both laptops and the e403 has the same performance but 50% longer battery, no surprise as looking at the specs it has a much bigger battery! e403 = 57 watt hours, e402ma = 32 watt hours.

e403 is also thinner by a few mm and lighter by 150g, not to mention the really nice brushed aluminium finish which imo is lovely
#16
Bossworld
According to the reviews of the 402, there's space for a 2.5" drive in there as well.


​There is I've installed an ssd in mine and used the emmc memory as virtual ram, it works quite well. Sadly the e403 doesn't have this option as this was the laptop I was originally after.
3 Likes #17
plewis00
adamspencer95
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.
​i agree with you on this point. ive been using chrome/spotify/office and windows defender (+ all windows services) all running at the same time and not maxed the 2GB RAM, usually around 1.6GB
as long as the expectations are reasonable its a decent little machine
The Linx 7 (and other similar tablets) with 1GB RAM are surprisingly efficient - for all the slating Microsoft gets, their latest OSes are very frugal with resources, dare I say it, better than OS X these days (which seems to almost demand 4GB and an SSD to be remotely useful). The Intel Atom Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors are perfect for light-use and never really feel slow either.

Horses for courses. I use OSX, Windows 10 and Linux (currently Ubuntu), the OS I mostly use at home is OSX as it has Ruby and Python built in, ready to go and I like how the OS functions. I don't notice OSX getting slow ever and I like how I have a proper terminal.

Now I can counter all the above arguments I'm making for OSX by saying well I can easily get Python and Ruby working on Windows 10 and once they're setup, they're setup and if you want a powerful command line then you have Powershell.

So what am I saying, I'm saying I use what I need and I'm not prejudice against any one OS, there is no perfect OS and there likely never will be, just as there's no one programming language for anything. You can roughly adapt all of the above to do just about anything you want, however all of the above are slightly better for one purpose or another, the trick is knowing your workload and choosing the correct way of executing that workload, so keeping things simple and efficient and this comes with experience as does most things. I'm still learning and will never stop learning, the same is true of all of us.
1 Like #18
kingstongold
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.

So I guess the RAM and the eMMC ssd chip (if you like) are both soldered to the board and irremovable?
Can anyone actually completely confirm that this is the case because whilst I don't doubt the memory I'd like to think the ssd could be changed although could be quite costly due to the size of the part

Everything is replaceable if you have the skills, are the parts in this laptop user replaceable, as in can Joe Bloggs and his mates do it? Nope.

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/ASUS/e403sa

Where I work we can upgrade the NAND flash in an iPhone to a larger size and replace tiny I.Cs such as U2 IC. That's the sort of skills you require to upgrade this laptop, so in theory it's possible, in practice you need excellent skills.


Edited By: fishmaster on Mar 27, 2016 22:06
#19
Is it much better specs then the Linx1010b with keyboard deal that I got at Xmas?
#20
carwacster
Is it much better specs then the Linx1010b with keyboard deal that I got at Xmas?


​yes, the quad core is about twice as powerful as the atom in the linx series. whether you'll notice depends on how you use the linx really
#21
Will Lighroom tether to this OK?

Edited By: carwacster on Mar 27, 2016 22:26
#22
adamspencer95
Bossworld
According to the reviews of the 402, there's space for a 2.5" drive in there as well.
the e402ma is a different model altogether, no aluminium build, different processor and I/O, thicker with less battery life so i wouldnt draw any conclusions from that.
there is no easy access to the internals of the notebook due to the 'compact' nature of it but i dont think it will fit a 2.5" drive inside. i'd love to be proven wrong but finding any decent reviews of this model seems particularly difficult!

Ah no worries just assumed it was a DSG special to avoid price matching.

Looks as though the 402 has a slightly better CPU, for the sake of saving £30 I'll probably stick with it.
#23
amour3k
I agree, these eMMC Memory Laptop's have ridiculously LONGGGGG Battery Lifes attached to them for real!, luvvvvvvvv it!.
If only some of them could have BIGGER Internal Memories built-in to them, huh?, lol. :-)
Thanks, I didn't know that.

Edited By: uptwisting on Mar 27, 2016 23:18
1 Like #24
Bossworld
adamspencer95
Bossworld
According to the reviews of the 402, there's space for a 2.5" drive in there as well.
the e402ma is a different model altogether, no aluminium build, different processor and I/O, thicker with less battery life so i wouldnt draw any conclusions from that.
there is no easy access to the internals of the notebook due to the 'compact' nature of it but i dont think it will fit a 2.5" drive inside. i'd love to be proven wrong but finding any decent reviews of this model seems particularly difficult!

Ah no worries just assumed it was a DSG special to avoid price matching.

Looks as though the 402 has a slightly better CPU, for the sake of saving £30 I'll probably stick with it.


​they are pretty much the same to be honest, (within 5% of each other) with the n3540 in the 402 requiring slightly more power (7.5w vs 6w). paired with a much smaller battery, the e403 will last much longer on a charge. depends what is more important as the 402 offers flexibility to add a 2.5" disc drive
1 Like #25
uptwisting
amour3k
I agree, these eMMC Memory Laptop's have ridiculously LONGGGGG Battery Lifes attached to them for real!, luvvvvvvvv it!.
If only some of them could have BIGGER Internal Memories built-in to them, huh?, lol. :-)
Thanks, I didn't know that.


​its not specifically the eMMC which means long battery life, more like the systems which use eMMC generally use very low powered hardware meaning a system which overall doesnt consume much battery.

as a side note, the eMMC in this model is a samsung bgnd3r eMMC 5.1 drive with speeds of up to 250MB/s reads and 125MB/s writes. pretty respectable
#26
fishmaster
plewis00
adamspencer95
Si__
Shame this is the 2GB RAM model. Note - these can not have the RAM upgraded.
While Windows 10 can, and will run fine with 2GB of RAM, Once you start loading on non-app stuff, like 3rd party print drivers, chrome/firefox, symantec/avg anti-virus etc they'll start sucking the ram up as soon as you boot the machine.
Otherwise, if you can live with the offerings Microsoft give you by default, and apps, you'll have a really nice machine for the price.
​i agree with you on this point. ive been using chrome/spotify/office and windows defender (+ all windows services) all running at the same time and not maxed the 2GB RAM, usually around 1.6GB
as long as the expectations are reasonable its a decent little machine
The Linx 7 (and other similar tablets) with 1GB RAM are surprisingly efficient - for all the slating Microsoft gets, their latest OSes are very frugal with resources, dare I say it, better than OS X these days (which seems to almost demand 4GB and an SSD to be remotely useful). The Intel Atom Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors are perfect for light-use and never really feel slow either.
Horses for courses. I use OSX, Windows 10 and Linux (currently Ubuntu), the OS I mostly use at home is OSX as it has Ruby and Python built in, ready to go and I like how the OS functions. I don't notice OSX getting slow ever and I like how I have a proper terminal.
Now I can counter all the above arguments I'm making for OSX by saying well I can easily get Python and Ruby working on Windows 10 and once they're setup, they're setup and if you want a powerful command line then you have Powershell.
So what am I saying, I'm saying I use what I need and I'm not prejudice against any one OS, there is no perfect OS and there likely never will be, just as there's no one programming language for anything. You can roughly adapt all of the above to do just about anything you want, however all of the above are slightly better for one purpose or another, the trick is knowing your workload and choosing the correct way of executing that workload, so keeping things simple and efficient and this comes with experience as does most things. I'm still learning and will never stop learning, the same is true of all of us.

It obviously depends what hardware you're running it on and you are clearly not the user this comment was intended for. Do you think the majority of people in this thread care about programming languages? This is about out-of-the-box experience for the most part - and those looking at an Asus E403SA probably want to turn Windows on and for it to run well.

I would hazard a guess that you're running higher-end or at least better hardware than many others including your OS X machine - but OS X, even from a fresh install, is slow and laggy on older hardware whereas this wasn't the case before.
#27
you cant replace ssd or rams its builted in motherboard, battery last around 5-6hours on low brightness. with 2gb ram its not enaugh every time i get error ram is full.
#28
I almost bought this a couple of weeks back. The build quality is really good. The battery life really appeals too, 14 hours is epic, just sling in a bag and off you go. Ideal for Web browsing, office, YouTube and just general day to day stuff. Can't go wrong for £199 - this may be the price to tempt me. The battery alone alone pretty much did that. Have some heat.
#29
don't kid yourself "just less than £200" are you really that cheap too think of saving literally 1p?
#30
Can the USB C be used for charging? If so then you could charge the laptop with a powerbank like the new mac air
#31
hi. this looks like cracking notebook, anyone know how this compares to a Macbook Air (1st Gen) or later? There was a feature in windows 7 called readyboost I think, where a removable drives memory can be used as RAM, is that also the case in windows 10 and is there a performance hit using this type of memory which is a lot slower to RAM itself?
#32
dar72
32GB storage? Do people not store files anymore? Or is this deal 15 years old?

with the increased use of streaming services for media content, and cloud storage for important documents and photos, the age of needing terrabytes of storage seems over for some.

i still like having hard copies backed up on my external storage, but SD expansion is still possible.
#33
abdullah1994uk1
Can the USB C be used for charging? If so then you could charge the laptop with a powerbank like the new mac air

i'm not sure but i dont think so to be honest
#34
furi0n
hi. this looks like cracking notebook, anyone know how this compares to a Macbook Air (1st Gen) or later? There was a feature in windows 7 called readyboost I think, where a removable drives memory can be used as RAM, is that also the case in windows 10 and is there a performance hit using this type of memory which is a lot slower to RAM itself?

compared to the 1st gen (core 2 duo era), this notebook should be much faster. i think readyboost is still available but wont offer significant performance gains, it acts as a page file more than RAM. it will already have a page file on the C drive so its just moving it around.
2 Likes #35
Nohm
don't kid yourself "just less than £200" are you really that cheap too think of saving literally 1p?

£199.99 is just less than £200 so why the hostility? what's your definition of 'just less than'?
#36
Would this be any good for doing university work, coding and viewing photos when I'm out with my camera. I'm looking for something with a decent battery that is light.
1 Like #37
Wish they would just start making these with 4gb ram and 64gb hard drive. Would be perfect. I'd gladly pay a bit more.
#38
Agaeti
Would this be any good for doing university work, coding and viewing photos when I'm out with my camera. I'm looking for something with a decent battery that is light.

looks perfect to me! i use mine in university and it lasts all day easy, i usually manage about 12 hours of browsing, word processing and the odd video stream at about 40% brightness. the screen might let you down slightly in bright sunlight
1 Like #39
davelambs
Wish they would just start making these with 4gb ram and 64gb hard drive. Would be perfect. I'd gladly pay a bit more.

indeed, the 64GB storage would make things much easier and although i havent maxed the RAM yet, always good to have more
#40
Just picked one up will give it a good text and my excellent Linx 1010b with key red will be up for sale. Who's interested?



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