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Asus VivoBook X409FA 14" Intel i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM Laptop - Slate £499 @ AO
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Asus VivoBook X409FA 14" Intel i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM Laptop - Slate £499 @ AO

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Posted 17th Jan

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Full HD screen - for a stunning, clear picture

256GB SSD offers plenty of storage & super-fast loading

8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor

8GB of RAM delivers seamless multitasking
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Fire through all your tasks with this laptop from Asus. You’ll have no problem working on-the-go thanks to the combination of the lightweight design and 6 hour battery life, and you’ll be able to see everything clearly on the Full HD display. Plus, there’s a 256GB SSD so you can enjoy plenty of storage for your photos and files, as well as quick load times. And, it’ll tackle any demanding creative software with ease, thanks to the Intel® Core™ i7 processor and 8GB of RAM.

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Own this, bought from AO. Can confirm the IPS screen, not sure about battery but it lasts 3-4hrs. Seems better build quality than average at this price point and works well all round.

However,

1) There is no fingerprint reader as stated in AOs specs
2) Having been through AO's aftersales service following my first laptop failing at just before 6 months old - NEVER AGAIN. Long story, but I'm £50 extra down, have lost many hours of life, and had little choice but to accept this machine as a replacement. You have been warned...
Edited by: "JJMassey" 17th Jan
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Is this ips?
TN screen? No it's IPS see later posts.
Edited by: "Publix" 18th Jan
Own this, bought from AO. Can confirm the IPS screen, not sure about battery but it lasts 3-4hrs. Seems better build quality than average at this price point and works well all round.

However,

1) There is no fingerprint reader as stated in AOs specs
2) Having been through AO's aftersales service following my first laptop failing at just before 6 months old - NEVER AGAIN. Long story, but I'm £50 extra down, have lost many hours of life, and had little choice but to accept this machine as a replacement. You have been warned...
Edited by: "JJMassey" 17th Jan
JJMassey17/01/2020 20:28

Own this, bought from AO. Can confirm the IPS screen, not sure about …Own this, bought from AO. Can confirm the IPS screen, not sure about battery but it lasts 3-4hrs. Seems better build quality than average at this price point and works well all round.However,1) There is no fingerprint reader as stated in AOs specs2) Having been through AO's aftersales service following my first laptop failing at just before 6 months old - NEVER AGAIN. Long story, but I'm £50 extra down, have lost many hours of life, and had little choice but to accept this machine as a replacement. You have been warned...



Sorry to read that you've had a bad experience. Was the initial laptop the model in this post or a different one? If it was this one then what went wrong?

BTW, thanks for confirming that it's an IPS screen
Edited by: "devilsadv0cate" 17th Jan
devilsadv0cate17/01/2020 21:14

Sorry to read that you've had a bad experience. Was the initial laptop the …Sorry to read that you've had a bad experience. Was the initial laptop the model in this post or a different one? If it was this one then what went wrong?BTW, thanks for confirming that it's an IPS screen


No problem! Was a different laptop, HP Ryzen 5 deal that's been on here a few times c.£400. That was a good laptop too, before it died prematurely
JJMassey17/01/2020 22:22

No problem! Was a different laptop, HP Ryzen 5 deal that's been on here a …No problem! Was a different laptop, HP Ryzen 5 deal that's been on here a few times c.£400. That was a good laptop too, before it died prematurely


R u talking about the HP 14-dk0008na?, I regretted not buying it and going for the viglen ultrabook deal on here instead. The viglen has tremendous value for money, but minor problems here and there add up, also questioning the long term reliability of it...
nazmul55518/01/2020 03:24

R u talking about the HP 14-dk0008na?, I regretted not buying it and going …R u talking about the HP 14-dk0008na?, I regretted not buying it and going for the viglen ultrabook deal on here instead. The viglen has tremendous value for money, but minor problems here and there add up, also questioning the long term reliability of it...


Yes that sounds right. If AO Customer Support are to be believed they've completely sold out of that HP now.

The HP must have a question mark against its long-term reliability too. It was great value at face value, but there's plenty of places to save money building laptops. I hope my short-lived unit was the exception.

If your Viglen goes wrong within 6 months you have a right to a replacement or repair. The retailer may try to wriggle out of it, but don't take no for an answer. Hopefully you'll find you've got yourself a bargain though!
No problem! Was a different laptop, HP Ryzen 5 deal that's been on here a few times c.£400. That was a good laptop too, before it died prematurely


What was the issue here was it the Acer Aspire 5 Ryzen 5 deal around black friday at currys for 399 ie. the A515-43 ?
JJMassey17/01/2020 20:28

Own this, bought from AO. Can confirm the IPS screen, not sure about …Own this, bought from AO. Can confirm the IPS screen, not sure about battery but it lasts 3-4hrs. Seems better build quality than average at this price point and works well all round.However,1) There is no fingerprint reader as stated in AOs specs2) Having been through AO's aftersales service following my first laptop failing at just before 6 months old - NEVER AGAIN. Long story, but I'm £50 extra down, have lost many hours of life, and had little choice but to accept this machine as a replacement. You have been warned...


Can I ask for why you didn't go through the manufacturer warranty claim/repair process instead?

Seems a way around the poor AO aftersales, unless I'm missing something?
ckf718/01/2020 12:37

Can I ask for why you didn't go through the manufacturer warranty …Can I ask for why you didn't go through the manufacturer warranty claim/repair process instead?Seems a way around the poor AO aftersales, unless I'm missing something?



I did this. It's an essential step before AO will consider taking any action (see AO's T&Cs). It is not an easy process in itself, however. A lot of time and patience is required, especially when/if you then need HP to communicate directly with AO.
Thanks for posting, we have added this to the Highlights pages
andywedge18/01/2020 21:49

Thanks for posting, we have added this to the Highlights pages


Thank you, Andy.
FYI all, you can now get laptops with Intels 10th gen i5 1035G1, with similar performance in the same price range as this.
It looks as if the touchpad is shifted to the left. As a right handed user entirely used to a equal centred touchpad, any laptop so configured is almost useless to me. I have no idea why manufacturers are making so many laptops this way now.
gw3gon19/01/2020 00:12

FYI all, you can now get laptops with Intels 10th gen i5 1035G1, with …FYI all, you can now get laptops with Intels 10th gen i5 1035G1, with similar performance in the same price range as this.


Do you have any suggestions?
JJMassey18/01/2020 13:20

I did this. It's an essential step before AO will consider taking any …I did this. It's an essential step before AO will consider taking any action (see AO's T&Cs). It is not an easy process in itself, however. A lot of time and patience is required, especially when/if you then need HP to communicate directly with AO.


I can vouch for HP service. Utterly useless personnel running the show. After various delays and issues they finally returned a working laptop. To compensate me they promised to send a larger RAM. A week later they sent me an obsolete 512kb ram stick that didn’t even fit the laptop. They were clearly taking the p. I will never buy HP again.
Does this have intergrated graphics or dedicated? even if ots intergrated do you think it could play mid range games? such as gta v minecraft etc..
The posts on here seem to be a bit negative yet it’s still generating heat?
Will this be any good for making soundtrack music?
HarisM19/01/2020 08:18

Do you have any suggestions?


Haha, unfortunatey I don't. However things I usually look for when buying laptops are online reviews, battery life, upgradability (how easy it is to open the back and add RAM sticks/replace SSD.), and the screen quality (TN or IPS).
COUPONKEV19/01/2020 09:00

I can vouch for HP service. Utterly useless personnel running the show. …I can vouch for HP service. Utterly useless personnel running the show. After various delays and issues they finally returned a working laptop. To compensate me they promised to send a larger RAM. A week later they sent me an obsolete 512kb ram stick that didn’t even fit the laptop. They were clearly taking the p. I will never buy HP again.


I have had a few HP products that all failed just outside of the warranty period. I will never buy a HP product again.
Is this aluminium frame? Does it have a backlit keyboard?
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