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Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

This model ranked #11 among Laptops priced under $325 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This laptop is all about cost-effectiveness, and if you're strapped for cash, it could be a compelling option, especially if you're a patient person content with only software distributed on the Microsoft Store and doing only one thing at a time. The touchpad doubles as a number pad on this model, but I find it has limited appeal since it lacks tactile feedback for touch-typing and deprives the user of a pointer while active.

With that said, this is a minimal system, and I'm not positive that I would recommend upgrading to a full version of Windows in this case (it does fit Windows 11's design philosophy, however).

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Restricted Version of Windows. This Laptop runs Windows 10 in S mode which means that most software from the compatibility list below won't work out of the box.
It is possible to upgrade Windows 10 to its normal, insecure mode for free. Doing so allows running programs which are not on the Microsoft App Store. The process isn't too complicated, but in essence, it involves reinstalling Windows.
This evaluation assumes that you (or a helpful friend) plan to go through that process; otherwise, Value and Versatility scores would be much lower. Most archetypes defined on TekAdvisors also could not access the software they need without it. Free

Slow storage. Once started, this Laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $280.

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck6th percentile
Versatility98th percentile
Power (General Purpose)12th percentile
Power (Graphical)20th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)35th percentile
Storage Space39th percentile
Portability71th percentile
Battery Autonomy12th percentile
Longevity4th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck7th percentile
Versatility99th percentile
Power (General Purpose)6th percentile
Power (Graphical)10th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)26th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability78th percentile
Battery Autonomy11th percentile
Longevity5th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows, S Edition

CPU

Intel Celeron N4020, 2 cores clocked from 1.1 to 2.8 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Battery

42Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w32.5 × d21.7 × h1.8

Dimensions (in): w12.8 × d55.12 × h4.57

Weight (kg): 1.3

Weight (lbs.): 2.87

Features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Windows S Edition
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • TPM & other Encryption Hardware
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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