Asus X502 review

First Look
9 Aug 2013
Asus X502 review - hands on

We go hands on with Asus' new range of budget back-to-school laptops

Asus has always impressed with its range of budget laptops, but its redesigned X series, announced last night, might be its best value laptops yet. We went hands on with the X502, a 15.6in laptop which starts at an RRP of just £299.

Asus X502 review - hands on

This is one of the cheapest laptops we've seen and comes with a dual core 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 1007U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard disk. Other more expensive specifications will be available with up to a Core i5 processor and 500GB hard disk, but even its base specification is quite impressive for £299.

The laptop's smooth metallic finish on the lid and keyboard tray doesn't make it feel like a budget laptop either, and it comes in a range of colours that give it much more personality than other budget laptops we've seen which often have to settle for plain silver or black.

Asus X502 review - hands on

The plastic bezel and underside are less impressive, but Asus hasn't let the low price compromise portability. It's slender at just 21mm and weighs just 2kg, so it's fairly portable for a laptop this size

The 15.6in screen looked great. Its viewing angles were good for a budget laptop and there was a decent amount of screen tilt to let you find a comfortable viewing angle.

Asus X502 review - hands on

The keyboard was comfortable for typing as well. The keys were a little flat for our liking, but they still produced enough tactile feedback. They were well-spaced, too, and its touchpad was superb. Its smooth finish made it very accurate and responsive and we were able to navigate the desktop easily without any problems whatsoever.

Asus X502 review - hands on

There's a good range of ports, too. There's one USB3 and two USB2 ports, an SD card slot, VGA and HDMI video outputs, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a combined headphone and microphone jack.

Asus X502 review - hands on

The Asus X502 certainly made a good first impression. We'll have to wait and see whether it can match the £260 Budget Buy-winning Packard Bell EasyNote TE11HC, but from what we've seen so far, the X502 could be one of the best budget laptops yet.

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