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The Asus BU401LA is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC. Most of the other laptops of this type and age have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
The Asus BU401LA has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than most laptops of this type and age. Most portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family. The worst processor family of all similar spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-3xxx.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The BU401LA supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs of a similar type and age to it. This laptop supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the BU401LA.
Amongst similar types of portable PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.
Fairly Big Internal Memory
At 8 gigabytes, the Asus BU401LA has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the BU401LA. The average internal memory of medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as the BU401LA is 5.1GB.
SSD Storage Medium
The BU401LA has an SSD storage medium which is better than most laptops that were launched around the same time as it. Most medium processor core laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.
This portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium amongst all comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the BU401LA.
The worst storage medium amongst similar types of portable PC is HDD.
If the storage medium of this Asus notebook PC is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the DELL XPS 13 (£1,199.99) (SSD).
Has a Front Camera
The Asus BU401LA has a front camera. Most of the other laptops that came out more than two years ago also have a front camera.
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The BU401LA is one of the lighter medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the BU401LA (only 1.6 kilograms) amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. Medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the BU401LA have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.1kg.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many laptops that were launched around the same time as it.
AC Cable Included
This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age.
Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency
Across all the portable PCs of a similar type and age to the BU401LA the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3,300GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 6.5GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.3 gigahertz, the BU401LA has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.
256 Solid-State Drive Capacity
The BU401LA is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC.
Fairly Big Battery Capacity
The battery capacities of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the BU401LA range from 3mAh to 30,000mAh. When compared to other laptops that are a similar age to the BU401LA, the Asus BU401LA's battery capacity of 6,840 milliamperes * hour is one of the biggest.
802.11g WiFi Standard
The BU401LA has an 802.11g WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11n WiFi standard found on most notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it. The worst Wi-Fi standard of all laptops that are a similar age to the BU401LA is 802.11a and the best is 802.11n.
Very Big Cache Memory
When compared to other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the BU401LA that we have assessed, the cache memory of the Asus BU401LA of 4 megabytes is one of the biggest. Across all the notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the BU401LA the cache memories range from 1MB to 4MB, and the average cache memory is 3MB.
Three USB 3.0 Ports
The Asus BU401LA is a three USB 3.0 port notebook PC.
Quite Big Processor Cache
With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the BU401LA has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that were launched more than two years ago. The smallest processor cache of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 0.51MB, the biggest is 4MB, and the average processor cache is 2.9MB.
11 Reasons Against
Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Across all the laptops of this type and age the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 380MHz. The BU401LA has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of only 16 gigabytes, the Asus BU401LA has one of the smaller maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 2GB to 32GB.
Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
The Asus BU401LA does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the BU401LA do have a full-size keyboard.
Quite Small Total Storage Capacity
The smallest total storage capacity of laptops that are a comparable age to the BU401LA is 1GB and the biggest is 1.5TB. With a total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the BU401LA has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.
If this Asus portable PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Packard Bell ME69BMP (320GB and higher rated).
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Only SonicMaster Audio System
This notebook PC audio system, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Like most of the other medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the BU401LA, the Asus BU401LA does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Very Small Maximum Internal Memory
Notebook PCs of this spec and age have maximum internal memories of between 8.1GB and 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 27GB. At only 16,384 megabytes, the BU401LA has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the BU401LA.
Only Four Battery Cells
Most portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the BU401LA have between two and eight battery cells, including the Asus BU401LA which has four battery cells.
Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System
This laptop has a Windows 8 Pro recovery operating system, which is the most commonly found recovery operating system on similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as it.
Only 1,000 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to it.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on laptops of this type and age.
3 Other reasons to consider the Asus BU401LA
Released Over Two Years Ago
This medium processor core portable PC has been on the market for over two years.
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 14 inches, the BU401LA has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.
Average Processor Clock Speed
With a processor clock speed of 1.7 gigahertz, the BU401LA has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the BU401LA.
If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the Toshiba Satellite L50-B (1.8GHz).
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Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
133, 1333, 333, 1600
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Cache Type
Smart Cache, L3
Maximum Internal Memory
2 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
MMC+, SD, SD, SDHC, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel HD Graphics 5000
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 Port
SATA III Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 7 Professional
Recovery Operating System
Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Embedded Options Available
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
Lithium, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Adapter Power
BIOS, HDD, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
AC Adapter Included
UL, TUV, MIC, CE Marking Compliance, FCC Compliance, BSMI, Australia C-TICK / NZ A-Tick Compliance, CCC, GOST-R, CB, EPEAT, Energy star, IDA, CECP, WEEE, Erp 2013, FIPS 201, TCO4.0, RoHS, JATE
Energy Star Certified
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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