$249, asus.com

Business Traveler (USA) - - TECH SAVVY -

At not far over $200, this 15.6-inch Asus will set you back less than an en­try-level iPad. For that price, you can’t ex­pect the world in terms of per­for­mance, and its In­tel Celeron 1000M dual-core pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM will strug­gle with any­thing too in­ten­sive. How­ever, the 500GB hard drive is rel­a­tively im­pres­sive (ideal for tak­ing some movies on the road) and the screen is per­fectly ac­cept­able for ev­ery­day use. It’s not a bad-look­ing ma­chine and is sur­pris­ingly well con­structed. It’s also light for its size (5.5 lbs., mea­sur­ing 14.9 in x 10 in x 1 in), although you’ll only get four hours of bat­tery life out of it. If you’re look­ing for a sec­ond lap­top for tak­ing away when you’re work­ing abroad, this is a great, cost-ef­fec­tive op­tion. In­ex­pen­sive, rea­son­ably well con­structed, plenty of stor­age Lacks pro­cess­ing clout

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