Are you looking for a fast and rather light large format PC that doesn’t blow your budget? The Asus R702BA-BX002T is the perfect tool. Installed in a sophisticated silver chassis with a contained weight for a 17-inch, it concentrates a balanced configuration around a small AMD processor associated with 8 GB of RAM and responsive storage and fairly generous in capacity (512 GB SSD). On the other hand, its resources do not go further than office automation and the plastic of the case as the limited autonomy are not really favorable to mobility.
Features of the Asus R702BA-BX002T
|Screen (s)||17.3 “WXGA LED 200nits (1600×900, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Quad Core A9-9425 Stoney Ridge (3.1 GHz, 2 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2133 MHz, 2 slots (1 free)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon R5|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI, SD / SDHC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Audio system||2 SonicMaster speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-ion 3 cells 42Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.1 Kg / 411 x 270.5 x 23|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus R702BA-BX002T
Asus has chosen to install its Asus R702BA-BX002T in a compacted chassis , looking big 15 inches. On the front of the stage, its weight of 2.1 kg guides it towards a little mobility. Next, the aesthetic opts for an elegant gray cover adorned with a soft concentric-circle effect while the interior opts for a silver coating brushed around the touchpad and stitched around the keyboard. The assembly is correct even if the plastic predominates and the slim silhouette of the PC is welcome. On the other hand, the absence of a backlit keyboard may upset some.
The connections are largely assembled on the right side of the computer, a detail to take into account if you plan to handle a mouse and connect different peripherals at the same time (RJ45, HDMI, power supply …). The level is correct even if the refinement of the hull led to the elimination of the optical drive. There is an SD card reader, an HDMI output and four USB ports including a USB 3.2 and a USB 3.2 Type-C (versatile). Data transfer is provided by Gigabit Ethernet and recent WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.1 modules.
Inside, we discover a 17.3-inch screen with basic specifications: a standard definition (1600 x 900 px) and the support of a TN panel leading to narrow viewing angles. Good point, however, the anti- reflective treatment will prevent glare situations in a bright environment.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus R702BA-BX002T
In the first line, storage is the decisive element in this configuration since it is entrusted to a dedicated 512 GB SSD . This type of storage is essential in 2020 to benefit from a reactive and functional environment. Indeed, compared to the traditional hard drive that we still find in some configurations, the SSD is notably quieter, robust and energy efficient. It also allows Windows (or any other operating system) to achieve an ideal level of fluidity with short load times and latency-free execution. And if its main complaint is often the capacity which until then had difficulties to compete with the HDD standard, the problem does not arise too much here thanks to the 512 GB available.
The PC also shines with its amount of RAM of 8 GB , a capacity greater than the standard of 4 GB. Thus, the fluidity will be multitasking, a plus if you tend to collect tabs on the browser. The heart is driven by a low- power AMD Dual Core A9-9425 APU which delivers sufficient performance to run all common tasks (Internet surfing, office tools, video playback) as well as minimal editing. On the other hand, there is no point in hoping to use any photo processing software for example.
In addition, there is no point in hoping to play with this laptop PC since the Radeon R5 chip integrated into the processor is simply no match. No problem for anything that has to do with everyday use, however, such as playing videos or viewing complex web pages.
Autonomy should finally be around 5 hours in Internet browsing with active Wifi, it is satisfactory for this diagonal not very transportable.