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Asus X507 review: This budget notebook is a steal at Rs 27,990

Weighing just 1.68kg, the laptop is one of the lightest options available in this price segment with a large 15.6-inch screen.​​​

, ET Bureau|
Jun 07, 2018, 03.00 PM IST
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It’s got a stylish premium finish, sleek design and feels very well built.
Budget notebooks usually share a few common traits: thick screen bezels, bland or bulky design and sub-par performance. This is most prevalent in the sub-Rs 30,000 segment. The Asus X507 is the company’s offering in this price segment that does not have these issues.

At first glance, it’s hard to believe that the Asus X507 is a budget notebook. It’s got a stylish premium finish, sleek design and feels very well built. The lid has a brushed metal finish with the Asus logo placed in the center. While the area around the keyboard has a plain metallic finish, the palmrest has a textured finish for added style. On the left side is a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, microSD slot, HDMI port and 3.5mm audio jack. The left side houses a single USB 2.0 port. Weighing just 1.68kg, the laptop is one of the lightest options available in this price segment with a large 15.6-inch screen.

The chiclet style keyboard is comfortable to use and the keys have a good amount of travel. Asus has added a separate number pad as well, but the keys are smaller compared to the rest of the keyboard. It’s strange to have smaller keys on the same keyboard — takes time to get used to their size and spacing. Also, the keyboard is not backlit. Thankfully the trackpad is large and works like a charm. It even has an integrated fingerprint scanner — much like the ones we see on smartphones these days. The scanner works well most of the time but sometimes takes an extra second or two to recognize the fingerprint.
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Overall, the Asus X507 should be one of the top choices for anyone looking for a laptop in the sub ?30,000 price segment.

Another area where the notebook surprised us is the display. Asus offers a 15.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and that too with slim side bezels. Asus calls it a ‘nano edge’ display. A full HD display with slim bezels is something we usually see in notebooks priced well above ?40,000. The screen brightness is great and the colours are also punchy. We liked that the hinge system of the X507 is smooth and also holds the screen at any angle without any wobble. However, we do feel that the viewing angles are an area of compromise.

Our review variant is the one with sixth generation Intel Core i3 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard-drive. This configuration is common at this price and delivers excellent day-to-day performance. The 5,400-rpm hard drive can be a bottleneck if you try a hardware intensive app/game — a common issue across budget notebooks. Battery life is not bad but not great either - we were able to get between 5-6 hours of backup on a single charge. Thankfully, there is fast charge support which gives you over 50% charge in just 45 minutes. Overall, for students as well as office users, the performance is adequate.

We liked the loud speakers on the notebook — they are good enough to use it as a bed-side music player. The compact charger is another feature we appreciate — more brands should adopt this design. A couple of things to complain about are the average quality webcam and the fact that there’s only one USB 3.0 port.

Overall, the Asus X507 should be one of the top choices for anyone looking for a laptop in the sub Rs 30,000 price segment. Its lightweight, rich on features and offers good performance. There are a few missteps, but that the pros outweigh these easily. At around the same price, you can get laptops from HP, Lenovo and Dell, but those are with thick bezels, without full HD displayd and a weight more than 1.8kg.

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