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Looking for a low budget laptop for mostly basic tasks. Help.

I'm looking for a laptop good for most basic tasks like web browsing and word processing, 1080p video playback and some occasional photo editing.

I found this Asus on Amazon for less than $300. I think it could do the job, however, i've been reading some reviews and people say is it too slow. Now I have doubts. Is the processor really that bad? What do you think? Is there anything better in this price range?

Asus X401U 14"
AMD E2-1800 Dual Core Processor (1.7 Ghz), 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
14" high-definition display, AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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  1. I doubt you'll be able to do any sort of photo editing with a $300 unless you're talking about using MS Paint.

    I honestly can't suggest to you any $300 laptop. They're all bad. Unless you look into refurbished. But I don't have a lot of experience with refurbished laptops so can't say much.

    Maybe you should look into tablets which will give you much better performance. For word processing, you could get a bluetooth keyboard or something. Photo editing is really out of the question with that sort of budget.
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    JagrFB said:
    I'm looking for a laptop good for most basic tasks like web browsing and word processing, 1080p video playback and some occasional photo editing.

    I found this Asus on Amazon for less than $300. I think it could do the job, however, i've been reading some reviews and people say is it too slow. Now I have doubts. Is the processor really that bad? What do you think? Is there anything better in this price range?

    Asus X401U 14"
    AMD E2-1800 Dual Core Processor (1.7 Ghz), 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
    14" high-definition display, AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics.

    Any help would be much appreciated.



    i would not recomend the e series they are considered the slowest processors

    a6 5200 would be a decent laptop its quicker and has 4 cores and better graphics

    ignore the review clearly someone is offended by a fan noise of a laptop lol.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Black-Licorice-15.6-2000-2d27CL-Laptop-PC-with-AMD-A6-5200-Accelerated-Processor-4GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-8/28877441#Product+Reviews

    a8 is considered to be far superior due to the boost option in speed and better graphics
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312828

    either of these would be enough for every day tasks etc
  3. that's okay. i have Asus X45U with same specs but fewer RAM (2GB) and it can play 1080p video smoothly. web browsing, word processing is no demanding task so E2-1800 have no problem at all. and for photo editing, it done the job good. it's not great, but it's absolutely good
  4. that's okay. i have Asus X45U with same specs but fewer RAM (2GB) and it can play 1080p video smoothly. web browsing, word processing is no demanding task so E2-1800 have no problem at all. and for photo editing, it done the job good. it's not great, but it's absolutely good
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