Another day, another portable computer for you to consider. Does ASUS' latest release, the EeeBook E402, have what it takes to tempt your wallet? I guess we'll need to take a look at the specifications to find out. And pictures, because you'll be looking at the thing constantly.
While not ZenBook sexy, the E402 (well, E402MA to be specific), is easy enough on the eyes.
So far, so good? What about the internals? Well, you have a few options. There are three variants, separated by processor -- the 2.16GHz quad-core Celeron N3540, the 1.83GHz quad-core N2940 or the 2.16GHz dual-core N2840. Oddly enough, ASUS' own product page seems to have messed up the specs for these chips, but a quick perusal of Intel's ARK database gets the right core counts.
Anywho, other than the CPUs, memory and storage, the guts are the same between the units:
|Operating system||Windows 10|
|Display||14in (1366x768) HD|
|Cameras||Fixed VGA Video Camera|
|Memory & storage||
2GB RAM + 32GB EMMC (Shadow Blue – JB HiFi and Harvey Norman)
1 x VGA port
|Audio||Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect & full duplex|
|Colours||Elegant White and Shadow Blue|
|Size||339 x 235 x 219mm|
As for availability, you can get it at a few places, though JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman are the primary stockists. While the latter only offers the low-end, dual-core model, it's priced more competitively than HN: $294 versus $326.
Neither have the top-end device with the N3540 Bay Trail, but HN does have the next one down for $597. Being as devilish as always, that's a bit higher than ASUS' RRP of $499, so cheers for that Harvey.
A few more snaps below, including hot side port action.