On the image above is the Asus X502CA-HPD1104J-W, a newly released model from the budget-class 15.6-inch X502CA series, which is now available in the US market. Also, Asus debuted the pink X502CA-HPD1104I-P and green X502CA-HPD1104K-G, but they have the same specifications as the white version.
On Black Friday retailers were offering great Windows laptop and tablet deals, with prices starting from $180 for a full-size notebooks and touchscreen mobile PC devices. Cyber Monday and Holiday 2013 apparently won’t deliver such deep discounts, but online shoppers will still be able to save up to hundreds of dollars on their new Windows laptops and tablets, especially on higher-end systems.
The Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR is a touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop / tablet PC hybird with a 10.1-inch 720p IPS display and the latest Intel Atom “Bay Trail” quad-core processor.
The Black Friday 2013 laptop deals are somewhat similar to those offered last year. In the Windows arena, we have a couple of sub-$200 full-size laptops, a couple of ~$250 netbook-like ultraportables, many good affordable choices under $500, high-performers for $800 or lower, and powerful gaming laptops for about $1,000. However, there’s one significant change this year. It’s a rise of affordable touchscreen laptops, starting at $250, as well as hybrid laptop / tablet systems priced at $500+. Deals on the traditionally more expensive Apple’s MacBook Air / Pro systems are rare as usual, but Best Buy has a couple of great offers. Chromebooks are cheap like always, with some discounted prices on top of their very low regular price tags.
The ASUS X200CA-HCL1104G 11.6-inch touch-enabled Windows 8 laptop is on sale for only $269.99 during the Cyber Monday Week at Best Buy, down from normal $449.99. It’s one of the most affordable touch-enabled laptops this holiday season.
The Asus N550JV is a relatively new 15.6-inch notebook PC series, characterized by high-performance, entertainment-centric features, and premium aluminum design. It’s available in the US in form of two configurations: the non-touch N550JV-DB71 and touch-enabled N550JV-DB72T.
The 15.6-inch Asus S500CA-SI30401U and S500CA-HCL1002H VivoBook-series laptops offers a lot of features and high build quality for only $430 and $400, respectively. Hardware highlights are multi-touch-screen capability, the Intel Core i3 processor on the SI30401U and Pentium on the HCL1002H, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk, and sleek design. The notebooks have a 0.9-inch thin chassis (down from usual aprox. 1.3″) made of brushed aluminum, with a shape similar to the Apple MacBook Air. The keyboard deck is done up in silver color, while the lid is dark gray. The keyboard buttons are black, but backlight for them is not present. A single-piece trackpad (with integrated “mouse” buttons) accompanies the keyboard. The whole packages weigh 4.6 pounds, so the S500CA-SI30401U and S500CA-HCL1002H are one of the lightest 15.6-inchers on the market. They usually weigh about 5.3-5.5 pounds. As a trade-off, the Asus duo doesn’t feature a built-in optical disc.
The Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02 is a newly available 13.3-inch touch-screen laptop model from the PC maker’s VivoBook affordable lineup.
The Asus X501A-SI30403X is currently the cheapest laptop on the market with the Intel Core i3 processor. Packing the full voltage i3-3120M from the 3rd Generation Core “Ivy Bridge” family, the 15.6-inch X501A-SI30403X is also certainly the fastest notebook for $350.
The Asus X502CA-BCL0901D is a nice looking, slim, and affordable full-size laptop PC. For only
$270 $230, the Windows 8-based X502CA-BCL0901D offers a 15.6-inch display, the Intel Celeron 1007U dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. These components are bare minimums for modern laptops, but they can handle light workloads, such as web surfing, social networking, office document editing, etc.
The Asus S400CA-DB51T is a 14-inch notebook with a touchscreen display. It belongs to the thin-and-light notebook category. The S400CA-DB51T isn’t advertised as an ultrabook, but it has all ultrabook-class components and thinness, measuring 0.8″ in profile.
The Asus U38N-DS81T is a newly available laptop model in the US. Although Asus advertises it as a “thin and light 13.3-inch business laptop with a Full HD touch screen”, there’s no too much business features on it. Generally, the U38N is available with Windows 8 Pro version which is more suitable for business use, but the particular U38N-DS81T comes with standard Windows 8 edition.
The Asus Q501LA-BBI5T03 15.6-inch 1080p laptop with touchscreen capability is cheaper and more modestly equipped than the $1,000 Q550LF-BBI7T07, but still a great notebook retailing for $750.
Instead of the 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4500U processor and the Nvidia GeForce GT 745M discrete video card, the Q501LA-BBI5T03 packs the slightly slower 4th Gen “Haswell” Intel Core i5-4200U and relies on the Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics. RAM and hard drive capacities are also lower – 6GB and 750GB, down from 8GB and 1TB.
The Asus Q550LF-BBI7T07 is a 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop which packs the latest higher-end components in a sleek design.
There’s plenty to like on the Q550LF-BBI7T07. The most remarkable features, besides the touch-enabled display with full HD 1080p resolution, are the latest 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with good performance and low power consumption, the Nvidia GeForce GT 745M dedicated video card with 2GB of DDR3 video memory, 8GB of RAM, and a 1,000GB (1TB) hard disk drive, all encased in an brushed “hairline” aluminum 1.1″-thin 6-pound chassis in dark gray color. The notebook is equipped with a silverish LED-backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric pad and a spacious seamless trackpad with integrated click buttons.
The Asus VivoBook is one of our favorite notebook series, because it delivers an ultrabook-like performance, thinness, an admirable feature set, and aluminum chassis at an affordable price. One of the models is the S300CA-BBI5T01, offering a 13.3-inch touch-enabled screen, the 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3337U processor with two cores, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive for $600.