Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02 VIvoBook Cheap Touch Ultraportable



Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02

The Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02 is a newly available 13.3-inch touch-screen laptop model from the PC maker’s VivoBook affordable lineup.

This series is actually the same as the S301LA, with the Q models being exclusively sold via Best Buy. The Q301LA-BHI5T02 is one of the configurations, sporting the 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell dual-core processor at 1.6 to 2.6GHz speed, Intel HD 4400 graphics with some lower-end gaming potential, usual 4GB of RAM, a very common 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive, and a relatively small 2-cell 38 Whrs battery. Besides a 13.3-inch diagonal, the display is characterized by multi-touch support, 1,366×768 screen resolution, and glossy coating. The i5-4000U processor can satisfy all run-of-the-mill users when it comes to daily work like web surfing and office document editing, but it is also reasonably fast for media work, like photo and video editing. The price tag is $600.

For that price, the Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02 also provides stereo speakers enhanced by SonicMaster technology, a 720p web camera, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, VGA video connector, HDMI port supporting not only Full HD 1080p but also 4K Ultra HD video transmission, Bluetooth interface, Wi-Fi wireless, Gigabit LAN network port, an SD/SDHC digital card reader, and combo audio jack for microphone and headphones.

Outwardly, the notebook is a stylish and sleek piece of hardware with silver-colored palm rests made of durable plastics, dark-gray brushed aluminum lid, and slightly rounded corners. The chiclet-style keyboard with decently long key travel and good tactile feedback is black. The trackpad is fairly big and has integrated “mouse” buttons, like almost all modern notebooks.

This machine is 0.85-inch thick, meaning it’s a tad thicker than the average ultrabook. It weighs four pounds, which is not so light weight for a 13.3-incher.

At the end, let’s notice some differences between the Q301LA-BHI5T02 and the Q300 precursors. The biggest and the only major change is inclusion of the Haswell ultra-low voltage CPU instead of the Ivy Bridge (3rd Generation) ULV, resulting in better integrated graphics. The Haswell provides a longer battery life than comparable Ivy Bridge-based counterparts, but Asus has for some reason included a lower capacity battery of already mentioned 38Whr, whereas the S300 sports a 44WHr unit. There’s no info on battery life, but judging from the specs it shouldn’t be shorter than 4 hours of web surfing via Wi-Fi. Designs are almost the same, with only a minor difference. The power button is now on the left part of the keyboard deck instead of the right and is accompanied by Wi-Fi and Caps Lock indicators.

Overall, the Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02 is a well-rounded touch-screen ultraportable, but the competition is tough in its category. If you don’t mind having a larger notebook, the 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad P400 Touch – 59371991 is a better equipped choice for less money. Precisely $530. It has a full-voltage 3rd Gen i5 CPU and 1600×900 screen resolution, as well as keyboard backlight, which is missing on the Asus.

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Q301LA-BHI5T02 Right

Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02 Lid

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Brand

Asus

Screen Size

13.3-Inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768

Touchscreen

Yes

IPS Display Tech

No

Processor

Intel Core i5-4200U 4th Gen Haswell Dual-Core 1.6-2.6GHz 3MB Cache (~3,300 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

Intel HD 4400

RAM

4GB

Storage

500GB HDD

Optical Drive

None

Input

Non-Backlit Keyboard without Numeric Pad, Multi-Touch Trackpad with Integrated Buttons, Touchscreen

Speakers

Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11N

Bluetooth

Yes

Ethernet LAN

Yes

USB

2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

2-Cell

Weight

4 pounds

Height

0.9″

Width

13″

Depth

9.2″

Windows Version

Windows 8

Warranty

1-Year

  1. alok

    alok – October 14, 2013:

    is the ram upgradeable after i buy ?

  2. Danijel

    Danijel – October 15, 2013:

    I don’t know. To access internals, you have to remove ~10 screws and when you get inside there’s no visible RAM slot. http://www.ultrabookreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/hardware-asus-s301-2.jpg It’s probably located on the rear side of the motherboard, so you’ll have to deal with more screws. If it is upgradeable (not soldered onto the motherboard), there’s no easy way to do it.

    Source: http://www.ultrabookreview.com/3385-asus-vivobook-s301-review/

    Note: The S301 and Q301 are the same notebook series with different names.

  3. Alberto

    Alberto – October 21, 2013:

    Hi Denijel,
    If We compare the Asus Q301LA-BHI5T02 with Lenovo U430 which I think they are very similar
    What would you recommend to buy?

    Thanks
    Neo

  4. Danijel

    Danijel – October 22, 2013:

    If you’re consudering the Lenovo U430 TOUCH – 59371574 model ($670 / http://laptoping.com/lenovo-ideapad-u430-touch-59371574-ultrabook-specs-review.html), I think it’s a batter choice than the Asus ($600), primarily because of the higher screen resolution and slightly bigger screen on the Lenovo. In addition, it has built-in 16GB SSD storage alongside the hard drive for faster operation, as well as keyboard backlight, which is very handy when you type in dim light. Also, I prefer Lenovo’s AccuType keyboards because of their excellent tactile feedback. Another nice perk on the U430 is Intel Wi-Di tech for wireless video streaming to TVs.

    Outwardly, the notebooks look similar and have almost the same thickness and weight. The only big difference here are lids. The U430 has a soft touch finish, while the back of the Q301LA is made of brushed aluminum. Bases of both laptops are made of aluminum.

    To conclude, it’s worth spending additional $70 on the U430, but the Asus Q301LA is also an excellent choice for only $600.

  5. Neha

    Neha – November 2, 2013:

    Hi, I am looking for a touchscreen ultrabook with the following specifications – minimum of core i5, 500gb storage, maximum of 13.3′ screen (smaller will be good too), light weight – around 1.5/1.6 kg. I have searched & searched and the confusion grows in equal proportions..Any help will be highly appreciated. I would like to limit my budget to around $600.
    Thanks, Neha

  6. Danijel

    Danijel – November 3, 2013:

    Well, the Q301LA-BHI5T02 for $600 appears to be a laptop which is closest to your requirements. But, it isn’t a real ultrabook since it doesn’t have hybrid HDD / SSD or SSD-only storage. If you’re ready to pay $100 more, you can get a real ultrabook, the Asus Zenbook UX32VD-BHI5N57: http://bit.ly/1e7ZxVw . The main downside of the Zenbook is the older i5 version.

  7. Neha

    Neha – November 4, 2013:

    Hi Danijel,

    Thank you so much for the reply. The page on the link you sent does not exist. However i checked on the net but this particular model does not seem to have a touch screen. Is that so? I am primarily looking for a touch screen. How is the Vivo book s300CA? I might consider lenovo ideapad yoga 13, although quite expensive at $1000 if it is REALLY worth the price.. Quite a few reviews on AMazon say that they have had o return the device due to issues with the wireless card & sound in the fan.

    Thanks once again for help.

  8. Chrissy M.

    Chrissy M. – November 5, 2013:

    Thank you for this helpful article. I have been wanting to buy a laptop for a while, and I was wondering if you think this is the best laptop around. Every site I have gone to says that the cheapest price is $599.99, but I was wondering if I could get it for cheaper on a certain site? Thank you for your time.

  9. chaztech

    chaztech – December 27, 2013:

    That shield is soldered down and reminds me of RF shielding in TV’s could be what the R stands for.
    If someone takes off the metal cover please post pics!

  10. jules

    jules – January 2, 2014:

    quick question, I rec’d the Q3-1LA as a christmas gift and started it up yesterday…the top row of the keyboard with the ESC key, function keys, volume up/down/mute keys, don’t seem to be working…it’s there a trick to it, I’ve never experienced not having the ESC key work just by tapping it (ie- not having to shift, ALT, fn, windows keys in conjunction)….? think it’s defective and should be returned or am I missing something simple?

  11. Danijel

    Danijel – January 3, 2014:

    If you’ve used it correctly, for instance fn + F12 for volume up and it doesn’t work, then there’s definitely a problem with the keyboard. Maybe a driver update could help. Among these http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&s=583&m=Q301LA&os=8&hashedid=n%2fa only the “ATKACPI driver and hotkey-related utilities” seems to be related to the keyboard. This is just my opinion and it’s best to contact Asus directly. I’ve contacted them a couple of times via Facebook and they’ve responded quite quickly. https://www.facebook.com/ASUS

  12. Kyle vicky

    Kyle vicky – January 5, 2014:

    I only get like 4-5 hours battery life is that right. How would i upgrade the battery

  13. Danijel

    Danijel – January 7, 2014:

    4-5 hours is normal for this laptop. The battery is sealed inside, so I think it’s not upgradeable.

  14. Travis jansen

    Travis jansen – January 8, 2014:

    I cant download anything from the Microsoft store or update to windows 8.1. I will hit install and immediately it says install failed. I was able to install itunes from online but anything from the store wont download.

  15. Knlegend1

    Knlegend1 – January 13, 2014:

    How can i find what sound card is in this laptop?

  16. Danijel

    Danijel – January 14, 2014:

    The Q301LA sold at Best Buy is actually the S301LA model which can be found on Asus’ website. The drivers section for it lists a Realtek sound card. If you already have the laptop you can download some app such as HWINFO, which displays details of hardware.

  17. Knlegend1

    Knlegend1 – January 14, 2014:

    Thanks

  18. jacknyc

    jacknyc – January 30, 2014:

    I had a very unhappy experience with this machine; I bought it for a local teenager (at Best Buy), who rather promptly managed to crack the touch screen – the cracked touch screen then interfered with the other input device, the touch pad, thus defeating functionality; – and another teenager nearby was able to disable the touch screen, by software, thus enabling the touch pad – and so we had limited functionality

    I called Asus to fix this machine and they said to send it to California, I am in NYC, so I asked for a local authorized service center, which was identified, a few blocks from me, walk-in, so I called them (NYC) and learned that touch screens may only be fixed in California

    So I called Asus and asked them to authorize the local service center to, um, provide service and Asus said the locals were noy authorized b/c they didn’t have the parts so I said send them the parts and Asus said the locals were not authorized so I said authorize them, and they said take it up to an escalation within Asus. I am promised a phone call…..

    So I told them I was ‘imposed’ upon, *stronger* language, in fact, just so’s folks know

    BTW, when I gave then the micro-print serial number and model Q301LA, they responded with S301 – duh – NOT Q301LA – but now I know why; the Asus website knew that my s/n was a Q301

    Best Buy took it a little more seriously, they said he would send my complaint from Best Buy to Asus

  19. tj

    tj – February 8, 2014:

    Slowest computer I’ve ever seen. On every click it takes a moment to stop and think. And every click on the touchpad makes an ear shattering cracking noise. The touchpad also is usually unresponsive to tapping, and refuses to scroll most of the time. Crashed after 2 months of light usage. Fuck asus, do not by any pieces of shit from them.

  20. ErrorCode7

    ErrorCode7 – June 4, 2014:

    Can you guys confirm whether the palm rest (silver part) are made out of plastic or aluminum? Some reviews are saying aluinium and others say its made out of plastic.

  21. Yanny

    Yanny – June 26, 2014:

    Same thing :( There is a Micron DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) 4 Gb memmory on board. I tried Kingston ValueRam DDR3 1600 4 Gb and it seems it isn’t supported (laptop doesn’t boot, it starts but nothing appears on a screen and I even can’t enter BIOS). So any ideas? Do I need an exact the same memory as presented in the system (Micron) or this ASUS doesn’t allow to upgrde RAM (like a restriction somewhere in a firmware)? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!

  22. ward

    ward – June 30, 2014:

    mathew bauer i have the same problem

  23. Yanny

    Yanny – June 30, 2014:

    So as a result. It’s upgradable but you should notice there is a low voltage memory type (DDR3l 1600 or PC3L-b12800). Memory should be 1.35v. That’s it. In the end all laptops built on Haswell requires low-voltage memory. I’ve got Crucial 4gb DDR3l-1600 SODIMM (ct51264bf160bj) and it works like a charm.
    P.S. Great laptop!

  24. noor

    noor – July 23, 2014:

    there is any problem with the 500GB hard drive becoz i heard that the HDD in the ultrabooks it not good it makes sounds .

  25. mathew bauer

    mathew bauer – July 23, 2014:

    what ram is used in the q301la, I cant seem to find the correct memory

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