A new day, a new Windows 10 laptop made from some company on the opposite side of the Pacific theater. The VivoBook E403 is a 14-inch laptop budget laptop that features an Intel Pentium Quad-core N3700 CPU. If you’ve never heard of this CPU before I don’t blame you and you certainly haven’t missed out on anything. Along with the mediocre CPU comes 4GB of RAM and a healthy 128GB of eMMC storage.
While the internal specs are nothing to write home about, the laptop is endowed with a satisfying selection of ports, including a full-size HDMI port, two full-sized USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized SD card slot, headset jack, and even a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
The display is a 14-inch non-touch matte screen with a 1920×1080 resolution. I’ll be honest with you, within the first few seconds of powering on this device, I knew this display was destined for mediocrity. I’ll touch upon that more in the full review.
It’s probably not that easy to see in the video, but the VivoBook E403 is a surprisingly large device. The keyboard is huge, with keys spread out farther than the solar system, and one of the largest trackpads I’ve ever seen.
For those of you not familiar with premium ASUS laptops, one distinguishing characteristic in the ASUS family is the use of brushed aluminum finish on the exterior. Whether you like the look or not, the fact that they placed a signature aesthetic of theirs on what’s supposed to be a budget laptop is something I can really appreciate.
Furthermore, this particular laptop I purchased through the Microsoft Store, and for those of you who don’t know, Microsoft puts all their PCs through the “Microsoft Signature” treatment, which basically means you get the PC without all the crud and bloatware computer manufacturers love to put on their systems.
Look forward to our comprehensive review on this device in the near future. You can purchase the VivoBook E403 on the Microsoft Store website here.