I have been an owner of multiple laptops and desktops till now with my latest one being Asus Zenbook UX305CA. My neighbor wanted to buy a new laptop with about Rs. 18000 of budget and I recommended this laptop to him as it was the only one in the price range with an SSD.

The specifications of the laptop are 14-inch screen, AMD APU Dual Core E2-7015 with AMD Radeon R2 graphics (1.5GHz Dual-core), 4 GB RAM, 256 GB RAM, and Windows 10 Home.

When I checked the built quality it was excellent with a good feeling keyboard. Even the screen was good for the money (bad viewing angle but you cannot expect more at this price range).

But when I started using the laptop it felt really slow. A brand new laptop with nothing on the system was acting like a 10-year-old laptop. Even opening windows explorer was slow. Opening a single tab of chrome or explorer boosted the CPU cores to 1.5 GHz with more than 90% CPU utilization. This was ridiculous.

So I thought of digging deeper. I downloaded Cinebench R20 which was about 200 mb in size. It was a compressed file and extracting the files was slow and took too much time. I thought that the SSD must be the bottleneck but it was the CPU. I ran the Cinebench and it almost took an hour to run the test.

My Zenbook with Intel Core M-6Y30 scores 278 points on Cinebench R20. The Asus VIVOBOOK E402YA-GA256T with AMD APU Dual Core E2-7015 scores 63 points only.

Overall I think this laptop is worthless if you want to do anything more than opening a couple of tabs and watching a movie. A laptop with SSD is performing this way, so I can only imagine the trauma of people using the hard-disk version.

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