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Asus laptops: Which should I buy?

By Adam Marshall

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Asus laptops come in all shapes, sizes and price brackets - from budget to top of the range. Read our guide to find out which are the best Asus laptops to buy.

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Asus has established itself as a top laptop brand, whether you're looking for something cheap and cheerful or with extreme power and speed.

Asus has everything from high-cost ZenBooks to the sub-£200 EeeBook E200. Read on to see how much you need to spend to get a good Asus and our pick of the finest around - regardless of your budget.

Just want to see our in-depth reviews of Asus PCs? Then find comparisons of every model on test in our Asus laptop reviews.

Best Asus laptops

Lowest price (in stock) £829.97
Which? score 85%
Reviewed Feb 2017
Best Buy
Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Performance:
4 out of 5
Battery:
3 out of 5
Screen quality:
5 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
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It may not come cheap, but this Asus ultrabook has very powerful hardware contained within a remarkably thin frame. Ideal if you need rapid computing on the go.

Typical price £750.00
Which? score 79%
Reviewed Nov 2016
Best Buy
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
5 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
4 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
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Fast, attractive computing on the go. It's difficult to decide which of its portability, rapid processor, long-lasting battery and pin-sharp screen is the very best thing about it.

G228

Lowest price (in stock) £213.49
Which? score 73%
Reviewed Jun 2016
Best Buy
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
2 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
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We couldn't quite believe how good this budget laptop is. It combines hassle-free portability and exceptional battery stamina with a super-smooth trackpad. A true bargain.

Asus ZenBook range

Asus says that its premium range of laptops embodies the spirit of zen, with 'harmonious balance that transcends the beauty of the physical self and the incomprehensible strength of mind'.

We're not sold on the marketing speak, but what we do know from our testing is that ZenBooks rarely disappoint - although costs are high. They tend to be similarly named though - usually starting with UX3 - so be sure to check out our reviews to make sure that you're getting a Best Buy.

If you find a ZenBook with the word 'Flip' in the model name, that means you can rotate the touchscreen display 360 degrees and use the whole device like an oversized tablet.

Asus ZenBooks rarely disappoint, although costs are high

Asus EeeBook range

The cheap Eeebook models run Windows 10, but are almost more like Chromebooks. They have little onboard storage and are aimed at basic users who just want something on which to surf the web, check emails and stream the odd video or song.

That also means they tend to be cheap - always under £500 and often much less still, such as the E200, which you can buy for less than £200.

Asus VivoBook range

Asus VivoBook's originally took the form of sleek, portable laptops with a design that appeared to borrow heavily from the Apple MacBook range.

But they've since developed into a kind of catch-all halfway house between ZenBooks and EeeBooks. We've seen 17-inch monsters that could feasibly replace your desktop PC, to smaller, low-powered models. Be sure to read our review if you're unsure whether the VivoBook you're eyeing up is any good.

Asus Transformer laptops

Hybrid computers - that is, something that's a cross between a laptop and a tablet - are becoming more and more common. Asus hasn't missed the boat.

Its Transformer range work in one of two ways. Like its Flip laptops, they may have a screen that rotates on its 'tent' hinge. Alternatively on some models, the screen may detach from the keyboard entirely, adding a new level of versatility and portability.

Asus hasn't missed the boat on hybrid computers

Asus laptops: How much do I need to spend?

£510 Average cost of the Asus laptops and Chromebooks we've tested
  • Up to £200 - The E200 is one of the most popular laptops on our site thanks to its ridiculously low price. There are other small-screen Chromebooks and Transformers from Asus in this price range, too.
  • £200 to £500 - EeeBooks and VivoBooks make up most of this territory, but they vary wildly in quality. We've seen Best Buys at this price, but also terrible laptops that push the realms of Don't Buy.
  • £500 to £1,000 - ZenBooks are the mainstay of what Asus does best, and they span this price bracket. They tend to be 13-inch laptops with impressive horsepower.
  • £1,000+ - At the top of the price range, Asus offers the ZenBook 3, as well as the Asus ZenBook UX510, both of which offer plenty of power, as you'd expect.

Now compare Asus laptops to the best that other manufacturers can offer - head to our laptop reviews.

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