Ultra-affordable notebooks such as the $229 Asus L402SA always feel like a gamble. But this is one you might want to take, because the 14-inch notebook offers a comfy keyboard, a screen that’s more colorful than those on low-cost competitors and strong audio, all in a lightweight design. You also get a choice of three colors. The Celeron processor in this puppy pretty much rules out vigorous multitasking, and the battery life is below average. But overall, the L402SA is a pretty good bargain.
Cheap laptops don’t need to feel disposable. Check out the L402SA’s sturdy hinge, as well as its deck, which doesn’t flex the way many others do. It comes in white (don’t, just don’t), dark blue (which looks black) and red (the one to get).
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