Choosing a Asus X401A laptop

Having found myself unexpectedly facing a freelance career, after being made redundant from my fulltime job, it was time for me to buy my first laptop. I’ve had laptops before – company ones, ones my husband passed on when he upgraded his own machine – but this was to be my very first brand new laptop.

My husband suggested that I seriously consider buying a Mac. I’ve always been a PC person, but some of the features he showed me on his Mac did get me thinking. I’m not a techie and expressions like ‘SSD storage’ mean nothing to me and certainly don’t get my pulse racing (to my husband’s dismay, my key criterion was that my laptop should be pink).

Now although I’m a PC lover, I’m definitely not an Apple hater. I had a company iPad, which I loved, and have just bought an iPhone, which I adore. To own a Mac was a tempting prospect. I love how intuitive Apple’s devices are – both the iPad and iPhone are a genuine pleasure to use and I’m sure that having my own Mac would be the same.

I’ve used Macs on occasion and there are some features that I find annoying, but mainly they boil down to me trying to use PC commands, such as Ctrl+B instead of the little Apple key+B. I’m sure that in a short space of time I would learn to do things the Apple way and the irritations would vanish.

With all this in mind, I was sorely tempted to go for a Mac. What it came down to in the end was price. To buy the very cheapest MacBook Pro would have cost me £999. As I was just beginning my freelance career and wasn’t sure how much money I would be making, I simply couldn’t justify spending that much.

After a great deal of review-reading and hunting around in stores and online, I made my choice – an Asus X401A laptop. I’m very happy with it. It’s fast, easy to use and has the lovely two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom features that the Mac does, all for the bargain price. I won’t say that I’ll never buy a Mac, but for now I’m happy to stick with my Asus – it does everything I need it to and is a pleasure to use.