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ASUS Laptop A416 and A516, the perfect value ultraportable?

by Vyncent ChanDecember 16, 2020
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If your main criteria when choosing a laptop is that it has to be light and portable, well this might just be the one for you. And unlike most laptops in its weight class of around 1.6kg, the ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 is really affordable, with prices starting from just RM2049.

Always ready to go

What’s the point of the ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 being ultraportable if you can’t actually work on the go, right? Both the ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 support fast charging with the included 65W power adapter, letting you recharge 60% of your battery in just 49 minutes, ensuring that your laptop is always juiced up and ready to go. ASUS is also using lithium-polymer batteries here, which are up to 3X more durable than standard lithium-ion batteries.

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Coupled with the powerful yet efficient 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, you will be able to do more while out and about. This is paired with nippy DDR4 memory and fast PCIe NVMe storage, so you will be spending more time doing and less waiting. Also worth noting is the ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 both come with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 pre-installed, so you are ready to go pretty much instantly after you unbox the laptop.

Secure and strong

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As such portable laptops, ASUS expects you to carry the ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 with you everywhere you go. As such, they beefed up the security and protection on them to provide you with peace of mind. To ensure that your data is safe from prying eyes, the ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 feature an optional fingerprint sensor that provides a seamless yet secure login with Windows Hello integration.

ASUS Laptop A416 lid

Now onto the physical protection. ASUS designed the ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 with metal supports under the keyboard to provide a more sturdy typing experience. The laptop’s lid are also reinforced along the sides, to provide structural support for the lid, the display panel and the hinge joint, all of which are critical moving parts in your laptop.

Flexible for your needs

ASUS Laptop A416 screen

The ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 are available in two different variants, which as you might have guessed from the name, a 14″ and a 15.6″ display option. Both options feature NanoEdge displays with 7mm narrow bezels for up to 83% screen-to-body ratio. The displays also tout 178° wide viewing angles, which ensures that you can share your display with those around you, and everyone will get the same great viewing experience.

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Your choice on whether you should get the ASUS Laptop A416 or A516 depends on whether you want a larger display for more screen real estate for multitasking, or sheer portability is more important to you. Both of them come with the same choice of internals, so the screen size you pick will not limit you in terms of performance. You can decide whether you need the extra performance of an Intel Core i5-1035G1 and NVIDIA GeForce MX330 graphics, or you can opt for the more frugal Intel Core i3-1005G1 configuration if you plan on doing less demanding tasks on your new laptop.

ASUS Laptop A416 and A516 Specs

ASUS Laptop A416JA ASUS Laptop A516JA ASUS Laptop A416JP ASUS Laptop A516JP
Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1, 2C/4T @ up to 3.4GHz, 10nm Intel Core i5-1035G1, 4C/8T @ up to 3.6GHz
RAM 4GB DDR4 (on-board)
Upgradeable to 12GB RAM
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX330
Storage 256GB PCIe 3.0 x2 NVMe SSD
Upgradeable with 2.5″ drive
512GB PCIe 3.0 x2 NVMe SSD
Upgradeable with 2.5″ drive
Display 14″ 768p display 15.6″ 768p display 14″ FHD display 15.6″ FHD display
Power 37WHr, 2-cell, Li-Po battery
60% in 49 minutes fast charging
65W power adapter
Dimensions 325 x 216 x 19.9 mm 360 x 234 x 19.9 mm 325 x 216 x 19.9 mm 360 x 234 x 19.9 mm
Weight 1.6kg 1.8kg 1.6kg 1.8kg
Price RM2049 RM2799

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With prices starting from as low as RM2049, which is your pick? You can get the ASUS A416 and A516 via the following links:

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About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.