The hardware inside of this machine is a bit of a mixed bag. It has a small battery and relatively good upgrade options. However, ASUS opted against making it even better. Check out why.
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside of this device, you need to undo 10 Phillips-head screws. After that, just pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool and remove it from the body.
This rather large notebook is powered by a tiny 32Wh battery pack. Before you remove it mind the Wi-Fi antenna cables, which are wrapped around it.
3. Мemory and storage
In terms of memory, you get one RAM SODIMM slot with either 4 or 8GB being soldered to the motherboard. In addition to that, there is one M.2 NVMe slot, as well as a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any mounting hardware inside the box.
4. Cooling system
Cooling-wise, you see a pretty standard heat pipe, running to a medium-sized heat sink. Lastly, a fan blows the heat away from the chassis.
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- Adequate pricing
- 1x RAM SODIMM + 1x M.2 NVMe + 2.5-inch SATA drive bay
- MicroSD card reader
- No PWM (BOE NT173WDM-N24 (BOE091A))
- Battery life is only average (still respectable given the tiny 32Wh unit)
- 2/3 USB Type-A ports are slow
- Narrow viewing angles and poor contrast ratio (BOE NT173WDM-N24 (BOE091A))
- Not a great build quality