As a global technology leader, ASUS focuses on the mastery of innovation and design perfection. In an effort to follow its principles, the manufacturer presents its new creation – Vivobook X202E. So far, it is one of the simplest but most sophisticated and user-friendly notebooks based on Windows 8. The new X202e should be one of your best investments developed to enhance your computing experience. The review and specifications below will easily prove that.
Design and Build
The new ASUS Vivobook X202E is definitely going to be a pleasant surprise for those gadget fans, who got personally acquainted with devices of Asus’ mind-boggling Zenbook family – most expensive ultraportables of best-in-class quality in the manufacturer’s product lineup. The look of our unpretentious novelty follows the same elegant lines and overall character, though a few X202E’s parts lack that special charm of the premium series.
The Vivobook X202E comes encased in brushed aluminum coupled with smooth durable plastic – a sleek, high tech look. Thanks to that high-quality blend, the device feels extremely solid and well crafted.
With a total weight of 2.9 pounds and a slim silhouette, the ASUS VIvobookX202E will become an irreplaceable travel companion, never slowing its user down.
Display and Sound
The X202E series sports an 11.6-inch LED display with a native resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. Despite not having the best pixel count out there, the X202E’s panel delivers much to users’ delight, an amazing viewing experience: text and images look soft but sharp with above-average overall brightness levels.
Moreover, the reviewed Vivobook comes with a touch-screen display, which is extremely fluid, fast and responsive (compared to tablets and Windows-8-based ultrabooks) and offers intuitive new touch capabilities that make navigating a pleasure. Gestures such as pinch-to-zoom, two-finger scrolling etc. work smoothly and accurately, making the whole touch system reliable and easy to deal with.
The ASUS Vivobook X202e’s speakers make as good an impression as the laptop’s overall quality does. Powered by SonicMaster technology, the X202e delivers smooth, rich, and detailed sound in music, movies, voice, and even gaming and provides an unforgettable listening experience even for the most sensitive ears.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The X202e goes on sale sporting a nice chiclet-style keyboard excelling with well-spaced keys that are comfortably springy and deep.
Though the keyboard is plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap at all. Additionally, some extra functions, such as controlling the screen’s brightness, volume and wireless can be accessed via function keys (requiring a user to press the function lock key to activate).The picture is completed by a responsive trackpad and spacious palmrest that both contribute to smooth and flawless navigation.
Ports and connections
In terms of ports and connections, the ASUS VivobookX202E tears almost all its competitors to tatters. The reviewed 11-incher features three USB ports (two USB 2.0 ports plus a USB 3.0 one), full-sized HDMI, a VGA ports and an Ethernet socket. An SD card reader along with a headphone/mic jack is also on board.
Located on top of the display is a HD webcam and a microphone. The negligible size of the X202E’s power adapter should not go unmentioned either – it will be definitely appreciated by users who are always on the go.
Performance and specifications
|OS||Windows 8 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|CPU||3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3217U (1.8GHz) (Pentium 987 / Celeron 847)|
|RAM||4GB DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM|
|Display||11.6″ HD (1,366*768) Display, touch-enabled, glossy|
|GPU||Intel HD 4000|
|Wireless||802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|I/O Ports||1 x Combo Mic-in & Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port|
|Battery||Lithium-ion, 2 cell, 5136 mAh|
|Dimensions||11.9″ x 7.9″ x 0.8″~0.9 (W x D x H)|
|Weight||2.9lbs (with 2-cell battery)|
As seen from the above specifications, the Vivobook X202e comes configured with a latest generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i3-3217U chip clocked at 1.8GHz with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology for the best visibly smart performance. In the USA the users are welcome to opt for a Pentium 987 or a Celeron 847 CPU version, which will obviously be cheaper than the Intel one. But think twice before buying those models: Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPU proves to deliver speedy system performance, use less power, and enable sharper graphics. In addition, the Vivobook X202e features 500 GB hard drive and 4 GB of system memory, which provide for smooth computing experience and ample storage for all the user’s movies, music, photos and other multimedia content.
When it comes to longevity, the manufacturer claims up to 5 hours of use on a single battery charge. In reality the laptop lasts about 4 hours in standard battery rundown tests, which include web surfing on Wi-Fi, watching a movie with the brightness level fixed at 65-70% and light gaming. Still, the result impresses.
Currently, the ASUS VivoBook X202e is available in the USA at the price of around $499.That figure seems to be not only reasonable but very attractive for a newly-released gadget running on the latest generation CPU and touch-enabled Windows 8 OS.
Asus VivoBook X202E DH31T
- Aluminum alloy body with brushed metal finish
- Very responsive and handy touchscreen
- Long battery life for common usage
- 21.7 mm thin
- Not very sharp and vibrant display colors
- A bit cramped keyboard keys without backlight