The ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T inception came when, as Asus put it, the company wondered “what a notebook PC would be like if it had a touch screen?” Well we’re glad to see that Asus were seeking the answer, as the result is a notebook which provides a very enjoyable user experience.
Therefore, if you’re looking for a notebook which can not only be operated by touch, but one which also comes with some great specs for everyday use and is available at a very reasonable price, then you’ll probably find a lot to love in its small package.
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Processor & RAM
The specs of the processor and RAM are pretty good, considering how reasonably priced and small this notebook is – the processor is the 3rd generation Intel Core i3-3217U which clocks in at a speed of 1.8GHz and is a big step up from its predecessor – the 2nd Gen i3-3217U – which was only clocking at 1.3GHz, and the amount of RAM you’re given is 4GB.
Therefore, with these specs and thanks to the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and dedicated 3MB L3 cache, you’ll find that you’ll be able to run programs in a timely manner and won’t run into problems when multitasking.
However, what we really like is that, thanks to Hybrid Engine II Technology, when you put the notebook in standby mode, it only takes 2 seconds for the notebook to resume and take you to the screen where you left off.
With the release of Windows 8 expect to see many more notebooks like the Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T, as the new operating system is a game-changer and will undoubtedly change the way in which laptops/notebooks will be designed in the future thanks to its touch screen capabilities. Therefore, the VivoBook can be considered to be one of the first – and cheapest – touch screen notebooks that runs on Windows 8.
On the whole, using the 11.6″ HD display is a very intuitive and enjoyable experience. For example, simply double tap to open programs, pinch to zoom into photos and maps and swipe to browse photos, which is all very similar to how a smartphone works which, as we all know, is very simple to operate.
Due to the VivoBook’s small size, you would have expected the company to have compromised on the size of the hard drive. Fortunately, the hard drive has space for 500GB worth of data, and so should provide more than enough space for most people.
The hard drive also operates at a speed of 5400RPM which is the standard rotational speed for notebooks.
As you would expect, the X202E-DH31T can’t really be classed as a gaming machine. While the Intel HD Graphics 4000 card can actually handle the running of most games on the market, you’ll have to play these games on a low-medium settings; and graphically intensive games on their lowest settings.
So while we’re not sure why you would want to play a computer game on a 11.6″ screen, it’s nice to know that you have the option to. Besides, this notebook was never designed for gaming (most notebooks aren’t), so being able to play any game at all is a plus.
A 0.3MP webcam can be found on the top of the screen. You can’t really expect exceptional picture quality from a 0.3MP camera, but at least one has been included, so you can Skype with your family or friends, which is the most important thing.
The sound quality of the ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T is far better than many other notebooks, both in this price range and those which cost more. This is thanks to two things – ASUS SonicMaster Technology and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower.
Asus notebooks and laptops have always been known to feature excellent sound quality, particularly in regards to the bass response. But with the company having teamed up with one of the leading manufacturers of audio equipment – Bang & Olufsen – the lows, mids and highs all sound terrific, meaning that the tinny sound which is associated with laptops/notebooks is not present.
A generous number of inputs/outputs have been included, including:
- 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 ports
- 1 x HDMI port
- 1 x 3-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC & MS)
These are all what you can usually expect to see but with one exception – the USB 3.0 port. The inclusion of a USB 3.0 port is a very welcome sight, as it means that you can transfer data up to 10x faster when compared to a USB 2.0 port. Therefore, if you often add music to your MP3 player or store data on a USB stick or external hard drive, then you won’t be waiting around for the data to copy.
The dimensions are one of the real selling points of this notebook, making it perfect for on the go use, particularly if you’re a student or are often away on business.
11.90 x 0.80 x 7.90 inches
The ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T has received very favorable reviews, with reviewers stating how well constructed the laptop is and how fast it is at booting up and shutting down. They also state how, if you’re looking for an affordable laptop that runs on Windows 8, then the VivoBook is a great choice.
However, the fan and rotating drive seem to make some noise, although the sound is minimal.
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Average Rating: 4.5
Pros & Cons
The X202E-DH31T has a lot of things going for it, including:
– Touch Screen
– Very light
– Windows 8
– USB 3.0 port
– Good for multitasking
The only complaint is subjective:
– Some may not like the chichlet keyboard