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Asus VivoBook x202e touchscreen laptop good for Minecraft?

by mapdude / April 21, 2013 12:06 AM PDT

My brother is asking for an Asus Vivobook x202e for his birthday. More than anything he will be playing minecraft and will be surfing the web, but he will probably be spending at least a few hours a day on minecraft. He likes the idea of the touchscreen and I guarantee he will be downloading some light games on windows 8. He's not a huge gamer so he doesn't need alienware grade or anything like that.

Also, we are thinking if he got one we would upgrade the hard drive to a solid state drive, since he might be slightly rough on it and I've heard that minecraft absolutely fries hard drives.

The computer he's been using an HP Probook 6550b and it freezes and crashes every 2 minutes when he plays minecraft on it.

I've heard nothing but praise for this laptop, but I just really want to hear from someone who's had experience specificly with minecraft on this exact computer.

Specs here:

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/asus-vivobook-x202e-dh31t/4507-3121_7-35530760.html

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Not for gaming.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2013 12:21 AM PDT

Minecraft's frame rate would be very low on such a thing. To get 30+ (playable and more) try something like the ASUS K55N-DS81 which goes for about 380. You can see the difference in the GPU. It's your budget gamer as far as I can tell today. Yes, our family owns 2 of them after a tip from a friend.
Bob

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Here's the scoop:
by mapdude / April 21, 2013 3:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Not for gaming.

Ok so here's the scoop: we already ordered the thing and it just came yesterday and its kind of too late to send it back. Is there any components that would be compatable with the thing that would boost the performance at all? I know you can get i5 processors for about $200. We have about a $300 price range give or take about $50. Anything that will help! Thanks!

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Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2013 4:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's the scoop:

Good luck with what you ordered. I have yet to find anyone change CPUs in a laptop/tablet today.

At 380, the noted laptop is way more than 30+ FPS on Minecraft with most in the 40+ and some 50+ areas. More than playable.

I have not found anything this good for so little.
Bob

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Asus k55n-ds81
by mapdude / April 21, 2013 7:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry no.

I looked it up and it looks like a great laptop! Will consider!

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Sidenote
by mapdude / April 21, 2013 7:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry no.

On a completely unrelated sidenote will the asus k55n-ds81 work with light video editing? The specs look like it will!

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It should.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2013 8:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Sidenote

My son has been running some full up 3D games beyond MineCraft. However his unit got an extra 2GB memory because we had that sitting around. My unit is waiting for it's second 4GB stick to arrive but it seems pretty nice so far.

The LCD quality on the 2 units are way above average for this price range.
Bob

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Thanks
by mapdude / April 21, 2013 10:23 AM PDT
In reply to: It should.

Thank you for the info!

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Good news!
by mapdude / June 22, 2013 2:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry no.

The laptop has been in use for a while, and has consistently gotten 40 to 50+ fps on the highest settings! (Hard to believe, right? But I HAVE checked by pressing f3)

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We now have one of these.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2013 12:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Good news!

It's the Asus x202e with the i3 and it's framerate was under 30 when I tested it so I can only guess some tweaking was done to go higher.

Good to read it's working for you.
Bob

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