Pros + Touchscreen is responsive
+ Weight is perfect
+ Hard drive and wifi card are upgradable
+ Touchpad is really good compared to other brands
+ Battery life is really good
+ Build quality is excellent. Metal top and keyboard top. Plastic bottom.
Cons - No backlit keyboard
- Power profiles needed to be deleted
Summary I originally was looking for a tablet of some sort. I had started with an Android version like a Galaxy 2 or something similar. I then happened to pass by a Microsoft store and decided to take a look at their tablets which I found were really nice with Windows 8 RT. I almost took the plunge and purchased one of those but I then started thinking that even though I really liked the windows tablet It wasn't running the full windows operating system and the memory was very small at 32gb and 64gb and what really made me decide to wait was the price. $499 for basic model 32gb and no keyboard then went up to $599 and $699. I felt that I could get something a little better for those prices. As I searched the net and local stores I saw some ultra books that I liked but were a little more expensive and a bit larger than I wanted and then I saw a similar model to this one. It seemed very nice but there was something about it that still made me wait on purchasing it locally. As I continued my search on the net I ran into this model (x202e) and read the specs and some of the reviews. It finally made sense to me why I waited on purchasing the similar model locally (s200). I won't go into the differences but let me assure you this model is better and can purchase it for the same price as the other one.
I read all the reviews and comments about this model and was pleasantly surprised with what you can do and change on this system to make it even better. So now let me first thank all the reviewers here who put there good time in putting so much detail into their reviews. I ended up purchasing this system with the intentions of upgrading the hard drive to an SSD drive and changing out the Mini PCI WiFi/Bluetooth card to the Intel card which as I read on a couple of the reviews would make this system even better than It already is. The SSD Drive that I went with was a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB. It is small and the right size (7mm) to fit and replace the standard hard drive. There are many SSD drives you can go with as long as they are the right size of 7mm. I chose the Samsung model because of recommendations by others. The WiFi/Bluetooth mini PCI card is the Intel Centrino 6235anhmw. I chose this model also because of recommendations from reviews and I liked the fact that you can use WIDI with it which lets you wirelessly connect your laptop to your TV by use of Belkin Screencast.
Once I received my notebook and other items I went to work with the upgrades. I first removed the 9 small screws on the underside of the machine with a small Philips screwdriver. Then with some slight force you have to pull the cover off. Starting at the back corner and moving your way around seems to work best. With the cover removed I then proceeded to install the mini PCI card. It's very simple. Remove the screw, slide out the old card and slide the new one in making sure it fits in all the way and then reapply the screw. Now comes the hard drive. Remove it by unscrewing 3 screw, pull on the plastic tab and slide it out. On the hard drive that you remove, it has some metal hardware on its sides that you will need to install the new one. Remove the hardware and put them on the new SSD Drive. I did one at a time to make sure I had them facing in the right direction. Once you install the metal hardware on the new drive, slide it back in the location from where the old drive was in. Put the 3 screw back on and now you are ready to put the back cover on the machine. It does not take very long to change these items out but what does take some time is reinstalling Windows and the Drivers.
I did a clean install of Windows 8 Pro. You can download the upgrade from windows and do a clean install but it does take some modification on your part to be able to do that. You can find more information on clean install from upgrade on the net. If you don't want to struggle with that, purchase Windows 8 pc builder and you should have no problems doing a clean install. If you don't care about a clean install which I personally like better myself then you can clone your' original hard drive with a cloning software and that should work just fine too. Make sure you have your operating system in a DVD, Flash Drive or cloned on new SSD drive before you remove the old hard drive.
I almost forgot this important part of doing a clean install of windows. When you first start up the notebook it will take you into the BIOS. You need to disable some things in there for you to be able to install windows from an external USB DVD drive or flash drive.
If I recall correctly, F2 to BIOS if it doesn't automatically take you there, go to Boot tab, disable Fast Boot, enable Launch CSM and under Security tab, disable Secure Boot, (aka UEFI). Once you make these changes you should be able to boot and install Windows from external USB DVD drive or flash drive. I personally use DVD to do my install because for some reason I could not get Windows to install correctly with a flash drive. These BIOS instructions were provided to me by GC who responded to my help when I was struggling with this. Thank you GC.
Once you have Windows installed and activated get all the updates for it and proceed to download and install all the drivers for the system from ASUS.
If you do plan on using WIDI on this device with the Belkin Screencast. You need to first install the latest PRO drivers for the Intel mini PCI card you installed. Then Install the WIDI software. It takes some time to get it set up but it works perfectly.
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Hope my review helps many of you. Best of luck!
Pros lightweight, good looking, roomy keyboard for a 11" laptop, touchscreen, reasonably fast for basic tasks, good value
Cons mediocre battery life, screen attracts a lot of glare in bright light.
Summary I bought this last week as a birthday present to myself since my netbook was on its last legs and I was ready to upgrade to a more powerful machine. I picked this notebook because I wanted something small and lightweight, and because one of the sales assistants at Best Buy convinced me that I'd be better off choosing a touchscreen laptop if I wanted to get a Windows 8 based machine. I'm happy I listened to that advice! She was right, all of the hidden menus of Windows 8 are so much easier to access by touch than by using the trackpad.
What strikes me most about this laptop, is that it looks and feels like a much pricier laptop than it actually is. It's easily as pretty as any high-end laptop I've seen, though it's not quite as slim. The lid is purplish dark gray brushed metal and the keyboard is black on silver. The bottom of the machine has a soft rubbery feel to it that provides good grip when you carry it. All surfaces look more matte than shiny, but still pick up a few smudges. The whole thing feels very sturdy, which is a good thing as some slim notebook can feel a little too flimsy.
The touchscreen and trackpad are nice and responsive. I worried before that using a touchscreen on a laptop would feel awkward, but the experience of switching back and forth between using the screen and the trackpad feels surprisingly natural. I find myself using the trackpad for most basic tasks, while switching to the touchscreen to access menus but I imagine that you could just stick to one or the other and it'd work out fine. I really like how the trackpad buttons are integrated into the pad itself. The keyboard is surprisingly roomy for a 11.6" laptop, and the keys are very comfortable to type on despite being kind of shallow. It would have been nice if the keys were backlit, but since this is a budget laptop that isn't a big deal. The display is pretty nice. Not HD-worthy, but good enough for surfing the web and watching movies. The glossy screen can provide quite a bit of glare though which might become a problem if I ever try to use it outdoors.
The performance is pretty good. I don't play games so I'm not sure how well it would perform using resource intensive apps, but for the surfing, email, video and wordprocessing apps I use the speed of this machine is more than enough.
The battery life is the only big drawback on this machine that I've been able to find. I get about 3.5 hours on it, which isn't terrible but still on the lower end of what I'm comfortable with. And since the battery isn't removable, you're stuck with relying on finding a power outlet if you want to use this for longer than a few hours at a time. If this machine had cost me more than $650 I think that might be a bigger deal to me that it is now. But for the price point I bought it at, I'm still happy enough with what I'm getting for my money to overlook that fact. It helps that the power charger is a nice one piece affair (think old cell phone chargers) which makes it less bulky to carry.
Overall I think this laptop is an excellent buy for anyone who wants a touchscreen notebook but doesn't want to spend over $700 for one. It's an excellent value.
Cons no backlit very annoying if you get used to it
Summary all a quite good lappy but i find baklit nonexistent very disturbibing
Pros WELL BUILT
GOOD PERFORMANCE TO PRICE RATIO
Cons AVERAGE BATTERY LIFE
LCD SCREEN JUST OK
Summary I bought this laptop mostly for travel purposes. I feel the size of the screen is perfect for flights or on the go, its all you need. The only issues I have had so far is windows 8 updating which really is not the fault of Asus. Battery life is about 3.5 hours give or take. This thing has not skipped a beat. It is not a gaming machine, this is for someone that wants a quality, attractive and ultra portable laptop without breaking the bank.
Pros None, it is overpriced to begin with and the quality is very bad
Cons Low performance, choppy 1080p, overheat like a toaster
Summary I got this laptop july 21st, the first few day, I used it for light web surfing and not much else, it was ok, but a little warm. The second week, I plugged it to my projector at 1080p to watch youtube and XBMC in my home theatre. The idle temp was 85 degree and playing a 1080p video made the temp jump to 95 degree and the laptop reboot in protect mode.Installed newest driver from intel (not asus) released this week and now the cpu temp is better, aroun 60 at idle
I sent the laptop to repair and they returned it whiting 2 weeks, I was exited to get it back, turn it on, run core temp software, still 85 degree and still have the reboot when playing 1080p videos. They did not repair anything, it cost me 60$ in shipping and they returned it to me unrepair.... I will have to pay for shipping again, that will put the shipping cost to 120$ for a 480$ laptop, I coud have buy a better ultrabook for this price.
I will never have any Asus product again
Updated on Aug 29, 2013