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ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6" Touchscreen Notebook Intel Core i3 3217U 4GB 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz
  • 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD
  • 1366 x 768, Intel HD Graphics 4000

Pros:

Light, not tablet light but easily portable. I am an owner of an Asus 1000 HA and this thing is way thinner and somewhat lighter. It even runs much cooler and the performance is orders of magnitude better than the original netbook.

I can game on this thing. I have many games from humble bundles that I haven't played for awhile and this thing plays them well. I have popcap games that were just made for touch and this thing doesn't break a sweat. I have had to turn off hardware acceleration in each popcap game or it is a slideshow, but I think that is windows 8 and not the fault of the hardware in any way. I can play orange box games and other FPS as long as it is 1024x768 the frames stay mostly above 30 fps. Portal 2 is good, diablo 3 is a little slow but playable at 1024x768 {24-30 fps}. I haven't tried any more games but I expect it to run SWTOR and DDO. The video performance is comparable to an HD2500 though it says it has an HD4000. It only has one channel of memory and so it is bandwidth starved. Video performance is better with the most recent driver from ASUS. If you are going to play games, make sure you upgrade the driver.

Thing runs cool, even while gaming... did not expect that. The hottest it got was relatively warm while updating. I have not encoded any video or done anything too processor intensive but so far I am pleased with the heat output.

The notebook is bigger than the 11.6 dimensions as quoted which is great because 11.6 notebooks are hard to type on. This is more like a 12.1 width which is the absolute minimum for typing. I would say that the keyboard is great, almost full size. The keys are a little small but the shift keys are in the right place and good size if that is important for you. Have not had any issues yet with the touch pad. The windows 8 gestures are weird, but I understand why they do what they do. It is a little redundant having them on a touch screen notebook, but they work.

Windows 8 is different, I wouldn't say it is bad. I would actually like it once I get it figured out I think. The touch screen in responsive but good for use with such a small notebook. I had expectations when I bought this that I would not use the touchscreen much because thinking about it I felt that some type of arm fatigue or positional hindrance would make touchscreen windows computing difficult.. It is not... it is a very natural tool. I have even found myself holding the notebook at the hinge and using it with my thumbs like an ipad. The hinge does not open at a very wide angle so this use is limited, but I think that app store games may be played well this way.

Build quality is excellent just like every other ASUS device I have owned.

Cons:

Screen is not the brightest and its viewing angles are limited, but it was also cheap so... YMMV.

The beveled angle of the front edge of the noebook is a little sharp, not turkey carver sharp but you could cut a clean slice of cake with it. ;) not a big thing but it does affect how comfortable it is to type on this thing.

ASUS plays the proprietary driver game with this thing. The last update for the video driver was 11/2012. There have been a few driver upgrades in the time between now and then and I know performance has increased with them so I hope that ASUS will release a new driver soon.

Other Thoughts:

This is a good deal at $599.00. I got it significantly cheaper recently so I feel a little guilty at the value that I get for the price I paid. Buy it if you want an easy way to experience windows 8. I was considering a WIn 8 atom tablet but the graphics drivers for those are wonky and you would have to eventually buy a keyboard anyway to use it like a PC. This is a better performing option at a good price.

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  • Jeffrey P.
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week


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