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ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

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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Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast for the money. Almost ridiculously fast considering that it is under 50 dollars.

I see no difference in day to day use with my Phenom II 975. In fact, for some things (single-threaded, games) it is quicker. I would put the wattage used for a task would be close to 15% of the total that I was pulling for the Phenom II. The HD 2000 graphics come with an unlocked multiplier. Expect at least a 40-50% free increase in clock speed. It has calculated for me to about a 38% increase in frame rates in games. It never though gets to the performance of an HD 3000, I would say about 50 to 60% percent closer.

Very cool with stock cooler. I did remove the stock paste and replaced it with artic alumina.

I have no qualms torturing this little chip, its very cheap.

Cons: Can not overclock the cores at all. Nope not at all. If you want to overclock, you have to pay for it, which is silly, and totally is against the point of overclocking.

You can use any ddr memory speed, but it will only run at either 800 or 1066 MHz. This is not a big deal, you can adjust memory timings if your board supports that, but you still are not gonna get anywhere near any significant bandwidth increase that way... Bandwidth that would help video performance immensely. These Intel guys... they got a nice racket going.

For fitty dollars, I can't complain much more.

Other Thoughts: As soon as the cheaper HD 2500 chips are released, Daddy is gonna get a newer, prettier yet still cheap girlfriend named IVY. Don't look at me that way SANDY, you knew the score from day one. Daddy likes them CHEAP and FAST.

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Acer Aspire TimelineX AS5830TG-6614 Notebook Intel Core i5 2430M (2.40GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 15.6
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Best performing laptop I have ever owned, in fact it is faster than my quad core Phenom 2 Desktop with a HD 4670 Graphics card. Stays cool when playing flash, reading websites, downloading etc. Very quiet at low loads. Intel Quick sync is awesome, encodes standard def H.264 at roughly 420 fps. Same x264 encode with handbrake is about 80 fps. Handbrake quality is SLIGHTLY better but not worth the difference in time. HD 3000 is okay for older games/gaming on the go. You could easily play games like KOTOR 2 and SW TOR at medium settings and 1366x768 res comfortably.
GT 540 is really all that you need so far for modern games at this resolution. Sound quality and positional audio are very good for a laptop. Keyboard is nice, not macbook quality, but not bad. Keypad is a must have. Usb 3.0 is not a big deal now but you are future proof with it. Resumes quickly from sleep.

Battery life is phenomenal under low load. 81% and I have 7 hours left according to windows.

Cons: Gets hot under load with and without the 540 GT activated.

The other reviewers are right about the viewing angle, it annoying but not a deal breaker.

Some crapware, wasnt sure which was crapware so I ended up uninstalling more than I should have.

Off center trackpad sucks, i mean really sucks. Trackpad is also too small for my taste. There is no two finger scroll or two finger right click like with Macbooks and many other notebooks I have owned. Fixed that by downloading a tool to give those options.

Not as light as I would like.

My DVD ram is kind of strange, reads discs a little slowly.

Hardware multimedia key placements absolutely suck.

Not very Hackbook OSX86 friendly

Other Thoughts: Bought this as a cheaper replacement for a 13" macbook pro. Not sorry I did, the quicksync support and Discrete Graphics more than make up for the lack of OS X. This was the best computer buy I have made in a long time.

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Display Name: Jeffrey P.

Date Joined: 10/06/01

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  • Last Review: 05/19/13
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