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ASUS X200MA-DS02 Notebook Intel Celeron N2815 (1.86GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Comprehensive Review for DS02 Model - Great little laptop 10/13/2014

This review is from: ASUS X200MA-DS02 Notebook Intel Celeron N2815 (1.86GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6" Windows 8.1

Pros: -HDMI out
-USB 3.0
-Bluetooth 4.0 IS built in, the description does not specify this adequately.
-The little camera on it isn't half bad
-Is VERY light, under 3 pounds makes it easily less to carry in a backpack than say, a textbook.
- The Silvermont based N2815 (aka Bay Trail) is actually not bad, gets web/MS office based tasks done no problem, can also handle basic media consumption tasks like 1080p video and adobe flash without any hiccups (see other thoughts).
-Mine gets up to 6+ hours on battery maximum, on average it gets about 4 to 5 hours.
-Has some good software that comes with it (See cons), asus backtracker is fantastic (see other thoughts).
-While it's probably not the best plastic, it does feel VERY sturdy and the overall build quality is fantastic.
-Awesome speakers for a laptop this size, absolutely fantastic.
-Not a touchscreen (i hate touchscreens so this is good to me)
-4GB of RAM, finally someone understands! Seriously how can people thing anything less is ok for windows?
-Price of course

Cons: -Comes with a SLOOOOWWW HDD, was a brand that I'm not even familiar with.(see other thoughts)
-Not at all easy to replace the battery, and while it seems fine now, later on the battery could get weaker and cause problems.(see other thoughts)
-Not easy to replace the HDD either. (see other thoughts.)
-The resolution isn't amazing, but the screen size makes this not such a big deal.
-No backlit keyboard, while not a deal breaker this would have been nice
-Bluetooth drivers are NOT good, random disconnects and sometimes the BT adapter will disappear from device manager altogether! I don't know if this is windows 8.1 or Asus drivers' fault but either way it can be infuriating.
-REMOVE ASUS SPLENDID VIDEO ENHANCEMENT GARBAGE IMMEDIATELY. It makes the screen have a rose/orangish hue and it drove me up the wall for days before i figured out what it was, just uninstall it and save yourself some frustration.

Other Thoughts: -Keep in mind, as soon as i got mine i installed a Crucial M500 SSD into it so my performance will likely be different from the standard default hardware. Btw an SSD is a GREAT idea much faster and less worry about jarring the PC when you move it.

SSD INSTALLATION: I saw people asking about this so here you go.

-FIRST THINGS FIRST; Boot up the PC with the HDD still in it and run Asus Backtracker, then make system repair discs with it so you can restore all the partitions and the windows install onto the new SSD!!! From what i can tell it will restore the recovery partition as well.
-To do this, you have to remove 9 screws on the bottom side of the chassis ( 2 are under the rear rubber feet). Once that is done, get a credit card, and CAREFULLY go around the edges and separate the 2 plastic pieces, The entire top section which includes the keyboard will snap apart and separate from the bottom section where you removed the screws. Once the two pieces have separated, lay the top section over in front of the unit DON'T YANK IT!!! THERE ARE WIRES UNDER THE KEYBOARD!!! Then you should see both the battery and HDD in front of you, it shouldn't be hard to do what you need to from there and reassemble the unit, just remember to remove the battery before you go messing with stuff so you don't short the boards in the PC. Once your done, reassemble the PC by snapping the chassis back together and replacing the screws. Use backtracker's boot disk that you made to reinstall windows on the new SSD. It works a lot like the standard recovery console.

-The Asus Rep is right, the battery IS replaceable (see SSD installation) but you have to remove the top half of the laptop to get to it, after that only a single screw holds it in. Not very helpful on the go, but good for people who don't like shipping off their hardware for such basic repairs.

-The Card reader was a bit buggy or some time(wouldn't read cards), but hasn't given me trouble recently so it may have just been a fluke.

if you want to use windows 7 on this flash the bios to revision 500+ otherwise you cant. I also noticed a slightly faster boot time after I flashed mine so you should do it if you know how.

I've tried to be as thorough as possible, but if I've missed anything or i think of something else i will edit this review. If there is anything i missed you could ask in the Q&A section and i will do my best to answer.

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very Fast, especially on sata 6.0
Plenty of storage space.
Wasnt DOA, always a plus

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Didn't come with sata cables, you may need to buy your own.

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very fast
XMP compliant makes it faster
Overclocks easily without losing stability
Looks great in the case

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I would just like to say that the images for this product don't really do it justice, its not as light a blue as it looks on here. Its actually more of a darker metallic blue so it goes really well with any motherboard.


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Display Name: Joseph P.

Date Joined: 02/17/11

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  • Last Review: 10/13/14
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