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Pros: I haven't bought a PC laptop in years. I build my own desktops, but when it comes to laptops I stuck with Apple. But lately I began to realize that while the MacBook Pro was a good computer it delivered more horsepower than I actually needed. So I decided to sell it and find a Windows replacement. I needed a basic system that I could take with me on the job and transfer video from an SCHC card to a hard drive. I didn't need a powerhouse laptop. After a bit of searching I settled on the X202E.
The main reasons was it was a system taking advantage of the latest technology Windows 8 touted: touch screen. The price was also very reasonable. I got mine used, though Like New, for $470 through a third-party seller. Add a case and an anti-glare screen protector for a grand total of $500. Not a bad price at all for what you get.
The touch screen is vibrant and responsive. While not an exceptionally fast system it gets the job done well enough. This is definitely what Windows 8 set to revolutionize and it does it well. I was never a hater of the Metro UI, but didn't see the point on a desktop system with a 20+ inch screen. For a laptop however... it's very nice. I can only imagine how a tablet would be or a Windows 8 phone.
The system is minimal input ports: 3 USB, and HDMI, an ethernet port and a VGA port. Why this thing comes with a VGA port is beyond me. For as advanced as the laptop is this port is a pimple on an otherwise beautiful face. If you need an optical drive you're out of luck. This slender thing doesn't have one, so you'll need an external drive if you want/need one.
Speaking design it is fairly lightweight and has a nice modern design to it. I actually think it has a nicer design than the MacBook Air, though not quite as thin.
Cons: I have only two minor issues: the touchpad is extremely sensitive. Even with the updated drivers from Samsung another reviewer recommended, the touchpad will easily misinterpret what you want to do. I'm getting better at it, but it will take a little time to get used to it. Also, you have to press the touchpad buttons a bit harder than you should have to. My other issue is the keyboard isn't backlit. Not a deal breaker, and I realize Asus needed to make sacrifices to keep the price down, but how much would a couple of LED's actually cost? As I said, it would have been nice but not a big deal.
Overall Review: One thing to note: I haven't bought a Windows computer in years, but I remember you generally got an activation code with the system, either as a sticker on the computer somewhere or a postcard in the package. Neither were present in this purchase. I contacted the seller and he doesn't remember seeing one either. I'm not sure if this goes for all units or just mind, but this problematic in the event you need to re-install the OS and need the activate it. I managed to get my code using a small program that tracked it down in the registry for me, but you shouldn't have to do this. I'd be curious to hear if others who bought the system new experience the missing activation code. It could also be the way Windows 8 is handled on new systems. I don't know.
All-in-all, this is a terrific system, especially for the price. If you want a sleek, modern Windows system you can't go wrong with this one. The 11" screen doesn't feel small in the least, and I'm very happy with my purchase.
Pros: Really wanted to love this laptop. Good cost, good idea (touch screen). Really sleek looking. Severely dissapointed.
Cons: So I bought this laptop back in November of 2012 and used it for two months with no issues. Then the multitouch function on the touchpad went out. Normally not a big deal but with Windows 8 I had gotten used to using it for things and it became annoying not to have it. Restarting the computer always made it work again, but it would go out after a few hours, days, or even weeks depending. Eventually I called ASUS and they recommended a restore to factory settings which I did. This did not resolve the issue. They had me mail it in, which I did. They replaced the touchpad, but this did not resolve the issue. They then had me uninstall and reinstall drivers. Which I did. This did not resolve the issue. They then had me mail it in again, which I did, and all they did was replace the touch pad again, which didn't work the first time and also did not work the second time - did not resolve the issue. I was recommending a replacement laptop at this point and they were refusing, which is too bad because clearly I have a lemon and/or their repair team doesn't know how to fix things. After getting the laptop back the second time it began clicking within the body to the right of the touchpad. It didn't do this before so I assume it had something to do with repairs. When I called regarding this they started me with a new repair account saying this is a separate issue and that I would need to again redo all the steps I went through before - restoring to factory settings (which is annoying because you have to redownload all aps and configure windows 8 tiles the way you want them, as well as back up data), uninstall and reinstall drivers.
I said I would not do this as the issue is connected and asked to talk to a supervisor. She listened to me but also refused to send me a replacement laptop, saying I needed to send it back again (third time in two months, for a week at a time - very annoying as I am grad student and need laptop to write papers, surf internet, etc). She said the repair team thought that a replacement was necessary I could have one otherwise they would continue to try and fix this one.
Other than the multitouch going out intermittently the laptop also would occasionally move the typing cursor randomly - not due to me hitting touchpad with the palm of my hand. It did this rarely, but enough that it was an issue.
So - technical issues - multitouch intermittently going out, cursor randomly moving, strange clicking noise from body next to touch pad.
Attempts to fix - 2 system restores, three mailing back to ASUS for repairs, and an unisntall and reinstall of drivers
What I am left with is - 40 extra bucks in box purchases for Fed Ex (they are picky about what box you ship it in), 3 weeks of going without a laptop and the consequences of that (not being able to work on papers, do email or surf the internet during that time....) and a severe distrust of ASUS as a company and a severe let down of their product and customer service.
Pros: Build quality, Price, port selection (VGA!)
Cons: OK battery life, although the 11 inch air is only rated at 5 hours as well, no backlit keyboard
Overall Review: First of all, this is a great product. I love having a big hard drive, even if that means sacrificing a bit of boot and load time. its worth it for the price in my opinion. I am including a link to a bios update (version 205) which helped out my machine a bit. calmed down the overactive fans and gave it some extra battery life, around half an hour. Very happy thus far. I have the q200 version and this update worked for me and should be fine on the s200 and x202 as well. Check which bios version you have first to make sure this update applies to you. I had bios version 202 and this upgrade is to 205. http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=S200E&p=3&s=21
Pros: The price/value is great. The performance is not that of a $1300 ultrabook, but if you swap out the slow 5400 rpm HDD for an SSD the whole story changes. I swapped out for a 128gb Samsung 840 Pro and all I can say is WOW. The laptop has a SATA III controller so it takes full advantage of the performance. This also dropped the weight about 2 ounces, and increased the battery life an honest HOUR. I updated all the drivers from ASUS and I have had NONE of the issues others have spoken about. I find the fit, finish, and quality Excellent!!!
Cons: I guess my only wish was that it had a Core I5 or i7...
Overall Review: I also swapped the built-in wireless card for an Intel Centrino-N 6235 Dual band wireless card to help with interference in my apartment building, being that there are 13 2.4 ghz wireless networks within range and it would drop out the signal on any 2.4 ghz wireless device, not just this laptop in particular.
Pros: Size, look, price (got it much cheaper than listed price)
Cons: driver issue causes phantom touches that can only be resolved by disabling the touchscreen
Overall Review: I'm really surprised that this item was shipped with the touchscreen in such a state. I could barely setup the computer because the phantom touches made the course jump around like it had turrets. With the right HID driver disabled, this computer is perfect for taking notes and writing reports. If you want a working touchscreen, skip this model until the drivers are updated. - July 2013
Pros: Light and thin. Easy initial setup out of the box. Aesthetically pleasing.
Easy to open up for upgrades.
touch screen is excellent, no problems.
setup of OS was smooth and easy, worked right out of the box in under 30 minutes or so.
found and downloaded drivers from Asus easily, installed a 7mm SSD drive and wiped out OS and installed windows 8 pro. SSD makes exponential difference in performance.
after doing clean install of OS, of course clickpad gestures not working correctly at first but asus drivers includes utility for that, after installing the utility the gestures worked perfectly on touchscreen and clickpad.
for just doing email, web, watching netflix/youtube, and working with office, it is just perfect.
Cons: cheap plastic shell, very sensitive clickpad, memory is soldered on, comes with a slow hard drive and slow graphics, but for this price point over all it is still an excellent deal.
Overall Review: Plastic shell is cheap and soft so be careful if you are prying it open not to scratch it up.
Keep track of which screws go where - the one in the center is just a hair thicker than the rest, and then there are two other kinds that go in different spots as well.
if you intend on buying an SSD, MAKE SURE TO GET ONE THAT IS 7MM.
overall we are very pleased with what we got for what we spent.
Pros: Good quality frame, decent CPU/GPU speed, & pretty easy to access internal components. Screen is not as horrible as I expected (website reviews said it was really bad).
Cons: As mentioned by others, the CPU starts to throttle within 12 seconds of full-load. It continues to throttle all the way down to 50% stock frequency.
Soldered RAM is running single-channel at 1333MHz (below the 1600MHz standard for the chipset).
Touchpad is the worst I've ever used because manual clicking is hit-or-miss.
Fan is constantly on even though the CPU is only 17W.
Overall Review: Worst CPU cooling I've ever seen in my life. There are no heat pipes, no heat fins. Just a thin copper plate with a fan "pulling" the heat out. The fan exhausts to the display hinge which further restricts heat dissipation.
I'm surprised that no one stress-tests their new computers because that's the 1st thing you should do to ensure stability. They would have immediately noticed the throttling.
CPU speed is decent even with the throttling, but they should not advertise the frequency at 1.8GHz. At the very least, they need to add a footnote stating the 800MHz throttled frequency.
Pros: For the value, this bad boy is good! I am actually surprised at how great it feels. Very responsive screen, its light. Fast for what I do, mostly browse internet, use Microsoft office, youtube, nothing major.
I have only owned for a little over a month so I'm hoping I could say the same thin one year from now.
Cons: Only owned it for a month, hopefully I will never have anything bad to say.