Summary: This entry-level ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T provides a solid Windows 8 touch experience in a lightweight design for a tempting $549. Unfortunately, you'll need to bring the power cord with you, as this ultraportable is seriously lacking in battery life. While we don't recommend it either, at least the Acer Aspire V5-571, which also costs $549, offers a more powerful Core i5 processor.
Pros: Attractive design, Responsive touch-screen display, Includes 32GB of free cloud storage
Cons: Short battery life, Poor graphics performance
Excerpt: Asus' VivoBook x202 is a curious beast. It's a small, cheap-ish touchscreen notebook with an Intel Core i3 processor. This 11.6-inch laptop 's performance scores are somewhere in between regular all-purpose laptops and wannabe tablets --in other words, it's a netbook with a touchscreen. See also: Group test: what's the best budget laptop?