Fantastic ultraportable after some minor modifications
JODY B., Newegg
1 week ago
Summary: If you need an ultraportable laptop that can take a minor beating in a padded bag and packs much more power than other 11"-12" class laptops, this laptop is a fantastic deal and a very solid buy. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you plan to (A) budget in a 7mm 120GB SATA-III SSD and (B) perform the heatsink fix ASAP. With those two modifications, this laptop is the perfect ultraportable laptop, bar none.
Pros: Lightweight aluminum construction, USB 3.0, rubberized bottom plate, thin without sacrificing critical I/O ports, plenty of RAM, SATA-III support, and a very good ULV CPU make this laptop hard to turn down. Battery life for the internal battery's size is excellent (over 4 hours of typical usage). Replace the internal hard drive with a decent SATA-III SSD and it boots from ASUS logo to Windows 7 desktop in 10 seconds, and allows for browsing with Pale Moon (Firefox) in...
Cons: This laptop has a poorly engineered heatsink from the factory. It is a copper plate with a tiny fan; no heatpipes or fins at all. The CPU die is designed to handle up to 90C temperatures but enters thermal throttling in the mid-80s, and the poor cooling means this happens fairly often, slowing the entire system down just when performance is needed the most. Fortunately, searching for "fix X202E overheating" reveals tutorials on how to fix the bad heatsink design, and ...
Summary: I was absolutely blown away with the performance of this machine, especially for the price. I bought this laptop refurbished, and it works like brand new. The only "defect" was cosmetic. It was a small scratch on the outer lid, that was so small I attempted to brush it off because I thought it was a hair.
Pros: I am very impressed with this laptop! I wanted something small because I knew I would be bringing it everywhere with me. The small 11.6" size is perfect for my needs! To my surprise, I am able to run my many AutoDesk programs on this machine with ease! The HDMI port makes it extremely easy to hook up to my television when I'm at home and want a larger display.
Cons: The only thing I don't really like about this laptop is the sound. The maximum volume doesn't get loud enough for some settings. With that being said, it is loud enough for most settings.
Summary: Great little ultrabook! This ultrabook contains a i3 Intel processor, it is sleek, portable, stylish has lot of hardrive space (500 GB). Pretty quiet for a non-solid state hard drive. Just one complaint though... the wifi adapter in this ultrabook is a Qualcomm Atheros Netowrk Adapter, which is significiant if you are thinking about purchasing the ultrabook to be able to use Intel WiDi display features (e.g.
Summary: I upgraded to Win 8.1 and my headphone jack immediately stopped working. After lots of trials and tribulations, trips to the computer repair shop etc., I had to spend an hour on the phone with Asus customer service (who were great - thanks Wayne in Caribbean!) I had to roll back the installation all the way to a reinstall of win 8.0. Had to reinstall all my programs etc. Something wrong with the 8.1 upgrade.
Summary: I bought this laptop in October but the "M" key came broken off. It still types after a few tries & I have to be careful not to lose it, which is ridiculous, but the laptop is wonderful otherwise. I just wish I knew how to fix the "M" key so I can type up my school papers properly.
Summary: I needed a lighter travel computer, not wanting to spend the money on an a Mac Airbook. It does the job well, but touchscreen a bit sluggish and I have to be careful with mouse, little room for error.
Summary: These machines are at a steal, just because it's refurbished doesn't mean it's "bad". You could also buy brand new with a longer warranty, but you can also end up with a faulty touchscreen or worse out of the box.
Pros: Great machine to surf and use the internet and apps. Simple first time user machine (grandma, aunt, uncle laptop facebook, bill paying workhorse) Simple.
Cons: I have bought 4 in the past year or so refurbished only. Finally on the 4th one the touchscreen came out of the box "sticky" it keeps "touching" on a left hand side of the screen.