Fantastic ultraportable after some minor modifications
JODY B., Newegg
15 July 2014
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: This was my first W8 system and it really wasn't as bad as I expected. The trackpad driver as shipped tends to unload itself, but the ASUS driver update for the trackpad seems to (mostly) fix the problem.
Pros: Zippy performance. Nice touch screen and not too encumbered by 3rd party bloatware. Runs 64 bit W8 quite well and does what one would expect for a high mobility system.
Cons: Trackpad takes getting used to. Needed driver update, but still could use some configuration options. Don't expect to run any serious games on this platform.
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: At first I was a little skeptical of getting an asus. 1) because I had never heard of the brand before, 2) its a windows computer, and 3) its not apple. I love apple products, they are amazing and last forever but are quite pricy. When i decided I needed a new laptop (I had an old DELL, as large and heavy as a dinosaur) I walked into best buy and just looked for the cheapest computer in the room, literally. I was on a college kid budget and pinching pennies is my thing.
Summary: I replaced the HDD with a 500 GB Samsung 840 SSD. Using this for my out of town trips
Pros: Boots up very fast (less than 15 sec), with a SSD of course.
Cons: Touch Pad a little jumpy and erratic. Limited Battery life (3-4 hours), even with a Samsung 840 SSD. CPU cooler fan a little noisy. Even with a SSD, you can hear a humming background from the fan, even when the CPU is not loaded. Without the fan, its battery might last hours longer with a SSD.