ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop is very inexpensive for a touch-screen Windows 8 laptop, and looks and feels like a more high-end system. It’s great to see more touch-screen Windows 8 laptops under $600, but note that the Asus X202E requires some compromises in performance and battery life. Click Here to see more ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T costumer reviews.
The physical design is a bit of a mixed bag. The X202E is relatively slim, with a part-aluminum body, but thicker than one might expect in today’s ultrabook-centric world. The keyboard is small but functional, but the touch pad is frustratingly unresponsive at times, requiring frequent use of the touch screen as a backup.
In the meantime, the X202E is one of the better bargains around if you’re looking for a low-cost way to get Windows 8 and a touch screen in a mostly usable package.
Despite its small size, the X202E manages to fit in three USB ports, two video outputs, and an Ethernet jack. Keep that in mind the next time you look at the pocketful of external dongles some ultrabooks force you to carry around. On the downside, only one of the USB ports is 3.0 speed, and I can only wonder if there would be any size/weight savings could be found by ditching the dated VGA port.
Trading down to an Intel Core i3 CPU, a part found in only the most budget level of laptops these days, definitely has an effect on performance, as seen in our benchmark tests, running slower than Core i5 low-voltage laptops. If you’re only doing one thing at a time, and sticking with everyday tasks such as Web surfing, watching videos, or social networking, there’s a good chance you won’t notice much of a difference at all. Start adding multiple windows, apps, and simultaneous tasks, and some slowdown is likely.
There was a world of difference, however, between the Core i3 performance, and the performance in Windows 8 systems with Intel’s Atom series of processors, as found in the HP Envy X2, Acer W510, and other hybrids. Atom-based systems, despite being pushed in a big way by Intel and Microsoft, are much slower than the i3.
The battery life we’ve seen from those Atom systems, slow as they are, has been frankly amazing, topping 10 hours in our tests. The Core i3 in the X202E doesn’t fare as well, running for 3 hours and 29 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, which is less than a lot of recent Core i5 laptops (which, to be fair, have bigger bodies and can fit in bigger batteries). Still 3.5 hours isn’t very impressive for an ultraportable, and that’s something to factor in along with the price.
- Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8 GHz Processor
- 4 GB DDR3
- 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
- 11.6-Inch LED Touchscreen, Intel GMA HD Graphics
- Windows 8
Ever wonder what a notebook PC would be like if it had a touch screen? So did we. Enter the ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T. Featuring an 11.6″ LED Backlight HD (1366X768) capacitive touch panel with multi-touch functionality, Windows 8 Home Premium, 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3217U processor, the ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T puts life at your fingertips.