Review: Asus VivBook X202E

VivBook X202E, the new 11.6 inch, 3-pound notebook from Asus, comes with an Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor. It is the cheapest touchscreen notebook in the market and sports a  new touch-friendly Windows 8 user interface.

The VivoBook X202E has a dark brushed aluminum lid and a silver/gray aluminum body and features a 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display with Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The hard drive is divided into two 250GB partitions.

The device measures 11.9″ x 7.9″ x 0.9″ and it has a 38Whr battery. Asus claims that it will last for about 4 hours.

On the connectivity front it supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, an SDHC card slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 1 USB 3.0 port. The device also holds a front-facing VGA camera, a headset jack, and VGA and HDMI ports.

The manufacturer has included an extra-large touchpad below the keyboard that gives space to perform Windows 8 gestures like two-finger scrolling, 4-finger app switching, and swiping-from the edge.

The keyboard includes the usual keys. The  tab key is a bit smaller but it just fine for typing.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a portable notebook with Windows 8 and a touchscreen display, the Asus VivoBook X202E is the perfect option. The device is available for  $499, which means it has a relatively low price. The rig  offers good performance, a decent keyboard, and an attractive design.

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