Asus Vivobook X202E: Good Buy for Php26k?
The ASUS VivoBook X202E is one of the few Windows 8 laptops that we would actually recommend to our friends. It’s priced very well, especially if you know where to look for good deals. The internals are actually respectable as you can do most of your day-to-day tasks on this machine. To top it all off, it looks like a laptop worth twice it’s price!
Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:
ASUS VivoBook X202E Spec Sheet
- Intel Core i3 3217U Ivy Bridge 1.8GHz
- Intel HD 4000 Graphics
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 500GB HDD
- 11.6? touchscreen LED display @ 1366×768 pixels
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x USB 3.0 ports
- Full HDMI Port
- Ethernet Port
- Memory Card Reader
- Li-Polymer battery
- Windows 8
- SRP Php26,995
Okay with that out of the way let’s jump into our feature!
It looks fantastic
The ASUS VivoBook X202E is a very compact machine. It measures 30.3cm x 20.0cm x 21.7mm and weighs 2.9 lbs. That’s already good especially if you compare it to other Windows 8 machines in this price category (they tend to weigh at least 4 lbs. and definitely thicker). You can easily slide in this laptop in and out of your bag or sleeve with no problem.
In the looks department, the ASUS VivoBook delivers in spades. It looks much more than what you paid for it because it has a very nice brushed aluminum two-tone finish. The dark lid contrasted with the light silver body looks awesome. ASUS definitely wins a lot of points in the design department especially since this just costs around Php26,000.
All the ports and I/O you’ll need are neatly placed on the sides of the device. This includes the ff: VGA, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 (wee!), mic/headphone jack, ethernet, Kensington lock, full-size HDMI, and a memory card reader. You won’t find a CD/DVD drive but you can easily get one of those external ones powered via USB for around Php2,000-Php3,000.
For the display, we get an 11.6-inch screen with resolution of 1366 x 768. Over-all quality is good as we got sharp and vibrant images, text, and video. Note that this is a touchscreen laptop which means you can navigate Windows 8 using your hands on the screen. That’s probably the reason why the side bezels are slightly thicker than usual so you won’t have issues with some of the touch-based off-screen commands. During our tests the touchscreen was responsive, intuitive, and easy to use. Win for Microsoft and ASUS.
Performance Check: A Good Daily Driver
The VivoBook X202E is a full Windows 8 machine that delivers the complete Windows 8 experience. We tried a variety of applications and programs on it and most of the usual day-to-day ones worked very well. Usual stuff like browsing, communications (messaging), social networking, Microsoft OFfice (PowerPoint, Excel, and Word), and media playback were all great. We barely felt any major lag spikes or delays in the time we had the machine with us.
That said, the ASUS VivoBook X202E does have limitations. Gaming can prove to be this machine’s undoing, especially if you’re the type that likes playing graphics intensive titles like Civilization 5. It can run the usual Blizzard games like Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, and World of Warcraft but most likely on low-mid settings only.
All in all: Worth Recommending
The ASUS VivoBook X202E is one of the laptops at the top of our list when friends ask for laptop recos under Php30,000 (which is usually what we get asked re: laptops). It marries good industrial design with respectable internals, and the full Windows 8 experience for a competitive price. Not bad at all ASUS! Two thumbs up!
You can order the ASUS VivoBook for Php26,995 here and here. It’s being sold slightly cheaper by Villman for Php24,999 but the ultimate deal is from Lazada at Php21,999. Unfortunately Lazada is out of stock with this model. Toinks. Hopefully they stock up again soon!