ASUS VIVOBOOK F202E: Value for money

Jan 24 2013, 11:18 IST
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SummaryItís the age of the mobile worker. The workplace is no longer confined to oneís workstation.

itís not hard to hold at all.

However, itís the display that really sets the VivoBook apart. The screen on this model sits at 11.6 inches, higher than the 10.1 inch netbook craze from a few years ago, but smaller than the 13.3 and 15 inch notebooks in abundance today. There is a 1366 x 768 screen resolution (with a 16:9 ratio), which is suitable for movie viewing. The display delivers gorgeous-looking images and text. A Web camera sits at the top of the 11.6-inch screen, offering video conferencing in 720p HD.

The VivoBook has the latest Microsoft Windows 8 operating system with third Generation Intel Core i3- 3217U (1.8G, 3M) Intel Chief River processor. It has elegant esthetics and robust built quality for everyday life and has metallic chassis with aluminum hair-brush textures to enhance great look. The keyboard is easy to get used to and it offers a pleasant typing experience, with the keys having a light click sound and a decent amount of travel. The laptopís relatively large click pad is also quite smooth.

On the VivoBook, the Windows Start Screen is the native interface, and seems capable and usable. Storage is a 320 GB magnetic hard drive running at 5400 RPM. This is certainly enough space to store any files and documents you will need to carry with you.

There is no optical drive in the VivoBook, but ASUS has been kind enough to include a decent range of connections, such as HDMI out, VGA out, 3.5 mm headset, and even a 10/100 Ethernet networking port, although you donít have to rely on this, as the F202E also includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. Speaking of ports, the machine encompasses USB 3.0 which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Overall, the ASUS VivoBook looks to provide decent touch-connectivity for Windows 8 without the high price that other computers will offer.

SPeCS

* Display: 11.6 inch LED Backlight HD touchscreen

* Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8

* CPU: Intel Chief River i3-3217

(1.8 G, 3M)

* VGA: Intel HD 4000

* System RAM: G DDR3 1333 on board

* Storage: 500G, 5400 rpm

* Camera: HD camera

* WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n

Estimated street price: Rs. 39,999

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