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In depth Day 1 Review for ASUS X200MA 90NB04U5-M02880 11.6-Inch Laptop
, March 22, 2014
This review is from: ASUS K200 11-Inch Laptop [OLD VERSION] (Personal Computers)
I ordered this product before the description properly depicted the machine that was for sale.
I worked with Amazon to correct this; but, I see now that they have the entirely wrong model in the headline. This is for the ASUS X200MA 90NB04U5-M02880 11.6-Inch Laptop.
This model number denotes this is the latest X200MA machine from Asus in white equipped with Intel® Celeron® Processor N2815 (1M Cache, up to 2.13 GHz) processor.
Windows 8.1 delivers a smooth experience with all of the features included on a more powerful notebook/desktop even in balanced power mode. I cranked up the high performance power mode settings to determine how well the battery coped. BatteryMon reports a discharge rate of around 6200mW with a constant 63% CPU load and 5300mW at idle. In Balanced power mode CPU load peaked at about 47% and discharging at 5500mW, 5% load discharge rate was around 4800mW. Finally, testing in Power saver mode at a 64% load discharge was 5500mW, 4% load discharge was around 4400mW. The battery capacity is measured at 31725mWh
I ran a PowerShell command to determine the Windows Experience Score (as it was removed from Windows 8.1) CPU Score 4.6, Direct 3D Score 4.1, Disk Score 5.9, Graphics Score 3.8, Memory Score 5.9, giving a base score of 3.8 due to the mild graphics processing.
I ran Crystal Disk Mark 3.0.3 x64 and found with a 1000MB Sequential read test the 6400RPM drive rated at 101.9 MB/s. Write tests at the same 1000MB threshold, averaged 101.6 MB/s. I found this to be more than fair.
> This has the latest Intel Bay Trial N2815 quad core processor boasting a 1.86 GHz clock speed (2.13GHz Boost)
> 4GB DDR 1333 MHz SDRAM
> It's fairly light weight at just under 3lbs overall. In my experience the screen feels heavier than the base.
> 11.6" Touchscreen with a 1363*768 resolution.
> SDXC Card Reader
> 500GB 5400RPM 2.5" HDD
> 64-bit Windows 8.1
> The $329 price tag.
> It doesn't have a backlit keyboard. (I know, what a thing to complain about.)
> ~5hr battery life. It feels as though it should be getting more in this day and age; but, as an entry level machine you really can't expect too much better. It's already nearly double than the previous version of this unit. 5hrs may not last you an intercontinental flight; but, it's not as terrible as you think.
> 1366*768 Screen resolution. With 7" tablets running 1920*1080, it could have been better. Though, again, as an entry level machine I wasn't expecting better.
> The $329 price tag. Honestly, with the few corners cut that could have put this machine over the top it seems they could have gotten away with a $299 price tag.
Honestly, for an entry level machine and at nearly $300 you can't expect much. So if your expectations are correct, then you won't be disappointed. While the screen resolution could be a bit better allowing for crisper images, when you are streaming Netflix you wont notice it. It is still delivering an HD experience. It has plenty of power to push 720p video with no issue. While I haven't tested gaming on it, I expect it will deliver well for the casual gamer. Let's be honest no PC gamer is picking this up to play hardcore games on it in the first place.
At the end of the day, I bought this with the intention to take overseas, so I could travel light and still maintain a full keyboard with plenty of internal storage for the pictures that we'll be accumulating for the next 2 months in Europe. Once we're back I plan on updating this review with more insight into it's travel ability.
So far I feel it's excellent for the price and delivered exactly what I expected.
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