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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful budget laptop. Great for students., July 2, 2014
This review is from: Asus X200MA 12-inch Touchscreen Laptop (1.86 GHz Celeron N2815 Processor, 4GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 8) (Personal Computers)
First of all, I bought this at a Windows Store, not Amazon. Amazon is currently cheaper. Also, I won't do pros and cons, as I really don't think that there are any real drawbacks to this laptop in most circumstances.
I bought this for studying and writing papers (and watching movies on Netflix when I finish my homework) at my college. Even though there are public computers, they are too slow and dirty to be used stress-free. Maybe I'm spoiled.
Anyway, this was a cheap little laptop, so I figured it wouldn't be such a let down when it breaks. I've had it for a month now, and it is a powerful lil bugger for the price. I can do all my document work with multiple browser tabs open, throw in a movie, and this laptop handles it all. I was expecting a lag filled experience, and I haven't had that yet. The weight and size are perfect for my situation as well. Rarely heats up, and is never too hot to handle.
The keyboard seemed tinny at first, but after getting used to it, I can't complain. It's not perfectly silent, but it isn't a locomotive.
The speakers are decent. Not great. But let's be real, you aren't going to get high end speakers in a low-end laptop.
I have only used the webcam once. Also not great, but it isn't detracting from the laptop.
Touchscreen is great. I have never had a touchscreen laptop, and I doubted I would ever use this touchscreen. Now, I can't imagine having a laptop without one. Some people might complain about the glossy screen. While it is annoying to not be able to use the laptop with strong light behind you, that's the trade-off you have with touchscreen. I love sitting outside with my laptop, but I would pick this touchscreen over a regular matte screen any day.
The only thing I wish was better is the trackpad. It isn't horrible, but I have trouble using two fingers to scroll down. I am not sure if it is the trackpad or if it is Windows 8. Obviously, Asus can't do anything about Windows 8. Definitely not a reason to avoid this laptop.
Battery life is pretty good. You may have to tweak the power settings to get your wifi adapter to stay working, but that is Windows 8, not Asus.
I like how they fit 3 USB ports, a card reader, a lock, an ethernet, hdmi, and vga port on such a small laptop. I like having USB ports on both sides, and they managed to do that. Awesome. I have this suspicion that the USB port on the left is 3.0, but I have no way to confirm that.
Overall, don't buy this for gaming or other resource-intensive activities. But for browsing the Internet, word processing, and streaming video, this is a great value laptop.
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Initial post: Aug 4, 2014 2:18:32 PM PDT
Bruce Boyes says:
If the USB port has a blue insert it should be USB 3.0

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 11:29:34 AM PDT
King C. says:
yes, I bought the same notebook pc & concur w/ comments,could u advise me,is this laptop(ASUS notebookPC,old version w/ the old Intel clunker Celeron processor),is this technically considered a 'netbook', as I am trying to figure out how to install(google: installing linux+version of chrome OS onto ur netbook) a version of linux & a suitable version of chrome browser onto my ASUS,but this of course is a windows 8.1 notebook. They say u have to install something called,'Chromium Lime,or CHromium vanilla' onto ur laptop,nothing else will work on a netbook,but I am not certain if this ASUS is a netbook, the cardboard box it came in says it is a 'notebook PC X200M model'.....thanks,{it also says you have to learn how to partition the hard drive in order to do this,a very arduous task....}

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2015 4:37:50 AM PDT
James says:
I haven't seen anything being called a "netbook" for a few years now. I'm not even sure the distinction matters.
You could probably youtube a tutorial. While I have installed multiple Linux OS's on my desktop, I have never tried for this notebook, but the process should be similar if not the same. It's still putting the files on a boot drive, booting up, and moving the files to the hard drive/ssd.
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