Lower end laptop markets are becoming more and more competitive every year. The 200 or 300 dollars market are always dominated by Chromebook for many years as they always give higher value than Windows’s laptop. Sadly, not all of users want to stick with Chrome OS as it still lack of important application supports and some people even say it useless for productivity. 2018 is a good year I think as we now see so many higher value Windows system. The true example is what we see on ASUS Vivobook E203NA YS02.
Yeah, the device is from ASUS and I think you should be familiar that they always able to put something great with lower price than its competitors. The system is equipped with 11.6 inch screen, 64GB EMMC, and powered by Intel Celeron newer gen N3350. This spec is pretty much low end, but keep in mind that Chromebook is also having similar hardware. Well, how does it comparable with similar products? Let’s find it out. That is what we are going to talk about here. We are going to talk about it further on this article. To make it easier for you to understand, let’s we jump into the article.
One thing that I love from this Vivobook is the design. This might be considered as cheap machine, but the design is actually better than what Acer or Dell did here. The glossy lid is easily becoming a fingerprint magnet, but it looks so damn well made. Carrying it around on your school should never make you worry as it makes you shame. Move into the inside, you soon find something better here. The inside is more bland between the design, keyboard, and display surrounded it. The inside deck is created from plastic, but it never gives any flex during typing and feels incredibly solid.
With dimension at 11.3 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches and 2.3 pounds, the laptop is appeared to be slightly lighter and thinner than its competitors. The similar comparable here is the Lenovo 120S that also having 0.7 inches, but its weight is 100 grams heavier for this case. For this amount of weight and thickness, the port connectivity is once again is dependable here. On the right side, there is only a USB 3.0 port and audio jack while the on the left sides we will more dense ports with micro SD slot, USB 3.0, HDMI, and USB type-C port. It has modern port with USB type-C, but it works only for transferring data and not charging the system.back to menu ↑
Keyboard and Display
For giving a better productivity, it must have at least a solid keyboard and I find it here. The keyboard features of 1.7 mm travel distant and requires you to force of 68 grams of punctuation in order to press it nicely. For some reasons, the keyboard is deep and I need to get used with it for a while. When testing the keyboard for the first time, I manage to type for 90 words per minute with error rate around 2 percent. The result is not that impressive, but great enough as your companion on finishing your work project.
As for the display, I think the quality is just okay and not great. The crisp 11 inch screen is combining with 1366 x768 resolution. The display could produce of 74 percent of SRGB color and likely a standard for this price range. The panel looks so detail during indoor usage and you will likely never find any strange pixelated text or images. The quality is just average and I have no issue with it. I just hope the brightness can be higher as sometimes it’s hard to see the screen in outdoor usage without needed to push the brightness setting. It will be perfect if it has brighter screen.
|ASUS Vivobook E203NA||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3350 Up To 2.4 GHZ|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|OS||Windows 10 S|
|Memory||4GB DDR3 Memory|
Performance and Battery Test
The Intel Celeron and 4GB RAM is mediocore hardware, so never expect it to run of Photoshop or doing video rendering here. On doing of light activities like editing document and browsing, the system never find any issue as it runs well without lag. I manage to open couple of tabs on Chrome and pretty much dependable for long usage. I always end up on using it for 6 to 8 hours straight and it does not give any performance drop or temperature issue. The result is impressive considering the laptop is fan-less. The low power consumption processor is allowing the system getting high performance without giving too much temperature pressure.
The 203NA is running the Windows 10 S version which is basically the lighter version of Windows Home or Pro edition. The OS is fully free from any unwanted things or bloatware. It just has some useful applications to support your productivity and this situation gives pretty consistent battery life. The battery should last for 7 to 8 hours in single charge with 60 percent of brightness. I tested it by browsing with Chrome while connected to the WIFI. Sadly, you always have to bring your charger around anywhere you go.back to menu ↑
The Vivobook E203NA is a pretty well machine for its price range. The design is attractive and it does have the power on the inside. The battery life is the only place where it’s just far away from its competitors. But, its performance and solid keyboard will basically cover of this problem and give you much productivity as return. The Lenovo 120S is a great competitor here if you want another alternative. Both of them are having its pros and cons, and its back on your needs for which one is better. I just hope the information is good enough for you. At last, thank you for your time and have a good time.