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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Laptop, and yes - it CAN run Crysis (!)

    Posted
    DNADoc
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    This is a long review, so here’s the summary for those who don’t want to read much – I would highly recommend this computer if you’re willing to do a little bit of work to ensure the best experience. It’s a great deal for the price and makes a fantastic travel computer or second computer. I actually own two of these. Both are the versions with the Celeron N4000 and 4GB ram, but one has 32GB eMMC memory, and the other has 64GB eMMC memory (I don’t believe that configuration is sold at Best Buy). I have the 32GB one running Linux Mint 19.1 without any issues. It’s mostly an unmodified install, though I’ve add a couple of things like Pithos, Bleachbit, Steam and a few games. All hardware was recognized by the OS and everything is running smoothly. But I realize many (most?) people reading this are not interested in changing the OS from Windows to Linux, so I will write mostly about the other one I have, which is running a fully up-to-date version of Windows 10 Pro Build 1809 (the computer comes in Windows S mode, so you’ll want to activate regular Windows 10, which is free to do). The first thing I do with any Windows computer is to do a fresh installation of Windows using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool to get rid of any bloatware. This tends to free up around 10 GB. Then, I perform any needed updates (to Windows, to Windows store apps, BIOS, etc.) and then uninstall those things that come with Windows itself for which I have no interest (Candy Crush, Office Apps, etc.). I also use Revo Uninstaller and CCleaner to keep the “drive” and registry tidy and to prevent unwanted things running at startup. I’m also using Windows 10 built-in antivirus software. Finally, I put a 200GB micro SD card in there to load up on programs/games. (The micro-SD card slot is spring loaded, and cards fit entirely within the laptop itself. This is extremely useful.) My thoughts so far are below. Positives: *Bang for the buck* - I managed to pick up each of these laptops for $110.00 on sale (the 64 GB one was an open box in like-new shape going for more, but I was able to talk the price down to the $109.99 sale price of the 32 GB, 2GB RAM version) and for the price, I think they are fantastic. They perform well enough to stream music in the background while I’m, say, browsing the web with a few tabs open. They can stream HD video without a problem also and can even be used for gaming (yes, it CAN run Crysis - more to say about gaming later). Thanks to the eMMC memory “drive”, boot up is very quick on my Windows machine (<10 seconds). *Display* - the screen is “only” 1366 x 768 HD resolution, but that is exactly right in my opinion for an 11.6” computer. Anything more would just decrease battery life for no real gain on such a small screen. The display itself is matte (which I prefer), very bright and I have no complaints. Also, the lid folds flat (180 degrees) which can occasionally be very useful when sharing your screen with others. *Battery Life* - excellent. I always go into Windows’ settings to tweak my laptops for maximum performance on battery power and despite this, battery life is excellent. Windows estimates over 10 hrs on a full charge, and while I haven’t pushed it that far before plugging in, I can easily get through an entire day of use. Not having to bring a charger along is really quite nice. *Weight* - this laptop barely weighs two pounds. Incredibly light. *Wi-Fi* - dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi is fine. No issues at all. (There are computers for sale now at 3-4X the price of this one that still don’t have dual-band.) *Ports* - surprisingly good for the price – USB-C, 2 USB 3.1, full-size HDMI, and micro SD. (spring-loaded, and micro SD card fits entirely within the laptop. This is incredibly useful). *Audio* - sound is very good on this laptop as long as you’re not expecting much bass. Max volume is surprisingly loud, and acoustic music sounds great. Acoustic steel-strung guitars sound particularly good, with nice detail and clarity. For the type of music I tend to listen to, this is good enough that I no longer travel with a Bluetooth speaker – I have a 200GB micro SD card onto which I load all of my programs and quite a bit of music, so I just play tunes off this laptop instead. There is one downside that made me briefly consider placing audio in the “neutral” category and that is speaker placement. This is one of the many laptops that has the speakers fire down instead of up. This is not the greatest choice for sound quality. Lifting the front of the laptop up shows just how much more detail you can get our of the speakers when they are not being muffled by the surface upon which they’re sitting. Still, overall the positives definitely outweigh this negative and I consider the audio a positive item. *Keyboard* - chicklet style keyboard with decent travel depth and no issues. Neutral: Build quality – there’s nothing actually wrong with the build quality, and it feels quite sturdy; it’s just plastic rather than metal. That’s not surprising given the price, but I’d always prefer metal builds. The lid is also a fingerprint magnet. Negatives: None. This is a fantastic laptop for the money, and has exceeded my initial expectations. A word about gaming: yes you can! So many times I read reviews of laptops where someone then asks “can it run game X?”, only to be told that “no, it’s not a gaming laptop.” While it’s definitely true that you're not going to run the latest AAA titles on something like an N4000 that lacks a discrete video card, I think people would be surprised at just how much you can do without one. As I like to say, any laptop is a gaming laptop if you choose the right games. :) There are many many great titles from that past that are more than capable of being on perfectly on this hardware, including things like first-person shooters running at over 60 fps. I am personally running the following games without incident: Unreal Gold Unreal Tournament 1999 Unreal Tournament 2004 Half-Life Half-Life 2 Far Cry Silent Hunter III Counter-strike Source Counter-strike Condition Zero Painkiller-Black Painkiller – Overdose Pinball Arcade Clive Barker’s Undying F.E.A.R. No One Lives Forever No One Lives Forever 2 Freespace 2 Medieval II: Total War Civilization IV Age of Wonders Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Crysis (this one is on low settings and in Win 8 compatibility mode, but it plays just fine and quite frankly, it amazes me that I can run this at all.) Nox Android Emulator (to enable me to run some classic games I love, including Chess, Backgammon, Go, Gin Rummy and others.) Other software I am running on this computer without any problems includes: LibraOffice 6.1 (a free alternative to Microsoft’s Office Suite) Pandora Spotify Amazon Music TablEdit (a great program for creating sheet music or tablature) Firefox Chrome Overdrive Cloud Library Amazon Kindle Final thoughts: I love this thing, and it’s become my favorite travel laptop. The combination of performance, light weight, good audio, bright screen, and excellent battery life makes this an easy choice for traveling, or as a second computer. I would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This laptop is a crazy good game-changer

    Posted
    nctritech
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    I own a PC repair shop as well as a video production business. I use very powerful computers for most of my work, but I see many advantages in keeping a cheap tiny laptop around to take with me anywhere I go. I upgraded to this from a one-year-old Dell Inspiron 11 with a Celeron N3050, a similar machine with a much bolder color and nearly identical specs. A lot has changed in one year! This laptop has a Celeron N4000 which is a true game-changer in the world of cheap laptops: its single-thread speed is more than double that of the Celeron N3050 from the Dell and its total speed is nearly double, plus it's faster at single-thread processing than the Core i3-3217U in my beloved Asus Vivobook X202E. The built-in GPU should not be underestimated; it won't play the most greedy games of today, but it's got a lot of 3D processing power behind it. This laptop can run Adobe Premiere and can be used to edit 4K 100Mbps 8-bit footage at a 1/8 resolution preview, so a Premiere proxy editing workflow is very doable. It has more USB ports than the Dell Inspiron 11, all 3.0/3.1, with one as the new Type-C connector. Having Wireless-AC in this package is simply amazing. The design is classic Asus: the touchpad is great, the keyboard is a flat Mac-style one that takes a second to get used to but is wonderful and quick once you adjust to it, and the thing just plain looks good. You can drive a 4K TV and the GPU can hardware-decode H.265 HEVC 4K video too! It's obviously no Ryzen 5 or Core i5/i7, but this little budget beast should not be underestimated. Two last tips: buy a 128GB V30-rated microSD card for extra storage since it only has 32GB and if you're handy in an admin command prompt, run "compact /compactos:always" to compress the OS and cd into Program Files and Program Files (x86) and ProgramData and run "compact /c /s /i /f /exe:lzx *" to compress all your program files; this takes full advantage of the fast CPU to further accelerate the 30 MB/sec maximum you get out of he eMMC SSD and frees up a lot of the otherwise insufficient storage. This makes a much bigger difference than you'd think. You're welcome!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Asus E203M ROCKS!

    Posted
    Rambo1
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    This little laptop is an amazing companion for anyone on the go or students. We bought ours today and Ive been using it for 6 hours now and Im impressed with it. Let me start by saying the specs are good and anyone who has given this a negative review either got a lemon or just dosnt know PCs. First of all with only 32GB drive you need to add a micro SD card to the slot and use it as a D drive where you can save all your data, pics etc. We added a 128GB and space is not a worry anymore. Next you will go nuts trying to find out how to get this out of S mode. S mode is Microsoft's way of checking all apps installed and keeping your pc secure. But if you are not a security freak and just want to use it like a regular Windows 10 Home edition all you need to do is try to install Google Chrome browser and it wont let you, but there it will show you the link to the settings and give you the option to convert to Home and get out of S Mode . Granted once out it will NOT let you back into S Mode. Unlike some others I have read on reviews with other brands, this gem will NOT slow down once you go with Home version (Pro). Frankly a lot of people just like using Chrome so you may want to go that route as I did. No regrets here. Now I just must rave about the touch pad! what a great new idea! Its no wonder that Asus is rated best in this size category.Be sure to check out settings and go to the touch pad for all of its features. This also has a full size keyboard I am typing away with my large hands and no problem here either. This PC has great features and good performance for the price point you just cant beat it! Follow my advice and do not hesitate buying this sweet little laptop. Also has full size HDMI and USB-C the new USB connector like on most Samsung's new phones with the round edges on each side. The WIFI is the best and sensitive with good performance at distances 40 ft away. Get one while they last! Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Budget Laptop

    Posted
    wohen213
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    This value on this laptop is unbelievable. At the sale price of 139, there is nothing else that comes close. It's a full featured Windows 10 machine for less than the price of a Chromebook. It has the look and feel of a more expensive notebook. Does not feel like a cheap toy like the HP Stream 11.6" notebooks. Keyboard is small, but full featured with good tactile feedback. I generally hover around 100 WPM, and on 10 fast fingers testing I was getting approximately 90 WPM. I have an Alienware 17.3 as my primary laptop but it weighs a ton. I use this as my travel laptop, or if I need to type a quick document for work. I'm sitting on my couch right now using this laptop to type this review right now. Gaming wise, don't expect to play Battlefield or COD on here, but this thing is an absolutely perfect retro emulation machine. Everything up to and including Dreamcast runs at full speed. Also plays 1080p MKV/H.264 files flawlessly in Kodi/VLC. Also has HDMI and USB-C which is surprising for a budget laptop. I've only found two down sides. First is obviously the limited storage space. If you are going to exit out of Windows S mode, you should have at minimum, a 128GB MicroSD card for storage. Second is the screen is HD, but only 720p (1366x768) and the viewing angles are not what you'd get on an IPS screen, but for 139 bucks what do you expect. I bought one of these before an overseas trip 2 weeks ago so I wouldn't have to carry my behemoth Alienware in my suitcase. I was so impressed by how convenient this thing is I just decided to purchase a second one to keep on the living room coffee table just in case I need to access the web or do any quick computing. Unbelievable value in this budget notebook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very inexpensive for what it is

    Posted
    ComputerBoy
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    I needed a small laptop. A full size (17 inch) or even a 15 inch laptop is too big for what I was looking for. I do miss the internal DVD drive but in this case, I don't need it. USD159, it is extremely reasonable and works well enough to watch Netflix, or YouTube video. It's very light. The battery lasts a long time (hours and hours). There are no moving parts (the 'hard drive' is a solid state hard drive.) One thing I wish it had was the internal "hard drive" of 64 gigabytes. Right now it only has 32 and it means there will not be too many programs that can be installed unless you install them onto a memory card which can easily be purchased separately. When you install a program, you will have to manually tell it to store on a memory card instead. (Instead of drive C, you'd choose drive D, for example.) It is a dual core Intel Celeron CPU. This is not a computer to be playing any kind of games. It actually is suitable to use as a lightweight word processing, or surfing the Internet. However for myself, I needed to install a voice dictation program and I was afraid that it would fill up the hard drive (and it did not amazingly) – I use Dragon Medical (the medical version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking). You know, I talk, and it types for me. I connect the computer to an external handheld microphone and I talk into it. A faster computer would certainly result in faster performance—and in this case, there are a few seconds of delay, but eventually, it catches up. If I dictate a long paragraph (and I speak quickly), I would give it a few seconds at the end of the long paragraph, and it fills the screen with the text I just dictated. The accuracy rate is the same, it is not as fast as my desktop and I did not expect it to be. So for what it is, something that costs so little like this is extremely reasonable. A busy student may find it not as powerful for anything beyond basic word processing (and to be honest, Dragon Medical costs a fortune, let alone the consumer version of Dragon), so if you need to compose by hand, using the keyboards, it works well enough, too. You probably want to create a cloud account or use a thumb drive or memory card to save your data though. Don't set your expectations too high. Remember the price you are paying for and be happy for what it could do for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It surprised me

    Posted
    FyberOptic
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    I bought this strictly for working remotely. I didn't need a powerhouse, I just wanted something lightweight, small, but still big enough for a reasonable keyboard, with a decent screen, and a price to match these low demands. I actually think I ended up getting a far better deal with this machine than I ever expected. You don't get a lot in the box. It's one of the most barebones computers I've ever bought. It's basically a laptop, an AC adapter, and maybe a piece of paper. But I imagine that this is how they manage to be more cost-effective. The computer itself is light. The form factor is nice. The keyboard is reasonably good for typing on. It's dead silent, because there are no fans or hard drives. The battery lasts an amazingly long time; I can get a good eight hours or more out of it when working. There's a good amount of USB ports, and the HDMI port is handy for using a second or external screen. The screen is... okay. It's what you get from a cheap notebook. It's better than some of the ones out there, though. The viewing angle is certainly not great, but it's plenty good enough to work from, watch YouTube, even play a few games on, as long as you're sitting in the sweet spot. It's definitely crisp, and the color is good. Sound is surprisingly decent for its size, as well. You could definitely get by with just using the built-in speakers if you really wanted to. The only possible downside to this machine for me is the storage. 32GB is not a lot. You can, however, use the built-in SD card slot and add in much more storage. If you use certain tricks to mount the SD card to a folder on your C drive, you can trick most applications into installing there to conserve the built-in storage. I only wish there were a way to ensure that the SD card never pops out if I were to bump or drop the machine! I guess the key is to not do that. ;) Overall, I have to admit, I was impressed. I've been very happy with this computer. If it survives for a few years, then I feel I've gotten my money's worth. It does what I need and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for what its designed for

    Posted
    Dshan
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    This laptop is excellent for what it's designed for. It's meant to be portable light and snappy and it is. If you buy this computer and expect to do gaming on it you will be disappointed. For everything else it's more than adequate. I love that it comes with two 3.1 USB slots. An HDMI out, a USB type c and a headphone jack. It's a dual core Celeron processor that has a base frequency of only 1 gigahertz but it's turbo is 2.5 gigahertz. While monitoring various tasks I've noticed that it can maintain 2 and 1/2 gigahertz for some time. For a small laptop that's impressive. It was interesting because the Best Buy clerk tried to talk me out of this and into a different laptop. Frequent complaints are there's not enough storage and not enough RAM. I disagree. Windows occupies about half of the built-in 32GB memory. Even after I've installed my antivirus and a few applications that I use I still have not gone over 20 GB and have about 18 gigs free. I put in a 64GB SDXC card and use that for applications and documents. As for the ram, the 4 gigabytes installed is perfectly adequate for Windows functioning. During normal tasks, I am usually somewhere between 2.5 and 3.2 gigabytes used. This computer is perfect for portability and then when you get home you can plug your HDMI cord to a much larger monitor and use an external Mouse and use it like a regular home PC. For what it is designed for I would say this is a great choice especially for $150. If you were to purchase Windows home that alone is $100 so far $50 more you're getting a computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable and Capable, a VERY GOOD PURCHASE

    Posted
    TechieNelly
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    This is such a powerful, portable, and capable laptop. I first purchased the 2GB variant during Black Friday and was already surprised by how capable the laptop was. I later upgraded to the 4GB variant during the Christmas Sale. An additional 2GB of RAM makes a big difference, I am able to open more tabs and applications without any noticeable lag. The main purpose of this purchase was to have a budget laptop that I could travel and commute with without having to bring my expensive Macbook pro with me. If accidents were to happen to this laptop at least it isn't too damaging on the wallet. I primarily use this laptop for email, word processing, internet browsing, and video streaming. It's been a month and I haven't experienced any issues. Storage is also a nonissue because I save my work on the cloud and external storage for easy access from any computer. I also use this laptop as an access point for my work's VPN so I could always be working on the road. With such portability, sometimes I forget that I even have this laptop in my backpack, but I'm always glad that I have a full PC with me at all times. I love that it has all of the updated I/O ports including USB-C, HDMI, and USB 3.0 ports. The trackpad is spacious for the laptop's size, there is a bit of flex and travel when you tap on the trackpad, but it doesn't bother me. The keyboard is very comfortable to type on, I have MS Office 2019 installed and love bringing it to coffee shops to do light writing. I cannot wait to travel across Japan with this little guy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent bargain priced notebook

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    Ultraspectral
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    I bought this notebook computer primarily to use for giving PowerPoint presentations using a projector and for taking notes at meetings. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase. The computer is lightweight, has a decent keyboard, and is able to run Microsoft Office with no trouble. One thing I was not expecting is how well Windows 10 now integrates with your cell phone. Upon installation I was prompted to install Microsoft Launcher on my Android phone. I was initially hesitant to do this, but Microsoft Launcher is actually pretty good and has some clever features, and it greatly improves the integration between the phone and the Windows desktop computers I use (one at work, two at home, plus the new notebook). On the less good side, when I first got the notebook I repeatedly got blue screens of death, and the computer kept restarting. I originally figured that the notebook was defective, but after about the fifth time the problem went away, so I strongly suspect that a buggy device driver was updated. Device driver issues like this really shouldn't happen with a brand new computer, but hopefully Asus and Microsoft will work this out. The other slightly annoying thing was that I was unable to activate the version of Microsoft Office installed on the computer using the account created by my employer (my employer has an arrangement with Microsoft that allows employees to install Office on personal computers). Instead I had to take the operating system out of 'S Mode' (very easy - just do a search in Microsoft Store), uninstall the copy of Office that came with the computer, and reinstall the version available through Office.com. While I realize that this is nothing Asus has any control over, it was a big time waster and is something that Microsoft should really address. At the very least they should allow you to download and install the correct version of Office without taking the computer out of S mode.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Low Power Windows 10 Laptop

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    EVinPGH
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    I picked this up for $150 and though this is running Windows 10 Home in S mode (easily switched) out of the box, after doing that, I found this little notebook is pefect for the price. Web, Email, streaming video and music were all fine. Storage is the only 'issue' with 32 GB. That was easily solved by putting in a 64GB microMMC card and moving all the user data to it, leaving the C drive for OS ONLY. Reason being is that the 32 GB drives (does not matter what vendor) will not be enough space to do the Windows 10 major updates. That said, I have tested everything on this little network and have no complaints but 1....they should have spent a little more and made it USB-C charge capable..but even that being said, you do get two USB 3.0 A connections and a single USB-C 3.1 DATA only connection so no complaints there either. HDMI works perfectly and wireless has had no issues with any of the 802.1.x standards....all in all, if you are looking for a very small, portable and basic laptop, this might be a good fit. My best suggestions are to add a Micro MMC for additional storage and you can search the web on how to move your 'user data' to it as the default and definitely switch from S mode (again, a simple web search on how to do this) to allow you to install any software you want, not just apps from the MS Store.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid laptop, great price

    Posted
    Steve
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    The dual-core Celeron comes in at a nice 6W TDP, giving this laptop sufficient speed and long battery life. It's nice and light if you're on the go. 4GB RAM is a plus, and the microSD slot gives you additional storage above the 32GB eMMC (which is kinda slow, btw). I ditched Windows 10 on this machine and installed Linuxmint 19.1 Cinnamon. It's a match made in heaven! I use a 400GB microSD card for additional storage. Both Chrome and Firefox run well, each with Ublock Origin add-ons running. Thunderbird is running just fine too. I haven't seen any problems with video streaming. Libreoffice also runs well inside the 4GB of RAM. The 4 virtual workspaces make up for the limited 720p screen real estate. The main drawback is the low-end TN display, -1 star. When you're viewing from off-angle, even by just 10-15 degrees, the image quality is poor. I.e., it's intended for one viewer sitting directly in front of it. Yes, it's a low end machine, but a slightly better TN display would be nice. IPS would be perfect. Otherwise, it has a matte display which I LIKE for extended use. Summary: is this a gaming rig? No. Is it a capable web/email laptop that can also handle light application work? Sure. If you're OK with the screen, it's hard to beat the price. It's also easy to install Linux alongside of or fully replacing Windows 10 (need to boot win10, then setup bios to boot unsigned images from USB).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mostly great read to help decide.....

    Posted
    Clarity19
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    So let’s remeber this is not expensive so you can’t have unrealistic excectations here. It’s fast CONSIDERING the price and what it’s designed for daily small tasks easy. Mine was a bit slow during initial setup with updates and reboots be patient once that’s all done it’s awesome honestly what stands out the most is the speakers I’m actually blown away if they were front facing they would be the best I’ve ever heard on laptops and I had beats with hp before. The screen in the only real drawback I don’t see people talking about it in reviews it’s pretty trash viewing angles are worst maybe ever seen and it’s dull and yellow hue the white are alarmost orange and the brightness is just mehhhh butttt remeber this thing is so inexpensive you have to flex somewhere for me this is a huge win because it’s fast enough easy light slim the sound is phenomenal and it hasn’t plenty of connections and ports plus the ability easily stitch to full windows 10 really helps overall asus killed it here I love mine and most will to if you don’t expect lightening speed and can del with a bad screen it’s worth the money hope this helps some people decide :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop For What It Is Meant To Do

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    Brandonace14
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    As the title says this laptop is great when used in the right (intended) way. I needed a laptop for work to do basic Microsoft excel and use google chrome. I really needed something small (portable) with good battery life. Something I could pull out of my Milwaukee tool backpack, make an excel file and send it off. This machine checks all of those boxes. I’ve yet to have any slowdowns in excel or in chrome, even when working on a server. The battery life is great too, I used it speraticly over a 10+ hour day and still had battery left over. The size is perfect as well, I am able to have tools in one hand and easily move the laptop with other hand. It doesn’t get in the way while on the test bench and isn’t even inconvenient to hold when I can’t put it down somewhere because it’s so light. At the price this laptop is not really meant to be your only machine. If you need to do any kind of gaming, editing or design this one is not for you. This is really for people who need something on par with a tablet but also need windows. That is exactly what I needed. We honestly liked it at the office so much that we ordered a second one the day mine came in. You can’t beat this deal for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Light Weight, Small, Functional and Excellent

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    MMvv
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    I've been wanting a laptop in the size and weight range of a MacBook Air 11" for a while now and was able to pick this up for $130 recently. I've been very pleased with it having replaced the Windows 10S operating system with Ubuntu Mate. A few things to be aware of if you're considering it. The screen is TN so it's not as bright as an IPS or with as good of angles, storage is 32Gb eMMC (slower than SATA3) and the microSD reader seems to be on a USB 2.0 controller so you'll be looking at 40 MB/s speeds rather than the 80 to 90 that most cards are capable of. The first 2 I knew about going in to the purchase so they weren't a big deal, the last I had to find out through testing. The microSD slot is a push push spring loaded mechanism and the card fits flush with the body so you can leave it in without concerns for it snagging on anything. A plus. Everything else works as expected. It's great for day to day activities but of course not suitable for heavy duty work. With Linux the overall experience is quick and snappy. The physical weight specs in at about 2 pounds and makes it a joy to pick up and use. The keyboard is actually quite good and doesn't feel cheap or cramped. Overall, a winner for me at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little laptop

    Posted
    MommyDearest619
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    I wasn’t expecting a lot considering the price and specs, but was pleasantly surprised at the fact that pages loaded quickly. I’m not a gamer, but you can’t expect that out of this type of laptop. Took quite awhile to upload all the start up windows features, but then, that’s a windows issue, My go to machine has been my iPad Pro for the past year, but when I came across an issue with cox that I couldn’t get into tools, I needed something with windows, so I picked this up.. SO glad I did! Between this and my iPad Pro I can do everything I need to do. I had to eliminate the S factor that keeps you from downloading programs that aren’t from their site.. I wanted McAfee anti virus from Cox and it wouldn’t let me until I took out the S factor, but that wasn’t hard and I’m not a geek! I did have problems with my cox email and ended up at the Geek Squad desk, but he had it up and running in about 2 minutes. For the price, this can’t be beat... I did buy an open box and other than the plastic wrapping, it was complete with no damage or problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Lasted one day

    Posted
    Hammer23
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    I purchased this laptop for my daughter who is in 5th grade. I loved the size and the weight of the unit. I wanted my daughter to get experience with Windows and this seemed like a good choice that would not break the bank. We got the unit home, plugged it in, and set it up without issue. The unit comes with Windows 10 in S mode. The performance for the price was decent. Asus does put a ton of bloatware on the machine. The next morning, my daughter tried to turn on the computer and nothing. Dead. We tried plugging it back in and still noting, We plugged it back in and still nothing. We packed the unit up and went back to the store, where the Geek Squad associate confirmed that it was dead. This is the second Asus unit I have had issues with. I would recommend looking at a different brand / unit. Thank you to Best Buy as usual for the wonderful service.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Starter Laptop

    Posted
    DeniceP
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is a great started laptop. It doesn't have much memory or hard drive space but it does what I need it to do like surf the net, get on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and read PDF's for crochet patterns. The ONLY reason I gave this computer 4 stars is that on the 2nd day I had it, the up arrow key flew off when I was at a hotel and I was never able to find it. So I'm without an up arrow key. I bought the extended warranty so I will eventually get it replaced, just don't feel like dealing with the hassle when that's the only thing wrong with it. Also, wanted to mention that I bought 3 of these. I bought 2 at first when they were on sale for $159.99. When I went back to buy another one 3 days later, the price was up to $199.99 and they would not honor the first price. I waited around 3 weeks and saw the price drop and purchased the 3rd one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great for kids

    Posted
    LNM159
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Do not buy the laptop if you’re going to download anything... useful for light internet browsing or maybe YouTube watching. I opened the laptop and set it up, everything was fine. I went to download google chrome and as soon as I downloaded the application and ran it- the computer went to a black screen. I could move the mouse around and still see it, and I could open task manager still but it was just black. I waited maybe half an hour and nothing changed so I restarted it. When I rebooted the laptop it said something was wrong with the drivers or something and it needed repair so I let it run. When it was done it brought up the Windows 10 lock screen but as soon as I put in my password black screen again. This went on for about half an hour then the screen loaded and the computer worked. Every time I would turn it off then on again, I’d have to wait half an hour for the screen to load after logging in. Computer ran fine after the screen loaded, but I wasn’t about to waste almost $200 so I returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Asus_Answers

      Dear LNM159,

      Absolutely, the laptop is great for kids and adults as well who are looking for an entry-level laptop that runs basic and light computing applications. I do understand the inconvenience if the laptop black screen or will not bootup after trying to install Google Chrome. Since the laptop comes with WINDOWS 10 S, only applications available at the Microsoft Store can installed. Should you need further assistance with the product, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and I would be more than happy to help.

      Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

      Regards,

      Rodel
      ASUS Customer Loyalty Asus

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible OS, poor performance, bad trackpad, BAD!

    Posted
    RichardCheese
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The thing is awful. One morning's use is enough for me. I'll be boxing this thing back up and returning this afternoon. Yes, I know it was $140, and I wasn't expecting anything great, but the speed is just terrible, everything is delayed, any loads, updates, or anything else takes forever. The Windows 10 OS is predictably terrible, but somehow manages to be even worse than you expect - nothing is intuitive, and despite generations of use, remains poorly designed. Doing anything takes more clicks, sub-menus, and obscure folders than is necessary. Mousing is terrible, constantly right clicking when you simply click the trackpad. AND the worst part, the computer is locked into safe mode! You can't install Chrome on the Chromebook!?! The currently store software will not allow you to switch this machine out of "S" - so you can only install Microsoft software, leaving you only the terrible "Edge" browser. I guess if you already suffer the indignity of using Windows 10, are in a hurry to do anything, and are okay with Microsoft's awful software , it might be okay, but for the rest of us, this machine is a $140 way to buy a bunch of frustration.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Asus_Answers

      Dear RichardCheese,

      I do understand your disappointment and the inconvenience if you are experiencing slow system speed or performance and issue with the touchpad. Certainly, the unit was designed as an entry-level computer that runs basic and light computing applications like web-surfing, emailing and word-processing without compromising system stability and performance. This issue is temporary during the initial WINDOWS setup and before installing cumulative WINDOWS Update, regardless what brand name of computer this may be. This may take a longer time depending on the network traffic from the update server and the stability of your high-speed internet service. Once initial setup and WINDOWS Update installation completed, system speed or performance will be optimized. In order to maintain optimum system stability and performance, cumulative WINDOWS Update needs to be installed periodically. If you are accessing web applications, please make sure the unit has access to an established router and internet service is working properly since this will definitely affect system speed and performance, and the responsiveness of the touchpad. It is a smart device, please allow some time to get use to the multi-touch function of the pad. Also, clearing internet cache or browsing history will improve system performance. If you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and I would be happy to help.

      Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

      Regards,

      Rodel
      ASUS Customer Loyalty Asus

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good value, fills the need

    Posted
    Guitcrazee
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Purchased this basically to hold music for my band rehearsals and band related info/business which is it more than capable of doing. But I didn't research as well as I should have. I missed that it is only Wifi which I don't have at my house so can't do any downloading or updating. Not a big deal since I just DL to a thumb drive on my regular computer and work from that. But still need to do upgrades so will get a router eventually. Other than that it works great. Painful to think back to my first computer in 1996 cost over $2500 and had only a 5 GB hard drive @ 200 MHz. In today's money that is over $4000. This one cost $149 and my 128 GB thumb drive only cost $20. I'd give it 5 stars because it exceeds it's price and category point but such a bare bones model can't really qualify for a 5 star rating regardless. But if you just need a basic laptop you can't go wrong here. And it could conceivably fit into the pocket of a big coat.

    I would recommend this to a friend