Budget laptops are not necessarily low quality. Some companies are eager to create quality laptops and sell them at affordable prices. For those looking for a reliable tablet that doesn’t cost a fortune, the ASUS VivoBook W202NA will fit the criteria. It is very durable considering the price point. How much is it? It only costs $279, much cheaper than a premium laptop that can cost over a thousand. There are some interesting features that this mini laptop has to offer. The display is only 11.6 inches. It is far from wide, but at the same time, this series is very portable. You can carry it around without a problem. As far as performance is concerned, it is decent. It is impossible to ask for much knowing the price, so let’s be realistic.
The first impression we got from this device is compact and light. At 2.6 pounds, it has a dimension of 11.6 x 7.9 x 0.89 inches. Some people are into compact notebooks. If you’re one of them, then don’t miss it. The exterior is quite nifty. You can spot navy-blue plastic all over the body. It also comes with rubber accent on the edges. Slim is the best word to describe this laptop. Even with that size, it manages to look expensive especially with that silver Asus logo at the center. Meanwhile, chrome is the main material for the deck. It is really stunning just like the diamond pattern that adorns its body. Overall, the build quality is solid. So if you think a cheap laptop can’t deliver quality, the ASUS VivoBook W202NA is here to prove you wrong. The keyboard, albeit small, still provides a good typing experience. You will find that the key travel is generous. The trackpad lags a bit behind because it feels overly responsive to light pressure.
Is the display impressive? There are pros and cons. The first advantage is the 11.6-inch screen helps shrink down the size of the laptop. We’re not sure if you consider this good or bad. Some people are into large displays, so this can be a deal breaker. The display comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768. Another selling point is great outdoor visibility. The ASUS VivoBook W202NA boasts an anti-glare coating, which is believed to improve outdoor visibility. In the meantime, color reproduction doesn’t look particularly vibrant, but it is expected from an entry-level device. Videos are still watchable, though. You just need to get used to the quality. Covering only 57.7 percent of the color gamut, it is clear that the display leaves much to be desired. (Also read: Lenovo Miix 720, a Powerful Tablet with Flexible Kickstand)
There are a few models to choose from and each one offers different specs. As for the operating system, buyers can also choose between Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home, and Windows 10 Pro. The processor is dual-core Celeron N3350 SoC. It is paired with 4GB of RAM, fairly spacious if you ask. With that amount of RAM, multitasking can be handled very well. The device is aimed at students, so these specs are more than enough. Another processor introduced to the series is quad-core Pentium N4200. This model comes with a bigger RAM, 8GB. The rest of the features are comparable to other entry-level laptops. For example, the laptop has basic connectivity such as two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, etc.
ASUS VivoBook W202NA specs:
- 11.6 x 7.9 x 0.89 inches (Size)
- 11.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixels) display
- Dual-core Celeron N3350 SoC
- 4GB of RAM
- USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, etc
- Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home, or Windows 10 Pro