THE RIGHT TOUCH

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

In all prob­a­bil­ity the Asus Vivo­book F202E will be among the first Win­dows 8 touch note­books to fly off the shelves in In­dia. The cheaper price tag does not mean Asus has really cut cor­ners. In fact, the only thing that is small here is the 11.6-inch screen which is sud­denly back in fash­ion thanks to the new Win­dows 8 de­vices.

The screen is good and very re­spon­sive, though you can see the mem­brane on it at cer­tain an­gles. The view­ing an­gles on this 1366x768p HD LED Back­lit Dis­play are good too. Pow­ered by Son­icMaster tech­nol­ogy the sound is really top notch and you will sel­dom have to push the vol­ume to max. The key­pad is good, though be­ing an 11-incher it has smaller ar­row keys. The track­pad is full-size and does pinch, zoom, swipe and other Win­dows 8 ges­tures, com­ple­ment­ing the touch­screen won­der­fully well.

This lit­tle note­book is pow­ered by an In­tel Chief River Core i3 3217 pro­ces­sor (1.8Ghz) which is what you will need for brows­ing and other reg­u­lar tasks. But we no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant lag when we pushed the de­vice to open high res­o­lu­tion pic­tures. Then this de­vice is not meant for heavy duty stuff and will be found more in the hands of col­lege stu­dents than video edi­tors or graphic de­sign­ers. For the former, that fact that this is a de­vice that springs to a start in un­der 10 sec­onds and stays cool most of the time should be more im­por­tant. The two-cell poly­mer bat­tery is good and lasts five hours on a sin­gle charge, even with­out go­ing into the low-bright­ness power sav­ing mode.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Best of the af­ford­able touch lap­tops, but you must like a small screen

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