ASUS K200MA-DS01T 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop Review

ASUS K200MA-DS01T 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Black)

The ASUS K200MA-DS01T 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop is an entry level machine designed to cope with everyday computing tasks without breaking the bank. Email, office applications, surfing the web, playing HD video and even casual games should be well within its capabilities, although it will probably struggle with more demanding games.

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At the machine’s heart lies an Intel Celeron N2815 processor. This is an energy-efficient, dual-core System on a Chip (SoC) designed to provide a good balance between power consumption and computing performance in entry-level laptops. The processor cored (based on Intel’s Silvermont architecture) support Turbo Boost technology, which allows them to automatically adjust their own speed as needed, from their 1.86 GHz base speed up to a maximum of 2.13 GHz.

With 4GB of DDR3 memory installed, this machine should have no difficulty in running the supplied copy of Windows 8.1. Naturally, more memory is almost always better, but the 4GB provided with the K200MA-DS01T represents a sensible compromise between features and price for a machine in this category.

Pros :

  • Excellent entry-level laptop
  • Intel Celeron N 2815 Dual Core processor 1.86GHz (Turbo up to 2.13 GHz)
  • 4 GB DDR3 memory
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 5-hour battery life
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming
  • No optical drive

Similar comments apply to the machine’s 500GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Many more powerful (and, therefore, more expensive) laptops are fitted with much larger HDDs, but, in truth, for the kinds of routine computing tasks that this machine is designed to carry out, 500GB should be more than sufficient in most cases. And, if more storage capacity becomes necessary, it is an easy matter to attach an external HDD to one of the machine’s USB ports.

Staying with disk drives for a moment, this machine doesn’t feature a built-in CD / DVD-RW optical drive. While that is unlikely to be a problem for most people, and its omission is reasonable in view of the machine’s size and cost, it is worth bearing in mind that, if you really need an optical drive, you will need to buy and external USB DVD-RW.

The 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel touch screen is driven by integrated HD Graphics. This should be easily capable of handling day-to-day computing tasks, including video chat, HD video and casual gaming, but, despite being DirectX 11 compatible, it will probably struggle with the demands of sophisticated modern games. That said, this isn’t a gaming laptop – it’s an entry-level, general purpose machine, and should be easily capable of carrying out the tasks it was designed for.

There will almost certainly be times when you want, or need, to attach an external display to this machine – an 11.6-inch screen makes for great portability, but is not necessarily ideal for watching a movie with friends. Fortunately, this machine provides an HDMI port for connecting to modern HDTVs and monitors, as well as a legacy VGA port for connecting to older TVs, monitors, projectors etc.

Other connectivity options include two standard USB 2.0 ports, one high-speed USB 3.0 port, an integrated card reader and built-in microphone. Networking is provided by built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi wireless networking, but there is no Ethernet port for conventional wired networking – it’s wireless or nothing!

The machine measures 11.9 inches x 7.9 inches x 1.2 inches and weighs just 3 pounds, making it easy to take around with you. And, with a reported battery life of up to 5 hours, you can be sure of getting plenty of use out of the machine, no matter where you take it.

Overall, ASUS K200MA-DS01T 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop is a great choice if you’re looking for a small, lightweight, easily portable entry-level machine. It isn’t a gaming machine, and will probably struggle with today’s more demanding games, but should cope well with the tasks it’s designed for. Whether as a first computer for a senior relative, to help the kids with their homework or just as a machine that’s easy to take around with you, this small, inexpensive laptop is well worth a look.

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