It’s the age of the ultraportables. You’d see 2-in-1s everywhere in every direction. And to our glee, there are plenty of hybrid laptops out there in the market in every shape and size according to one’s taste. Today we’re gonna check out something similar, Asus VivoBook TP200SA-DH01T-BL. Let’s check out then.
- CPU – Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics
- Memory – 4 GB DDR3
- Screen – 11.6-inch HD IPS (1366 x 768) with 10-point touchscreen
- Storage – 32 GB eMMC Flash
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It’s a decently powerful ultrabook. A meagre Celeron processor, 4 gigs of low power consuming DDR3 RAM that’s soldered on the circuit and 32 GB of eMMC storage- not a lot by any means but is just enough if you ask me for regular usages such as internet surfing and media consumption. But if you’re gonna use it for demanding tasks like gaming (as much as it supports anyway) you’re gonna be hopelessly cramped due to the lacklustre processing power of this machine (both the Celeron processor and the meagre RAM partly responsible for that). More about that later.
- Display – It comes with a seriously good display for the price range. The first thing you’d notice is that, at 240 nits, the panel isn’t dim by any means. The panel offered by both the HP Pavilion x360 11 and Lenovo Flex 3 11 were dimmer than this whereas Inspiron was brighter at 300 nits. For a cheap 2-in-1, this is an excellent showing making it possible to work in a well-lit environment (although the reflective screen can cause some issues if you plan on taking it outdoors). The sRGB colour coverage and the contrast ratio are excellent again at 70% and 780:1 making it highly vibrant. In short, you would hardly ever find a better display than this at this price point making it perfect for everyday needs.
- Battery – When they said it comes with a loooong battery backup they really meant it. The 38 Wh battery that it comes with is really one of a kind. From a full charge, it was able to keep it alive for even more than a good long 10 hours when using it for light web surfing in medium brightness. Now isn’t that amazing? Not only was it able to outperform all of its competitors with ease (all of them have nearly 6 hours of backup) it also surpassed the category average of 8 hours of standard usage with a bit of daylight in between.
- Lack of power – The laptop lacks some serious amount of power. The inbuilt Celeron processor, as stated earlier, is not really powerful enough to handle some demanding chore. On the other hand, the eMMC storage option is pretty average with read transfer rate at nearly 160 MBps and the write speed at nearly 70 MBps. At many of the synthetic tests, this machine lagged far behind the relatively superior competitor like Lenovo Yoga 3 11 (although it surpassed almost similarly configured HP Pavilion 11 and Acer Aspire R11 R3). And there was a significant amount of lag and stutter while running slightly needy software such as Photoshop only proving the results of the earlier tests true.
- Input – Upon opening up the lid you’d notice the chicklet style keyboard. While typing on it wasn’t that bad of an experience the keys were a bit small. The keys felt a bit squishy rather than springy. I would have liked a bit more springy feedback. And the keys are not backlit. Most of the laptops at this price point don’t come with it anyway. For the trackpad, I would say it’s pretty spacious. And it registered nearly all the clicks and taps correctly; although there was a bit of stutter at times as you’d see in many of the windows trackpads.
It’s really a nice package. You get a great display, excellent battery backup and mediocre performance. What can you expect more from an ultraportable 2-in-1? So if you want to run your photo editing software and some other heavyweight stuff then I would advise you to go for some other laptop that packs some more power in it. But if you are going to use it just for web browsing and some casual gaming it’s a great deal that way. Recommended.