The ASUS X200CA-HCL1104G 11.6-inch touch-enabled Windows 8 laptop is on sale for only $269.99 during the Cyber Monday Week at Best Buy, down from normal $449.99. It’s one of the most affordable touch-enabled laptops this holiday season.
Coming in an ultraportable form factor with a light weight of just 3 pounds and 1.2″ thickness, the X200CA-HCL1104G delivers a 11.6″ 1,366×768 multitouch panel displaying Windows 8, the power-efficient but entry-performance Intel Celeron 1007U dual-core 1.5GHz CPU from the last year’s Intel “Ivy Bridge” Intel platform, standard-sized 4GB of RAM memory, and a smallish 320GB hard drive. The Celeron 1007U will be OK only for lightweight daily web and office tasks plus multimedia playback, with not too much multitasking involved. It’s far better than the AMD E-series chips commonly found in sub-$300 laptops, but it still greatly lags behind the Intel Pentium line.
The system lacks an optical disk drive, but in other aspects the X200CA-HCL1104G is a kind of a fully equipped notebook with an HD 1280×720-pixel camera, stereo speakers, HDMI and VGA video connectors, three USB ports, Wi-Fi wireless, and Gigabit Ethernet LAN.
We have no info on battery life for this model at the time of this writing, but the included small-capacity 3-cell 33 Whrs battery indicates the run time won’t be very long.
Regarding design, the X200CA retains the same styling cues of the VivoBook 200-series models, but instead of combination of silver colored interior and aluminum lid, the new model is all black. It sports a kind of serious business look with matte textured surfaces. The keyboard sports chiclet keys and is accompanied by a large touchpad with integrated click buttons.
When it comes to competition, this laptop has only a few rivals at its price point. The Microsoft Store sells the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 10-e010nr for $250, whereas Walmart has in stock the Gateway LT41P05u for $270. However, they have smaller 10.1-inch screens, slower AMD A4 and Intel Atom CPUs, and smaller 2GB RAM. The Asus is a no-brainer in this case and you can compare their basic specifications yourself on this Cyber Monday and Holiday laptop deals list. Links to the pages where you can buy them are provided, too. Also, it’s obviously a better equipped machine than the similarly priced and sized non-touch Chromebooks, such as the HP 11 11-1101US or Acer C720. Of course, if you are willing to spend more than three times greater sum of money on a new touch ultraportable you can take into consideration the latest Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s as likely the bast choice in the form factor. It’s $800. On the other side, if you want to trade in touch capability for a larger 15.6-inch screen, you can take a look at the Asus X502CA-BCL0901D which has the same internal specifications as the X200CA-HCL1104G and a regular 270-dollar price tag.
Asus X200CA-HCL1104G Specifications
- 11.6-inch 1,366-by-768 multi-touch display
- Intel Celeron 1007U 1.5GHz dual-core CPU with 2MB cache and Intel HD integrated graphics
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 320GB 5,400rpm HDD; no DVD drive
- Stereo speakers
- Chiclet-style keyboard and multi-touch touchpad
- Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, multi-format card reader, combo microphone/headphone jack
- 3-cell 3300 mAh 33 Whrs battery
- 1″ x 11.9″ x 7.9″ dimensions; 3 lbs weight
- Windows 8 OS
- 1-year warranty
Update: There’s a new model available. It has a 500GB hard drive. Check it out here.
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