Asus X200MA-RCLT07

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Hardware update of one of the best selling Windows laptops last holiday season has arrived. The Asus X200MA-RCLT07 inexpensive ultraportable still offers the same form factor and touchcreen functionality as its X200CA 11.6-inch precursors. But, Asus has replaced the aging Intel Celeron 1007U “Ivy Bridge” processor from 2012 with the latest Celeron N2815 “Bay Trail” chip. The update doesn’t necessarily mean better performance. In fact, the N2815 is slower than the 1007U. Their PassMark benchmark scores are 950 and 1,450, respectively. Anyway, the “Bay Trail” is still a capable CPU for daily web surfing and office duties, as well as 1080 video playback. It brings noticeably lower power consumption: 7.5W versus 17W. We have no info on the battery life comparison between the X200MA-RCLT07 and X200CA models. It’s clear the former is way ahead in terms of power efficiency.

Any serious game rendering on this laptop is out of question, since the included Intel HD integrated graphics is fairly limited. The GPU is primarily meant to manage the display without consuming much battery juice. Lighter 3D games such as Minecraft will be able to run, but on lowered settings. On the other hand, on-demanding 2D titles like Angry Birds will have no issues on the Intel HD.

In other aspects, these plastics-cladded mini-laptops with black textured finish appear to be identical. They have 1366×768 screen resolutions, chiclet keyboards, stereo speakers, webcams, three USBs with fast 3.0 speed standard on one of them, and HDMI and VGA video output connectors. The machines weigh 3 pounds. They’re 1.2″ thick at the thickest point.

The X200MA-RCLT07 has 4 Gigabytes of RAM memory, which is enough for multitasking without a glitch. The hard drive is 500GB large, which is a fair capacity for the given price. As expected, the model has no built-in DVD burner. If you want that feature in a budget laptop, you should look for some of the larger 15.6-inch models. They’ll also provide you with a separate numeric pad on the keyboard, which is important for large amounts of number inputs. However, the keyboard is fairly large for comfortable typing and is accompanied by a fairly big multitouch trackpad.

Overall, the X200MA-RCLT07 is well-rounded small laptop for a cheap price. There are many other systems in the same 11.6-inch form factor available (you can find them by clicking here). However, if you want something affordable, the Asus appears to be the best choice among similar offers.

Specifications of the Asus X200MA-RCLT07

Here are the specs of the Asus X200MA-RCLT07 with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Asus
Screen Size 11.6-inch

This is a very small display size, given the most frequently used laptop screen size is 15.6".
Screen Resolution 1366x768 pixels HD

This is an entry-level screen resolution, oftentimes found on budget laptops. It doesn't deliver picture sharpness and space on the screen like the Full HD or higher resolution laptop displays do.
Touchscreen Finger multi-touch input

The screen supports finger touch input, including multi-touch gestures.
Other Display Specs TN type

Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N2815 dual-core 2.2GHz 1MB Cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 11)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
System Memory (RAM) Size 4GB RAM

4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2022. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
Data Storage 500GB HDD

This is a very good capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
DVD Optical Drive None
Keyboard & Input Non-backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad

The keyboard has no backlit keys and no separate numeric pad you can usually find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.

Touchscreen
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11N

802.11N is an old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX with improved data transfer speeds and connectivity. 802.11N is rarely used in modern laptops.
Bluetooth No

This laptop has no built-in Bluetooth module.
Ethernet Network Port Yes

This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
USB Ports 2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0

A total of three full-size Type A USB ports.
Video Output Ports 1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA

HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs. VGA is an old analog type of video connectivity used on older computers, monitors, TVs, and projectors.
Media Card Reader SD card reader

The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards with a card adapter.
Battery 3-cell lithium-ion
Weight 3 pounds
Height 1.2"
Width 11.9"
Depth 7.9"
Windows Version Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is eligible for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty length.

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User Reviews and Q&A on the Asus X200MA-RCLT07

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  1. Tyler Bauereis

    Thanks!

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  2. Danijel Z

    The Asus X200MA-RCLT07 would be my choice.

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  3. Tyler Bauereis

    Which one would you take?

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  4. Tyler Bauereis

    So which one would you take Danijel Z?

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  5. Tyler Bauereis

    which is better:
    this or the asus transformer t100?

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    • Danijel Z

      Each of them has it advantages and disadvantages, but in short:
      – The Transformer has smaller storage, although it’s faster (storage). That’s especially problem with the 32GB version http://laptoping.com/heres-why-you-should-avoid-32gb-windows-8-tablets.html
      – Smaller screen on the Transformer 10.1 vs 11.6.
      – Smaller RAM on it, which can be a problem if you run multiple apps and browser tabs at the same time.
      – It lacks many ports found on the X200MA.
      – I personally prefer the keyboard of the X200MA, the one on the Transformer is too small for my fingers.
      – It’s pricier than the X200MA, especially the 64GB Transformer version.

      On the other hand:
      – The X200MA doesn’t have a detachable screen, obviously.
      – It doesn’t ship with a free copy of Office Home & Student.

      Computing-wise, both devices provide similar speed, good only for the basic tasks.

      So, I think the X200MA is a more robust device, although it’s just another low-end laptop. I would go for the Transformer only because of the convenience of the detachable screen, but frankly I personally use my laptop much more than tablet with no keyboard.

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  6. steve finnigan

    HOW DO I GET OPERATORS MANUAL FOR X200MA-RCLT07

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  7. tonnyt

    I need to know WiFi card model!

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  8. marco-c

    Is it fanless? Acer has similar laptops with no fans…

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  9. Danijel Z

    Personally, I would go for the older X200CA, because the CPU is faster although it will tax the battery life to some extent. But in case you want to be more independent of power outlets, than the MA is better. Everything else is pretty much the same.

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  10. zoox

    Which is better the X200MA-RCLT07 or ASUS VivoBook X200CA? I don’t care about battery life much, just need a sofa laptop..

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