Latest release in the range Asus, we’ve been running tests onVivoBook E203MA…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
VivoBook E203MA adapted to surf the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this VivoBook E203MA. An inexpensive computer such as VivoBook E203MA may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Asus; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 11.6 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Celeron N4000. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it VivoBook E203MA is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 32 Gb, Asus considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
In the end, with an autonomy of 6 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
The VivoBook E203MA- the right model for streaming and videos ?
This VivoBook E203MA is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 11.6, in 1366×768, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1 kilogram.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Asus is primarily intended for film lovers the VivoBook E203MA. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
On the sound side, it VivoBook E203MA has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Celeron N4000, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 600 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Asus promises 6 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
The VivoBook E203MA to use while travelling.
This VivoBook E203MA is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We have tested it in several configurations : For travel, packed in a suitcase, in home-to-work mode, as part of a family weekend, or simply to go from the living room to the kitchen. The bottom line is this : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
With a weight of 1 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 11.6 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
CPU Celeron N4000 power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
An autonomy of 6 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 32 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Equipped with a compact 11.6 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
In brief, this VivoBook E203MA can be considered useful when you decide to travel.
VivoBook E203MA the right choice for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this VivoBook E203MAmeets this need perfectly. With these components, Asus puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10S system.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Celeron N4000 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Asus made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The VivoBook E203MA allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 32 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
In terms of autonomy,the Asuskept it simple. The available battery life is of 6 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it VivoBook E203MA receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It VivoBook E203MA is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
A quality product, designed by Asus with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
The VivoBook E203MA for online or local games.
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis VivoBook E203MA wasn’t designed for video games. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 32 Gb.
A better access to wifi on this VivoBook E203MA that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1 Kg.
Please note that with an autonomy of 6 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In short, an average rendering that makes this VivoBook E203MA a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
The VivoBook E203MA for office automation.
Access on efficiency, this VivoBook E203MA is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10S, last generation.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. This model weighs 1 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
No anti-reflective treatment on this VivoBook E203MA. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
The storage of this model, 32 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In the end, this VivoBook E203MA is a good compromise. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
In short, is the VivoBook E203MA, the right choice ?
This VivoBook E203MA will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– playing video games
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing