Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
So we ran tests on Asus E203MA to find out what it was worth.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
E203MA the right choice for surfing the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. This E203MA is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Asus is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 11 inches size. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Celeron N4000. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it 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.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. With only 64 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. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 6 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Is E203MA one for watching movies and listening to music ?
With this laptop, Asus offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the E203MA; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Equipped with a small screen size, 11 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Asus is primarily intended for film lovers the E203MA. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this E203MA. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
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. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same 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. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Regarding the connectivity part, Asus has made efforts with available 3 ports. It’s better than the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
As for battery life, it E203MA can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. Asus promises 6 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
E203MA the right choice for travelling connected ?
This 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 : Since the sum of its characteristics (weight, size, components) are better than the competition, it is in your best interest to choose this model.
Its weight of 1 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. With a 11 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. It would have allowed a better use of this model outdoors.
Too bad for the processor Celeron N4000 that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
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 64 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Asus was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.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. Its 11 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
The E203MA for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this E203MA, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Asus puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10S, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Celeron N4000 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 64 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 64 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
For the autonomy part, Asus proposes last generation batteries. 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.
For the connector part, the E203MAhas the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
By choosing this E203MA, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
E203MA for video games?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis E203MA wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Asus has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 64 Gb it E203MAis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For Wi-Fi technology, Asus decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1 Kg.
By offering 6 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
In short, an average rendering that makes this E203MA a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Is the E203MA adapted to office automation ?
Like the majority of its competitors, Asus has designed E203MA for office automation. It is a mature product.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10S.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 1 Kg.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
This E203MA has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
With only 64 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Ultimately, this E203MA is an intermediate choice. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
Finally, the E203MA….
This E203MA will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– travel use
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing