In time for back-to-school season, ASUS has announced its new ultra-low-cost PC (ULCPC aka netbook) aimed at students and consumers with a tight budget. The VivoBook W202NA rugged laptop is powered by Intel’s Apollo Lake platform, has an 11.6” display, weighs around 1.2 kilograms (2.65 lb) and has a 38 Wh battery that is quoted for up to 11 hours. The machine will be available with Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 S operating systems, both will cost less than $300.
The ASUS VivoBook W202-series laptop will exist in three different versions based on Microsoft’s Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro operating systems, featuring different hardware and aimed at slightly different end-users. The Windows 10 S/10 Home notebooks are based on Intel’s dual-core Celeron N3350 SoC, are equipped with 4 GB of DRAM and are targeted at children, students and consumers. By contrast, the Windows 10 Pro-based ASUS W202 uses Intel’s quad-core Pentium N4200, has up to 8 GB of memory, up to 128 GB of eMMC storage and is designed for more demanding consumers (do not expect this SKU to be available in all regions).
Other specifications of the ASUS VivoBook W202 notebook seem to be comparable to other entry-level contemporary PCs: it features an 11.6” display with a 1366×768 resolution, an anti-glare coating and a 180-degree hinge. As for connectivity, the laptop has a 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.1 module, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, a VGA webcam, a microSDXC card reader, a TRRS audio connector, a microphone array, two 2W speakers and so on.
|ASUS W202NA ULCPC Specifications|
|Windows 10 S
|Windows 10 Home
|Windows 10 Pro
|Display||11.6″ panel with 1366×768 resolution and anti-glare coating|
1.1 – 2.4 GHz
2 MB cache
6 W TDP
|Intel Pentium N4200
1.1 – 2.5 GHz
6 W TDP
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 500 with 12 EUs||Intel HD Graphics 505 with 12 EUs|
|RAM||4 GB||4 or 8 GB|
|Storage||64 GB eMMC||64 or 128 GB eMMC|
|Wi-Fi||Intel Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi|
|USB||2 × USB 3.0 Type-A|
|Display Outputs||1 × HDMI|
|Keyboard||Chiclet spill-resistant keyboard|
|Other I/O||Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, 0.3 MP webcam, microSDXC card reader|
|Dimensions||Width: 294 mm/11.57″
Depth: 200 mm/7.87″
Thickness: 22.6 mm/0.89″
|Weight||1.2 kilograms / 2. 65 pounds|
|Battery||2-cell 38 Wh battery, 11 hours battery life|
One of the key selling features of the ASUS VivoBook W202 is its ruggedized design. The laptop has rubber-lined edges and corners to protect internals against bumps and knocks. In addition, the notebook features an anti-spill keyboard. According to ASUS, the VivoBook W202 has survived a drop test from a height of 119 cm (3.9 feet) as well as passed extreme twist force and high-pressure test.
The ASUS VivoBook W202NA-YS02 convertible laptop featuring Windows 10 S is available immediately in North America for $279. The ASUS VivoBook W202NA-DH02 powered by Windows 10 Home will ship next month for $299. The Pentium- and Windows 10 Pro-based VivoBook W202 system will naturally cost slightly more, but such systems may not be available in all regions.