Asustek has recently ditched netbooks from its mobile computer lineup, but the company has some affordable mini laptops to offer instead. One of them is the 11.6-inch Asus X201E or F201E. The X201E is the model available in the United States, while in other parts of the world it’s sold under F201E name. Basically, these notebooks are the same.
They are based on the lower-end Intel’s ultra-low voltage processors, including the Celeron, Pentium, and Core i3, RAM memory of 2GB or 4GB, and mechanical 320GB or 500GB hard drive with Windows 8 pre-loaded or Ubuntu Linux on select models.
Just like the similar but touch-enabled S200E / X202E / Q200E, the notebook resembles the look of the Asus Zenbook ultrabook series, with wedge shape. But, the X201E / F201E is made of plastics instead of aluminum and isn’t that thin with a profile of 0.83 inches. That’s double the thickness of a comparable Zenbook. The laptop weighs 2.87 pounds.
As you can see in the video below, the X201E / F201E has a chiclet keyboard and a spacious single-piece trackpad. The palmrest is in silver color, while the lid comes in silver, dark gray, pink, or blue. On the right side of the base, there are a memory card reader, audio jack, USB 2.0, and VGA out. On the left side are located power jack, Ethernet LAN, HDMI, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and Kensington lock slot. The soft-touch bottom of the chassis is sealed, with no access to HDD and RAM. By the way, the notebook’s system memory is soldered on the motherboard, according to the specifications.
The model I saw had an Intel Core i3-3217U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, with the following Windows Experience Index score:
The battery life indicator in Windows shows that the notebook’s run time is very good, with more than 5.5 hours in Asustek’s custom Power4Gear mode. The included battery has a capacity of 38 Whrs.
Overall, the X201E / F201E is a well built and stylish looking crossover between a netbook and ultrabook, with prices starting at about $300 and €300, good autonomy, and performance of Intel’s lower-end ULV processors, suitable for non-demanding daily computing tasks.