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Asus VivoBook touchscreen laptop offers compelling £440 Ultrabook alternative

The Asus S200E-CT158H is part of the company’s newly launched VivoBook range, which is complementary to the ZenBook line. This particular model caught our eye because while it doesn’t claim to be an Ultrabook, some of its features put it close to that category.

At £440 from Ebuyer (including delivery), the S200E is cheaper than most Ultrabooks. To keep costs low, Asus opted for an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i3-3217U processor clocked at 1.8GHz with an Intel HD graphics 4000 subsystem. There’s no SSD or onboard flash storage, unfortunately - only a 500GB hard disk drive.

Others specifications include 4GB of RAM, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel touchscreen panel, a rarity on a device that cheap. The laptop also boasts Windows 8, SonicMaster sound technology, Intel Anti-theft technology, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2-cell Polymer battery, VGA/HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, a card reader, a webcam and a two-second instant startup, according to Asus. Interestingly, the VivoBook has a rather large touchpad and an island style keyboard.

Asus included a few application as well, including McAfee Internet Security 2012, Power4Gear Hybrid, Asus WebStorage and Asus Life Frame III.

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