It is Asus’ best-selling laptop and one of the better selling ones at Amazon and it is easy to see why. Meet the Asus Vivobook S200E, available from Amazon and Ebuyer for £380 including delivery.
This current model, the S200E-CT158H, runs on a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, the i3-3217U, which is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture.
It comes with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, 32GB free Asus WebStorage cloud-based storage, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display that works very well with Windows 8 OS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a Webcam, an Ethernet port, three USB ports, “Exclusive SonicMaster technology with Waves MaxxAudio 3”, integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, a stylish aluminium finish, a 22mm thickness and a weight of 1.4Kg.
Note that the laptop doesn’t come with an optical drive (you can pick an external Blu-ray drive for under £20) and that one easy way to upgrade it would be to swap the hard drive for an SSD.
How Asus has managed to price this laptop at under £400 with a touch screen display and a Core i3 processor? We will never know.