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Asus X102BA review

Katharine Byrne
25 Feb 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
289
inc VAT

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This cheap, touchscreen laptop is infuriatingly slow and we don’t recommend it

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To the X102BA’s credit, we could browse the web, write MS Word documents and watch Full HD video files pretty well, but the X102BA was noticeably slower to load applications than any other laptop we've recently tested. Using the AppStarter program, it took the X102BA an average of 2.5 seconds to load LibreOffice, and around 21 seconds to load simple apps such as Fresh Paint. It even took the X102BA 17 seconds to open Chrome and load our home page. The X102BA struggled to play 720p YouTube videos smoothly, and videos appeared jerky and jagged even when the video was fully loaded.

Needless to say, the only games you’ll be playing on the X102BA will be simple Flash games, as its AMD Radeon HD 8180 integrated graphics chip isn’t cut out for 3D graphics. Even 2D games such as Bastion proved a struggle. We couldn't play the Chrome version of Bastion in our web browser smoothly either, and most Chromebooks can do this comfortably.

This makes the X102BA debilitating compared to other cut-price laptops such as the Acer C720 Chromebook. This is a shame because its battery life is fairly good for a small laptop. The X102BA lasted 6 hours and 28 minutes in our light use test with the screen set to half brightness, which is roughly two hours more than many other budget laptops we’ve tested.

Asus X102BA

The laptop’s chunky chassis also provides a lot of room for a good range of ports. There are three USB ports, one of which is USB3, and there are HDMI and VGA video outputs for connecting the laptop to an external display. You also get conveniences such as a Fast Ethernet port, an SD card reader and a combined headphone and microphone jack. It also has a fairly large 500GB hard disk, which is enough storage for a decent media library.

The Asus X102BA is certainly very cheap, but you shouldn’t buy this laptop when the superior Asus Transformer Book T100 is just £60 more. With its slow processor, long loading times and poor screen, the X102BA is both frustrating and time-consuming to use. If you really want a cheap touchscreen laptop, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is a much better buy. Otherwise you're better off with a £200 Chromebook such as the Acer C720.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
ProcessorAMD A4-1200
Processor clock speed1GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size29x266x185mm
Weight1.1kg
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad and touchscreen

Display

Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon HD 8180
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory128MB

Storage

Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC
Other portscombined audio jack

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 8
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2013 Home and Student
Optional extrasN/A

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB
Price£289
Detailswww.asus.com
Supplierhttp://www.maplin.co.uk

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