ASUS VivoBook X202E / S200E / Q200E Owners' Lounge

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  1. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    Welcome VivoBook X202E / Q200E / S200E owners!

    The VivoBook X202E / Q200E / S200E are all essentially the same 11.6" Touchscreen notebook with different model numbers depending on the retailer and/or region sold. There are various differences between the systems.

    Model run-down:
    X202E - 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3217U 1.80 GHz / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Qualcomm/Atheros Bluetooth 4.0 - Sold by Microsoft Store / Fry's Electronics / Amazon / Newegg
    Q200E - 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ i3-2365M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No Bluetooth - Sold by Best Buy Best Buy is now selling the i3-3217U (Ivy Bridge) version under a different SKU.
    S200E - 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3217U 1.80 GHz / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / No Bluetooth / Includes External Optical Drive - Sold by Staples

    Common Technical Specs:
    Display: 11.6 in LED-backlit TFT TN LCD (1366 x 768), 10-finger multi-touch support
    Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
    Hard Disk: 500 GB SATA 5400 RPM
    OS: Windows 8 Core
    Media Drive: 3-in-1 memory card reader (MMC/SD/SDHC)
    Audio: ASUS SonicMaster Lite
    Ports: 1 USB 3.0 • 2 USB 2.0 • HDMI • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • VGA • RJ-45 (10/100) • Kensington lock slot
    Battary: 2-cell lithium-polymer (up to 5 hours)
    Camera: HD webcam
    Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
    Dimensions: 11.92 x 7.87 x 0.86 in (302.77 x 199.90 x 21.84 mm)
    Weight: 2.86 lbs (1.30 kg)
    Keyboard travel: 1.6 mm
    Touchpad dimensions: 103.80 x 60.50 mm

    MSRP: $599-$649 (Street price: $499-$599)
     
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    WiDi (Wireless Display):
    For around $20-25 you can purchase an Intel Advanced-N 6235 dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 half mini-PCI Card and replace the default card that comes with the machine and enable Intel Wireless Display (WiDi).

    SSD Upgrade:
    Best upgrade option:
    For around $300-350, you can get a Samsung 840 500GB SSD drive and clone the existing disk using your favorite cloning software that supports GPT partitions (like Miray HDClone). This will preserve the System Restore partition as well as maintain UEFI SecureBoot.
     
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    Great Tips. A quick question, does the warranty gets voided if you open up and upgrade to SSD and WiDi? I would like to purchase this in a store that does the upgrade for me (preferably free). Any suggestions? Frys?

     
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    I'm very happy with my new x200e. Not had it long enough to get a good sense of realworld battery life yet.
    Anyone know of anyone making bespoke cases yet?

    Thanks
     
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    I don't think the warranty gets voided. There are no warranty seals. I got my SSD at Fry's and did it myself. I know Fry's will do it for a cost, not free. I think it's $39 or $49 for the upgrade and they don't do hard disk cloning.
     
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    I get 4.5 to 5 hours with my brightness near low. Also I'm running on an SSD instead of the built-in hard disk.
     
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    Ok I finally replaced the HDD with an SSD. In order to open the case I took a plastic paint scraper about 1 inch wide and in back between the hinge I pulled the bottom enough that you can see the bottom just starting to come away. I pushed the scraper in gently to open it up. I then took a flat headed screw driver and slid it along the opening until it encounter a plastic snap and twisted it sides to pop the snap. There are 5 or six of these snaps along the back. I had to use way more force than I was comfortable with in order to snap this open. Not a great picture but you will get the ideal.

    Small Optimized Open Back.jpg

    Small Optimized Open Back2.jpg

    Once this was done I put in a crucial M4 that I had to remove the space from and shorten the screws to make 7mm. I pulled the plasitic tab with the two foam strips off the HDD and used them on the SSD.

    Then I upgraded to Win8 pro. (Before removing the old drive I ran the Windows 8 upgrade program in Windows 7 compatibility mode in order for it to give me the $39.99 windows 8 pro upgrade.

    The upgrade would not install on a blank drive so I download a version of windows 8 pro that would run in a 30 day trial and install without a key(Google it). I installed this version on the new SSD. (I guess I also could have try the orginals 8 recovery but I already had the win8 trial available. I than updated this version of windows 8 pro to the download version of window 8 pro that I purchased from Microsoft and then applied the Free Media center key so that I can watch TV program from my main Media center computer.

    I found getting into the bios and getting it to select the boot drive a challenge but this set of instructions helped a lot.

    In order to get the boot prompt up you must do the following:

    1. Enter the BIOS setup menu by pressing and holding F2 key when powering on.
    2. Switch to “Boot” and set “Launch CSM” to Enabled.
    3. Switch to “Security” and set “Secure Boot Control” to Disabled.
    4. Press F10 to save and exit.
    5. Press and hold ESC key to lunch boot menu when the notebook restarts

    After the install there were a bunch of devices missing in Device Manager and I had to install the following drivers off of the ASUS Support website:

    ATKPackage_ASUS_Win7_8_VER100026
    Bluetooth_Atheros_Win8_64_Z800206
    CardReader_Alcor_Win8_64_Z3411701527
    DPTF_Intel_Z6061082
    SmartGesture_ASUS_Win7_8_VER1036
    USBchargerplus_ASUS_Win7_8_VER215
    WirelessRadioControl_Win8_64_Z1001

    Everything is working fine and I am so far pleased with the performance of the X202E...
     
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