– Hey guys, this is Austin. We spent a lot of time
reviewing high-end gaming gear, such as $3,000 gaming laptops, what we don’t do enough,
is check out things that are a little bit
more reasonably priced and by reasonably priced, I mean $200 for the entire laptop. This is the Asus VivoBook E203MA. Now at first glance, it looks
every bit its $200 price tag, but when you’re considering
this kind of budget, plastic is kind of what you should expect and oh boy, is that what you get here. Luckily, that’s actually
not really a big deal, I mean sure, it’s not the most
durable thing in the world, but I have no doubt that this will hold up for some decent use inside your bag or for normal kind of wear and tear. Something I really appreciate is the size. I used to use an 11-inch MacBook Air and the portability of
that was so nice to have and that’s sort of where it kind of brings me back with this. Yes, it is a little bit on the small side and there are some
sacrifices based on that, for example, the keyboard is a little bit of a smaller layout,
compared to standard laptops, but on the flip side,
I’ve spend enough time using things like the
Surface Go and the iPad Pro, that I’m kind of used to a
slightly more shrunken layout. Something that’s a little bit harder to get used to is the display. Now to be fair, it is decent
for such a cheap laptop, I’ve seen much worse. So yes, the white balance is
a little bit on the cool side and the size, especially
the viewing angles really aren’t all that
hot, but importantly, it does get bright
enough and I can kind of make do with it for normal use, it is, you know, a $200 laptop screen. I’ve also got to give Asus
props for the port selection. Not only do we have a
pair of full USB 3.0 ports as well as HDMI, but importantly, we also do have a USB-C port. Now at this point, I’ve moved almost my entire life over to USB-C, so it makes a huge difference
having it on my laptop. Not only can I use my YubiKey, but I can use a ton of different dongles that I’ve collected over
the last couple years to do basically everything I need to do on a regular basis with this $200 laptop and that goes for most of my experience with using this laptop. Sure, have I been tempted to go for one of the expensive
laptops around the office? Yes, but you know what? This is able to do pretty
much everything I need it to. I’ve been using the $200
version of the VivoBook, but if you wanna go even lower budget, Amazon does have a version
available for $150, which cuts the RAM down
from four gigs to two gigs and the storage down from 64
on my model to only 32 gigs. Now technically, this actually
still can run Windows 10, but yeah, I think it’s
a worthwhile upgrade if you actually wanted to use this for anything more than like a Chrome Tab. Even with the upgraded RAM, you do need to temper your expectations. So for basic use, such as having
a few tabs open in Chrome, as well as having Spotify
and Slack running, it’s usable, but the issue is it’s just a little bit on the slower side, it’ll get the job done, just not quickly. Where the slowdown really happens is when you start to push the system with some crazy over the top tasks, such as watching video at 60p in HD or trying to have seven or
eight tabs open at once, but as long as you can be
a little bit reasonable, and I’ve kind of forced myself
to be over the last week, I haven’t had any major issues. Are you kind of sensing a trend here? It’s not fast, it’s only got
a dual core Celeron, right? You’re not expecting anything
crazy out of a $200 laptop, but the important thing is, for the vast majority
of what I do everyday, this has been able to get the job done. What I’m most surprised
about is battery life. Now usually, when it
comes to cheap laptops, you’re getting kind of three, four, maybe five hours on a charge, but this is downright impressive. That sounds so wholesome,
it’s downright impressive. Even with the screen
set to 100% brightness and Windows on high performance mode, I’m still getting almost
eight hours on a charge, that’s better than the vast majority of the laptops I take a look at and especially, it is way, way better than those gaming laptops
that I’m usually reviewing. It’s a very, very nice change to not even think about
taking the power adapter. To be fair, Ultrabooks also
have great battery life, but they also cost, I don’t
know, like five, six times this, so yeah, I’m not complaining. After over a week with the VivoBook, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. No, you won’t wanna do anything heavier, such as say, video editing or gaming, but I mean, it’s $200, what do you expect? We recently did a video trying the cheapest laptops on Amazon and if the VivoBook was included, it probably would have won. If you’re looking for a
cheap laptop on a budget, I really have no problems
recommending this guy, although I am gonna go back to a slightly nicer laptop as my daily now (laughs). (light music).

Can You Live with a $200 Laptop?
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100 thoughts on “Can You Live with a $200 Laptop?

  • March 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    Believe it or not I can survive without a laptop

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  • March 21, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    I have a ASUS VIVOBOOK E203MA. I edit on it but I am going to upgrade the hard drive from 32 GB to (hopefully) 1TB!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    neh… I bought an asus th101 4gb rom. 128gb ram for 240 euros. I know it an older model but it was brand new

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  • March 21, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    The only thing I noticed is the sound quality is kinda meh other than that the video is still very good!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    U speak way too Fast,….Calm Down!

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  • March 23, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    With a $200 budget, you could get a used 2010-2012 MacBook on eBay and throw an SSD in it for $20

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  • March 24, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    at best buy they have this laptop with 4gb ram and 32gb for $159

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  • March 24, 2019 at 5:11 am
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    Please hug your " expensive " cameras, thank god they exist 😀

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  • March 25, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    Lots of noise and a lots of chromatic aberration but other than that I still say it's good production

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  • March 26, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    Can You Live with a $200 Austin Evans?

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  • March 27, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Not sure about the "durability" of the cheap one. But my Asus ZenBook Delux didn't survive 18 months without having cracks and it was 2000$!!!! (canadian)

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  • March 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    I lived with an Asus laptop like that for 3 years. Now I’m building an RTX 2080+9700k PC

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  • March 28, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    Austin 'hey guys its Austin' Evans.

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  • March 29, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Yes you can live with it buy it then put it in a box in the attic and forget about it

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  • March 29, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    I didn't see any difference until I saw the other video

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  • March 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    Do you know , if it can handle running a virtual machine (Linux) on WMware Player ?

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  • March 30, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    My 10 year old Toshiba A300 works perfectly and can run most programs

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  • March 31, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    I use one for gaming, editing and productivity. I’m planning on making my own pc

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  • April 1, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    Hey guys, this is Teacher David ! 🤗

    Keep up the good work, Austin ! 😎

    SUPER PROUD of you to have 3.6 M subscribers and yet still stays so HUMBLE ☺

    I'm one of them now ! 🤓
    Look forward to your next video ! 🤩

    Oh, PLEASE REMEMBER to be GOOD to K^_^! 😉 And tell K^_^! I said hi! 😊

    God bless you, bro! 😇

    Blessings from Taiwan ! 😆

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  • April 1, 2019 at 10:11 am
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    I am using 2012 dell 250 dollars laptop with all ports Apple fans shut the fuck up 🖐

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  • April 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    But does it charge via the USB C port?

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  • April 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    My laptop can’t run Microsoft office…

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  • April 4, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    Hi, i'm studing computer science and i'm developing video games for fun. i have to buy a computer and I cant decide if buy a Huawei matebook 13 or an Asus zenbook pro 14 ux480. Someone can help me to taking a decision
    ? 2k + inter 620 VS FHD screen + ScreenPad and gtx 1050 max-Q

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  • April 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    THAT'S MY COMPUTER

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  • April 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    No u cant game on it ok I have one

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  • April 7, 2019 at 11:11 am
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    perfect now i can install freeDOS on it

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  • April 8, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    I do have to say, tho not meant in a ranting way, Austin's body looks kinda goofy.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    This or a $200 Chromebook?

    When I last used a £200 Windows laptop it was barely usable. Constantly freezing and egg timing, the fan was always at full speed and 64Gb isn't a lot for Windows 10.

    Where's a $200 Chromebook can be fine.

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  • April 11, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    60p and hd 😂😂😂😂

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  • April 12, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    But but… i live with a 180 dollar laptop 😭

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  • April 13, 2019 at 5:14 am
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    Wait plastic is not durable? So its no longer bad for the environment, thanks Austin.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    Not everyone has the money to afford super high quality products

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  • April 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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    Hey, I got a freaking X556UQK. DONT JUDGE ME.

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  • April 17, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Those bezels are thick but that makes it look cool.

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  • April 17, 2019 at 3:46 am
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    Except they are $300 laptops when clicking on the Amazon link above.

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  • April 17, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    Got it for $120 on Black Friday last November. It's nothing special. You get what you pay for.

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  • April 18, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Never buy a new $100-200 laptop. It is much better to get a used one for that price. Many of the new cheap laptops are on the brink of unusable.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Hey Austin! This is Guys…

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  • April 21, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    If you buy it then install Ubuntu on it.

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  • April 23, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    Can you live without any electronic?? I challenged myself to do so and nearly died

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    Just bought a $200 laptop…and excited to see where it will take me….priorities were, light weight, battery life….lowest priorities, gaming, multimedia use, hd video, internal storage (unbelievable what you can do with sd and cloud storage as well as portable hdd. Also, excited to see what kind of chips current technology can churn out at such low cost!

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  • April 26, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Title:Can you live with a $200 laptop Me: uhh no I think I am gonna die 😂

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  • April 27, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    Its around 700$ in India on Amazon😑

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  • April 28, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    Austin, can this run Photoshop CS5 pretty good? Thats what i’ll use when I get this

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  • May 3, 2019 at 8:20 am
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    or…. you could just buy a 2nd hand 2013 core i5 Macbook Air with 4-8GB of Ram and a 128-256GB SSD for… about 180-230$…

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  • May 6, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    2:07 I can't even use my Laptop with 4GB of RAM. For my needs, 8 is the minimum

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  • May 9, 2019 at 10:51 am
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    Austin, can you test the Acer One 10 in its 4GB-variation and how it fares with the ones you have tested? You can get it Amazon for $120-200 from time to time and it's a 2-in-1 detachable one.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    As a cheap student, I have been working on a laptop like that for now 3 years. It still works..

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  • May 10, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    The real question is CAN YOU LIVE WITH AUSTIN EVANS

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  • May 10, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    So a $1,000 Surface Pro doesn't have USB-C but this cheap thing does.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    i tried gimp lightworks and origin and they all work fine on the unit

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  • May 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    Can you revamp this vid with a EXP GDC??

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  • May 19, 2019 at 5:32 am
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    i need a laptop to pragraming? someone could recomend me one?

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  • May 20, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    I have this computer. It has small memory. And you will only have about 10 gigs of space when you get this computer. Runs like a turd.

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  • May 21, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    This is literally my laptop. It's absolutely horrible for Windows, but with Linux installed it's does just fine with 1080p video streaming, and multiple chrome tabs open. It's crazy how much overhead windows uses.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    Why not🤨

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  • June 6, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    A chrome tab or 8 chrome tab?

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  • June 7, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    I read the title as Can you Live as in Livestream… I'm stupid

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  • June 11, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    I have 32gb too, ram.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    What aspect ratio is this video?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    Hey austin, this is guys.

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  • June 24, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    Wow, my 3 year iPhone 7 has double the storage than that

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  • June 25, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    Finally a budget laptop that doesn't have bezels the size of Austin's bank account

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  • July 2, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Would this be good for playing sims 4? Or will it be super slow

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  • July 4, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    I bought that laptop and so far it met my needs for a light and portable laptop for work. Though it has its own limitations. But its okay though. 😊 yes.. I just limit my opened tabs to 6.

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  • July 8, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Could this run any casual games, such as minecraft, and roblox, I want to get back into coding, but I'm on a budget, would this cut it if I play on low settings?

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  • July 19, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    But with such a cleap laptop, nothing much can be done…significantly.. Windows lack apps…so it's used for browsing mainly and Ipods can do so much more with apps store.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    All those mentioned activities to be done on this laptop can be done with even the cheapest entry-level smartphone and perhaps faster due to flash in the smartphone rather than HDD in the laptop. so why buy such laptop since it can only handle browsing???

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    What about the L203MA?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    0:18 why did you put the laptop next to those spice jars?? Like you're gonna eat it LOL

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  • August 3, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    You can technically get a better used laptop than a new laptop for 200$. If you can get warranty on it it's a good idea. My step-brother bought a used laptop for 250$ 5 years ago, it was a heavily upgraded then 3 year old laptop, the thing still works without problems lmao.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    I'm glad he slowed down his speech so his words don't run through his teeth.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    i could live with a $200 laptop, all i do is do homework and use word lol but instead i bought me a dell xps 13 just because of the looks

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:52 am
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    Austin a few years ago:
    Even with 2gb ram its not that slow

    Austin now:
    But with 2gb ram you can do like 1 chrome tab

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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    Answer: No

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  • August 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    To add more storage what SD should i use?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:15 am
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    will it be a good laptop for editing softwares?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Who's here after the $1000 camera challenge?

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  • September 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    2019: Apple Stand Pro Or Tv

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  • September 16, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Asus use to make great laptops and I am surprised that they make cheap ones like that one, but Acer, Dell, and HP are doing the same thing. I recently purchased an Acer Swift laptop and it has a AMD Ryzon 2700u cpu installed in it and the computer was less than 700 dollars for it and it seem to be working just fine. I also have some HP laptops, and two of their tower computers also which is in need of repair.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    can it play minecraft?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    Asus Vivobook E202SA, my first laptop T_T

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    0:01

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    I’ve got a 2009 macbook don’t believe me my setup is on my channel it’s good for school I guess

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    And yet this laptop is still more powerful than the ones at my school

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    shove a spoon in it yes do it for cserial

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    I personally don't see the point of running Windows on a $200 laptop. Any kind of laptop like that is pretty much limited to basic tasks, most of which, if not all, are entirely Web based. If you want a $200 dollar laptop that can run Chrome efficiently (notice how I use the word 'efficiently' instead of 'at all' ), don't get a Windows netbook. Get a Chromebook. It's got the exact same specifications (Intel Celeron processor, 2 or 4 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of eMMC storage, etc. ), and, most importantly, Chrome is built-in and runs quickly and easily instead of being the tricky, RAM hungry monster that it is when you install it as a third-party .exe file on Windows.

    Keep Windows to your high-end PC's. The time has come to recognize the benefits and uses of different technologies instead of trying to use a single operating system at all levels of computing.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    Can I have this as a giveaway? ✌️

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  • September 25, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    High guiys dis iz bostin…

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  • September 26, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    can you live without a laptop ?
    me : yes

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    I can buy 5 of these or i can buy one apple monitor stand…

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  • October 10, 2019 at 4:32 am
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    I had that piece of shit before it’s not worth it at all it’s so slow and it heats up fast

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  • October 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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    Anybody know if this could run stardew valley ok or something along those lines was thinking about picking one of these up for just general surfing and work typing while I'm out from surgery. Was just thinking it might be nice to play something with some friends that is normally easy to run while im out and cant access my normal desktop.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    Can it play fortnite reply to me

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  • October 17, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    can it run dota 2? AHAHAHA

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  • October 22, 2019 at 9:58 am
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    Should make a new video with all the cheap laptops to see which one runs classic wow the best. All my friends are looking for one now to get the grind in away from home lol

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  • November 5, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    The thing I don't like about these is storage. I don't need more than 64GB of storage for web browsing and Spotify, but you know what does need at least 128GB of storage?

    Windows updates

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  • November 12, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    Austin Evans sounds like an expensive car brand

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  • November 17, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Bro, I got this laptop for $100.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    Well i have used laptop for $10 and it is really good

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