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    More Impressions of T200TA

    OK, here we go. I have an Asus UX303LA as my "main" machine. My Asus T200TA-C1-BL is my "toy".

    I have another post that talks about the power button, but I might as well include that discussion here. If the power button is just given a quick push, a battery icon shows up for a few seconds, then the screen goes blank. But, if the power button is pressed for 2-3 seconds, the T200 powers on and boots to Windows.

    I find almost no flex in the T200. If I look very closely, I can see a very slight flex in the lid/top cover. There is no flex that I can see in the bottom cover or keyboard. There is no detectable "twist" flex in the screen/top cover.

    However, there is quite a bit of front to back wobble of the tablet in the dock bracket. The top edge moves about 3/8 inch back and forth.

    The lid is slightly harder to open than the UX303. Both have a slight edge "overhang" to facilitate opening, but the initial opening movement of the T200 is slightly stiffer than the UX303.

    The T200 is about 0.2 to 0.3 pounds heavier than the UX303. And it does feel heavier when I pick it up.

    The T200 keyboard looks and feels about the same as the UX303. Both have nice key travel for my hunt and peck typing style. The T200 has a slight "echo" or "tinny" sound when a key is pressed, while the UX303 has only a clicking sound when the key is pressed.

    The T200 touch pad is very similar to the UX303. The click is actually not as loud. I rarely use a full click because the "tap" works so well. The two finger scroll is excellent with a lot of smooth travel when "flicked". I use the touch pad for scrolling more than the touch screen, which is also excellent.

    The wifi is excellent. I get the same Internet up/down as my hard wired desktop which is about 15% greater than the 5 up/25 down that my ISP promises. And I get that throughput 15 feet away from my AP or 40 feet away through four walls. And I have not had a single dropped connection.

    The most surprising difference between the T200 and the UX303 is the results of a private benchmark that measures "crunch power". The benchmark measure the time required to do a series of calculations, no I/O or disk access is needed. The T200 takes 8+ milliseconds to complete the calculation and the UX303 takes 12+ milliseconds. I have no idea why that should be the case, but I have verified it several times. The benchmark actually makes the calculation 1,000 times and reports the total time. And I got similar results with the T100 and a different laptop several months ago.

    The T200TA-C1-BL is definitely a keeper.

    That's it for now, Jim
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    Great post. Now that the Yoga 3 Pro seems to be bombing I'm looking for something new to buy and stumbled on both the UX303 and T200. Wondering what kind of performance I can get with the higher spec T200 plus an extra hundred dollars for a Samsung 840 EVO 256GB SSD.

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    Welcome to the forum

    That EVO drive would be a great bang for the buck. I sell a ton of them. Fabulous drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfgillia View Post
    Great post. Now that the Yoga 3 Pro seems to be bombing I'm looking for something new to buy and stumbled on both the UX303 and T200. Wondering what kind of performance I can get with the higher spec T200 plus an extra hundred dollars for a Samsung 840 EVO 256GB SSD.
    The Evo 250 GB ssd is what I put in my UX303LA. I don't think it will do much for the T200 except give you more storage space. My T200TA-C1 is the higher spec model, 64 GB storage and 4 GB memory. I put the 128 GB SanDisk from the UX303 in the dock HD slot of the T200. I really can't tell much if any difference in performance between UX303 and the T200 in light duty use, Email, Web and light duty games. But they are two different classes of laptop. One is a premium quality ultrabook and the other is a budget class convertible. Although, I have to say that the T200 is the best budget class laptop I have ever seen.

    Good luck on your decision, Jim
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    By the way, any experience with using the T200 to power an LCD monitor via HDMI and using a projector via a VGA dongle?

    If it does those two things well then I can probably use this for work for awhile before getting something more expensive down the road.

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    I have had a T200TA-C1-BL (with 64GB) for a week. I really like everything about the system except the battery life. I am seeing approximately 6 hrs for a charge when using it for e-mail, web browsing, MS-Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and watching 2 hours of video TV. This compares to more than 8 hours of battery life using a T-100 with 64GB to perform the same profile of work. I have performed this work profile for several days running and the system consistently goes out at 6 to 6.5 hours.

    I will keep the T200 but the loss of the two hours on battery life is a disappointment; if I'd understood that factor better before the purchase, I would not have picked up a t-200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpbates99 View Post
    I have had a T200TA-C1-BL (with 64GB) for a week. I really like everything about the system except the battery life. I am seeing approximately 6 hrs for a charge when using it for e-mail, web browsing, MS-Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and watching 2 hours of video TV. This compares to more than 8 hours of battery life using a T-100 with 64GB to perform the same profile of work. I have performed this work profile for several days running and the system consistently goes out at 6 to 6.5 hours.

    I will keep the T200 but the loss of the two hours on battery life is a disappointment; if I'd understood that factor better before the purchase, I would not have picked up a t-200.
    My experience is the same as yours. Big disappointment. I am on the fence about returning to Amazon.

    Jim

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    I just ordered a T200TA-C1-BL today, it'll replace my T100TA-64Gb. The battery life isn't that big of a concern to me as I rarely use the T100 for more than 2-3 hrs at a time. I have a couple 64Gb SSDs so I'll pop one in the T200. Ordered it from Sears.com (actually fulfilled by Buy.com) for $488 & free shipping.

    Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by scajjr29 View Post
    I just ordered a T200TA-C1-BL today, it'll replace my T100TA-64Gb. The battery life isn't that big of a concern to me as I rarely use the T100 for more than 2-3 hrs at a time. I have a couple 64Gb SSDs so I'll pop one in the T200. Ordered it from Sears.com (actually fulfilled by Buy.com) for $488 & free shipping.

    Sam
    You'll never get that claimed battery life unless you let it sit idle. Just ordered my T200TA-C1-BL 4GB windows 8.1 64bit model too. I will check battery wear when I get it.
    T200TA with 64GB and the z3795 Atom with 4GB of ram.

 

 

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