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Our Score:



  • Incredibly cheap at under £300
  • Performance that beats some low-end laptops up to double the price
  • Decent keyboard


  • Occasionally stutters
  • Runs quite warm
  • Don’t expect to play many games on it

Key Features

  • 11.6-inch 1366x768 touchscreen display
  • 1.24kg
  • Intel Celeron 1007U 1.5Ghz Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive
  • Manufacturer: Asus
  • Review Price: £299.00

What is the Asus X200CA?

We’ve looked at a handful of Asus’s laptops of late, including the budget X550CA that offered cheap and cheerful performance and warranted an 8/10 given its £330 price tag. Well, now we’ve got another budget Asus model: the X200CA is an 11.6-inch laptop, that would once have fit comfortably into the netbook category. It’s cheaper than the X550CA at a penny less than £300, but does the loss of screen space and bulk give a disproportionate hit to performance? Its small size and low price means Asus has the student market in its sights with this one, but it could potentially appeal to anyone who needs a simple no-frills ultraportable.

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Asus X200CA – Design & Build Quality

The X200CA certainly is small, as laptops go. 11.6-inch laptops are still pretty rare, and although it doesn’t have the closed width of the Macbook Air (0.68-inches), at just over an inch thick, it’s pretty svelte. Still, it manages to give off a slightly chunky vibe, aided by it’s 11.6-inch width as well as the all plastic casing, with Asus eschewing the current fashion of brushed aluminum for something that bit cheaper.

As Nokia and now Apple has done with their plastic shelled mobiles, Asus has revelled in this plastic feel and offers a choice of four colours: ‘Hot Pink’, ‘Ocean Blue’, ‘Gentle Black’ and ‘Elegant White’. Ours is in the last of these, and although we don’t have any issues with the aesthetic, 'elegant' is putting it a bit strongly.

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The plastic shell is lightly textured and adds slightly curved corners to its mostly angular design. A single Asus logo is the only mark on the white topside of the laptop. Opening it up presents a pretty minimalist inside as well. The keyboard area (including the keys and trackpad) maintain the white colouring, and only Intel and HDMI logos sully the case here. A small silver power button in the top right hand corner is slightly at odds with the colour scheme, but otherwise it works well.

As it’s an 11.6-inch keyboard, the keys are slightly wedged in and there’s no room for a number pad, but more on that later. The screen is the only part of the design that drops the white colour, with a thick black bezel all the way around, with just a webcam and another ASUS logo deviating from the blank appearance.

It’s solidly built, and it feels like it could take a few knocks, especially with its plastic design being harder to scratch than the brushed aluminum finishes favoured by more expensive laptops. Connectivity wise, it’s got a VGA out, HDMI port and USB slot on the left hand side, and an ethernet port, SD Card reader and two more USB ports on the right.

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Asus X200CA – Screen and Sound Quality

While it packs the same 1366x768 resolution as many 15.6-inch laptops, which should make it look super-crisp on a smaller screen, the display is a disappointment all round. The caveat here is that it’s under £300 for a touchscreen laptop, but the details still don’t make for too good reading.

The brightness in particular is very poor. Even at its brightest setting, it recorded just 123 nits in our tests, where any score below 200 is considered bad. Better than 350 is considered outstanding, and to put that into perspective the Microsoft Surface Pro 2013 scored 422. The Delta E mark for colour differentiation was also below average at 5.19 (anything below two is very good) The contrast at 311:1 is equally poor, but the temperature of 7,169K isn’t too much warmer than the ideal of 6,500K.

As the screen is uncomfortably reflective, viewing angles suffer accordingly, and the colour suffers the more you deviate from facing the screen straight on. Even the expected crispness of a 1,366 x 768 resolution on such a small display isn’t quite as good as you’d imagine, with icons not appearing as sharp as we’d expect.

On the bright side, the touch functions work well, although the limited screen dimensions makes the Windows 8 desktop mode particularly fiddly - though that’s a long-standing issue with the O/S rather than the laptop itself. Our beef is with Microsoft there, not Asus.

Sound on the X200CA is no great shakes. While we’ve recently looked at laptops boasting of Bang & Olufson, Beats Audio or Harman Kardon sound systems, Asus' latest is unbranded. The result is the kind of tinny sound you’d expect, but no worse than most laptops where channels are indistinct and bass is close to nonexistent.


December 6, 2013, 11:28 am

So basically the performance and build quality of a Chromebook at a price designed to cover the Windows license fee.

Hold me back.


December 18, 2013, 5:29 am

How does it manage math programs, like SPSS, Stata or Atlas ti (Stadistics)


December 28, 2013, 11:52 pm

there is a version ofthis one with ubuntu, that can be found around 200$


May 6, 2014, 6:34 am

and it's not even worth that with crap linux on it


May 6, 2014, 6:35 am

yup, but then again we are talking about a REAL computer.. not a worthless toy like a chromebook


October 13, 2014, 1:22 pm

I put ubuntu on mine and it runs far better than windows 8 does. I don't see how a faster operating system can be described as crap.


October 13, 2014, 1:37 pm

I love this little laptop, light to carry and totally functional. The screen isn't great, it is sharp but it lacks deep blacks and is quite reflective. You get what you pay for. Ubuntu (14.04) works out of the box with no additional drivers required and is much faster than windows 8.

Douglas Anderson

March 20, 2015, 5:10 pm

You obviously have never used Linux. It works much better than WIndows or OSX.

Sarah Faith

April 15, 2015, 2:23 pm

is it touchscreen??

Jay F

April 15, 2016, 6:49 pm



June 12, 2016, 12:19 am

I got this laptop last year for Christmas, it has been very disappointing at both practicality and efficiently. For instance it regularly configures itself or switches off which means the thing u were doing doesn't get saved and furthermore is deleted so you have to constantly save it while you have a phobia of it deleting anything you are doing.

I am a fan of filmmaking and this doesn't have the capability of even launching movie maker without lagging and then it results to exiting which brings me to another point of it just not responding on certain appliances which make you lag out even more! It has some benefits but overall I would say it is terrible and for what it coasts looking at something else may be a better alternative.

Cassio Cortez

October 10, 2016, 4:08 pm

Don't have a serial port or parallel port?

Josh Sharman (Metal Drought)

November 26, 2016, 11:16 pm

Well i would say any laptop at this price would be a horrible idea to edit video on. Something this low end is more suited to basic we browsing and word processing. For example it has a 1.5 ghz duel core. basically all modern phones have a more powerful processor than that. If you wish to use such taxing software then you should expect to spend £400 or over to get a decent experience. This is a student laptop, For nothing more than streaming media, basic documents and browsing.

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