Evaluate: Asus VivoBook W202 with Home windows 10 S


When Microsoft introduced its new Windows 10 S working system in Could, the corporate put safety entrance and heart. To maintain rogue packages from getting into a company’s digital ecosystem, the OS runs all software program in a protected container and permits solely apps which were vetted by the Microsoft Windows Store and adjust to Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) requirements to be put in.

Though Microsoft pitched Home windows 10 S as an OS for the training market (consider it as Microsoft’s reply to Google’s Chrome OS), IT leaders and analysts instantly noticed its locked-down nature as promising for business as nicely. The worth-add for corporations is lower-priced techniques that function within the acquainted Home windows setting whereas proscribing the software program an worker can load.

Home windows 10 S is presently accessible on solely a handful of units, together with Microsoft’s Surface Laptop, which begins at $999 and definitely doesn’t fall within the “lower-priced techniques” class. Way more reasonably priced techniques can be found from HP, Dell and Acer, with extra on the way in which from Samsung, Toshiba and others. We obtained our palms on the $279 Asus VivoBook W202, to see the way it — and Home windows 10 S — performs for enterprise.


Measuring 11.6 x 7.eight x zero.9 in. and weighing 2.7 lb., the Asus VivoBook W202 will not be the thinnest laptop computer within the workplace, however it's surprisingly small, mild and straightforward to hold from room to room. With its small two-prong AC adapter, the W202’s journey weight is a modest 2.9 lb.

Its 11.6-in. show exhibits wide-XGA (1366 x 768-pixel) decision, and the matte end reduces stray reflections, corresponding to from an workplace’s overhead lighting. There isn't a HD (1920 x 1080) possibility. Though the hinge opens to 180 levels so the system may be laid flat on a tabletop, its show is just not a contact display.

The darkish blue and grey plastic case has a sealed keyboard and gentle rubber inserts across the case’s edge to soak up among the shock of an influence. In line with the corporate, it’s robust sufficient to outlive 47-in. drops and a couple of.2 oz. of liquid spilled on the keyboard.

Ought to one thing break, the VivoBook W202 is simple to service. It took me 5 minutes to take away the 10 screws beneath to open the system up for repairing or changing the battery or keyboard.