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Budget touch for notebook; Gadgets.

ASUS VIVOBOOK S 200 PS450 THE recent release of Microsoft's tactile, friendly Windows 8 OS has seen a raft of desktop and laptop PCs sporting touchscreen displays.

This budget, but surprisingly capable, notebook just misses out on being deemed an Ultrabook, but it feels far from bulky.

It's no slouch either, with a nippy 1.8Ghz Core i3-3217U processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk. While the glossy 11.6-inch screen squeezed into the classy metal chassis can't boast Full-HD or fancy IPS tech, it does still look satisfyingly sharp, with the touchscreen responsive and working great with Windows 8. There's no DVD drive, but you do get D-SUB and HDMI video outputs, two USB 2 ports, one USB 3 port, an SD Card reader and an Ethernet socket. The big compromise comes with battery life, with it conking out at a below average five-and-a-half hours with regular browsing.

p p i h Despite these gripes and its modest price, this is one of the best examples of a PC marrying a touchscreen with Microsoft's new operating system.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 16, 2012
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