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Asus new $200 notebook has a Cherry Trail processor, now up for order

Asus first added its latest entry-range Windows laptops to its webstore in January this year. They weren’t available for purchase at the time, but now the Asus VivoBook E200HA-US01 can be picked up in the U.S.

The laptop sports a quad-core Intel Atom X5 clocking in at 1.84GHz, referred to by Asus as one of two Cherry Trail processors, the other being the slightly more powerful Intel Atom X7. In addition to the modest processor (it’s a budget laptop, so don’t go expecting top-marks performance), the laptop comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC internal storage. More storage for your latest phototrip or movies can be achieved via the laptop’s MicroSD card reader, which supports up to 2TB of storage.

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You can browse your photos via the laptop’s display, which measures 11.6 inches and 1366 x 768 pixels. Using this for video calls will be complemented with a built-in VGA webcam. The battery life is said to be up to 14 hours, but considering the price and target audience, that number probably doesn’t take any processing heavy tasks into account. Fittingly for such power, the laptop is only 0.7 inches thick and weighs just above 2 pounds, so portability is a definite plus.

Connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 3.0, and a USB 3.o port in addition to a USB 2.0. There’s also a micro HDMI port to transfer the screen to a second monitor or projector.

Software includes Windows 10 Home and a one-year subscription to Office 365. Considering the hardware powering this device, potential buyers should take a moment to consider what they want their computer to do and how much money they’re willing to spend for it. For movies, music, and office work, this laptop looks like it will get the job done, but for gaming or video editing you’ll likely be fairly limited with more demanding features.

The laptop goes for $199 and comes in gold or dark blue.