Asus E203MA is the latest netbook by the Taiwanese giant launched in US. It is a mini laptop that packs a 11.6 inch display and powered by the latest Intel Celeron N4000 processor and 4GB RAM. The processor has four cores, four threads, 4MB cache and all that consumes 6W TDP. This makes it a power frugal processor – not as much as the Intel Atom Z3735F quad core processor that used to power most of the 2015/2016 netbooks but it is more powerful and makes the little netbook more powerful.
Perhaps that is the reason why the Asus E203MA is there in our best netbook list. Before we move ahead in our review, here are detailed specifications of the Asus E203MA:
Processor Celeron N 4000 (2 cores / 2 threads, 1.1 to 2.6 GHz, cache 4 MB / TDP 6 W)
memory LPDDR 4 – 2400 4 GB
storage eMMC 64GB
OS Windows 10 Home 64bit
display 11.6-inch HD (1,366 × 768 dots), glossy, non-touchable
Graphics UHD Graphics 600, HDMI
network IEEE 802.11ac compliant, Bluetooth 4.1
Interface USB 3.0 × 2, USB 3.1 Type-C, 300,000 pixel camera, microSD card slot, audio input / output, 2 W + 2 W speaker, array microphone
Battery operating time About 14.6 hours
Size / Weight About 286 × 193 × 16.9 mm (width × depth × height) / about 1 kg
Color variations Pearl white, star gray
On the left, you will find power input, microSD card slot, HDMI, USB 3.0, Type-C. On the right, you will find USB 3.0, voice input / output. The inclination of the panel is 180 degree.
The keyboard is isolation type (chiclet keys) without the numpad, which is obvious since this is a netbook. Touchpad is single plate type – there are no dedicated left and right buttons. The key pitch is about 18mm which is good enough for providing decent touch typing experience. We think it will be a nice cheap laptop for college. AC adapter size is about 45 × 45 × 25 mm, weight 122 grams which is a plus for travelers.
The entire chassis is made of plastic and while it does not have luxurious feeling, it has average texture and design.
Storage comes by 64GB eMMC SanDisk DF 4064 storage. Out of this 39.6GB is available to the user.
In real world test, the performance is much better than something like Lenovo 100s netbook or any other laptop that came with Atom Z3735F processor. Thanks to more RAM and more powerful processor, the performance, in real world, is at par with budget laptops between 200-400 dollars.
Here are benchmark results of various popular programs to check the performance and battery life of Asus E203MA.
PCMark 10 v1.0.1457
PCMark 10 Score 1,510
App Start-up Score 4,296
Video Conferencing Score 4,441
Web Browsing Score 4, 146
Spreadsheets Score 3,262
Writing Score 2,463
Digital Content Creation 768
Photo Editing Score 889
Rendering and Visualization Score 453
Video Editting Score 1,126
PCMark 8 v 2.8.704
Home Accelarated 3.0 1,873
Creative Accelarated 3.0 1,523
Work Accelarated 2.0 3,143
3D Mark v 2.4.4264
Time Spy n / a
Fire Strike Ultra n / a
Fire Strike Extreme n / a
Fire Strike 276
Sky Diver 871
Cloud Gate 2,204
Ice Storm Extreme 12, 602
Ice Storm 18,883
CINEBENCH R 15
OpenGL 16.72 fps
CPU 141 cb
CPU (Single Core) 69 cb
Q32T1 sequential read 195.951 MB / s
Q32T1 Sequential write 111.106 MB / s
4K Q8T8 random read 31.969 MB / s
4K Q8T8 random write 13.646 MB / s
4K Q32T1 random read 32.785 MB / s
4K Q32T1 random light 13.654 MB / s
4K Q1T1 random read 7.338 MB / s
4K Q1T1 random light 13.137 MB / s
BBench (Display brightness 0%, Power mode: Battery saving function)
Up to 5% battery remaining 13 hours 49 minutes 55 seconds (about 14 hours by specification)