ASUS VivoBook W202NA Arrives Just a Little Late to School

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Just when we thought we’d seen all the low-cost Windows 10 S notebooks for the back-to-school season ASUS today announced the VivoBook W202NA ($279 USD), a ruggedized 11.6-inch laptop designed for use in educational settings. The VivoBook W202NA is powered by the latest Intel Celeron processor, and preloaded with Windows 10 S. The VivoBook W202NA features an ergonomically-designed keyboard, along with rubber-reinforced edges and corners to protect the laptop against bumps and knocks. This Windows 10 S laptop also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 for high-speed wireless connections and has a unique three-piece modular design for easy on-site maintenance.

ASUS VivoBook W202NA

Another Affordable Notebook with Windows 10 S

The VivoBook W202NA is pre-loaded with the newly-introduced Windows 10 S, a reconfigured version of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar Windows experience but is entirely based on apps from the Windows Store.

Microsoft markets Windows 10 S primarily for teachers and students given the fact that the streamlined OS offers some advantages for security and performance on value-priced hardware. That, and Windows 10 S largely limits students to browsing the web with Microsoft Edge and only allows students to use apps from the Windows Store to get things done.

A co-authoring function also enables sharing of documents with just a mouse click — ideal for group projects. And far-field voice-recognition technology will also allow users to access Cortana from up to four meters away.

Designed to Survive Home and School

The VivoBook W202NA features rubber-reinforced edges and corners designed to reduce the impact of knocks and bumps to protect critical internal components. ASUS claims it’s one of the toughest laptops available in this class, using MIL-STD810G testing methods and having surpassed stringent twist-force, drop (3.9 feet) and high-pressure durability tests that exceed industry standards.

The VivoBook W202NA is powered by the latest Intel Celeron processor and should deliver more than adequate performance for daily classroom tasks like web browsing, word processing and presentations. The ergonomic keyboard found on the VivoBook W202NA is not only water-resistant but also has an improved back assembly, 1.8mm of key travel and minimal key float for sustained typing sessions. The VivoBook W202NA also features a large touchpad that’s similar in size to those typically used on 14-inch laptops, and supports Windows Precision Touchpad (PTP) standards for smooth tracking and multi-finger gesture recognition.

To ensure user comfort even after hours of use, the display has an anti-glare coating to help minimize instances of eye strain and fatigue. The 180°-rotating hinge lets the user tilt the display at a comfortable viewing angle.

The VivoBook W202NA weighs less than 2.7 lbs., and has backpack-friendly dimensions with a slim 0.9in profile and a desktop footprint smaller than an A4 sheet. It is available in Dark Blue.

Low-Cost and Easy to Service 

While most low-priced Windows 10 S laptops have completely sealed designs that make DIY upgrades and servicing extremely difficult, the VivoBook W202NA has a unique three-piece modular design for easy access to internal components. This makes it incredibly easy for school IT staff to service or upgrade parts without having to remove other components. It also significantly reduces downtime since key components such as the keyboard, touchpad, battery, motherboard, power jack daughter board, and display panels are all easily accessible in a minimum amount of steps.

Availability and Pricing

The ASUS VivoBook W202NA-YS02 has a MSRP of $279 USD and is immediately available. Please visit the product page for where to buy information.

ASUS will also make available a consumer version available in September, the ASUS VivoBook W202NA-DH02, that will feature Windows 10 Home and a light blue color at a MSRP of $299 USD.

Specifications for the ASUS VivoBook W202NA

Processor:

 

Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor (Apollo Lake)

Operating system:

 

Windows 10 S

Display:

 

11.6-inch WXGA (1366 x 768)
180° hinge design
Anti-glare coating

Memory:

 

4GB RAM

Storage:

 

64GB eMMC

Wireless:

 

802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.1

Camera:

 

0.3MP front camera

Connectivity:

 

2x USB 3.0 Type-A
1x HDMI
1x SD card slot
1x 3.5mm audio jack (headphone / mic)
1x DC in
1x Kensington lock

Audio:

 

Array microphone
Speakers with “ICEpower” technology

AC Adapter:

 

Output: 19V/ 1.75A, 33W

Battery:

 

38Wh, up to 11 hours of battery life

Color:

 

Dark Blue

Dimensions:

 

11.57 x 7.87 x 0.89 in

Weight:

 

2.65 lb


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