You're right, I'm probably not the target for Windows 8 and Metro. My main use for this laptop is for personal business (email, presentations, coding). To your point, I think this is just a powerful tablet with a permanently attached keyboard/touchpad.
The touch interface is great if you're using Metro. But, I wasn't a big fan of apps in Desktop mode being opened in Metro, so I stick to the Desktop.
I'm guessing I'd be more open to the Windows 8 touch-aspects on an actual tablet or a convertible ultrabook. This ASUS machine only allows the screen to bend up to ~135 degrees or so. On my lap, that makes it difficult to use the touch-screen.
Again, great laptop (at a great price) if you plan on using the touchscreen more than the keyboard/touchpad.
I like your straightforward honest way of responding.
My purpose for buying this Vivobook was different than most, as I was just looking to learn the touch interface and determine it's value, while becoming familiar enough with it that I could respond to any client questions, as well as resolve any problems they might have.
I had planned on keeping it for less than a week, thinking that would be ample time for me to learn what there was to learn, and although I didn't quite make the deadline for the learning aspect, the reason I kept it so long is because I so very much liked it, meaning both Win 8's touch interface as well as the machine itself.
Eventually, one of my friends talked me into selling it and I immediately ordered another Vivobook, but the 14 incher this time, to see how viable the touch aspect is, with a bigger machine.
Unlike you, I found the 12 incher to be as comfy and easy to use as a tablet, as I sought out all the different useful positions. My tablet that I use daily, didn't come off the charger for a few weeks, while I had the X202e.
Here's another aspect that we perceive differently.... the apps.
I found them to be fantastic, except for the free games.
Comparing some apps against iOS, Android and webOS, Win 8 was a winner.
For instance, if you compare the Skype app. you'll find that all the others look amateur-like, as compared to 8, and so does Internet Explorer.
It's possible that you haven't explored the app collection as much as I have, and simply haven't stumbled upon all the good ones that I found.
BTW: An app called ShowMe Windows 8, proved to have the best tutorials and in a short period of time, I was zipping along with that interface, like an expert, and in a way that the other touch interfaces, simply can't match.
If MSC had as many good graphic intensive free games as Android, there would be a revolution going on right now, as everyone would be scrambling to get a touch Win 8 device.
Anyhow, to stay on topic, once I had installed an SSD into the X202e (not that it wasn't good enough as is), I came to the conclusion that it was the ideal $500 laptop on the market... for me and a bunch of my friends.
Clearly, he who wants to watch movies, is going to be looking for a much bigger machine, and then there are the heavy duty gamers, etc, but the point is, if I stuck the Vivobook into a giftwrapped box and any other $500 laptop in another and let a friend open both yo choose one to keep, I bet you that 9 out of 10 would go with the X202e.
So it's not for everybody, but it is my belief that anyone who is shown how to use the touch interface, will soon feel like I do, that it's my favorite computer type machine.
That in itself, is pretty darn high praise for a laptop that was selling on special for $400.
Maybe you should download that ShowMe Windows 8 app and give the touch interface, one more try.
I'm amazed that people haven't bought up all of the $399 units that Amazon has in stock.
Obviously, the slickdealers don't think this is as great a deal as I think it is.
Admittedly, I have the benefit of having had one, to know how great this little Vivobook is, so that may be why others aren't as impressed, or maybe Amazon has a zillion of them to sell, but I don't think that's the case.
Another possibility is that there's been so much negative chatter on the internet, about Windows 8. perhaps people don't realize how great it is on a touch machine.
There isn't a touch interface that can compare and the only negative one could justifiably say, is that there aren't enough good free games yet, but big deal. I mean... how many good free games did we get with Windows before they included the touch interface? Not very many and what we have now is pure bonus.
If someone is thinking of replacing his/her iPad or Android tablet, then I'd say go for it, unless said person plays a lot of games, in which case, it might be a year or more before the MSC store has as many as the competition (I'm just guessing).
The best way to convey how great the 12 inch Vivobook is, is to tell you how thrilled my friends are, who got one. Even if you're the type of person who has several computer type devices, let's say a PC, one big laptop and a smartphone, rest assured that if you get one of these X202e's too, you'll be using it more than the others.
It works like a charm, looks good, feels good, is a comfortable size, the touch apps are great to the point that using the desktop area that we normally use, seems a bit boring.
The first day the special started, I was concerned that I might not be able to get the 5 units that I wanted, and here we are 4 days later, and they haven't been all scooped up yet.
Is it just me?
How about those of you who have one?
Is it as good as I say it is?
Are you loving it?
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