The high-performance laptop for audio-visual editing : E203MA – Celeron N4000 from Asus.

Foreword

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We’ve put this E203MA through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

E203MA the right choice for surfing the internet?

We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. With this E203MA, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by Asus are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 11 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Celeron N4000. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the E203MA, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 64 Gb. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
In the end, with an autonomy of 6 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

Is E203MA one for watching movies and listening to music ?

Asus has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. This E203MA is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In other words, a computer dedicated to « classic » uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 11 inches, with a 1366×768. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this E203MA product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this E203MA. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
On the sound side, it E203MA has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Celeron N4000, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 600 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Asus has made efforts with available 3 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
As for battery life, it E203MA can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. 6 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see. 

Is E203MA planned for travelling ?

Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Asus the design of this E203MA. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. Here’s what it turned out : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
Its weight of 1 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. A 11 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
Too bad for the processor Celeron N4000 that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Asus; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 6 hours before the breakdown.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 64 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Equipped with a compact 11 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.

The E203MA to make audio or video editing. 

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this E203MA, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Asus puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10S are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Celeron N4000 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 64 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. The available battery life is of 6 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
On the connection side, the E203MAi s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
By choosing this E203MA, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.

E203MA for video games?

It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. With this E203MA, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 64 Gb it E203MAis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this E203MA that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1 Kg.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 6 hours.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this E203MA one. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

Is the E203MA adapted to office automation ?

Access on efficiency, this E203MA is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10S.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model weighs 1 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
No anti-reflective treatment on this E203MA. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 64 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive E203MAcan be quickly filled.
Ultimately, this E203MA is an intermediate choice. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.

What about the E203MA ?

The conclusion of the test E203MA is that almost all its specifications are below the others. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– travel use
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing