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Review Asus F200MA-CT067H Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/13/2014

Couch surfer. Asus demands 370 Euros (~$507) for its little 11.6-inch F200MA-CT067H netbook. An energy-efficient processor allows for good battery runtimes and quiet operation. Thus, the computer looks good as a browsing machine in the living room. Our report uncovers the netbook's other talents.

For the original German review, see here.

10 and 11.6-inch netbooks have received strong competition from tablets and convertibles over the past few years. However, netbooks still seem to enjoy some popularity. Asus wants to cater to this need with its F200MA product line. Our report reveals whether this series is compelling.

We used the Lenovo IdeaPad S215 (AMD A4-5000, Radeon HD 8330) and Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A (Celeron N2810, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)) to classify the netbook.

Case & Connectivity

Asus packs the F200MA's technology in a snow-white, plastic casing. The device is available in other colors. The casing has a solid build and does not exhibit any particular instabilities. It can only be warped marginally below the touchpad - but that is possible in most laptops. The lid's back proves to be sensitive for pressure. Image distortions are provoked easily. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position. Asus does not treat the little laptop to a maintenance cover, and the battery is incorporated into the device. In terms of interfaces, the F200MA does not have anything special to offer and provides the ports that most laptops feature nowadays. Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is pre-loaded. We did not experience any problems with Wi-Fi reception. The connection was always stable.

Asus F200MA-CT067H (picture: Asus).
Asus F200MA-CT067H (picture: Asus).
White is the color of choice (picture: Asus).
White is the color of choice (picture: Asus).
The lid's back is structured (picture: Asus).
The lid's back is structured (picture: Asus).
Left: AC-in, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 (picture: Asus).
Left: AC-in, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 (picture: Asus).
Right: memory card reader, combo audio jack, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet port, Kensington lock slot (picture: Asus).
Right: memory card reader, combo audio jack, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet port, Kensington lock slot (picture: Asus).
The netbook is also available in black,...
The netbook is also available in black,...
...hot pink...
...hot pink...
...and blue (picture: Asus).
...and blue (picture: Asus).

Input Devices

Asus F200MA's input devices
Asus F200MA's input devices

The keys of the unlit chiclet keyboard feature a flat, lightly roughened surface. They have a short drop and clear pressure point. Their resistance is satisfactory. The keyboard slightly yields when typing on it. We did not find that annoying though. The multi-touch supporting ClickPad's size of 10.5 x 6.1 cm is very generous. The sleek surface facilitates swiping with the fingers. The pad has a short drop and a clearly audible and palpable pressure point. A touchscreen is available as an alternative input device. We did not have problems with it, and it responded immediately to inputs.

Display

The F200MA is equipped with a glare-type, 11.6-inch screen. Its native resolution is 1366x768 pixels. The brightness of 175 cd/m² will not impress anyone. This rate is no longer contemporary. It looks better with the contrast of 361:1 and black level of 0.49 cd/m², but not really good either.

181
cd/m²
169
cd/m²
173
cd/m²
171
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
176
cd/m²
172
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 181 cd/m²
Average: 174.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 177 cd/m²
Black: 0.49 cd/m²
Contrast: 361:1

Asus laptops always exhibit good color rates because the company preinstalls color profiles. Consequently, the screen in the F200MA has an average DeltaE 2000 shift of 6.46. The target range of DeltaE less than 3 is quite nearby. The screen at most displays a minor bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Asus F200MA outdoors
Asus F200MA outdoors

The screen's low brightness and reflective surface prevent outdoor use. Beyond that, the screen can only offer limited viewing angles. However, this was to be expected in view of the netbook's price range.

Performance

Asus offers a simple, 11.6-inch netbook with the F200MA. It is made for basic tasks like browsing, typing, and video playback. Playing videos is also possible with the device. Our review sample is sold for approximately 370 Euros (~$507). The currently lowest-priced model (F200MA-KX080D) costs around 260 Euros (~$356). The device then does not include a Windows operating system or touchscreen. The buyer also has to live with 2 GB of working memory. The other equipment is the same as in our review sample.

Processor

The F200MA is powered by a Celeron N2815 processor. This dual-core CPU is based on Intel's Silvermont architecture like all current Atom processors. The Celeron clocks with 1.86 GHz that can be boosted to 2.13 GHz via Turbo. The processor has a TDP of 7.5 watts.

The processor's full computing power is always available. The Cinebench CPU benchmarks proved that. All three laptops deliver very similar scores in the single-thread tests. The IdeaPad won the multi-thread tests because it sports four CPU cores.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
2111 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
2781 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
1509 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2050
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2038
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1068
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
5.85 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.4 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
3.7 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
62 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
34 Points
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.4 Points ∼20%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.37 Points ∼19% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad S215 59372287
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.38 Points ∼19% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.39 Points ∼20% -2%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.61 Points ∼31% +53%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.76 Points ∼4%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.72 Points ∼4% -5%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.3 Points ∼7% +71%
Lenovo IdeaPad S215 59372287
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.48 Points ∼8% +95%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.48 Points ∼8% +95%

System Performance

Despite the relatively weak CPU, the system mostly runs smoothly. The weak CPU is occasionally noticed. For example, displaying file content needs a bit of time. The F200MA finished the PCMark 7 benchmark with a marginal lead on both contenders.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage2688 points
PCMark 71586 points
PCMark 8 Home v21324 points
PCMark 8 Creative v2797 points
PCMark 8 Work v21177 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1586 Points ∼23%
Lenovo IdeaPad S215 59372287
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1472 Points ∼21% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1473 Points ∼21% -7%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1504 Points ∼22% -5%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1973 Points ∼28% +24%

Storage Devices

Data is stored on a Toshiba hard drive with a capacity of 500 GB that spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The transfer rates are like we know and expect from a 5400 rpm hard drive.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Sequential Read: 102 MB/s
Sequential Write: 98.25 MB/s
512K Read: 33.23 MB/s
512K Write: 38.62 MB/s
4K Read: 0.402 MB/s
4K Write: 0.882 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.759 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.841 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's currently weakest graphics core is installed in the little computer with the HD Graphics from the Bay Trail generation. It supports DirectX 11 and clocks with speeds ranging from 400 to 756 MHz. The F200MA and the Satellite present identical scores in the 3DMark benchmarks. The IdeaPad achieves the best results by far because it sports the strongest graphics core.

3D Mark
3DMark 11222 points
3DMark Ice Storm15146 points
3DMark Cloud Gate1110 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
222 Points ∼1%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
212 Points ∼1% -5%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
356 Points ∼2% +60%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
581 Points ∼3% +162%
Lenovo IdeaPad S215 59372287
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
591 Points ∼3% +166%

Gaming Performance

The little F200MA can hardly cope with computer games, if at all. Single games in a low resolution and low quality setting can be played smoothly at most.

low med.high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 13.87fps
Asus F200MA-CT067H
Intel Celeron N2815, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo IdeaPad S215 59372287
AMD A4-5000, AMD Radeon HD 8330, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
Intel Celeron N2810, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Tomb Raider
88%
-9%
1024x768 Low Preset13.825.6
86%
12.6
-9%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x713.2
89%
6.4
-9%

Emissions

System Noise

The fan is usually inactive in idle mode. Only the hard drive's quiet noise and the access noise are heard. Noise will not distract the user much during load either. The fan only increased its speed slightly in the stress test. We measured a noise level of 34.7 dB, which is a good rate. The contenders achieve similar rates.

Noise Level

Idle 31.4 / 31.4 / 31.4 dB(A)
HDD 34.2 dB(A)
Load 32.9 / 34.7 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Asus F200MA in the stress test.
Asus F200MA in the stress test.

None of the three computers get exceptionally hot in idle mode. The F200MA and the Satellite surpassed 40 °C at several measuring points in the stress test. The F200MA's CPU and GPU performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) at full speed (CPU: 2.13 GHz; GPU: 756 MHz) in both AC and battery mode. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 78 °C in the stress test.

 30.2 °C30 °C28.7 °C 
 30.6 °C30.8 °C28.3 °C 
 29.5 °C30.3 °C28.5 °C 
Maximum: 30.8 °C
Average: 29.7 °C
32.5 °C33.1 °C33.6 °C
32.1 °C37.6 °C33 °C
29.7 °C32.6 °C31.6 °C
Maximum: 37.6 °C
Average: 32.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  36.2 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers in the F200MA are located on the casing's front edge on the underside. They are not an audio sensation. The sound is rather thin and lacks bass. The pre-loaded Audio Wizard software cannot change anything about that either.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The little F200MA does not exhibit any irregularities in energy requirement. The power consumption is within the range that we expect from netbooks based on the Bay Trail platform. The Satellite's rates are on par, but the IdeaPad consumes more power during load because the laptop sports four processor cores.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idle / 6.5 / 7.1 Watt
Load 12.4 / 14.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940
Asus F200MA-CT067H
Intel Celeron N2815, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
Intel Celeron N2810, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo IdeaPad S215 59372287
AMD A4-5000, AMD Radeon HD 8330, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
Intel Celeron N2805, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF032
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
Intel Celeron N2820, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Power Consumption
3%
-26%
7%
-19%
Idle Average *6.57.4
-14%
6.9
-6%
6.3
3%
7.6
-17%
Idle Maximum *7.17.6
-7%
7.8
-10%
6.5
8%
9.1
-28%
Load Average *12.49.5
23%
17
-37%
11.8
5%
14.4
-16%
Load Maximum *14.112.6
11%
21.1
-50%
12.5
11%
16.1
-14%
Idle Minimum *63.75.45.2

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Websites are automatically opened ever 40 seconds in our practical Wi-Fi test. The energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to roughly 150 cd/m².  The F200MA achieved a runtime of 5:01 h here. This is a good rate in relation to the battery capacity of 33 Wh. The IdeaPad (5:02 h) is on par while the Satellite (2:52 h) shuts down earlier.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
5h 01min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
301 min ∼11%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
172 min ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad S215 59372287
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
302 min ∼11%

Verdict

Asus' F200MA-CT067H is a little, 11.6-inch computer that is suitable for Internet surfing, occasional typing, and similar basic tasks. The device operates quietly and does not consume much energy. The battery runtime ascertained in the practical Wi-Fi test is also impressive. The installed screen reaps in the most complaint because it is dark, and its contrast is poor. The netbook's low price level would definitely permit installing a better screen.

Lenovo's IdeaPad S215 offers the highest CPU and GPU performance. At the same time, it achieves the same battery runtimes as the F200MA. Besides that, the laptop features a matte screen. The IdeaPad also has the brightest screen out of the three comparison devices. Toshiba's Satellite NB10t-A-101 has the lowest energy requirement of the three comparison computers and the lowest operating noise. It is the only computer with a maintenance cover.

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In Review: Asus F200MA-CT067H netbook. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
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Specifications

Asus F200MA-CT067H
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 400-756 MHz, 10.18.10.3355
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, soldered directly on the motherboard
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, 10 point multi-touch, AU Optronics B116XW03 V0, TN LED, glossy: yes
Harddisk
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB 
, 408 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Valleyview SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD,
Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Atheros AR9485 WiFi Adapter (b g n )
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 30.4 x 302 x 200 ( = 1.2 x 11.89 x 7.87 in)
Weight
1.2 kg ( = 42.33 oz) Power Supply: 137 g ( = 4.83 oz)
Battery
33 Wh Lithium-Ion
Price
399 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Microsoft Office 365 (trial), 12 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Quiet operation
+Low power consumption
+Barely heats up
 

Cons

-12 month warranty only
-Fast Ethernet only
-Dark, low-contrast screen

Shortcut

What we like

The low operating noise, the low power consumption, and the good battery runtimes.

What we'd like to see

A brighter screen with a higher contrast.

What surprises us

Asus only includes a one-year warranty, while Satellite and IdeaPad buyers benefit from a 24-month warranty period.

The competition

Lenovo IdeaPad S215, Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145, HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb, Acer Aspire V5-131, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130.

Rating

Asus F200MA-CT067H
05/05/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
62 / 98 → 63%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
57%
Weight
73 / 78 → 88%
Battery
88%
Display
71%
Games Performance
36 / 85 → 42%
Application Performance
40%
Temperature
89 / 91 → 98%
Noise
92%
Audio
41 / 91 → 45%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
64%
74%
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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-05-13 (Update: 2014-05-14)