As you probably understood from the introduction, ASUS S5200NE is a notebook based on Intel Centrino technology featuring an Intel Pentium M microprocessor, an Intel core-logic and an Intel WLAN adapter.
ASUSTeK Computers supplies a number of computers with different configuration within the S5200-series laptops, though, there are two major notebook models in the family: S5200N and S5200NE. The former comes in black body and builds in Intel Pentium M processor at 1.40GHz, 1.50GHz, 1.60GHz or 1.70GHz; the latter – ASUS S5200NE – is white and is based on Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M 1.0GHz processor. There are no substantial differences between S5200N and S5200NE notebooks apart from those mentioned.
It is pretty evident that the S5200N is intended mostly for those, who value performance of their mobile computers, while the S5200NE is extremely stylish and will be an astonishing choice for those looking for a beautiful notebook, even not very powerful one. Personally I prefer to have a stylish gadget rather than a fast one, as I do not play games and my tasks do not require a lot of computing power. Furthermore, the S5200N weighs 1.35 kilograms, while the S5200NE’s weight is just 1.28 kilograms. While 70 grams is certainly not a lot, that is a weight of a conventional mobile phone.
There are not a lot of white notebooks on the market, the only brand I can remember instantly is Apple, but they are pretty expensive and some do not like them, even though a number of their models definitely deserve a close look.
Let us go to precise specifications of the ASUS S5200NE notebook we have for the review:
- Intel ULV Pentium M processor (Banias) 1.0GHz;
- Intel 855GME+ICH4-M (Montara) integrated chipset;
- SO-DIMM 256MB of PC2700 (333MHz memory);
- Intel Extreme Graphics 2 controller with up to 64MB of memory allocated from the system memory;
- 12.1” XGA TFT display (1024x768 resolution, 252K colours);
- 1.8” 40GB HDD (20GB on some models);
- External slim optical drive CD-RW/DVD Combo (24x/12x/24x), DVD-ROM (8x);
- Integrated V90 56K modem;
- 10/100 BaseT LAN integrated wired network from Realtek;
- Wireless network: Intel PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 controller with 802.11b support;
- I/O ports: 3 USB 2.0; 1 mini IEEE1394; 1 PCMCIA port compliant type II/I 32-bit PC CardBus 1.0; D-Sub (VGA); mini-jacks for headphones and microphone;
- MMC, SD, Memory Stick , MS PRO flash card slot;
- Power consumption controlling technology ASUS Power4Gear;
- AC’97 stereo sound with SoundMAX technology and 3D effects;
- 50W universal power adapter;
- Battery life: up to 2.5 hours (up to 7.6 hours with an additional battery);
- 4/2.5hrs battery recharge time (with the notebook turned off/on);
- 275x223x17-25mm dimensions;
- 1.28kg weight.
As you see, there is everything needed for successful operation. The most notable drawback is absence of Bluetooth support – you will either have to get a PCMCIA Bluetooth controller, or a USB Bluetooth dongle. The lack of FDD and IR may also probably be considered as disadvantages, however, given that both are replaced with something more reliable, fast and comfortable, you probably should not worry about this.