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With an Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and just 32GB of storage, the Asus E203MA laptop with an 11.6 inch display isn’t the kind of laptop that’s likely to replace your workstation or gaming PC. But with Best Buy selling the 2.2 pound laptop for just $170 this week, it could make a nice machine if you’re looking for something portable that’s capable of running Windows software and that’s cheap enough that you might not be all that distraught if you accidentally leave it in the back seat of a cab.

Meanwhile if you’re looking for something with a bit more horsepower, there are also some great deals on higher-performance laptops, tablets, and convertibles from Dell, HP, and Microsoft in today’s roundup.

Here are some of the day’s best deals.


Convertible laptops


Amazon Echo devices (refurbished)


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15 replies on “Daily Deals (2-11-2019)”

  1. I have the Asus 203MA with 4 GB of RAM. It starts up fast and is surprisingly capable. I do all of my writing in it (during breaks at work, etc.) and it runs classic games with ease (most of my GOG library like Far Cry, X-com, Deus Ex, etc). It’s also good for emulation. I got it for $130 during the holiday season, but & $170 isn’t bad.

  2. I bought that Asus during the holiday shopping season, $120 at Best Buy. After watching ETAPRIME on YouTube use it for retrograming, I thought I’d give it a try. I immediately upgraded it to Windows 10 Home. (it came with 10S). I was pleasantly surprised at the performance.

    I ran Windows Update to get to the latest fixes and patches, disabled Windows Update, cleaned the system and have 16GB free out of 32. Nice little system (not my primary or secondary) to tinker around with.

    1. What is the upgrade cost from the worthless 10S to 10 Home? This is a pretty decent price for a little beater laptop, but I want to make sure the upgrade fee wouldn’t make other laptops more appealing.

  3. DO NOT BUY ASUS! On the 21st of September 2018 I bought an ASUS VivoBook Flip 12 P/N: TP202NA-OB04T S/N: J7N0GR01E971274 for $199 from Office Depot in Pembroke Pines, Florida. I could NOT install Linux Mint on it, the UEFI BIOS prevented me from accessing the on board MMC storage. After two weeks of wrangling with ASUS customer service, ASUS finally admitted that the BIOS was locked down for Microsoft Windows only and they would do nothing to unlock it. Nowhere did ASUS admit to this in their advertisements, specifications or documentation for this machine. In my opinion Microsoft OWNS this laptop, even though I paid money for it, and ASUS abetted them in doing this to me. I’m DONE with ASUS. You should be too.

    1. You should have started that as “Do not buy Asus if you want to run Linux. That would have saved us from: (1) All caps; and (2) Wasting our time reading about something we’ll never likely do.

        1. Well then he could have said: “Do not buy Asus if you don’t know what you’re doing.” 😉

    1. My first thought would be thermal management. The two extra cores might have limited benefit in that particular setup. And the lower price doesn’t hurt them for a low-end product.

  4. I wonder how it would run under a light version of Linux. I have an old Asus netbook that is good for light tasks using LXDE on Linux Mint.

  5. I have a much older version of that Asus, with an Atom Z3735F processor. It has half the ram but the same amount of storage. It’s too bad they didn’t double both–without that change I wouldn’t recommend. But I agree it’s a nice sized device to drag around.

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