The Q200E is a great little laptop that is generally available for about $449 at Best Buy. The Q200e and the other similar models sold elsewhere (X202E, S200E) are definitely one of the best touchscreen Windows 8 laptop options out there! Unfortunately, they are all shipped with a relatively slow hard drive and the RAM is soldered in. The only other thing the Q200E is lacking is Bluetooth
You can now replace the slow hard drive with a fast SSD and you can even add Bluetooth!
*Bloatware removal is of course recommended as well :-)
Here are step-by-step photos of the hard drive removal and SSD upgrade process, these instructions apply to the Q200E/S200E/X202E:
(you can disregard the mini pci-e wifi card upgrade photos if you want to stick with the standard Q200E wifi only (no bluetooth) setup)
RATING NOTE: while this upgrade is a little more difficult than some other laptops, but the new SSD still resulted in a HUGE performance improvement so I give this upgrade a 4.5/5 star rating
FYI ASUS has a variety of very similar models in this line, including:
- X202E (it even comes in pink now!),
They are all identical in basic construction and the hard drive upgrade process is exactly the same for all of them. Right out of the box the Q200E is a very nice machine however, the slow hard drive really drags down the overall performance . So I chose to upgrade mine to a Samsung 840 SSD and the performance improvement has been drastic*!
*Note: I also did a clean install of Windows 8 Pro (which is possible even when using upgrade edition media), this eliminated any bloatware that had been loaded from the factory.