I didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so my parents always taught me to be resourceful with what I have. This post is all about that … being resourceful. My goal was to buy a Macbook Air because my old 17″ laptop was just too heavy but after looking at the prices ($999 for a 64GB 11.6″ laptop?!), I felt like I needed to build my own that is better and cheaper…
I started with a Asus X202E Vivabook 11.6″, it weighs 2.9 lbs (weighs even less with a SSD!) and is made out of aluminum and plastic and has a very 10 finger responsive touch screen… the problem was .. it has a slim spinning 500GB harddrive which is considerably slower than a SSD. The bigger problem is that standard 2.5″ SSD’s DO NOT fit in this laptop since the hard drive space is so slim. I decided to be resourceful and take matters into my own hands…
I first took apart the bottom and found that the old laptop harddrive easily came out after 4 screws. Then I researched online and realized I could take the casing off of the 2.5″ standard 256 GB crucial SSD. After taking it out of the case (4 screws on top of the harddrive casing), it fit perfectly snug and did not move even without screws holding it down! I put everything else back in place after and installed Windows 8 Enterprise and boom … amazing speed!
Over all I am very happy with this … for roughly $450 (discounted on amazon) for the laptop and $160 for the 256GB crucial SSD, I have 4 times the space of any macbook air under $1000 and about the same speed , weight and even a touch screen!
As always, I take no responsibility for voiding warranties, damage, liability etc.. this post is provided as is, you do everything at your own risk! And yes doing all this will definitely void all your warranties!
Below are links for the items mentioned in this article, buy them and create your own ultra hackbook today!
Update: 2/17/2013 : Also regarding the touchpad, it looks like the software drivers from Asus is the main problem. After researching the Samsung 7 Series uses the same touchpads and have a better driver but Samsung removed it from their webpage. I found a mirror from notebookreview.com – credit goes to user John Ratsey for uploading and sharing this link!