Early Christmas Gift – ASUS E210 laptop

Early Christmas Gift – ASUS E210 laptop

Remember the Netbook days? We can still find out some small laptops in the market, particularly laptops in the 11.6-inch range. This is the case of the ASUS E210 laptop. Small, lightweight, with a basic processor that allow us to do basic tasks on the go.

This laptop is currently on Sale at Best Buy locations in the United States. Its sale price is just $100 dollars. You read that right, just $100.

At that price, you get the following:

  • CPU: Intel Celeron N4020 (2 Cores / 2 Threads only)
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600
  • RAM: 4GB RAM (Soldered. Not upgradeable)
  • SDD: 64GB eMMC (Not upgradeable, but there is an NVMe slot for an additional drive)
  • OS: Windows 11 preinstalled – Compatible with Linux
  • WiFi: Wireless AC. Realtek RTL8821CE module
  • Bluetooth: IMC Networks Bluetooth Radio
  • Camera: VGA camera
  • Screen: 11.6-inch 1366×768 LCD panel.
  • Battery: 38Wh Li-Ion battery (Replaceable)
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x USB 3.2 Type A
    • 1x USB 3.2 Type C
    • 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
    • 1x DC In Jack

Thus, the specs seem right for the price, with the added bonus of being able to add a secondary NVMe drive for additional storage. It is lacking in the ports department, with just 2 USB-A ports and 1 USB-C port. It has to be noted that the USB-C port can not be used for video out nor as an alternative method for charging the laptop. This model also lacks a Micro SD card and the keyboard is not backlit.

Having gone with this intro, let’s start the unboxing process.


The box is small and lightweight. It is generic for the most part, having the ASUS branding and on the back, we have the label containing the product information:

Opening the box reveals the laptop, with the charger on its side:

We then have the user manuals:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 6 - Laptop accessories and documentation

The charger is small:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 7 - ASUS E210MA laptop charger

The laptop

The laptop came protected inside a sleeve:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 8 - Laptop in protective cover

It is small, and has an attractive, shiny black color:

On the sides, we have the ports:

Let’s take a look at the internals:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 14 - Laptop internals

The battery is fully replaceable. This is good news, in case we may need to replace it in the future. The battery model is C21N1913:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 15 - Battery Part Number

We see there is an empty slot for an optional NVMe drive:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 16 - Laptop NVMe slot

Speaking of empty slots, the laptop board has a space for a Micro SD card reader. Unfortunately, this particular model does not include it:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 18 - Laptop MicroSD card slot

The NGFF/M.2 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Module is model AW-CB304NF. It uses a Realtek RTL8821CE card internally. It is a Wi-Fi 5 (AC) card, but the good news is we can replace it for a Wi-Fi 6 card:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 17 - Laptop Wifi and Bluetooth module

Powering on the laptop

For the first time boot, I had to connect the power adapter. It then powered on and went into the Windows setup:

At this point, I powered it off in order to go to the machine BIOS, disabled Secure Boot, and went to Boot the Ubuntu installer flash drive:

Before performing any changes, I used the dd command to create an image of the eMMC drive:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 30 - Ubuntu Setup 2

After that, I did installed Ubuntu, made my customization, and here we have it:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 31 - Ubuntu Installed

I had to install a driver in order to get the Numeric Pad to work, since it is integrated in the touchpad. This is a topic for another post:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 32 - Touchpad Numpad working in Linux

Bluetooth works very well and the range is amazing. I connected my FiiO BTR7 Bluetooth adapter and walked around my house. It managed to have a stable connection:

ASUS E210MA 11.6 inch laptop - 33 - Bluetooth working

System Performance

For such a low cost laptop, it performs fairly well. I’ve just had it and have not run any intensive tasks, but I have written this post straight from it (Photos were watermarked in my main PC). Firefox seem to run very well, and I can type without any problems. Streaming using Tidal in it is lag-free, meanwhile for some reason, when I used Microsoft Edge, there was some pause sometimes.

Battery Life so far seem to be excellent. I will be watching movies later to see how much it lasts.

The 4GB of RAM seem to be enough, especially since I’m using Linux.

The Keyboard is very responsive and makes the usual noise. The type feeling is very good. Similarly, the touchpad is also very responsive and doesn’t have problems with accidental touching or sensitivity while typing.

The 3.5mm Audio Jack provides excellent audio quality. This is important because due to the lack of additional USB ports, I can save one by just using it instead of using a USB DAC. Also, since the Bluetooth connection is stable, that can also be used as an alternative to the audio jack, if you prefer.

The screen size is small, and although I’m used to work on a Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, it is not a big deal, considering the small size. It makes reading better, actually. The screen also good brightness,


Overall, I’m very satisfied with this small laptop. I will keep doing some tests, but for the $100 special price, it is definitely worth it.