Asus EeeBook X205 – A New Avatar of the Netbook
Asus made an attempt to release the Eee Linux PC around 2007 for $199, but the price of the system was eventually valued over $300. Ever since, the Eee brand started focussing on the premium market prior to slowly fading away, making the launch of the EeeBook X205 surprising to most people. The laptop uses Windows 8.1 and comes with a 11.6-inch screen, and costs only around $199. Not only is it an affordable option to users, but the superior operating system makes it even cheaper than the Chromebooks designed by Asus.
The weight of the Asus EeeBook X205 is less than a kilogram. It has an Intel Atom quad-core T3735 Bay Trail processor, an LED backlit screen of 1366-by-768, RAM space of 2 GB, a micro HDMI socket, a micro SDXC slot, and a VGA webcam. The system is available in red, gold or white, and comes with a full-size keyboard in addition to a big trackpad. The 38 Wh battery keeps running for almost 12 hours while browsing.
When it comes to storage, users have the option of choosing either a 64 GB or 32 GB flash memory. Moreover, there is a large amount of free space for cloud storage – 15 GB of Microsoft OneDrive which lasts for life, plus 500 GB of ASUS Web Storage that lasts for two years, as well as 100 GB of OneDrive. It also has W-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and measures 17.5 x 193.3 x 286 mm.
The Netbook, although similar to the smaller Windows 8 tablets rental does not have a touchscreen. Users will have to do all their computing through the mouse and keyboard. The size of the keyboard in the EeeBook is impressive, but it has a spongy feel. The inclusion of a touchscreen contributes towards the appeal of the Asus EeeBook X205 and also make it a great alternative to a tablet. The issue is further compounded when users realise that the operating system that powers the system, was designed in a manner such that it would prod on touch-capable screens.
Though users can navigate the operating system and its home screen that is colorful and tile-based using a keyboard and a trackpad, the experience is often reported to be frustrating. It is by no means as intuitive as using a table manufactured by Android or iPad, which makes it essential for potential buyers to keep in mind if they are considering the purchase of an Asus EeeBook either for themselves or a less tech-savvy relative or friend. However, Asus is expected to make up for the absence of a touchscreen by incorporating a larger trackpad and making it more user-friendly.