ASUS does in fact make their own line of Chromebooks, but the company is making sure that they can appeal to any audience, even if it means competing with their own products. They aren’t just limiting their budget priced notebooks for Google’s operating system. At IFA 2014 ASUS unveiled the EeeBook X205. It is an 11.6 inch notebook stays around the same price as their line of Chromebooks but adds a few different features. It launches later this year and will retail for $200.
The EeeBook X205 looks great. It is really small and light, but big enough to have an enjoyable experience. It is 11.26 x 7.61 x 1.09 inches and weighs just over 2 pounds. There is no way carrying this thing around is going to wear you out, and it will probably fit just about anywhere you could pack it. It has a nice, smooth and attractive plastic body and is available in white, black, or gold. I haven’t seen the gold version yet, but I am a sucker for anything that offers a gold option.
You aren’t going to get any seriously heavy work done on this notebook like video editing or sound production, but it is more than enough to do every day computing on. It does have some cool features too, like being able to stay connected to the internet when when its asleep. This means that it can wake up about as fast as a smartphone and you’ll be able to automatically download updates without even having to do anything.
Inside the EeeBook X205 there is a quad core Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3735 processor with 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. It comes installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing, which is basically the Windows version of Chrome. For two years you get 500GB of ASUS WebStorage for free. That is even better than the 100GB of free storage that Chromebooks offer for the same exact length of time.
This is definitely a really cool alternative to a Chromebook and even comes with some features that you’re not going to find anywhere else. It is for sure worth checking out, and should be hitting shelves in the United States sometime this fall.
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