When it comes to budget laptops, compromising performance for price can be risky and ultimately a costly decision in the long run. The Asus EeeBook X205TA is so cheap that it brings those concerns. But is it so cheap that it’s worth avoiding, or do Asus buck the trend and produce a model that gives customers great performance as well as good value for money. This Asus EeeBook X205TA review will address the questions you may have, and point out the pros and cons of this model.
The Asus EeeBook X205TA is a netbook which runs on the Windows 8.1 operating system and it looks to deliver the best possible Windows experience its specifications will allow. For its price – the EeeBook retails below $200 – the performance of the laptop is admirable. Equipped with a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM, the netbook can cope with running multiple small-scale operations. These types of products are tailored for students or those looking for a work computer and therefore while a 32GB hard drive may seem tiny, it is still easily big enough to hold tens of thousands of files. In addition, the sort of operations that would most regularly be carried out on a netbook (word processing, internet browsing) do not require masses of power, hence, the processor is not as inferior as it may appear at first glance.
Perhaps the X205TA’s biggest selling point is its tremendous battery life. Testing indicated that the device could last for up to 12 hours of continuous use – far longer than any of its competitors, and four hours longer than the netbook average. The speakers have a high maximum volume for a netbook too. A further workout indicated that the Asus EeeBook X205TA doesn’t overheat either, and could play videos for an extended period of time without rising much above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/asus-eeebook-x205ta).
Asus haven’t tried to do too much with the design, and that isn’t such a bad thing. The minimalist look works well, and the dark blue color helps to produce a professional look. However, one major criticism is that the Asus EeeBook X205TA can quickly begin to look dirty because of the fingerprint marks that it leaves. The webcam can also appear grainy too and only offers a 420p resolution, which is below par and possibly undesirable if you want to use the netbook for business calls.
Most people will be looking to do a lot of typing with their netbook so having a well laid out keyboard is important. The EeeBook performs well in this department and allows for quick typing once one gets used to the tight layout. But the touchpad has drawn complaints (http://www.computershopper.com/laptops/reviews/asus-eeebook-x205ta) with some suggesting that the fingerprint scrolling system doesn’t often work well.
The Asus EeeBook X205TA has an 11.6 inch screen which has a 1366 x 768 resolution. It has an Intel HD graphics card which handles videos easily and manages to run games better than some netbooks, although as expected it comes up short with games which demand high specifications. Attached is a headphone jack, a micro HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports and a slot for a microSD card, which is ideal if you are looking to increase the storage. This netbook excels with its dimensions and weight. It is a nifty netbook which is perfect for taking around with you. The computer has a 0.6 inches high, 11.2 inches wide and 7.6 inches long. Combined with a weight of just 2.16 pounds, you won’t even know that it’s in your bag. It’s also noticeably lighter than some of the other netbooks around.
Companies are focussing a lot on the budget netbook market nowadays and as a result there is a lot of choice in the market. The Asus EeeBook X205TA compares well to those it is up against, and does not disappoint for its price. While not the fastest netbook, it isn’t slow either and the model trumps all of its rival with the massive battery life. This product isn’t going to be on your radar if you’re looking for a traditional powerful laptop, but it’s an ideal device for those who need a device to carry out work. Asus have fulfilled that objective well and have come up with one of the better netbooks of 2015.