Asus X205TA

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - FRONT PAGE - By Nidhi Sin­gal

W ith the in­flux of smartphones and tablets over the past cou­ple of years, net­books died a slow death and lap­tops be­gan los­ing their charm. Since then, the man­u­fac­tur­ers have hit a wall in cre­at­ing a prod­uct that failed to pack a punch. The only op­tions they had was ei­ther to glam­or­ize th­ese ma­chines, which made them ex­pen­sive and niche, or to strip down that noth­ing was left as a per­for­mance tablet. Asus has done a great job with its EeeBook X205TA as it has got the best of both the worlds.

The X205TA is a beauty to look at and to hold. My re­view unit in dark blue colour had Asus brand­ing etched at the cen­tre of the soft panel. The ma­chine has a 11.6-inch glare panel with 1366x768 pixel res­o­lu­tion and weighs only 980 grams. The key­board is full­sized (mi­nus the num­ber pad) and with a track­pad. Side hinges are neat with the card reader, 3.5mm jack, a mi­cro HDMI port and charg­ing port on the left and two USB 2.0 slots on the right.

Con­sid­er­ing the price tag of 14,999, this one is a loaded ma­chine. It runs on Win­dows 8.1 and has an In­tel Atom Z3735F pro­ces­sor clocked at 1.33Ghz. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC stor­age. While the on­board stor­age is a bit too less, Asus does of­fer 500GB cloud stor­age on this de­vice. To make it slim and light, Asus has done away with the CD Drive. While the Win­dows 8.1 op­er­at­ing sys­tem is de­signed for lap­tops with a touch in­ter­face, this one doesn’t have the lat­ter.

The X205TA doesn’t take much time to start. It pow­ered up in less than 15 sec­onds and had a tile-based in­ter­face. A plenty of apps came pre-in­stalled on the ma­chine. The EeeBook isn’t the best note­book in terms of per­for­mance but given the price it comes for, I am not com­plain­ing. It han­dles ba­sic tasks bril­liantly. It didn’t slow down while multi-tab brows­ing, work­ing on pre­sen­ta­tions or watch­ing HD videos. How­ever, it wasn’t able to han­dle full HD videos as smoothly.

Asus claims 12 hours of bat­tery backup but I got close to 10 hours on this ma­chine. The com­pany has a pro­pri­etary charg­ing port. Thank­fully, the charger is com­pact, and matches the de­sign of this de­vice.

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