ASUS has been in the spot light this week because of their Make In India announcement.
This popular Taiwanese multinational electronics giant, which is World’s 5thlargest PC manufacturer, is a welcomed member of the quickly expanding Make in India club. ASUS has recently announced that all their handsets would be now manufactured in India.
ASUS has partnered with Foxconn, and will now manufacture their recently launched and extremely successful Zenfone 2 series at Foxconn’s Sri City plant that’s located in Andhra Pradesh. The latest and improved version of the Zeonfone 2 series is selling like hot cakes, making it the most popular smartphones recently.
While I look forward to use and experience the Zenfone Selfie – it sounds like the perfect phone for a mom-daughter duo who take 325 pictures daily – the ASUS product that I’ve used is the ASUS EeeBook X205TA.
I bought this a few months back, when I was looking for a new machine. My requirements were: 1. Light weight.
2. Super battery life
3. Fast Processor
That’s all I needed. My needs are simple when it comes to a laptop, and with years and years of using almost every type of machine, I now know that these very basic things are enough for me.
I am not a laptop – gamer, I have a Kinect XBOX 360 for that.
I do not watch movies or back to back seasons of any TV Series on my laptop any more.
I am not a designer – graphic, Photoshop, or any other kind. I am not a photographer. I don’t need any heavy software.
All in all, I want my laptop for :
Work, which involves functional browsers, mainly. (I am in Digital Advertising)
That’s all. And I travel a lot so I want the laptop to be really, really lightweight.
The ASUS EeeBook X205TA fit the bill perfectly. Here is my review after using it as my main machine for 3 months.
ASUS EeeBook X205TA Review:
Quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F
Memory slots (free)
Realtek HD Audio (3.5mm headset port)
Intel HD Graphics
Optical drive type
Ports and expansion
Memory card reader
Windows 8.1 – I upgraded to Windows 10 and it’s
Operating system restore option
Windows 8 recovery
Price: I bought it from Flipkart for Rs.14,999.
First thing you’ll notice is the beautiful box it comes in!
And no doubt that the Asus EeeBook X205TA is a good looking Netbook. I have the Dark Blue model that shimmers with a faint purple hue under direct light. Although there are much expensive versions of the Netbook from almost all brands, the very reasonably priced Asus EeeBook X205TA captures the elegant and sharp look of its more expensive siblings. The streamlined plastic body features soft, rounded edges with a smooth matte finish. A colleague own the white version and it look pretty refined too. With the weight of just 980gm and the dimensions of 286 x 193 x 17.5 mm, the Asus EeeBook X205TA is very thin and light, and hence, very handy. The charger is very light and small too. Full marks for that!
The only downside to the design is that the Dark Blue model accumulates fingerprints at an alarming rate, and aren’t exactly easy to remove.
Memory & Space:
This is the biggest drawback of the Asus EeeBook X205TA – something I knew well before I bought it, so i am okay. However, if a solid storage and big space on your system is one of your main requirements, this is not the machine for you. It has 20.8GB user space on the flash drive, and I added a 64GB MicroSD Class-10 card to top it up. For me, this works pretty fine. I also do a regular Extrenal hard Drive transfer because the space is just not enough. Remember that the 20.8GB user space is used by Windows installation too. So the actual free space is much lower, around 17GB. Also, keep in mind that eMMC is not SSD – there is a huge qualitative difference. The eMMC on this device has decent speed and nothing lags.
The ASUS X205TA’s specs might not sound too good on paper, but trust me, its 1.33-GHz Intel Atom Z3735 quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage can easily handle your typical computing needs. I surf the net non stop for work and beyond, which includes YouTube streaming and image sharing, with more than 8 tabs open in the browser – without any problem at all. The speed is great, and the display is good enough for me.
I have not faced any issue with the heating of the Asus EeeBook X205TA. It remains cool even after 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge – that’s the maximum I’ve used it in one go. The X205TA manages it’s heat well, and with all my usage, it has always been well below the 95-degree comfort threshold.
The audio is a bit of a let down, though. Two stereo speakers are hidden behind small mesh grilles on the bottom of the chassis that project audio that I feel, could have been better. Also, differentiated trebles and basses (low ranges) are completely ignored. I wish this feature was better tended to.
Ports are kept to a minimum in this one. It has two USB 2.0 ports on the right side, and a microSD reader, micro HDMI port and combo headphone/mic jack on the left.
The Webcam is 420p and could have been better, as the pictures come pixilated. That said, I Skype with my sister sometimes and she hasn’t complained so I guess it’s manageable for the price I’ve paid.
The Asus EeeBook X205TA’s Keyboard is Chiclet-style with a fairly standard actuation weight of 58 grams, but it took me almost a week to get used to it. Initially, it slowed down my typing speed a lot, but I guess I’m used to it by now.
The Touch-pad is 4.1 x 2.45 inches, which is good for such a small system, and larger than the already ample touch-pad on the HP Stream 11 (3.75 x 2.5 inches). Mouse functionality is smooth and okay. However, the response to multi-finger gestures is a bit erratic.
Special Mention About The Asus EeeBook X205TA:
The Battery life is incredible!
1. Space is less, but like I said, I knew it before I bought it and I am now getting sued to backing up my data and transferring it to an external drive.
2. After the Windows 10 update, the WiFi adaptor stops at least once every 2 days and then it requires a restart. Tedious! I will have to download the upgraded version of the adaptor, I think. Will update here when I do.
3. There is no Ethernet port or CD drive
The ASUS X205TA comes with a one-year subscription for 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive.
In addition, Asus supplies another 500GB of storage on the Asus WebStorage service.
You also get a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, which includes online and offline versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
The X205TA also comes with a standard Asus one-year warranty.
Keeping in mind the positives and the negatives, my verdict is that the Asus EeeBook X205TA is a good buy for someone with my kind of requirement. It comes with a category-leading battery life. It is handy, you can carry it anywhere. It is extremely light weight. The performance is solid. And all this, for an exceptional price.
In my opinion, the Asus EeeBook X250TA is a good choice for students on a budget, bloggers – especially travel bloggers (you’ll have to carry your hard drive for picture storage, though) and for anyone looking for a long battery support and lightweight machine that can take care of all basic computing needs.
Please also note that the X205TA also has a major drawbacks which is that battery replacement is not possible. I’m hoping I will never need it.
That’s all. Will update this if required. For now, I’m loving my pretty and smart Asus EeeBook!