Asus basically created the consumer netbook market when the company launched its first Eee PC in 2007. While netbooks have largely passed out of fashion, the legacy of thin, light, and cheap mobile devices lives on in a growing number of inexpensive Windows tablets and notebooks.
Now Asus is getting back to its roots with the launch of a thin, light, portable, and cheap laptop. It’s even got the Eee name.
Meet the Asus EeeBook X205. It’s a $199 thin and light laptop with an 11.6 inch display.
The EeeBook X205 features an Intel Atom Z3735 Bay Trail processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB to 64GB of solid state storage, and up to 12 hours of battery life.
It weighs less than 2.2 pounds, measures less than 0.7 inches thick, runs Windows 8.1 with Bing software, and will be available in black, white, red, or gold.
The notebook has a microSD card reader, micro HDMI port, and 2 USB 2.0 ports, 802.11n WiFi, and a 38Whr battery.
It’s basically what you’d get if you took the guts of a cheap Google Chromebook and threw Windows on it instead of Chrome OS… or possibly what you would have seen by now if netbooks had evolved into laptops instead of sort of fading away for a few years.
The Asus EeeBook X205 is expected to sell for $199 in the US and 199 Euros in Europe.