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The Asus EeeBook X205 is a small laptop with long battery life and reasonably good performance… for a laptop with a list price of $200. Don’t want to spend $200 for a Windows notebook with Chromebook-like specs though? No problem. You can snag a refurbished model for $130.
The laptop features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
Notebooks and convertibles
- Refurb Asus EeeBook X205 11.6″ Windows notebook for $130 – NeweggFlash
- Laptop/case/flash drive/printer bundles for $180 and up – Walmart
- Acer Chromebook 11 w/Celeron N2830 for $150 – Office Depot
- Lenovo Flex 3 11 convertible Windows notebook for $250 – Best Buy
- Asus Chromebook Flip for $229 – Best Buy
Tablets and smartphones
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A for $200 – Best Buy
- Nabi BigTab 20″ Android tablet for kids for $250 – Best Buy
- Nabi BigTab 24″ Android tablet for kids for $350 – Best Buy
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 w/Core i3/64GB for $650 – Best Buy
- Asus Zenfone 2 w/64GB + $20 gift card for $300 – Newegg
- Asus 802.11ac 1300 USB 3.0 WiFi adapter for $20 – Newegg (coupon: EMCAXKR29)
- Save up to 75% on PNY memory cards – Best Buy
- Sony MDR ZX330BT Bluetooth headphones + $50 gift card for $98 – Dell (gift card appears in shopping cart)
You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.
I have that Asus 802.11 Wifi adapter, and would note it’s somewhat problematic, and it wants to install a software app in addition to drivers (although there is apparently a way to only install the drivers–but it’s not obvious). I have to unplug it every time I reboot. I haven’t spent time troubleshooting because it’s on a computer that only reboots once a month (Windows updates), and access to unplugging the adapter is easy. Anyway, not my favorite device, but when connected to my router it does work well.
Thanks for the heads up. I’m in need of an AC wifi adapter.
I have an Asus U8B-N13 802.11b/g/n USB adapter for my Asus desktop and it’s awesome. Small driver (no additional app needed), bullet proof reliability, great speed (always 150Mbps) and range. Would strongly recommend but it’s not AC. Also price was $20 when I bought it, but I’ve seen it go for $15.
BUT, on my Asus laptop, I have a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless N chip in it and it will only run at 65Mbps instead of 150Mbps no matter what I do with my router or what drivers I put on my laptop. It will clock at 150Mbps for about 20 seconds but always kicks down to the slower 65 Mbps. So I can relate to Asus Wi-Fi problems. I love the laptop and desktop though otherwise. They are great…it’s just they cheaped out huge on the mini Wi-Fi card in the laptop. 65 Mbps is enough for cruising the Internet and transferring small files via network, but a total drag when trying to transfer large files. I transfer stuff via USB3 instead and a portable hard drive.
Have you tried checking and changing the advanced settings on the windows driver
(assuming that’s what you are using it)? My Intel Advanced-N 6235 did the same thing until I noticed that I had the setting for 802.11n disable … when I finally enable it, I got the expected 150Mbps. Don’t know why that parameter was not set as default…
I appreciate your reply. But the AR9485 chip is notorious for being bad – if anyone was inclined to search it out on Google, they’d see pages and pages of Asus folks (and other manufacturers) who hate this card. All have the same throttled 65Mbps speeds. People have tried to mod drivers and the whole bit for years now and no one has had permanent 150Mbps speeds with it (that I can find anyhow).
See the problem with this chip and the driver especially is that there are NO advanced settings. It’s just really basic settings that don’t do a whole heck of a lot for everyday folks and it was badly written in the first place. So I am in the process of researching a new replacement card. There are some awesome Intel ones 7260HMW with AC speeds and Bluetooth for about $32 Canadian (so a lot cheaper for the USA). They have an N model which goes for about $12. So I’m just figuring out which card I’m going to go with and then trash the Wi-Fi card I have now. It’s just not worth the hassle anymore trying to fix it.
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