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First Look: Asus EeeBook

The Asus EeeBook shows you can’t judge a netbook by its cover.

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At only 17.5mm thick and weighing just under a kilogram, the Asus EeeBook is a great choice for computing on the go. It has a battery life of more than 10 hours, which is impressive for a netbook. It boasts a sleek design with a small lip on the top of the screen that makes opening it easy. The EeeBook’s keyboard is spacious and its trackpad was very responsive, though on occasion a bit too responsive.

Charging was the EeeBook’s only downside. The power port is not easy to locate by touch alone, I had to look for it each time. The port was a bit sticky when inserting the reversible charging cable, but this would get easier after the port is used more. Be aware, it has a proprietary charging cable so you could get stuck if you need to borrow one.

The EeeBook’s pocket-sized power adapter was easy to fit in even the most crowded power boards.

Its eMMC hard drive – similar to a solid state drive – is designed to take the knocks, which is great for the daily bumps a netbook endures.

The EeeBook was able to handle all my daily tasks like web browsing, checking emails and writing articles. Its good specs, tough hard drive and light weight make this an ideal device for mobile computing at school or work.

Essential Specs

Asus EeeBook X205TA

  • Price: $400-$499
  • HDD: 32GB (eMMC)
  • Screen: 11.6 inch
  • Processor & memory: Intel quad core 1.33 GHz and 2GB RAM
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1

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By Erin Bennett.

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