|Screen Size||11.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366*768 pixels|
|Processor||1.33 GHz Intel Atom|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Wireless Type||802.11 a/g/n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||8 hours|
ASUS X205TA-DS01-BL-OFCE Portable 11.6-Inch Intel Quad-Core Laptop 2GB RAM 32GB Storage, Windows 8.1, Dark Blue
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- 11.6” ultra-compact design (2.2 lbs) with Windows 8.1 and 1 year subscription to office 365
- Intel Quad-Core Atom Z3735F 1.33 GHz (2M Cache, up to 1.83 GHz) Processor, 32GB eMMC storage, 2GB DDR3 RAM
- Only 0.69 inches thin and weighing only 2.2 pounds with a full Chiclet keyboard
- Long 12 hour battery life with 14 day standby power
- Includes 802.11abgn + Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, 2x USB 2.0 and 1x Micro HDMI ports
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ASUS X205TA Notebook
Mobile Performance, Elegantly Crafted
The new ASUS X205TA redefines expectations for a compact notebook with its slim, lightweight chassis and durable design that’s perfect for either work or play. Weighing barely over 2 pounds and thinner than the diameter of a penny, it easily goes wherever you do – and lasts even longer with a 12 hour battery life for all-day web browsing. Also includes a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal so you can stay productive anywhere.
Features at a Glance
- Quad-core Intel Atom processor with 2-sec Instant On functionality for superior performance and quick resume from standby mode
- Slim design at only .69 inches thin and weighing only 2.2 pounds with a full Chiclet keyboard
- Long 12 hour* battery life for all day productivity
- 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal; a $69.99 value
Connected standby technology brings smartphone-like responsive performance to notebooks with a 2-second resume even from prolonged standby. Data is also safe and secure with the X205TA which automatically backs up your data when battery level drops below 5%.
Designed for Ultra Mobility
When you need productive mobility on the go, look no further than the ASUS X205TA. Thinner than the diameter than a penny at only .69 inches and weighing less than 2.2 pounds with a full Chiclet keyboard, it redefines the mobile computing experience.
Ultimate Power that Lasts Longer
Thanks to the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II power management system, the ASUS X205TA provides an amazing 12 hours of battery power. Now you can do more without having to reach for the power cord.
One year Office 365 Personal Subscription
Perfect for students or working professionals, the X205TA includes a free 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription with access to full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. With the extra 1TB online storage Office 365 Personal provides with OneDrive, you can rest assured you’ll always have your important documents and photos with you and up to date.
To redeem your product key for Office 365, please have your product key information ready and link to https://officesetup.getmicrosoftkey.com/?legRedir=true&CorrelationId=62688b1e-53ef-4e51-a863-5c18bf03fd8b
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BACKGROUND: For the new school year, my kids were clamoring for better computing devices, as we've made-do with laptop that are 8-10 years old, and netbooks that are 3-4 years old. Initially, I went down the path of buying a single, mid-grade laptop, but when I spend $500 or more on a laptop, I feel compelled to buy some sort of a warranty and accidental coverage protection on it, making it cost at least $100 more, so, =>$600. Then my college-aged son suggested this dirt-cheap Asus netbook / small laptop. It comes with one year of Office 365 subscription, it's upgradable to Windows 10, has terrific battery life and with flash memory, it's got relatively quick read/write access. The Wifi works on the 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz band (on the N protocol, not the newer AC). The keyboard is what you'd expect from a <$200 laptop. So I opted to get a couple of these laptops, figuring that if they last a school year, I'm good, and if they last two school years, I'm better. No extra warranty needed; if it breaks, just buy a new one.
UPGRADING TO WINDOWS 10: You *have* to add extra memory to do the free upgrade to Windows 10 (Home Edition). You'll want to add an SD card anyway, because the 32GB of flash storage is mostly consumed by the operating system and utilities, and the Windows 10 installer won't install without extra storage available. A great solution is buying the SanDisk Ultra 64GB Ultra Micro SDXC UHS-I/Class 10 Card with Adapter (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA) [Newest Version] card, which is very low-cost but gives you ample room for everyday computing tasks.
Upon initially starting this Asus laptop, Windows Update went right to work and downloaded Windows 10. But when I tried running the update from Windows Update, the process failed at 19% overall complete (during the Copying Files task, which was 65% completed). I shutdown the laptop (held down the power button until it shut-off, then pressed it again to boot up) and Windows restored back to Windows 8.1. Strike one!
So I tried putting an ISO file of Windows 10 on the Desktop (which I downloaded from Microsoft using my MSDN license), mounting it from Windows Explorer, and running the Windows 10 upgrade again. This time, it got to 24% overall complete (still in the Copying Files task) before stalling out. I rebooted, Windows restored back to Windows 8.1. Strike two!
For the third time, I still used the ISO file on the Desktop to perform the upgrade, but this time I said "No" to the question of whether I wanted to download the latest updates during the install process (which is the recommended option, btw). This time, the installation worked. After it booted up to Windows 10, I used Windows Update to get all the latest patches and fixes - no issues. If you get this laptop and want to upgrade to Windows 10, my suggestion is NOT to use the "recommended" option of getting the latest updates during the Windows 10 install process (which is one of the early prompts you get when running the Windows 10 installer).
WHAT I LIKE:
- Overall, it's a great value for what you get, which is a cheap, usable Windows computer
- The flash memory keeps it from feeling overly sluggish
- The Intel Atom processor is miserly on power consumption
- The battery life is reported at 12 hours. Expect 8+ hours depending on usage and power option settings.
- The keyboard isn't the worst chiclet-style keyboard I've used
- For everyday computing (browsing the web, Word docs, email, YouTube, Netflix), it's fine
- Office 365 one-year subscription is a great deal, too
- Not a lot of bloatware, but there is some (the worst of which is McAfee anti-virus)
- Super light, just about two pounds, so it's really easy to transport
- The display size (11.6" diagonal) is nicely big enough to do basic computing tasks
- I had no trouble using the touchpad, seems okay
WHAT COULD BE BETTER:
- The color display is a weak link. Don't expect vibrant, true-to-life colors and great viewing angles. Colors will appear faded if you're used to high quality color displays. The color output achieves in-the-ball-park, okay-if-you're-not-too-picky color saturation. Some colors, like reds and pinks, seem harder for the display to render accurately.
WHAT I HATE:
- I hate that vendors pre-install anti-virus solutions that are bloated and slow, and hard to get rid of, like McAfee. After uninstalling McAfee (Control Panel > Programs & Features > choose McAfee and uninstall it), do a Google search for "McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR) download" to download a utility that actually gets rid of McAfee off your system (well, it's better than just doing a Windows uninstall only, anyway).
9/2/15 UPDATE: My family liked these small computers so much, we bought three more of them! The upgrade to Windows 10 went very smoothly on these other laptops when I chose NOT to use their recommended upgrade setting that downloads updates to Windows 10 during the upgrade. Instead, we update to Windows 10 firstly, then after a successful upgrade, we perform all the updates.
CONCLUSION: What a great product if you're in the market for a reasonably capable, lightweight, inexpensive, Windows-based computer. Solid four stars. Wish the display was nicer and the system came with Windows 10, not Windows 8.1. Recommended!