Asus is widely attributed to create the netbook category that made way for smaller-sized notebooks with full Windows experience. Although the market evolved over the years, Asus’ Eeebook made its way back last year when they introduced the XT205. It offered full Windows experience at a very affordable price tag.
The Taiwanese company has now come up with two new Eeebooks – the Eeebook E402 that comes with an easy-to-use upgrade HDD expansion slot and Eeebook E205SA with a convertible form factor. We’re taking an in-depth look at the E205SA to see if it’s worth the spend.
The Eeebook E205SA concentrates more on the functionality than on the design. But that doesn’t mean its design is not worth the mention. The lid has a brushed aluminium design at the back and a similar colour around the keyboard to match the hue. It’s compact and weighs just 1.2kg, which is ideal and comfortable to carry it around. The ports, power and volume buttons are placed on the right and left-hand side of the notebook.
Let’s be clear about one thing. The Eeebook E205SA is not meant for processor and graphic intensive work. It’s an entry-level laptop that is powered by Intel’s N3050 processor clocked at 2.16GHz and 2GB RAM and runs Windows 10. It can handle internet surfing, editing or creating documents and even light Photoshop with ease but stressing the device, say for instance, opening more than 7-8 tabs in Chrome, the notebook runs out of the available memory.
The storage is limited is as well with 32GB flash memory integrated but comes with a microSD card slot that you can use to expand the storage. Additionally, the notebook comes equipped with one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and the latest USB Type-C 3.1 port.
On the display front, E205SA has an 11.6-inch touch-enabled display that supports a resolution 1366×768 pixels and comes with display technologies like Asus Splendid to tweak the display settings and Eye Care mode to reduce straining of the eyes. The 360-degree hinge is strong and durable and maintains the position you put the screen on.
Flipping the screen automatically changes the device to tablet mode and is fairly easy to switch between different modes.
The keys on the Eeebook are nicely spaced out and come with a multi-touch trackpad that allows 4-finger gestures to open Cortana or the Action Center.
As far as battery life is concerned, we easily got over 6.5 hours with mixed use of internet surfing, editing office documents and consuming multimedia content.
The E205SA is an entry-level 2-in-1 device, which means it’s important you define the purpose of what the device will be used for. If it’s for office documents, casual internet surfing and video viewing, the E205SA is a good fit. But if you want to edit photos and videos on the E205SA, the Eeebook will be short of power.
The device retails for Rs. 23,990.