ASUS EeeBook X205. Sub 1 Kg Windows laptop for €199. Hands-on.

Updated on 04 February 2019 by

ASUS has just launched the EeeBook X205, a n 11.6-inch Windows laptop featuring ‘long’ battery life and a full-size keyboard for just €199. It weighs just 980 grams.




Running the Baytrail platform (Z3000-series as seen in the cheap tablets) it’s undercutting even ASUS’ own cheap Chromebook, the C200. In the model I got hands-on with there was only 1GB of RAM. ASUS specifications show 2GB RAM. I hope it’s the latter because 1GB RAM is not enough (as I found out in my review of the Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 at Notebookcheck


The keyboard isn’t the best quality but it’s big and was stress-free in my 5-line test. There’s no touch and of course it’s a sealed unit. Note that you’re likely to find soldered RAM and eMMC storage inside so don’t expect to be able to do any DIY upgrades.




This isn’t the first ASUS laptop that’s retailed for this price but it’s the first that isn’t constrained by a 10-inch screen. Multiple colour options could turn this into a big seller in the next quarter.


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In my hands-on I saw an 18Wh battery which is really small for an 11.6-inch laptop and won’t give 12 hours battery life for the average user. It’s possible I was handling a non-final build though so let’s hope for a bigger battery in the final version.

More images from the session in this gallery.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. mark says:

    A shame if it’s only USB 2 – I realise it’s cheap, but the similar T100 manages to provide USB 3, and with only 32/64GB of storage people may want to use an external drive. Still, the same issue applies to Chromebooks, so isn’t really a problem for competing.

    Great to see the return of the netbook! Much better than their X102BA (which AFAIK had a poorer AMD processor, and not great battery life). Also good to see people putting Baytrail to good use to make ultra-light (and hopefully long battery life) laptops.

  2. mork says:

    Almost all (if not literally all) current chromebooks feature USB3.. I can’t remember the last laptop that came without it, it is a real shame for windows that this gave such an easy hardware win to chromebooks. It’s also completely dead if it doesn’t have 2GB ram.

  3. evozero says:

    fyi, spotted a new asus windows tablet

    low-end, no stylus, and going to confuse retailers with its similar name to the existing vivotab note 8 :)

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