Microsoft Canada has a very interesting deal on the Asus X205TA-UH01-BK Signature Edition Laptop. Originally $199, the laptop is now 10% off at only $179. This makes a great basic laptop for your daily social networking and email needs. You will also receive free shipping on your laptop purchase at Microsoft.
My husband and I have been talking about what to do after the warranty on my currently laptop runs out. I generally resell my laptops and invest that money towards a new one. However, this will be the first time I do not need a laptop for school, so I can consider other models I might not have before. This Asus has a lot of very appealing features, besides a low price tag.
Here are the basic features:
- 11.6-inch (294.64-millimeter) HD display
- Intel Atom Z3735F - 1.33 GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 1.83 GHz
- 2GB memory/32GB eMMC
- Up to 12 hours battery life
This is not a typical laptop; it is more like a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop. The 'hard-drive' is not your traditional laptop memory but rather features a 32 eMMC memory. eMMC memory is often found in tablets, cameras, and other portable devices. While you may think that you will be rather short on memory, you will also receive two-years free 100GB OneDrive storage with your purchase.
Your laptop comes with the standard Bluetooth and camera. You get two USB 2.0 ports, a Micro HDMI, and a Headphone output/Microphone input combo port on the laptop. All of this is packed into just over two pounds. Did I mention the 11.3" screen with what looks like a full chicklet keyboard? I cannot verify it is a full keyboard, but it looks very close.
The Asus Signature Edition comes without junkware or 3rd party trialware. Personally, I think this should be standard not 'signature' but I will take it. You can find out more about the Microsoft Signature Editions here.
For a $180 price tag, I think this is a fantastic little device from a pretty well-known brand. For anyone just wanting a laptop to surf the internet and social network - this is your unit. Your device does come with Windows 8 so you can play games on your new device as well. The online storage will help for the first two years, but checkout pricing afterward.
(Expiry: 31st December 2014)