The new Windows 8.1 notebook from Asus is now on sale at Amazon [Update: now $179]

Consumers who are looking for really cheap Windows 8.1 notebooks this holiday season can now buy the previously announced Asus EeeBook X205 for just $199 on Amazon. This follows the launch of HP's new Stream 11 laptop, which went on sale recently for the same price.

Inside the 11.6-inch screen (1366 x 768 pixels), the EeeBook X205 has an Intel Atom Z3735 Bay Trail processor running at 1.33 GHz, along with 2 GB of RAM and a 32 GB SSD. The 2.2 pound notebook is supposed to have a battery life of up to 12 hours.

Asus helped to launch the short lived netbook series of Windows 7 laptops that were small and cheap, and this new notebook would seem to be a return to that kind of product. Does a Windows 8.1 laptop have to be cheap in order for it to gain interest among buyers?

Source: Amazon via Liliputing

Update The Microsoft Store site is selling the same notebook for a mere $179, a $20 difference

John Callaham