Asus EeeBook X205 notebook, using Windows 8.1 with Bing, coming soon for $199

Asus will join HP with its own $199 notebook running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 with Bing this fall with the announcement of the EeeBook X205 as part of the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin.

In a post on Microsoft's Windows blog, it states that the 11.6-inch laptop from Asus will have an Intel Atom quad-core processor inside, unlike the HP Stream which reportedly will have an AMD processor. It added:

"The EeeBook X205 has a compact and ergonomic design for people constantly on-the-go – like students for example. It weighs less than 1kg and has a full-size, one-piece seamless chiclet keyboard with 1.6mm of key travel for comfortable typing. It also has a 36% larger touchpad compared to the ones found on the 14-inch ASUS laptop models. And the touchpad uses Smart Gesture technology that supports touch gestures in Windows 8.1."

The notebook will have 2GB of RAM and have either 32 or 64 GB of onboard storage, but it won't have a touchscreen. It will have Windows 8.1 with Bing, which is the exact same version of Windows 8.1 except that Bing is set as the default search engine. That default can be changed by the owner of the notebook after they buy it. The laptop will be released sometime in November in both the US and Europe and will come in four different colors (black, white, gold, and red). What do you think of this cheap Asus EeeBook X205 notebook?

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham