The Asus Eeebook X205TA is a super-affordable business notebook that offers epic battery life and good performance. In fact, the portable 11-inch (28 centimeters) machine might be the best budget notebook on the market, beating out its closest competitor, HP's Stream 11, by offering a slimmer design, better display and much longer battery life. And the Asus EeeBook X205TA costs just $199, making it a steal for budget-minded business users. Read on for more details about three features that make this lightweight machine good for work.
Long battery life
The EeeBook X205TA boasts some seriously impressive battery life for a small, budget notebook. The device ran for 12 hours and 5 minutes in our battery life test, which involves continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's nearly double the battery life of the HP Stream 11 (6 hours and 34 minutes.) In fact, Asus' machine is one of the longest-lasting laptops around, nearly matching Apple's 13-inch (33 cm) MacBook Air (12 hours and 20 minutes). That kind of longevity is crucial for business users who depend on their machines to last through the end of the workday and beyond.
Keyboards on 11-inch notebooks are usually slightly cramped compared to their full-size counterparts, and that's true for the X205TA. But the machine makes up for that deficiency with keys that offer a good amount of travel and a satisfying springiness. Plus, the touchpad is on the large side for a system this small, giving you plenty of space to navigate.
The EeeBook X205TA won't weigh you down on business trips, or on your daily commute for that matter. The featherweight machine comes in at just 2.16 lbs. (0.98 kg) making it lighter than the HP Stream 11 (2.74 lbs., 1.24 kg). It also has a smaller footprint than other 11-inch systems, including Acer's Aspire V3-111P and C720 Chromebook.