(This entry is part of Indiblogger’s Go Sleek! presented by Asus)
As someone who travels a fair bit, one of the biggest pains (sometimes literally) when carrying luggage is the burden of a heavy laptop. Why do I carry a laptop and not just a tablet — despite possessing both? Because typing and and getting work done is a lot easier on a physical laptop. Asus has recently introduced the sleek and powerful ASUS EeeBook X205TA notebook, and the ASUS All In One PC ET2040, a tablet-styled PC that allows for easy plug-n-play connectivity for a mouse and keyboard. But why would I still prefer a laptop?
Asus Eeebook X205TA weighs less than 1kg, 979 gms to be exact (helps to use flash storage). This makes it a tremendously light, full-fledged Windows device. It’s also very compact in size, only 1.75cm thick, meaning it takes very little physical space in your bag — be it a traditional laptop bag, or in my case, a Kata camera backpack. This leaves me enough space for other things or makes my overall backpack lighter. I remember the days when I had to carry my older HP laptop during my travels. Not only did it weigh over 3kgs, add in the charger and you are talking about lugging around quite a heavy package. All this weight, just so I could check my e-mails, transfer the photos taken during the day, use some Photoshop, and do some of my freelance work while on-the-go.
The second very important reason why I prefer a notebook such as the Asus Eeebook X205TA for my travel needs is because of its amazing battery life. You don’t know how many times, and how annoying it is, for your laptop to die out in the middle of doing something important and you just can’t find a plug point anywhere to charge it! This is a common problem while travelling, especially when finding the right plug point isn’t always the easiest thing when you are on the go. This is why the 12 hour battery back up of the Asus Eeebook X205TA is a such a boon! Getting anywhere between 10-12 hours means you only have to charge your laptop once a day, or maybe once in two days. It’s so when at an airport or in a train, you can just take out your laptop and begin work right away, wherever you are seated.
And if you are travelling across India and run into any problems, not to worry. Asus has authorized service centers in every state. Aside from all these benefits, the Asus Eeebook X205TA comes with a powerful enough 1.33-GHz Intel Atom Z3735 quad-core CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, an Intel Gen7 graphics chip and built-in speakers. This means the laptop can easily play 1080p HD videos with ease, allowing for watching movies on-the-go possible. And remember that battery life? You can watch an entire movie and still have enough charge left for other work.
The 32 GB on-board storage may seem limited, ASUS gives you 500GB of online storage (for free). Not a big of a deal, since we all carry external hard drives with bigger capacities than that nowadays. As for productivity, Asus Eeebook X205TA comes pre-loaded with genuine Windows 8.1 and a 1-year license of Microsoft’s Office Suite. What more could one ask for? The online reviews for the Asus Eeebook X205TA are great as well!
So what’s wrong with the ASUS All In One PC ET2040 you ask? Not much really. It’s just that the All In One PC is better meant for household or office use. You could keep it anywhere in the house, as it takes up much less space than any laptop (if you use the touchscreen exclusively). If you think it’s a ‘tablet’ — then that is one big tablet. It’s more a ‘monitor with an embedded PC,’ and comes with all the usual connectivity ports you need, something you don’t often find in smaller tablets. The All In One PC does not make for easy travel. It’s a bit too big for that, and you can’t use the support stand to keep it up anywhere when outside. Plus, how silly would it be if you carried a USB keyboard and mouse along with it in your luggage
The ASUS All In One PC ET2040 is best used as a media center PC, or one that adorns your living room or office desk, but takes very little space doing so. But I’m a traveller, so for me, the Asus Eeebook X205TA suits my lifestyle better.