Asus X205TA Windows Laptop Pops Up Online Starting at $179

The return of the netbook?

We’re beginning to notice more low-cost Windows laptops in the $200 range, though one thing we haven’t seen is a manufacturer revive the netbook nomenclature. Fair enough, since these machines are more powerful than yesterday’s netbooks, and generally cheaper too. The least expensive so far is the Asus X205TA Signature Edition, a $199 laptop that’s been reduced to $179 in the Microsoft Store.

The Asus X205TA sports an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768) display powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor (1.33GHz to 1.83GHZ, 2MB L2 cache) and 2GB of DDR3L-1333 memory. It also features 32GB of eMMC storage, a microSD card slot, 480p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, micro HDMI output, headphone/microphone combo port, 2-cell battery good for up to 12 hours of run time, and Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit).

Asus calls it an ultraportable companion, a seemingly accurate description considering it measures 0.68 inches by 7.61 inches by 11.25 inches and weighs just 2.11 pounds.

It’s available now at the Microsoft Store, and also on Amazon, albeit for $199.