Asus X205TA-RHATMN01: 100-Dollar Black Friday 2014 Laptop

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The Asus X205TA-RHATMN01 is the cheapest known Black Friday laptop PC offer ever. Staples will be selling the 11.6-inch mini notebook for only $100, according to retailer’s Black Friday ad preview. The specs are the same as on the X205TA models currently selling for $200 and up.

Regarding hardware, the X205TA is worth its regular price of $200, let alone $100, although there are some limitations. The notebook is quite adequate for the daily home and office chores and even some occasional gaming, thanks to the Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3735F quad-core processor. But, it has only 32GB of internal storage, reducing usability of the machine despite support for storage expansion via a microSD card. RAM size of 2GB could have also been larger, since a minimum of 4GB is unwritten standard for modern notebooks. On the positive side, Asus claims the battery life last up to whooping 12 hours. The laptop is quite portable, too. It weighs only 2.2 pounds and is 0.7″ thin.

The display has a standard resolution for a budget 11.6-incher – 1366×768 pixels. Touchscreen input is not supported. Instead, you can use its chiclet-style keyboard and multitouch trackpad.

The Asus X205TA-RHATMN01 has stereo speakers, a VGA-quality webcam, Wi-Fi wireless, Bluetooth, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI video output, a combo audio jack, and microSD slot.

Components are encased in a plastic chassis with dark blue matte finish.

A 1-year Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription for free is apparently missing in the X205TA-RHATMN01 package, while some other X205TA models and the similar 200-dollar HP Stream 11 have it included. You’ll miss opportunity to get unlimited OneDrive cloud storage for free for the period of Office subscription, a deal available to all Office 365 subscribers. But, you can always separately purchase Office 365 Personal for $70 per year (or $7 per month) and get the free storage deal.

As a sidenote, the X205TA-RHATMN01 is also listed as X205TA-BING-FD0 model on Staples’ website, but they’re the same thing. Both are listed under the item number 1387726 at Staples. The retailer will start Black Friday sales a day earlier, on Thanksgiving Thursday.

UPDATE: Staple’s offer is an “in stores only” deal, according to their printed ad. Sales start on Thanksgiving Thursday 6PM (till 10PM). On Friday, they’ll open at 6AM.

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Asus X205TA-RHATMN01 Staples 100-Dollar Laptop Black Friday 2014

Usual starting price: around 200 USD* as of November 9, 2014.

Specifications of the Asus X205TA-RHATMN01

Here's the specs sheet of the Asus X205TA-RHATMN01. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Asus
Screen size 11.6-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core 1.33-1.83GHz 2MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 13)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 2GB (very limited multi-tasking)
Data storage 32GB eMMC (barely usable capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard without numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers
Camera Front
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11N
Ethernet network port No
Mobile broadband (3G, 4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 2 x USB 2.0
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader Yes (MicroSD)
Battery 38Wh, 12 hours for web browsing
Weight 2.2 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 11.3"
Depth 7.6"
Windows version Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)
Warranty 1-year

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Written by Dan on November 9, 2014

User reviews and Q&A on the Asus X205TA-RHATMN01

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Current rating: 4 out of 5 stars

  1. Danijel Z

    @Tara: For the tasks you mentioned this laptop will be perfectly fine. Its performance will be similar to what’s presented in this review: http://laptoping.com/intel-atom-benchmark.html

    As for the printer, if it has a USB connector, you can connect it to the X205TA.

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  2. Tara

    My 11Yr son wants a Ipod 5th generation or laptop for christmas he already has ipod 4. Since this is much cheaper an the ipod 5 i’m wondering would this be good for him. He would prob watch youtube or play games thats what he does on my desktop! Also i don’t understand memory or speed my desktop is on last leg i mostly just check email look up stuff on internet and download photos with picasa is this good for that? Can you hook a printer up to it? Thank You

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Gina Sarabia

    Is it going to be available online, or only in store???

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    • Danijel Z

      Only in stores, according to their printed ad. Sales start on Thanksgiving Thursday 6PM (till 10PM). On Friday, they’ll open at 6AM, but I can bet the laptop will be sold out quickly on Thursday.

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  4. nycrr

    is it upgradeable?? HDD and memory?

    is it OS downgradeable?? Win8.1 to Win7?

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    • Danijel Z

      Unfortunately, everything is soldered on the motherboard, so you can’t upgrade memory and storage. It actually doesn’t have a mechanical hard drive, but Flash-based storage. As for downgrade to Windows 7, Asus doesn’t officially provide drivers for it, so you might end up with missing Wi-Fi drivers for instance. Instead, I would choose to customize Windows 8 to get Windows 7 feel. http://laptoping.com/how-to-optimize-windows-8-1-for-laptops-to-be-like-windows-7.html

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