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Hands on with the mini, plastic Asus EeeBook X205 (pictures)

The netbook is back from the dead in the form of the Asus EeeBook X205, an 11-inch Windows 8 affordable laptop.

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Remember netbooks? Asus does, and is harking back to the days the Eee PC shook up the laptop industry with the new EeeBook X205, powered by Windows 8.1.

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One big problem with the original netbooks was their cramped keyboards. Fortunately the new model is much roomier.

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Even if the keyboard is a little more cramped than other laptops or PCs, it may still suit those who prefer a physical keyboard to the touchscreen of a tablet -- which is just as well, because here the touchscreen is conspicuous by its absence.

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The EeeBook's screen measures 11.6-inches.

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The EeeBook is 17.5mm thick and weighs 980g, more than a tablet but less than most laptops.

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The EeeBook certainly beats tablets on the nunber of holes in it: unlike an iPad or most Android tablets you get two USB 2.0 ports...

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...and a micro-HDMI port and microSD slot.

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The Asus EeeBook X205 is set to go on sale in the last three months of 2014.

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