A couple of years ago, netbooks were quite popular. The slow Atom processors and AMD chips, however, caused the devices to be somewhat limited and they have now become largely replaced by tablets. ASUS wishes to give it another go and debuts the 11.6-inch F201E netbook, intended for budget users on-the-go. While a tablet is just as affordable and has a lower weight, users that like to type more often may benefit from the real keyboard of a netbook.
The F201E is available with either Windows 8 or Linux Ubuntu and is powered by a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor. While it's not the fastest device, text editing can be done perfectly fine under Windows 8 and the integrated HD 2000 graphics chip should even support smooth playback of HD footage. The standard edition has 2 GB of memory and a 320 GB hard disk, while a more luxurious model comes with 500 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. Both models have a USB 3.0 port, network connector and an HDMI output.
The standard edition of ASUS F201E costs £250, while the more luxurious version is priced £295. This model has a slightly larger battery as well. The F201E will be available October 26th.