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Asus X205TA

stegall 1,150 120 October 16, 2015 at 04:59 AM
Re: Asus X205TA-------------------have one and like it much, for what it ts----------would like to purchase one during upcoming holiday season at some discounted price for a 19-year granddaughter of a friend---------------normally it is not "wired" to the web, although an SDer mentioned that it could be "wired", which she would require on occasion----------what, exactly, please, is the name of that device and what price range would I expect to have to pay (and I presume it would be readily available on eBay, Amazon & most every where)? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Atom processor, 2gb of ram, 32gb of storage. You might make sure that meets her requirements or how she uses a PC. Thats qutie low ram after windows and very little storage space if you install much of anything. Right now I have 20 tabs open which alone take up more than 2gb of ram.

As mentioned above the USB ethernet adapter are inexpensive and pretty universal. USB3 speed on it really isn't required if just using the web.
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Atom processor, 2gb of ram, 32gb of storage. You might make sure that meets her requirements or how she uses a PC. Thats qutie low ram after windows and very little storage space if you install much of anything. Right now I have 20 tabs open which alone take up more than 2gb of ram.

As mentioned above the USB ethernet adapter are inexpensive and pretty universal. USB3 speed on it really isn't required if just using the web.
Basically, she'd just use it for web browsing, and if I understand correctly (an old man dumb as a box of rocks w/ computers and ilk), to download music and such (thus, I'm guessing, the need to be wired)-------------she's seen mine & really likes size/weight, and I don't know enough about Chromebooks and such to know what to get for, say, not too far from $150. or so (via SD hopefully)----------all in all, just a basic machine that doesn't have to have Windows OS as does the Asus, but I don't know what to get otherwise----------thanks for your concern and consideration.
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Basically, she'd just use it for web browsing, and if I understand correctly (an old man dumb as a box of rocks w/ computers and ilk), to download music and such (thus, I'm guessing, the need to be wired)-------------she's seen mine & really likes size/weight, and I don't know enough about Chromebooks and such to know what to get for, say, not too far from $150. or so (via SD hopefully)----------all in all, just a basic machine that doesn't have to have Windows OS as does the Asus, but I don't know what to get otherwise----------thanks for your concern and consideration.
Well the machine has wireless so assuming she has a wireless connection (Most people do these days) then you don't need any adapters. I would just plan on it being online a vast majority of the time as many things are internet based these days. Downloading music isn't a huge thing for many these days but streaming from online is. I understand the appeal of the size and weight but just know that it's a machine that comes with some caviats. Its a bit slow and has quite limited storage and ram. Double check this will do what she needs on a daily basis vs just using yours to say check an email. If someone were to put MS Office on that and update both each month like you should I would guess they will have space issues after a year based on personal experience I would guess. That being said if all she is truly doing is opening a few tabs to read email, shop, maybe use google docs then it should work pretty well. However at 19 years old I have to think about the school side of things and think she is probably doing a bit more than that or woudl say want to sync an iphone etc.

Chromebooks are similar but different. They are more optimized for a lower spec machine than what windows is. Files are not really stored locally they are cloud first and have to be pinned to the local machine to work offline, and they don't have the overhead of windows.
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Well the machine has wireless so assuming she has a wireless connection (Most people do these days) then you don't need any adapters. I would just plan on it being online a vast majority of the time as many things are internet based these days. Downloading music isn't a huge thing for many these days but streaming from online is. I understand the appeal of the size and weight but just know that it's a machine that comes with some caviats. Its a bit slow and has quite limited storage and ram. Double check this will do what she needs on a daily basis vs just using yours to say check an email. If someone were to put MS Office on that and update both each month like you should I would guess they will have space issues after a year based on personal experience I would guess. That being said if all she is truly doing is opening a few tabs to read email, shop, maybe use google docs then it should work pretty well. However at 19 years old I have to think about the school side of things and think she is probably doing a bit more than that or woudl say want to sync an iphone etc.

Chromebooks are similar but different. They are more optimized for a lower spec machine than what windows is. Files are not really stored locally they are cloud first and have to be pinned to the local machine to work offline, and they don't have the overhead of windows.
Yes----she mentioned she wanted to do something (sync, I suppose, as you say) w/ it & her iPhone-----she doesn't go to school presently------do you have any specific suggestions for not too far from $150. or so or is that an unreasonable expectation? Thank you.
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Yes----she mentioned she wanted to do something (sync, I suppose, as you say) w/ it & her iPhone-----she doesn't go to school presently------do you have any specific suggestions for not too far from $150. or so or is that an unreasonable expectation? Thank you.
It might be possible to upgrade the storage in that machine. I would look at that route. For that budget your options are extremely limited. A chrome book won't work with an iphone to sync if your looking that direction.
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It might be possible to upgrade the storage in that machine. I would look at that route. For that budget your options are extremely limited. A chrome book won't work with an iphone to sync if your looking that direction.
No, don't believe can upgrade storage capacity (according to other SDers, so I have read hereon). Good to know can't sync the phone w/ Chrome Book as I was leaning some towards one. Thanks for the help. Will punt and rethink my position.
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Thank you both for the input. It has made me realize that the Asus, though adequate (and I'm quite fond of mine) is not appropriate for her. If my concern is for her needs, I have to spend, I believe, some $250.00-$300.00, and so I will. Again, thank you.
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Thank you both for the input. It has made me realize that the Asus, though adequate (and I'm quite fond of mine) is not appropriate for her. If my concern is for her needs, I have to spend, I believe, some $250.00-$300.00, and so I will. Again, thank you.
I would say you want to spend more than that maybe $500. The 200-300 machines again usually make some pretty large compromises and are poorly built. If you want it to last spend a bit more.
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It is around $139 in amazon
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