Okay, the title may be a little misleading as we are talking about the new Micromax Canvas LapTab which is essentially a notebook, and the Asus EeeBook X205 which is a netbook. These are not laptops per se, but they fulfil the fundamental criteria of portability of what we call the “laptop”. Here, we’ll compare the Micromax and Asus products and see if one trumps the other…
Available in four colours, the Asus EeeBook X205 is a sleek (the word “sleek” being relative) 17.5mm at the sides making it appealing to those who need to carry a computer around every day, like office goers or college students. It sports an 11.6” display which supports a display resolution of up to 1366 x 768p.
The Micromax Canvas LapTab is a 10.1” convertible which comes with a tablet screen and detachable keyboard, hence the name. The Micromax device weighs more at 1.1 kg as compared to the Asus design’s 980 grams. The resolution offered by LapTab is 1280 x 800p, almost the same as the EeeBook.
Coming to the processors that run these little machines…The processor used in both the devices is the same- the entry level 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735 quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM. The X205 comes with Windows 8.1 preinstalled and offers 32 GB of eMMC flash storage out of which 21GB is user available. The user can expand the memory using the external memory card slot or a portable hard drive. The LapTab comes with 32GB flash storage , with only 24.4GB available to the user. The user can expand the memory by another 64 GB using the microSD card slot.
A crucial factor that comes into play while deciding which laptop to buy is its battery life. The user may not have the time or the place to go hunting for a charging point and hence productivity may suffer. The juice on the Asus EeeBook is provided by a 38 Whr battery which can last for about 8 ½ hours. The Micromax Canvas LapTab is powered by a 7700mAh battery which gives the laptop a life of about 6 hours. So when it comes to needing a better battery, the Asus EeeBook wins.
Once you get past the extra ‘e’ in the Asus EeeBook, you will take a liking to the netbook. The Asus product was launched way back in January when those who couldn’t afford a laptop, or those who didn’t need a high performing device would opt for the more compact netbook which came with a lighter price tag. When it comes to the Micromax notebook, the 2-in-1 nature of the product holds appeal. But, the battery provided by the Asus is much better than that of Micromax, a quality essential for any portable machine.
Unfortunately, if you are looking to compare the prices of the two machines to arrive at a buying decision, you are going to remain undecided as both are priced at around Rs.15, 000.
Overall, both the products hold equal appeal, so you need to decide whether you wish to have a better battery life that Asus gives or want a more versatile form factor that Micromax can provide. A suggestion is to get your hands on both for a trial and see which one speaks more to your tech senses…