And you thought the days of the netbook were done in the wake of the tablet takeover. Think again. Or, more pertinently, think again if you happen to work for ASUS. It's using IFA to launch the EeeBook X205, a netbook in all but name. It's to tablets what the vinyl revival is to digital downloads.
An 11.6-inch laptop, it's running off an Intel Atom Z3735 Bay Trail processor. Though its 1366 x 768 screen is a resolution lowly enough to hark back to that brief time when netbooks were all the rage, its other internals are a bit more up to date -- you've an option of 32GB or 64GB of solid state storage, and a battery life that's a solid 12 hours long. A measly 2GB of RAM however means multitasking on the machine may be a bit of a chore -- I could imagine Windows 8.1 (pre-installed here) will be chugging a bit on this.
Only 17.78mm thick and a little under a kilo in weight, it is highly portable though, packing in a microSD card reader, micro HDMI port and 2 USB 2.0 ports. If Chrome OS puts you off getting a Chromebook and you're looking for a back-up travelling machine that won't break your back whilst out on the road, it could be worth a look. A €199 price tag should put this around the £160 mark when it lands in Blighty.