The first Chromebooks from Asus – Many laptop for little money




Chromebooks had a slow start. After Google its browser-based operating system unveiled by mid-2011, Acer and Samsung came quickly with the first models. Until the beginning of 2013 were the same Samsung and Acer that occasionally came up with a new model, but other manufacturers seemed the cat out of the tree to look. Until 2013, when dared HP and Lenovo’s ChromeOS experiment to go well, and in 2014 also added Dell and Toshiba are taking.

The latest entrant to the club’s ChromeOS and Asus at Computex, the company showed its first two models: the 11.6 “C200 and the 13.3” C300, the cheapest versions crazy enough will both cost $ 249. Until now, the two models announced for the U.S. market, but because we present considered the possibility that the term notebooks also come to the Netherlands, we went along with Asus for a closer look.
Viewed from outside

The C200 and C300 share the same design, the only thing that is different is the screen size. The design of the notebook fits well with that of other cheap ChromeOS models; They look simple, have rounded corners, a tapered chassis and most of the laptop is made of the same material. Unlike many other laptops are no edges, lines or other accents to see. That makes the C200 and C300 eyes tight, especially when you consider that the notebooks cost only $ 250, we must conclude that the designers have done their job by Asus.

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Asus C300

Like almost all notebooks in this price range are the Chromebooks plastic, but nevertheless they do not feel cheap or fragile to huge. The appearance speaks to us though. Especially the black version of the C300 that was displayed, with its brushed texture looks very sturdy. With a weight of 1.15 kg for the 11.6 “version and 1.36 kg for the 13.3” version, the two Chromebooks not heavy, and the thicknesses of 19mm and 20mm are also neat. Expensive ultrabooks are comparable screen sizes often lighter and thinner but before that you often pay at least four times.

Because of the thinness, the Chromebooks do without Ethernet port, in contrast to the Acer C710. However, as a user you have a USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI output and a card reader at your disposal.

Asus has laptops make you experience your brand as the keyboard and touchpad. The chiclettoetsen have a fine touch and plenty of travel. The relatively large touchpad consists of a surface and responds well to touch and clicks.

So far we have so little to complain about the appearance and use of the Chromebooks. Yet there is a part which also need to cut down on Asus notebooks in this class: the screen. Both the C200 and the C300 has a moderate-looking panel with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. When viewing Tweakers immediately fell on the red of the top bar did not look like it should. So what to criticize. The color reproduction

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Asus C200

With laptops in this price range should however be cutting down on certain parts and the simple use for which Chromebooks are made, we do not find it disturbing. It is striking that the screen of the 11.6 “model is glossy, while the 13.3” version has a matte panel. The latter is our clear preference, certainly because the brightness is not too high and frosted panels are less affected by reflections.
Under the hood

According to the spec sheets both Chromebooks powered by an Intel Celeron-quad, no further details. Gives Asus A little browsing in Chrome system information yielded a model number that the N2930, a Bay Trail-soc with a base clock speed of 1.83 GHz to 2.16 GHz and a Turbo. That is quite a powerful CPU for a Chromebook in this price range. In comparison, the C710 and C720 Acer, which cost a few bucks more, have Celeron dual cores with lower clock speeds.

Depending on the specific configuration, the Chromebooks can be equipped with up to 4GB of memory and an SSD of 16GB or 32GB. In wireless field, there is support for bluetooth and wifi, it is striking that even the latest 802.11ac standard is supported. Thanks to the efficient Bay Trail-socs and relatively large battery of 48Wh would Chromebooks have to survive on a single battery charge last 11 hours for the 11.6 “model and 10 hours for the 13.3” model.

After some time, having played with both Chromebooks we are sorry that they come initially only in the USA. Asus has a budget put down two notebooks in many aspects it perform better and offer more than you would expect in advance. The screens are clearly of lesser quality, but the matte panel of the 13.3 “variant we find a fine addition. Asus is not the only manufacturer that comes with Bay Trail Chromebooks and it could well be that there is more competition by the time they come out in the Netherlands. Currently, however, Asus seems to have in this budget segment.’s best papers

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