Asus Chromebook C202 Review – Planning to Buy? Read this First

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The Asus Chromebook C202 was definitely made for students, travelers and workers (like real estate agents) with its rubber bumpers and humongous keyboard. It’s important to note that its sturdy enough to withstand various stress of daily usage in the life of a clumsy student, a traveler who is often outdoor and a worker who is always on the go. The best part is you don’t have to spend that much for this excellent laptop. It just cost around $200 which is among the cheapest among the various lines of Chromebooks in the market.
Important Statement: Take note that this is a ChromeBook which means its limited in a lot of ways, but definitely it can get the job done on usual computer usage.

Design

The most important feature to note about this laptop is its built to last made possible by the following:
  • rigid shell
  • plastic cover on the laptop’s base and lid
  • thick rubber bumpers on the edges
With this in mind, you don’t anymore have to ask about elegance. However, if what you are looking for a a reliable and a laptop you can use for years, this is definitely right for you. According to tests conducted by Asus Company, the laptop can withstand a 4-foot drop. It’s the kind of device that you don’t have to keep on worrying about with slight bumps.
It is also designed not to drop from any surface easily. This is because of its rubber leg which sticks to any surface. The only disadvantage is its not best used on your lap. You are free to try but we suggest not.
Amidst all the shields it has, you are wrong if you think that the Asus Chromebook C202 is heavy at 2.65 pounds. It is lighter compared to other competitors by other brands. And provided that something got damaged in the laptop its easy to repair due to its modular design. This only means that you only have to repair the part that is broken.

Chromebook C202 Keyboard

It is good to note that the keyword of this laptop is spill resistant. Underneath the keyboard, there is a protection applied on the inner parts using a solid mylar-lined plat. Thus making it great for going to your favorite restaurant or coffee shop. Records show that it could repel up to 2.23 ounces of water / liquid. If ever you suspect that there are small amount of water that leaked in to the interior, all you have to do is flip the laptop over.
Additionally, if you plan to use the laptop when your kids are not around, you won’t have any problem with its bigger than usual letters and numerals on the keyboard. It has a nice keystroke feel which makes typing great and fast as well. There is lesser chance of accidentally pressing the wrong key.

Performance

Asus Chromebook C202 is powered by a celeron processor specifically N3060 chip, a dual-core SoC which means that you must not expect that much when it comes to its performance. But, this feature could already keep with what most users do in a Chromebook.
Even though other competitors in the market like Dell’s Chromebook is better when it comes to raw power, the Asus Chromebook takes advantage with its newer Braswell Chip making it more energy efficient and better heat management.

Storage

Remember that this is a Chromebook so do not expect a very big storage. You’ll only get 16Gb of storage but can easily be upgraded with an SD Card. The rest of your storage, you can set from various cloud services online. This is how most Chromebook users deal with their need for storage. Random Access Memory(RAM) is good enough which is at 4 GB.

Other Features

USB 3.0 ports

If you are among those who are in need for more USB ports, the Chromebook C202 of Asus gives you two USB 3.0 ports.  And because its USB 3.0 it only means that data transfer speed is fast.

Other ports for connectivity

The ChromeBook also has an audio jack, SD card slot and an HDMI port. Do not worry about constant plugging in and out of these ports as these are made to last as well.

Strong Wifi-Antenna

If you are having problem with getting wifi-connection in your apartment, expect that you will not have much problem with this laptop with the help of Intel’s 7265 dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter

Battery Life

Base on various tests, battery life could last for around 7 to 8 hours of usual students usage. This means you don’t have to bring the charger with you when you go out with this ChromeBook.

Display

Resolution is at 1366 x 768 and uses anti-glaring coating which greatly improves visibility.

Useful Suggestions in using this ChromeBook

Chrome OS

Take note that the OS of this ChromeBook is different from MAC and Windows, so it would be worth the time to explore the help section soon after you start using the device for the first time. The OS is user-friendly  but it could get frustrating if you are not guided properly.

Verdict

The best word that describes this laptop is “Average”. There is really nothing fancy about this laptop but it gets the job done. You can still use your computer with multiple browsers and applications. However, remember that opening too many applications at once can slow down its performance.
So, do we recommend it?
For the general public, that would be NO.
But for parents who plans to buy it for their student, its a YES due to its affordable cost and durability.
We also recommend this to travelers for its rugged features.
It’s generally for people who are looking for a low cost, yet durable chromebook.  And if ever due to some unforeseen reasons the laptop broke, it is very easy to repair.
Parents must also think about how their students would use this laptop. If they demand a laptop that needs to handle a lot of multitasking, this is not the best option not to mention is poor audio.

What other people have to say

Positive

A worry-free Chromebook that has exceeded my expectations!
Battery life is very impressive reaching up to 10 hours.
A durable product with a 12 month accident protection warranty.
A very practical Chromebook concept.

Negative

Lack screen quality but good enough for its price.
There are times when wireless connection is slow.
Blue color of keyboard writing is blue which is in contrast with the black keys.
If you plan to use VPN, take note that integrating it to chrome OS is not that easy.

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