Sorry, naysayers: You’re going to see a reasonable number of Chromebook audits from us throughout the following few months. That is for the most part in light of the fact that offers of these reasonable laptops have shot up – which implies everybody and their mother is currently making one, even organizations that had long ago shied away. The most recent brand to join the conflict is ASUS, which as of now has heaps of experience building little, shabby record books. Surely, ASUS’ 11-inch C200 Chromebook ($250) resembles a 2009-time Eeepc brought once more to life: The extensive console feels frightfully natural, as does the long, 11-hour battery life. Indeed along these lines, its not an impeccable machine by any methods – truth be told, it has a really genuine imperfection – however in the event that you’re in the business for a Chromebook, it couldn’t damage to consider an organization that appears to comprehend what its doing.
I know you’re sick of listening to Chromebooks contrasted with netbooks and, look, so am I. At the same time listen to me: The reason some of you have even become aware of ASUS in any case is on account of it spearheaded the smaller than expected PC craze. At this point, it presumably knows a thing or two about making super-little, super-low-estimated machines, correct? Right. For the most part. The C200 is made of plastic, as you’d expect on a sub-$300 framework, and in fact, its really unremarkable-looking. In any case, to ASUS’ credit, the assemble by and large feels more strong than, say, Acer’s C720, which flexed when you got it by the palm rest. There’s less curve here, however the screen wobbles when you set the smart phone down on a table. It’s additionally decently smaller: At 0.8 inch thick, it has comparable measurements as the Acer C720, with the exception of it weighs only 2.5 pounds, versus 2.76 for the C720. Albeit both are impeccably simple to tote around, the C200 is perceptibly lighter.
It’s on the console that ASUS’ netbook ability truly beams through. The catches here figure out how to be cushier than on most different Chromebooks, however the Dell Chromebook 11 and Toshiba Chromebook both rank pretty very in that respect. That, as well as the keys are overall separated, and none of the significant catches (Enter, Shift, and so forth.) have been contracted down to fit the 12 extensive edge. The trackpad, then, is open contrasted with the one on the Acer C720, and makes an exact showing with single-finger following. No objections there.
I wish I could say such decent things in regards to the showcase, however this is one of the primary regions where Chromebook producers take the most expedient route. As on opponent frameworks, the C200 rocks a 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 board (non-touch), and not surprisingly, the review edges are dreadful. Dip the top forward even marginally and the screen washes out to the point of being incoherent. Shockingly, regardless of the fact that you were to put resources into a more costly machine, the showcase quality would even now be reasonably crappy. Take the Samsung Chromebook 2, case in point: Even with a more honed, full HD screen, regardless it experiences thin survey plot.
The C200 likewise offers the same careful port determination as different Chromebooks. This incorporates two USB associations (one of them 3.0), a full-sized HDMI attachment, a SD card peruser, an earphone jack and a lock space.