The ASUS C300 Chromebook is the larger 13.3″ brother of the smaller C200, both new additions from ASUS that add to Google’s clan of Chrome OS touting devices. Announced this week at Computex 2014, the pair both use Bay Trail-based Intel N2830 Celeron processors, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The ASUS C300 will be available later this month in a choice of matte red/white and brushed aluminum black for around $250. Watch me get hands on with the device at the Intel booth at Computex 2014.
With 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, the ASUS C300 also packs a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 resolution LED display that has been coated with a matte finish. The effect of the finish does nothing to improve the dull and un-inspirational viewing experience. We have come to enjoy some superb screens in recent years, a fact underlined by the ASUS C300, a device that might help you recall what cheap laptop screens really used to look like.
The affordable $250 price tag seems reasonable for what you are getting, but I would still sooner recommend the ASUS C200 Chromebook which just feels much more solidly built. The ASUS C200 also has a glossy screen that outshines the one we find on the C300 by some distance. Certainly if the two were equally priced, I would opt for the 11.6″ C200.
But there is plenty on offer with WiFi g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 and HMDI ports, all aided by an SDCard slot that will be useful on a device that only has 16GB of storage. However 100GB of Google cloud storage, for a duration of 2 years, is thrown in to sweeten the deal.