Mobile Geeks get some hands on time with the latest Chromebook, this time from ASUS; the ASUS C200 is an 11.6 inch notebook device that packs an Intel Bay Trail Celeron processor and the latest iteration of Google’s Chrome OS.
The tale of the Chromebook is many ways one of dogged determination on the part of Google and their willingness to pump both enthusiasm and cash in to a new type of device. Going back as far 2010 Google have been evangelizing the concept of a cloud oriented device that runs a super slimline OS centered on the Google ever evolving eco-system. Chromebooks from leading lights like Samsung, Acer, HP and Dell failed to really make good sales volumes, and have even felt half baked and more like an early netbook experience than a next generation one. But that has in no way deterred Google who can now count ASUS among it Chromebook flock.
The ASUS Chromebook C200 and C300 are similarly built devices that are powered by the Intel N2830 Celeron processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The smaller C200 Chromebook is a 11.6″ device that I think actually feels better constructed than its larger C300 cousin.
The body feels more robust and the display actually seems to benefit from being smaller at the same 1366 x 768 resolution – clearly enjoying a marginally higher pixel per inch count. The display is also glossy compared to the C300 and its matte finish. I’m not usually a fan of glossy finished displays, but in this case I would opt for the C200 all day – it seems brighter and much more vivid.
Both devices support WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 with HMDI out and SDCard support. They will retail for somewhere above or around $250 USD.