Chromebook space heating up: Asus launches two models

Chromebook space heating up: Asus launches two models

Summary: Hot on the heels of two new Chromebooks from Lenovo, Asus joins the fray with the C200 and C300 Chromebooks.

TOPICS: Mobility, Google, Laptops

Another day, another two new Chromebooks get unwrapped. Hot on the heals of Lenovo's announcement of the N20 and N20p Chromebooks, Asus unveils the C200 and C300. The new Chromebooks come in two sizes and promise battery life of 10 hours.

Asus C200 Chromebook
Asus C200 Chromebook (Image: Asus)

The C200 and C300 Chromebooks are 11.6 and 13.3 inches, respectively. Both have Intel Bay Trail processors inside and either two or four GB of memory. This is coupled with either 16 or 32GB of storage.

Hardware specs:

  C200 C300
Processor Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.42GHz Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.42GHz
Display 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 13.3-inch, 1,366 x 768
Memory 2GB 4GB
Storage 16/32GB 32GB
Wireless Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac2, BT 4.0 Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac2, BT 4.0
Ports USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, audio, SD slot USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, audio, SD slot
Webcam 720p 720p
Dimensions 12.0 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches 13.0 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
Weight 2.5 lbs 3.1 lbs

Both the C200 and C300 Chromebooks have much the same hardware, with display size and system memory (2GB and 4GB) the primary differences. The larger C300 comes standard with 32GB of storage while the C200 is offered with either 16 or 32GB.

Asus C300 Chromebook
Asus C300 Chromebook (Image: Asus)

It is nice to see that Asus has included the faster 802.11ac in both of the Chromebooks. That is somewhat surprising for inexpensive laptops.

The only pricing Asus has given for the C200 and C300 is a starting price of $249.99. That's probably the C200, given the smaller size, although it is not clear. They will be available at the end of June.

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Laptops

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  • Typo in Summary

    Heals when heels was meant.
  • Why

    Why can't there be a 1080p Chromebook with a decent battery life. Is that too much to ask?
  • Chromebook space heating up: Asus launches two models

    Hard to believe that OEMs are still manufacturing chromebooks when they aren't selling. Expect next quarter to write up a loss on these devices.
    • stupid OEMs

      How can they stay in business making systems LD won't buy?
      • Device Manufacturers

        If there's a new type of device all PC OEMs start to manufacture, we can conclude that it will probably become as successful as Netbooks or Android tablets made by traditional PC OEMs (that excludes Samsung and Amazon).
    • Surface Landfill

      How is that $900m Microsoft garbage dump these days ?
      Alan Smithie
      • Actually, that would be a million+ mini-dumps, since, MS has sold all of

        those devices which hung around for a while.

        And, since you're the last one to hear, let me be the first to inform you that, MS has actually been making money on their Surface tablets now.

        But, what did the leftover inventory of last year have to do with the stupid Chromebooks?

        Do you feel that your only defense for failing Chromebooks and anything from Google, is to mention the 1 1/2 year old story of leftover Surface tablets?
        • I think surface RTs are yet on sale as new

          And Microsoft is still losing money with surface:
          "SEC filing: Microsoft has revealed Surface was not profitable in Q1 CY2014. "Surface revenue was $494 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014. Surface cost of revenue was $539 million for the three months ended March 31."

          For me is strange they are still losing money, giving the hefty price they are being sold, maybe they are still heavily clearing stock from the original surface with low prices.
      • Oh...

        What a very low blow. Not. How much has Google spent in R&D on this Chrome OS turkey and incentives/bribes to OEMs to install this crap on their hardware?
    • Hard to believe

      Yeah, Chromebooks are six of Amazon's top 15 sellers in laptops, and the oldest model has been in the top 3 for 558 days. Hard to believe OEMs are still manufacturing top sellers.
      • Top sellers in Amazon is not the same as top sellers in the industry.

        Learn the difference.
      • The question

        How many people buy their laptops from Amazon?
        Michael Alan Goff
        • Allot

          If you have Amazon Prime, you probably purchased your computer there. I've Purchased 6 computers from Amazon this year alone.
          • Says something

            You purchased 6 computers? I guess you have plenty to spend or the old ones are dying.
            I know of no one who have bought a computer from Amazon. I find their prices higher.
    • Yup.

      Chromebooks are nothing but old and outdated technology [16 or 32GB SSD! Where do they find them?] coupled with another Linux distro but it needs the Internet for almost everything.
      As for "heating" up, I'm sure Asus also dropped two underperforming slow-selling Chromebooks.
  • I've seen one of these things in my life, and its was free to some teacher

    4-5 years later, not a single school uses them in the 20 that were shown it.

    Nearly all went ipads as that is what's cool.........
  • What puts me off a Chromebook

    The inability to run Android apps. Fix that Google and you have a sale.
    Alan Smithie
    • Keep them all

      I'd rather have full Linux app support from a Debian or Ubuntu repository. This isn't hard to obtain, just not officially supported.
    • Better idea

      Toss the Chrome OS and use Android. Why did Google waste money on building another OS when Android is fine.
      Someone gave me one of these clunkers, I'd wipe it and install a real Linux distro, Android [if available] or maybe Windows 7.