|Screen Size||11.6 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366*768 Pixels|
|Memory Speed||1.8 GHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||ARM Mali-T764|
|Chipset Brand||ARM Mali|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 Hours|
ASUS C201PA-DS02 11.6-Inch Laptop (Navy Blue)
|Type of product||Laptop|
|Voice command||Touch Pad|
|Operating System||Chrome OS|
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- Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM, Dimensions:11.2 x 7.6 x 0.7 inch (WxDxH)
- 16 GB eMMC; No CD or DVD drive
- Chrome Operating System; Navy Blue Chassis
- 11.6 inches 1366*768 pixels LED-lit Screen
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ASUS Chromebook C201
Live Your Mobility in Comfort
The all-new ASUS Chromebook C201 starts in a flash and loads lightning fast as you cruise through your to-do list or favorite video streaming site with up to 13 hours of battery life*. Featuring a refined chiclet keyboard and spacious touchpad, the ASUS Chromebook C201 gives you plenty of space to type, zoom and scroll for a person of any size while staying portable for a carrying bag of virtually any size.
If you spend more time online than off, cruise websites, watch online videos and stay productive through the virtual world, ASUS Chromebook C201 is optimized for your mobile lifestyle. With Rockchip 3288-C Quad-Core 1.8GHz processor with up to 4GB RAM (varies by models), the ASUS Chromebook C201 lets you multitask to instantly switch between your apps and several browser tabs all while staying energy efficient.
Share and Stay Protected
Enhanced with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware security, experience peace of mind to travel across the world or share your ASUS Chromebook with family and friends, knowing your sensitive information is protected. And with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, surf the web with up to 3 times the speed of previous gen wireless** to get to where you’re going faster than ever before.
*Battery life varies based on settings and use.
**802.11ac wireless speeds compared to 802.11n data transfer speeds. Actual speeds may vary.
- 11.6-inch 1366 by 768 glossy HD display for vivid high definition image quality
- Up to 13 hours of battery life
- 802.11ac wireless for up to 3 times faster wireless speeds
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security for protection of sensitive information
- Spacious touchpad for effortless navigation and control
Travel with Comfort
At less than 2 pounds and just about 0.7 inch thin, it’s easier than ever to carry your 11.6-inch, ultra-slim ASUS Chromebook C201 with you in a bag or with only one hand. Slide and glide your fingertips with room to spare on the largest touchpad available on a Chromebook. For even greater control, the chiclet keyboard is enhanced with keys that more accurately register the presses you want to increase your typing speed and precision.
With up to 13 hours of battery life, enjoy your ASUS Chromebook C201 unplugged. Movies and pictures look flawless on the 1366 by 768 HD display that has a glossy finish to make image clarity more vivid. Couple that with ASUS-enhanced sound chambers, enjoy ear-pleasing audio that makes your media come to life wherever you go.
Connect to Everything You Need
With built-in micro HDMI and USB ports, as well as SD card reader, ASUS Chromebook C201 makes data transfer and sharing easy and fast. The HDMI port allows you to connect with a larger external display or TV, so you can share presentations or stream movies with family and friends. The built-in SD card reader supports up to 128GB for extra storage.
With thousands of apps just a click away in the Chrome Web Store, experience more games, media controls and more than ever before with ASUS Chromebook C201. Built-in access to your favorite Google apps such as Gmail, Drive and YouTube get connected as soon as you power on the machine. Even without an internet connection, you can still enjoy the best of Google with hundreds of offline apps.
Convenience in the Cloud
With your ASUS Chromebook C201, you get 100GB*** of Google Drive storage space for 2 years to store and share all your pictures, videos and documents. Working on the cloud is easier than ever, offering word processing, spreadsheets and presentations apps for you to do your task at hand and securely access it anywhere you have an internet connection.
***100GB of free storage is for 2 years, starting on the date you redeem the Drive offer.
Special Holiday Promotion: Get free goodies
1) Free 100 GB storage with Google Drive*
Save all your photos, videos, and documents in Google Drive to access them anywhere and share them with anyone.
2) 12 free Gogo in-air internet passes**
Get online at 10,000 feet with free Gogo in-air internet passes. Includes 12 Gogo inflight Wi-Fi passes.
3) Unlimited music from Google Play Music***
Subscribe to Google Play Music from your Chromebook and the first 90 days are free. Download music to play even when you’re not connected. Enjoy expertly curated radio for what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, or what you want to hear. Plus, bring your personal music collection with you. Upload 50,000 of your own songs to listen on your phone, tablet and the web, for free
*You'll have storage for 2 years, starting on the date you redeem the offer. Accessing online files requires an internet connection. This offer is tied to your device and is non-transferable. If this device is returned, extra storage will be revoked. Offer must be redeemed within 180 days of your device activation. Offer is available in all countries where Google Drive is available. Offer can only be redeemed once per device. Used, open-box, and refurbished devices are not eligible for the offer.
**Offer valid until Dec 31, 2015 and passes are valid for 12 months from the date the offer is redeemed. In order to redeem the offer, you must be on a Gogo-enabled domestic US flight. This offer is tied to your device and is non-transferable. Offer can only be redeemed once per device. Used, open-box, and refurbished devices are not eligible for the offer.
***Promotion only open to US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Ireland, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand (each an 'Eligible Territory') residents who have purchased a Chromebook between November 8, 2015 and midnight PST on January 31, 2016. Offer only available to customers who are not current Google Play Music subscribers, have not been Google Play Music subscribers nor participated in a Google Play Music trial in the past 12 months. Offer must be redeemed by February 16, 2016. Valid form of payment required at sign-up but will not be automatically charged until the trial expires. Then you will be charged the standard subscription price, per month. You can cancel your trial at no charge at any time before the trial is over. Offer requires a Google account.
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|Computer Memory Size||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
|CPU Model Manufacturer||Rockchip||Intel||Mediatek||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|CPU Speed||1.8 GHz||1.6 GHz||2.1 GHz||2.6 GHz||1.6 GHz||2.4 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1366*768 pixels||1366 x 768 pixels||1366X768 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1366x768 pixels||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Screen Size||11.6 inches||11.6 inches||11.6 inches||11.6 inches||11.6 inches||14 inches|
|Hard Disk Size||16 GB||32 GB||64 GB||64 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|Item Dimensions||11.30 x 7.64 x 0.70 inches||11.60 x 7.90 x 0.90 inches||11.50 x 0.77 x 8.48 inches||11.30 x 7.60 x 0.67 inches||11.37 x 8.04 x 0.70 inches||12.70 x 9.00 x 0.60 inches|
|Item Weight||2.00 lbs||2.60 lbs||2.64 lbs||2.20 lbs||2.54 lbs||3.10 lbs|
|Operating System||Chrome OS||Chrome OS||Chrome OS||Windows 10 S||Chrome OS||Chrome OS|
|RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||Unknown||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth||802.11g||802.11ac|
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A quick summary is at the end if you just want to skim quickly for a more concise breakdown.
OUTSIDE DESIGN OBSERVATIONS:
COLOR- First off, the color of the outside shell is a real dark blue with the ASUS logo in the center. Cosmetically, it's a pretty sleek design that's also functional with its rounded corners holding the 11.6in screen. For some reason, the color is darker than the images provided on Amazon would lead you to believe, but it still looks nice. The outside shell can be a smudge magnet, so you can get a protective cover to help prevent scratches, dings, and smudges.
PORTS- There are 2 USB 2.0 slots on the right side and on the left side there is an ASUS proprietary charge port, a MicroSD slot (capable of up to 128gb), a micro HDMI port, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Not including USB 3.0 or even the newest USB Type-C is a strange decision, but for the current asking price, it's not a bad trade off.
SPEAKERS- The speakers are located on the bottom of the front, which is indeed an odd position for speakers since the sound becomes muffled. Odds are though, if you're going to want to listen to music or watch Netflix, you would use a speaker system or headphones, so this design choice wasn't a big deal to me since a lot of Chromebooks (Samsung Chromebook 2) have the same speaker design on the bottom.
BOTTOM- The bottom of the case has 4 round rubber stoppers, so this thing wont slide anywhere on hard surfaces. It's incredibly light weight, sturdy, and portable, making it easy for both students and professionals to carry and use throughout the day.
DISPLAY- The display is 11.6" HD at 1366x768 (16:9) screen resolution. As many others have commented on, one of the first noticeable things is that the display has some weird viewing angles, where the top parts can have darker colors wash out with the backlight and show weird contrast. It usually doesn't take long to adjust it where it doesn't have that washing effect, making watching YouTube videos or Netflix practical for extended periods of time. Is it the best screen or ideal screen for binge-watching shows? Probably not, but it's certainly passable for flights or whenever you have some down time to kill an hour or two and have no other means of watching video content.
KEYBOARD- The keyboard is snappy, responsive, and comfortable to use. The plastic shell around the keyboard looks relatively cheap, but it's surprisingly durable. I don't feel any kind of weird bending or anything off with the keys when typing, so I don't think it's possible for keys to get stuck under the shell without trying or unless there's a manufacturers defect or user error. All the shortcuts you need are on here; refresh key, backward and forward key for web browsing, fullscreen window key, program switching key, backlight and sound adjustment keys, the power button with LED indicator to the right of it, and full QWERTY keyboard.
TOUCHPAD- The touchpad is located below the space bar and covers a decent area, i'd say about 1/3 of the bottom part, which makes it easy to maneuver the mouse and use click actions like single tap, double tap to hold and drag, or can physically click to hold. It's capable of pinch-zoom and swiping left and right with two fingers to go forward or backward on a web page. It's also capable of other gesture commands, which is typically dependent on the capabilities of the program in use. It's a well-implemented and functional touchpad for every day use, especially for the price.
BATTERY- This is one great key feature, and for many a selling point; the battery life is incredible. I'm able to get, on average, about 11-12 hours of one full charge out of it with mixed usage throughout the week. Web browsing, running various apps, listening to music, watching videos, and it performs as advertised with the battery life. I didn't truly believe it when I read the specs, but it certainly lives up to it. Obviously, this is dependent on various factors, so results may vary, but with average use and maybe with brightness set in the middle, you should easily be able to get the same amount of battery life as stated. This makes it perfect for travelling and for students who need a reliable net-capable device to use throughout the day without worrying about the next time you need to charge it. Video drains the battery the quickest, so you'd probably be looking at around 6-8 of constant video streaming, maybe more if that's all you have running on it at once. Needless to say though, it certainly performs as advertised here.
RAM and PROCESSOR- The 4gb RAM model makes running multiple applications and tabs at once much easier since it allows for better multitasking. The processor is a quad core Rockchip using ARM architecture, which makes it less power-hungry than the Intel series chromebooks, so this also helps with battery life since it's more power conscious than the intel counterparts. It runs at 1.8ghz, which isn't as fast as some of the intel ones, but it's comparably almost just as powerful for what it's commonly used for and is certainly just as capable without sacrificing speed or functionality.
STORAGE- 16gb (eMMC for those who care) is soldered onto the board itself, so it's not upgradeable (like the Acer Chromebook) with a new M.2 storage chip or anything. However, the MicroSD card slot allows expandable storage up to 128gb.
WIRELESS and BLUETOOTH- Wireless is current standards of 802.11AC and Bluetooth 4.0 LE capable. It also supposedly supports 4.1, but I haven't tested it personally.
CAMERA- The camera is a front facing HD camera at the top of the screen, I think at 720P, with a mic to the left of it.
When you first boot it up, it will ask you to connect or create a gmail account, this acts as your login information to keep you connected to the net and to Google Drive (and other cloud services), which is what the primary purpose of Chromebooks are to begin with. ChromeOS itself is a very simple and lightweight operating system that essentially thrives with online connectivity, but it is possible to be just as productive while offline as well. The Web App store has plenty of useful (and free) apps that allow you to be productive both online and off. A handful of apps by Google are included by default, but to get the most out of it, some digging around on the Web App store is needed to customize it specifically for your needs.
Here are some free Web Apps that I've found useful so far:
GRAPHICS/PHOTO- Polarr Photo Editor 3 is a great photo editor that can be used offline as well and it's feature rich. It's comparable to a lighter version of Adobe Lightroom. Sketchpad is another fun one that can be used offline too, and it's more for drawing than it is for photo editing. Pixlr Editor offers a couple of programs included for free and GIMP (GIMP uses rollapp and requires cloud storage services to be connected to it to be able to edit photos) both require online connectivity and they act more like a lightweight Photoshop, but they're extremely useful and capable for quick image editing and adjustment. Wacom Tablets also work on Chromebooks, but it recognizes the tablets as a mouse input since it doesn't install any drivers, so you won't get the pressure sensing from the pens like you would on a Mac or PC, though, I suppose it's possible to get that feature in future updates.
WORD DOCUMENTS- Aside from Googles ecosystem of Google Documents that's primarily used online (there's an offline mode you can set, but it's not as fluid as some other free options), StackEdit is extremely useful since it can be used on and offline and saves automatically. You can also type in markup language and it'll show it side by side. You can also export what you typed to Wordpress and many other blog services. Another good offline option is simply called Writer (the one with the blue circular logo and a W in the center), which is barebones, simple, and easy to use. It saves it's files in Rich Text (.rtf) format. OpenOffice Writer is also good and offers many options comparable to Microsoft Word, but it can be used online only. StackEdit and Writer are currently my preferences. Another one worth mentioning is called Writebox which is pretty sleek and minimal that can function offline and can save locally as well. Amazon also offers one for free called StoryWriter and it's designed for screenwriting.
VIDEO- VLC offers an app that expands the available video types that can be played. Plex also offers an app if you have an in-home media server setup that you can connect to. Chromecast also has an extension you can install to cast from your chromebook.
SSH/SFTP/REMOTE- I use Serverauditor as an SSH client and SFTP FileSystem for local file transfers. Google offers Chrome Remote Desktop in the Web App store that allows you to control any computers you set up for it on the local network. You can set it up on the computer you want to control and you can log in to it from your Chromebook since it mirrors your Desktop screen and allows complete remote control of it.
EXTENSIONS- FontChanger allows you to change the font for webpages that you can set up for either Global settings or Custom settings for individual web pages. Chrome User-Agent Switcher allows you to emulate many other browsers, so this comes in handy if a page isn't optimized for Chrome, you can switch it to Firefox to make the webpage think you're running Firefox. Ad Block is also a must-have to prevent a lot of annoying pop-ups and unwanted ads. Many companies (Pinterest, Amazon) also make useful extensions to add-on.
CLOUD STORAGE- Google Drive should be the default choice, but Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and Yandex.Disk all offer free storage options.
These are some add-on items you might want to consider to either protect or enhance your Chromebook experience:
COVERS- iPearl makes some pretty decent covers to help protect for daily use and they come in multiple color options. I purchased the Aqua Blue one and it certainly protects it from bumps and scratches: Amazon link to Aqua cover (but plenty of other color options)- iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case Aqua
ETHERNET ADAPTER- Sometimes wireless wont be practical, so luckily USB Ethernet Adapters have been made for Chromebooks for when you might need to hardwire it. TRENDnet offers a pretty reliable one for $13- TRENDnet USB 2.0 Wired Ethernet alternatively, if you'd like to have additional USB ports and wired ethernet connectivity, Unitek offers a slightly more expensive one for $20 and it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports on this Chromebook- Unitek 3 Ports USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet
MICRO HDMI to HDMI ADAPTER- Just in case you ever want to connect to a larger screen to stream Netflix or work on a larger screen/monitor. You can also close the lid on the Chromebook and video content will still stream. Monoprice offers a simple adapter for $8.99- Monoprice Micro HDMI to HDMI Adapter
MICROSD CARDS- These can be found between $20-$60 ranging from 32gb to a max of 128gb. These are useful for expanding storage of your Chromebook. The 64gb MicroSD card is a great value for $22- SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC
+ Sleek, compact design
+ Quick and responsive boot up and operation
+ Lightweight and portable to carry
+ Web Apps offer plenty of productive graphics and document options online and off
+ Phenomenal battery life- 11-12 hours of mixed use
+ Responsive keyboard and multi-gesture touchpad
+ Well rounded portable experience from ChromeOS, with plenty of room to grow.
+ Constantly updated for the best stable experience
+ Perfect for students, travelers, and just average daily use
- No full HDMI- requiring micro HDMI to HDMI adapter to be purchased separately
- No USB 3.0 or Type-C- Probably cost prohibitive to include at the asking price
- Weird viewing angles for the Display causing colors to wash out towards the top
4/5 Stars: -0.5 for display issues and -0.5 for ASUS proprietary power plug, not including even one USB 3.0/Type-C, or at least a full HDMI out.
I hope this has been informative and helpful so you're not as lost as I was in choosing the perfect Chromebook!
Size: Perfect for me, personally. I went down a size from my last laptop that was around 13 inches, and I have to say that this is just as good size wise. It is very thin so a lap desk would be best instead of just in your lap. The tread on the bottom is also kind of slick on certain surfaces, though it DOES have pads on the bottom. It's just a very...slick laptop regardless.
Typing/ Keyboard size: Good enough for me. I have average sized hands for a female and can still type as fast as I do on any other keyboard, maybe even easier. Keep in mind that THERE IS NO CAPS LOCK BUTTON(that I'm aware of). I had to use shift to make that all capitalized. There are a few other not-really-needed keys missing like "page up/page down" but they are not a necessity and can be used with Control Commands (alt + up button/ down button).
OS: You won't be able to do any hardcore gaming on this, the Chrome operating system is pretty basic. You will need to download certain applications on the chrome webstore to open certain files (Example: you obviously need an emulator to play ROM games, which yes I have been doing just fine.) I use this mainly for doing my schoolwork and essays via Word Online, which is free if you give your student email. Everything is saved through Google Drive. I would recommend this laptop for a student-on-the-go with a tight budget, but it has a lot of great recreational uses such as accessing spotify or netflix online. I'm still new to it, so there was a learning curve with me the first 20 minutes or so that I had the laptop and I am still finding more and more useful things that it can do. It's so far super fast to load.
Battery life: So far the battery life has been great. I've been listening to music for the last 3 and a half hours unplugged in my room and light searching the web and battery life is on 85% still. I think the time estimate of how long you have for battery life on the screen varies because of change in activities on the computers, but supposedly if I continue to use this laptop at the pace I have been using it, then there is approx. 9 hours left.
To put it simply? As someone who has not had a fully functioning laptop in years, I'm in love with this chromebook.
The keyboard and trackpad were both a great surprise. I was initially unsure about typing for long hours on the c201's keyboard, but within a few hours I was typing rapidly, accurately, and comfortably. The trackpad is also a star. It's comfortable and fluid, and works about as well as the one on my Macbook Pro. Overall, both the keyboard and trackpad make the device a pleasure to use.
I'm not a Linux user, which is why I was comfortable going with a non-Intel chip, but I hear if that's what you're after this may not be the processor for you. I can say that with the 4gb version, it has kept up to every task I've thrown at it so far (Netflix, youtube, tons of Google docs, and browser based screenwriting apps). In my opinion, if you need much more, you probably shouldn't be looking at a Chromebook anyway. But if you're comfortable with the always-online nature of Chrome OS, than this chromebook definitely has you covered in terms of performance.
I could easily see this becoming the go-to device in the house, getting more use than both my Macbook Pro and my iPad.
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It charged nice and fast, however the port is slightly differently shaped than your standard microUSB and thus if the cord needs to be replaced might require finding the actual ASUS cord.
Overall, if the chrome OS is a system that works for you this is a great little chromebook.
The ASUS Chromebook is great, and is well priced. Chrome OS takes a little getting used to but it's perfect for my next year of college.
The only complaint I have is that the track pad seems to be placed too far to the right in its frame. When clicking the right side will catch. After turning in the tap to click setting it bothered me less.
This chromebook is very lightweight and starts up very quickly. I'm quite happy with this purchase.
If you are a person who just surf the net, then this may be your best friend.
I have only used it a maybe 3 days now and so far I did not encounter any problems at all, and hopefully it stays like that.
I like that the keys are spread apart enough to allow ease at typing. Now, I still need to learn about about this chromebook but I will eventually figure out all of its function. I am also hearing that memory can be expanded with an SD card so that's great news as well. Overall, I cannot complain, good purchase for the price.
The 4gb of Ram is necessary but sometimes i find the speed of the unit a little lacking. It lags a little bit when dealing with heavier sites.
For light and general usage, this is an excellent laptop
Chrome OS might feel limited to some avid computer users.
This is great for work or just personal use.
Not for gaming at all.
The laptop sometimes lags when I have 20+ browsers open- which I will do often when I'm doing research. But for everyday use this is a great little lightweight book that I recommend to most people who are already integrated with google products.
Some shortcomings- you should NOT buy this if:
1) You require Adobe functionalities
2) You need to use microsoft word for formatting or other microsoft products
3) You don't have frequent access to wifi. The machine runs on wifi and is useless without it.
4) You REALLY like multimedia- i.e. itunes functionalities; watching movies with friends (the speakers are a little soft and won't fill up a room but good enough for personal use); photo or video editing.
Other than that- this is a great machine and I'm very happy with how it works with respect to how much i paid (270 CAD) in 2016, tax included.
What I love most about this product is that it works for 90% of the processing you will ever need and it's so cheap that I can bring it everywhere with me and not worry about breaking it, losing it, having it stolen. I travel a lot and I love how I don't have to be careful with this thing or feel nervous that it will get stolen etc. It basically needs to survive for a year to make the purchase well worth it. I am a previous "fully-loaded" laptop-owner- had the best of the best before and I am so happy that I "downsized" my laptop because there were just so many functions I wasn't using and was paying for. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a similar model again once this one breaks down/gets stolen.
I only wish it used louder speakers, Speakers on my Nexus-6 phone are much louder than the ones on this Chromebook.
The C201 somewhat concerned me.I charged it for 4 hours.At 9PM the on Sept 20th I bit the bullet.
All I can say for me,it is extremely user friendly.I have been running on the initial charge and have mostly ignored my desktop and made the ASUS my primary.I been able to load Skype,Hotmail/Outlook with ease.I am glad I purchased it.I am going on a trip(reason I bought it).