The Chromebook market is on the rise and it’s easy to see why. These kind of devices are cheaper than most other laptops yet still capable enough to handle online work and live streaming, which most people really want from a laptop. These devices are great for the everyday casual user. And the Asus Chromebook C300SA-DS02 is the new addition to the Chromebook lineup.
Processor: Intel Core Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz (Turbo to 2.48 GHz)
Memory: 4 GB of DDR3 RAM
Storage: 16 GB FLASH
Screen: 13.3 Inches
OS: Chrome OS
The new line of Chromebooks is, just like other laptops, very portable if one needs to move around while still being able to entertain themselves. It weighs only 3 pounds so should be easy enough to carry around when travelling to another destination. The ASUS Chromebook has a battery that can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. Again this adds to the portability of this Chromebook as the battery time is splendid for use when on the go. A low weight and slim profile make this an excellent companion for those who travel extensively. It also has the largest touchpad in its class and a new, better Chiclet keyboard.
The laptop comes packed with all the essentials a person needs from a Personal Computer. These include connectivity ports such as Bluetooth 4.2, 2x USB 3.0 and HDMI, when a larger screen is needed for streaming videos. This laptop was designed with the intent for online use in mind. That’s why is comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity which may allow for up to 3 times better surfing speeds. And all this at a very cheap price tag, can it get any better?
The ASUS C300SA-DS02 also comes with 100 GB worth of cloud storage on Google Drive. The offer will be valid till 2 years of device activation and must be availed within 180 days of device activation.
The ASUS C300SA-DS02 still has its downsides. As is observed with most Chromebooks, the on board storage is insufficient. 16 GB of space, regardless how fast, is something that can only be appreciated if you are in the late 1990s or early 2000s. With most non Chrome OS laptops now providing onboard space in 500 GB – 1 TB region, this doesn’t really stack up.
The processor in the laptop, although modern, is still slow. Most non Chrome OS laptops offer Intel Core i series processors that are far faster than a Celeron.
Another problem for those who use the Chrome OS is compatibility issues with popular software. Although Google has a line of its own software such as Google Docs and G Suite, it can be argued that most people will be more comfortable with mainstream software such as Microsoft Office.
The ASUS C300SA-DS02 is a cheap option for those opting to buy a laptop and is an alternative to all the common Microsoft Windows or Apple MAC OS based options. It may not be the fastest in terms of processing power or have the most amount of on board storage, but it is a good choice for those who want a different kind of laptop.