11.6″ ASUS Chromebook C201PA-DS02 via Amazon
Navy blue Asus Chromebook C201PA-DS02 is an 11.6 inch laptop with a new quad core Rockchip processor and eMMC flash drive that helps start up and load things faster, faster wireless connection with larger coverage and up to 13 hours of very impressive battery life. It is suitable for those that will use the computer mainly for online stuff like the majority of us- web surfing, video streaming, emails and social media and want something portable and economical (low price tag and power efficiency) and not for those that want or need Windows OS. So any students, home users or anyone that value portability over power should consider this low cost Chromebook and there is no doubt Asus is one of the best brands for computers. C201PA-DS01 model has the same of everything except for the 2GB RAM.
Asus Chromebook C201PA comes with the quad core Rockchip 3288-C processor at 1.8GHz speed, 4GB DDR3L SDRAM to multitask efficiently- able to open several browsers and work on apps, 16 GB of eMMC local flash storage, 100 GB of Google Drive free for 2 years to be able to save all your important files and have easy access to them when you’re on the go and Chrome operating system that gets updated regularly. Glossy finish 11.6 inch high definition LED Display with 1366 x 768 pixel maximum screen resolution with vivid colours and overall satisfactory image quality- it is not Full HD but is also only an 11 inch screen so you get something like HD+. It has a high definition webcam to chat live on Google Hangouts, Asus enhanced sound chambers offers decent sound that is unexpected from such a small low-cost laptop.
Navy blue up to 13 Hours Incredible battery life from its lithium ion battery. There is no optical drive but Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11A/C Ultra-fast wireless with as much as 3x the wireless speed, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port for connecting to large screen HDTV and external display, an SD Card Reader that supports up to 128GB additional storage. Asus C201PA-DS02 weighs just 2.2 pounds and is about 0.7 inch thick- is very slim and lightweight and you can easily carry it around in your hand or bag wherever you go- and the super long battery life helps the portability. It has a chiclet style non-backlit keyboard without the numpad on the side due to size restrictions of being just a 11.6 inch display but a large touchpad that supports multiple gestures while being portable and an accurate and comfy typing experience. Up to 13 hours of battery life is really good but will depend on how you use it. The CPU and the integrated GPU are good enough for light Chrome-like games but not for advanced Windows games and this is a Chrome system that will not run Win games anyway.
Conclusion: Asus Chromebook C201PA-DS02 (and C201PA-DS01) is a great little 11.6 inch notebook if you don’t want to spend a lot on a computer. Chromebook’s are no longer only for net surfing, there are plenty of offline apps you can use it with. TPM- Trusted Platform Module offers protection of your data and letting you share your Chromebook with friends and family without anyone having access to each other’s private information. You can be out and about- away from the power outlets all day long and work on your favourite Google apps like Google Drive, YouTube and Gmail and many other offline apps and it runs quietly due to its convenient fan-less design. There is a reason for Chromebook’s being so popular- they are fast, very easy to use and serve the purpose of great percentage of people owning a computer and at a very low price. Rockchip may be a processor you may have heard for the first time- it is neither Intel nor AMD but super energy efficient processor at just 3 watts per hour that performs well on a light and low-cost laptop, actually claimed to be better than Intel Atoms. 16GB eMMC flash drive is good for faster start ups and loading of things but don’t expect it to be like a normal SSD and due to small size you will rely on Cloud and external storage as is the case with pretty much all the other Chromebook’s.