Couldn't be happier with this Chromebook. I am a heavy Apple user, but was eyeing a Chromebook for months as a lighter, power-friendly alternative for both travel and bouncing around the office. After doing a ridiculous amount of research, I was expectantly awaiting the release of this model due to it's light weight and quoted 13 hours of battery life. Now that it has arrived, I'm happy to say that it has completely lived up to expectations on both fronts. It is super light and lasts forever. The build quality is also really solid for a sub $200 device.
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.
ASUS C201PA-DS02 11.6 inch Chromebook 1.8GHz Quad-Core, 4GB LPDDR3, 16GB SSD
- Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor
- 4 GB DDR3 RAM
- 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive
- Chrome Operating System; Navy Blue Chassis
- 11.6 inches 1366*768 pixels LED-lit Screen
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.
My chiropractor near me bought this model ASUS and loaned it to me for a weekend to test and see how I felt the performance was. I liked it and could see myself using this model in my business.
*Battery life varies based on settings and use.
**802.11ac wireless speeds compared to 802.11n data transfer speeds. Actual speeds may vary.