A few days ago ASUS launched its first Chromebook, C200M. They took their time but it was worth the wait. This company managed to come up with a few top-quality laptops (see Asus G750JZ-XS72 for instance) and it seems like it wants to set up new standards when it comes to the Chromebook market also. A lot of people use their laptops for writing essays, checking e-mails, watching movies/tv shows, in other words, light activities. If you are in this category, then an operating Chrome OS device wants you to need, and the model I’m reviewing today is, again, what you need also this is the best laptop for developers.
But first let’s take a quick look at the key features. We have: a 2.1 GHz Intel “Bay Trail” Celeron Processor; 11.6-inch 1366×768 LED Display; 2 GB DDR3L RAM; 16 GB SSD, plus 100 GB Google Drive subscription for 2 years; 802.11ac Wireless Networking; 3-cell 48 WH Lithium-ion Battery; 2.5 lbs Weight; 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 Port, all of these for the Price of $249.00. Also, compared to other Chromebooks, C200M, is extremely portable. While Dell Chromebook 11 measures 11.6 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches and Acer Chromebook C720P 11.34 x 8.03 x 0.78 inches, Asus’s model, at 12 x 7 x 0.8 inches, is a bit more movable.
The display quality is the one of a 250.00$ laptop. The image is clear enough, the viewing angles don’t have a great area of mobility, move a little over 40-45 degrees and colors will start to reverse, and also it’s pretty hard to use outside when the sun is shining. On the lux scale, C200M beat Toshiba Chromebook, scoring 220 points, while the second one hit only 183. When we tested the level of color reproduction, we noticed the display can retrieve only 59.7 % of the sRGB color gamut. On the Delta E accuracy test, Asus C200m scored 10.7, which is not very good considering the average is 6.6 and lower scores are wished.
You are probably wondering why I said in the beginning that this product hits the market when clearly is beaten by almost every other Chromebook. Because of its long-lasting battery, 12 hours and 25 minutes, and, even though it may not have the abilities that others do, it’s still a great piece of hardware, perfect for any type of light-computing you may encounter.