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Everything We Know About the ASUS Chromebook — Including Price

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Further details about the upcoming ASUS Chromebook have been revealed — thanks to some overeager retailers putting listings online early.

So far there are no surprises; the devices favour low-price and low-power consumption over raw performance, though the choice of Intel chip is certainly not sluggish!

With more information now in the mix I thought it’d be an appropriate time to present a concise rundown of everything we know about the pair of notebooks.

ASUS C200

Thanks to some leaked photos we know that ASUS claims this model sports a 10 hour battery life. To achieve this the C200 shuns the now standard Haswell-based Celeron chip at the heart of many of this generation’s Chromebooks, and opts for a Bay Trail-based processor instead.

The switch to this, in the form of an Intel N2830 Celeron which boasts two cores clocked at 2.16GHz, brings far greater power efficiency to users than the Haswell, but without compromising on speed. 2.1GHz is a fairly substantial leap over the 1.4GHz processors used in the likes of the Acer C720 and Toshiba Chromebook.

Even better: Bay Trail is designed to run without a fan — something the size of this notebook suggests is the case here.

On the RAM side you’ll find a rather disappointing 2GB RAM. It’s not that Chrome OS can’t run great on this, because it can and does, it’s simply that 4GB is fast becoming standard and does contribute to improved performance when multitasking.

To confuse matters, three distinct variants of the C200 have been listed: C200MA-EDU, C200MA-DS01 and C200MA-KX002. It’s not entirely clear what differences, if any, there are between these, though the ‘edu’ suffix points to that being aimed at education.

Specs at a glance: 

  • 11.6-inch glossy screen (1366 x 768) 
  • Intel N2830 Celeron CPU @ 2.16GHz 
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • 2.5lbs

Ports wise you’ll find 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, HDMI out and a built-in SD card reader.

Based on the retailers’ listings expect to be relieved of around $249 – $260 (US)/€190 for this device.

ASUS C300

Specifications for the larger model, the 13.3-inch ASUS C300 Chromebook, have also appeared online.

The majority of the specifications are the same, barring a bump in screen size (and presumably resolution, though no word on that yet), double the memory at 4GB, and twice the storage at 32GB.

Specs at a glance

  • 13.3-inch screen (resolution unknown)
  • Intel N2830 Celeron CPU @ 2.16GHz 
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD

Suggested pricing for this model, currently around $340, hints at a high-resolution display akin to the Samsung Chromebook 2, which also sells in the same price bracket. That’s not certain, mind; the 13.3-Inch Toshiba Chromebook sports a comparatively low resolution of 1366×768.

Release date imminent?

All indications, including these listings, suggest that the originally mooted release date of ‘April’ is still on. Until ASUS themselves confirm anything I wouldn’t ink that date on your calendar.

Do these Chromebooks have what it takes to tempt you? 

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  • Paul

    Chromebook “Pixel” is still the very best computer experience!

    • Roland

      The Chromebook Pixel it the Mac Book Pro of the Chromebook world though.

      I wish I could afford a Chromebook Pixel, but I love my cheap little Acer C720.

      • James Castells

        At least you can actually do stuff, besides surfing the web, in the Macbook Pro.

        • baht

          Chromebooks do plenty beside browse. Universities are discovering the usefulness of gdocs and are leveraging it often. My Chromebook has been appropriated by my wife for her college work day. Nearly 7 hours of battery life, off line capable google docs and google drive for sharing documents with her various work groups makes it at 2 lbs, the best choice for school.

          • calden74

            Don’t feed the troll, he is just trying to get an emotional response from you. His remark was none researched tripe.

          • Rhys Jones

            Their backup and cloud integration is second to none, I can do everything on a chromebook I can on a windows machine bar gaming. They are stable, fast, safe and above all adaptable, the web has moved far beyond just reading content others have posted.

          • Ken-Ree Choong

            You can dual boot with Linux…. only thing is that Windows has far better games…Love PlanetSide 2. Shame cannot get on Linux or Id use it on the chromebook.

        • Roland

          I use my Chromebook all the time and my Windows Laptop hardly ever gets used. the weight difference between a Mac Book Pro and a Chromebook ideal for taking everywhere.

          I can’t Touch Type on my Windows Laptop due to the keyboard being cramped even though the Laptop is 15.6″, and I struggle to Touch Type when I use the Mother-In-Laws 13″ Mac Book Pro, but on my 11.6″ Acer Chromebook I can Touch Type pretty well at a reasonable speed.

          I do more than just surf the web on my Chromebook, I also use Google Docs, Spotify, Google Play Music & even write posts for my blog using it, & that’s the exact same as what I used my Windows Laptop for on a daily basis.

          The weight difference between my Windows Laptop and my Chromebook means I can take my Chromebook, anything I need to work on along with the power supply and accessories with me where ever I go, also the long battery life means that I can use it for hours just on battery.

          I like the fact that my Acer C720 doesn’t get warm even though it’s uses an intel Celeron CPU, as it means that if I need to finish something off, but want to do it in bed I can.

          Chromebooks make an ideal mobile companion for anyone that has got an expensive and heavy Laptop. Which makes Chromebooks ideal for Students. If you were a Student with an expensive Mac Book Pro and a Chromebook would you rather take your expensive and heavy Mac Book Pro or your cheaper and lighter Chromebook with you to class? if I was a Student and had a Mac Book Pro as well as my Acer C720 I’d take my Chromebook with me to class, with the ability to create and edit documents Offline in Google Drive means that you can work Offline and then when your back Online they’re synced to your Google Account, you can then download them to your more Powerful Mac Book Pro and edit them in Microsoft Office.

          Laptops today seem to becoming bigger and heavier unless you pay a premium for an Ultrabook, an 11″-13″ Chromebook is around the same price as a Larger and heavier Windows Laptop, but yet if you wanted the same 11″ form factor in a Windows Ultrabook you’d be paying around twice as much. Windows powered Laptops and Mac Book Pro’s are more of a Desktop replacement while Chromebooks are the ideal weight and size for a Laptop, you could use a Mac Book Air as a Laptop, but they’re expensive to take out with you in case it gets lost or stolen.

          • James Castells

            I was talking about the Chromebook pixel, which is a $1000 device for browsing the web. Also, TLDR.

        • calden74

          Ugh, why did you post here. This is a fan site for ChromeBooks, if your not currently an owner or at least have some interest in obtaining one, please reframe from posting here ever again. Your comments ares not appreciated, wanted, needed and frankly are borderline retarded.

          • James Castells

            I have the right to post where I want. I don’t plan on buying a Chromebook but I like to see where they are going. But when somebody says that with a Chromebook you can do more than with a Windows or Mac, that’s when I say, no you can’t.

          • calden74

            Right, but you weren’t responding to the question, just making an ignorant comment. Please watch where Chromebooks are going from a distance, if you want to participate in the conversation then say something worth the communities time to respond too.

          • James Castells

            ok

        • galokjai

          what else can you do on a Pro? Me and 10,000 other people I know do not own a Pro, are you saying we were not using a computer a whole time? People like you are the reason why this world is messed up.

          • James Castells

            yeah, sure

        • Dean Olds

          I have a new Macbook Pro (and had the Pixel). I got rid of the Pixel because of the battery life. Every day user experience was much better on the pixel. The first company to do a higher quality chromebook with decent processor, 10+ hours of battery life, 13″ bright IPS high-res screen with tiny bezel (keeping total size smaller), back-lit keyboard, 4gb ram, and beautiful design will get my $400-$700 bucks for it any day. Pixel was stunning except for two thing. 1) Dented very easily 2) Battery life was 2-3 hours MAX.

    • Sean Lumly

      … if you don’t mind something that has mediocre-to-poor battery life and costs a fortune.

  • http://tomslominski.net/ Tom Slominski

    Disappointed with the low RAM on the 11 inch model :/

  • PatrickPlante

    If the 13.3 version has 1080p it would be great. I would also love a backlit keyboard and a replacable drive if I want a bigger and/or faster SSD.

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      How we all long for backlit keyboards

      • http://www.dahayden.com/ David Alastair Hayden

        I wouldn’t say all … I have no need of one. I’m not going to decide not to buy a machine because of one, but it’s a feature I would never use. I’ve been touch typing for over 20 years. And I don’t need to see keys for gaming or anything.

      • calden74

        I personally never understood the need for one, I’m a touch typist and rarely look at the keyboard. If I could have a keyboard like the one I have for my desktop which has no lettering what’s so ever to distinguish between keys, completely black, I would. It makes me a better and much faster typist. Besides, you normally dont find backlit keyboards on laptop for less than a grand, even then it’s not common. Also typing in the dark is absolutely horrible for your eyes.

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      Not going to work for that pricetag. 1080p screens are expensive, especially in an 13.x inch scale

      • PatrickPlante

        Yeah, I can understand that, at least we could choose if the price is right and the option is there to select that kind of model.

        What I would like is to be able to browse Google+ with 3 rows of content like on any other standard PC or laptop with higher resolution instead of 2 like I’m locked now with a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

    • Steve Eaton

      That Italian site says 1366×768 so looks like same screen resolution as the Toshiba. I know its only one persons opinion – bright screen (iPS) and back light keyboard (even if only on/off) would make whichever Chromebook is first the breakthrough device. I can’t touch type and 98% of the time i can do without backlight – but on my sofa with the lights down – i get letters messed up except ‘f’ and ‘j’!

  • AbbeyR

    The news come this morning from another Italian site: http://www.eeevolution.it/asus-chromebook-c200-c300-specifiche-prezzo/ Notebookitalia is only a scraper.

  • http://www.dahayden.com/ David Alastair Hayden

    Intrigued, but 11 inch screens without IPS aren’t a win for me. If the 13 inch has 1080, I’d be interested.

  • sam

    Performance wise, these will surely be a drop from the all other recent machines. Boooo

    • calden74

      Their actually about the same benchmark wise and still faster than the Exynos found in the new Samsungs. There is a positive side for using these chips, they are a much more power efficient chip, drawing only 7.5 Watts they should prove to be very favorable to those seeking a longer battery life.

      • http://m.gooplusplus.com/?radio&w=1200 Nibbler

        Since the C200 has not been released yet, how can you say that they are about the same benchmark? The Celeron 2955U CPU used in the Acer C720p and Dell Chromebook 11 has a Passmark CPU score of 1549, much higher than the Passmark CPU score 1083 of Celeron N2830 used in the Asus C200.

  • sonicyoof

    The only thing possibly exciting is the no fan part.

  • spacey

    Be handy if the memory is upgradeable. It all comes down to price, if the C200 comes in under 200GBP it’s fair and if reviews are half decent, I for one will be tempted. Can’t help but feel though, that still there is no ‘must have affordable’ Chromebook. This has probably more to do with Google though, as they seem to get bored easily, jumping from Android to Chrome then some obscure project only to come back to the ‘bread and butter’ when something else doesn’t work out for them, so fairplay to all those makers who have brought out Chrome based hardware so far. Chromebooks have carved out their own niche as the go to machine for browsing etc. However if Google have bigger ambitions for Chrome based hardware then they need to pull their finger out and further support manufacturers in much the way they do with Google branded /Android based hardware and subsidise some mid-range Chromebooks and tablets, the benchmark hs to be Pixel, so why not make a Pixel for everyone!? and give us what we really want.

    • BKarno

      Agreed. Someone needs to make a machine for the Chromebook user who wants to upgrade to a better machine, but can’t afford a Pixel.

      • Denis

        Or… they should lower the Pixel price.

        Really, I am a bit fed-up of all these “cheap” (ya know what I mean) Chromebooks at an average of €/£/$300. I’d prefer to shell out 600 and get something that is not just “good enough, but…”

        Pixel, at an average of 600/700 would be great. But at this point, even a Surface 2 is more attractive than a Chromebook like these ones.

        [End of the rant]

        • BKarno

          Man I would love a Pixel. Got to play with one once and it is quite impressive.

    • KC69

      i don’t get what you mean by “subsidise some mid-range Chromebooks and tablets”? subsidizing a Chromebook or a series of Chromebooks over the others would piss of the OEMs with unsubsidized Chromebooks!

  • BKarno

    I may have to cancel my Samsung Chromebook 2 pre-order.

  • Thomas Raven

    Still waiting for a new model with a backlit keyboard. Until then, I’m fine with my old Samsung.

    • calden74

      You are going to be waiting a very, very long time. Finding a backlit keyboard on a laptop for under 500 dollars is like trying to get photographic evidence of Big Foot. This might change in a few years.

  • Rhys Jones

    Personally waiting for a chrome os tablet. Loving my old Samsung though!

  • Wesley Files

    Correct me, please, but the only thing we’ve seen to the effect of “4GB becoming standard” is that hot minute we thought the Samsung 2 was only shipping in a 4GB configuration, until we stopped thinking that because Samsung told us to.

  • Curtis Mitchell

    If the C300 sports a higher resolution screen along with those specs, it could be a real dealmaker. I’m happy with the free 4G I get with my HP 14 but I sure would be looking enviously at the C300.

  • David

    What happened to the $199/$249 price tag?

    • Peddler

      It’s like any platform – some people want a nicer keyboard and screen and that adds cost.

      It’s not as if Chromebooks don’t offer plenty of choice when it comes to price points.

    • calden74

      Do you actually want a machine that only costs $200 dollars?

      • Dan

        Believe it or not the $199/$249 units do more than the average person will ever use. Keep in mind that the “Average person goes to the same 6 sites” when they are on a computer.

        Personally I got tired of family and friends calling with computer support issues almost daily. Now with Chromebooks on board my phone only rings when they want to play golf.

        • calden74

          I wasn’t really talking about the functionality as every ChromeBook has the same, except the touchscreen models. I was referring to the overall build quality of a 200 dollar device. For instance both my children have the HP 11, an absolutely perfect machine for them as it’s built like a tank. Sure the HP isn’t the fastest ChromeBook but your paying a little extra for something that gives the buyer a little assurance that it it can take a beating and it really can.

  • Wildnorth

    Well that settles it. It’s going to be the Dell 11 for me. I was hoping that Asus would come out with something a little more impressive than this.

    /sigh

    • BKarno

      It does look rather cheap.

  • Smallwheels

    I want an 11″ IPS or better screen with at least 1080P resolution. I really don’t want anything bigger. Having 4 GB RAM would be better than 2. I would be fine with the little Haswell 1.4 GHz chip or even the BayTrail chip if it is just as fast at playing videos. I’m moving all of my storage to the cloud so I don’t care about having a 32 GB or larger SSD. The SD card reader adds plenty of local storage for me.

    If I weren’t planning on traveling later this year I would just get an ASUS Chromebox. Those four USB 3 ports and multiple screen capabilities would be great.

  • dourscot

    One of those models probably has integrated 3G/4G or perhaps a touchrscreen.

    • http://ashkir.com/ Ashkir

      I hope so! This would be great, and bring some competition to the HP models! Competition is good, right?

  • J Cav the Great

    i would take the C200 if it came with a 4gb option……..

  • gderidet

    I’ve an C720P. Expanding SSD is very easy and cheap. But how to extend memory ?

    • BKarno

      Find the proper modules and solder them to the motherboard in the empty slots I guess. I have a C720 4GB and I upgraded to a 128GB SSD which was easy and cheap just like you said.

      • Peddler

        But why would you put so much local storage in a computer designed to connect to the cloud? The 16GB SSD is also plenty fast.

        Baffled.

        • BKarno

          I travel out of the county quite a bit for work and I keep the drive filled with entertainment (music, movies). After the OS, the 16GB SSD leaves little room on the drive (especially when you take along video). For $100 I got 106GB of free space, and I had fun doing the upgrade. I have 65GB just in music on my drive.

        • John Webb

          Wow you must have a very limited world view if you can’t fathom why people might need a decent lump of storage. I always like to carry a few dozen gigs of TV box sets and music albums on my laptop, Tablet and phone. You never know when you are going to be in a situation where you will have poor or no WI-FI and a few hours to kill, so it makes sense to have some entertainment on standby.

          • calden74

            Almost every ChromeBook comes with an SD Card reader, a 64GB SanDisk Ultra 30Mbs card is only 30 dollars on Amazon, I’m sure you’ll be just fine with that amount of space for movies, eBook and music you can save on it. I personally have a 128GB SD Card and a 256GB USB stick. I paid a little more to have a fast USB stick but a 256GB version can be had for as low as 20 dollars on Amazon, which are plenty fast enough to watch 1080P movies with a file size of 2GB. They even make 64GB micro USB sticks that fit almost flush to the unit for 30 dollars. This isn’t really an issue is it? http://www.amazon.com/256gb-Swivel-Metal-Pen-Drive/dp/B00EED657G/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1398926629&sr=8-6&keywords=256gb+usb+flash+drive

  • BKarno

    Clock speed comparisons in Chromebooks are useless as the real world performance of the Haswells vs the ARMs has shown us.

  • wollac11

    Either of these would be great I just want at screen with a resolution of at least 1080p and ideally an IPS panel. In the world where even super cheap tablets and phones have fantastic displays I don’t understand why the displays in laptops/chromebooks and desktop monitors have to suck unless you pay loads of money.

  • Arshad Husain

    Crouton is for geeks. I made the brave choice to set up ubuntu via crouton for my grandma so she could skype her old friends from around the world. Although it works, there were a stream of problems that a typical grandma can’t troubleshoot herself. Ubuntu is very user friendly (nowadays lol), and I am thinking of installing it natively. Unfortunatly, the other option is windows but we have a 12GB SSD.

    • Arshad Husain

      I gave chrome OS a chance and although I like the BASH in developer mode, I don’t like the concept behind it. Pretty GUI though..

  • calden74

    Then opt for the new Acer, seems like your option has already been made for you. You could always just compile your own version of Chromium OS and install it on whatever machine you wish. A used Lenovo Think pad T401 makes for really good ChromiumBook and can be had for under 300 on eBay. You will need a host machine to compile with, VirtualBox and Ubuntu Server makes a good alternative if you don’t have a stand alone Linux machine, then just simply follow these instructions.http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-guide . Once completed you will have to copy over the Chrome directory from your existing Chromebook to the new Chromium OS install if you want things like Flash, MP4 and MP3, etc.