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ASUS Chromebook C300 Review, Unboxing Video

Reviewers praise battery life and build of latest Chrome OS portable

Consumer model will be available in extra colors

Consumer model will be available in extra colors

The first in-depth review of the ASUS Chromebook C300 has gone online, and its conclusion is largely positive.

Promevo, the Google certified reseller who previously gave the world an advance peek at the C200, went hands-on with the education variant of the 13.3-inch Chromebook to judge its overall performance, build and battery life.

“The …long battery life, sophisticated design, and functionality is sure to make it a strong option in the Chromebook marketplace.”

The C300 is one of two Chromebooks from the Taiwanese computing giant, both of which are based on an Intel Bay Trail mobile chipset. Bay Trail offers comparable performance to the Haswell processors found in other Chrome OS notebooks, but with better energy efficiency and a design that allows it to work without a fan.

Under stress the device posted temperatures that were around 16˚F higher (reaching 102˚F) than the same heat readings for the ASUS C200 Chromebook.

Elsewhere, the retailer recorded the following stats:

  • Average boot time of 7.74 seconds
  • Octane benchmark score of 7,281
  • No dropped frames during 720p YouTube video playback

The Octane result puts this device on par with the 11.6-inch C200, which notched an Octane score of 7,387 in previous tests. Stacked against the Haswell Celeron-based Toshiba Chromebook 13, which tops 10,400+, it sounds less tempting.

Raw numbers count for less than actual experience, and here the difference between CPUs will be largely imperceptible.

Buying The C300

Promevo is selling both the consumer version of the C300 (not reviewed), which runs at 2.1GHz and features 2GB of DDR3L RAM and a 16GB SSD, and the education variant (which is reviewed). The latter device packs in double the memory and storage at 4GB and 32GB respectively.

The company say Joe Public will be able to buy the EDU model for $329 from later this month.

Buy ASUS C300 Chromebook (Edu) on Promevo

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Man, I was thinking about getting an older HP Pavilion Chromebook that retails now for about 259$, but man – THIS seems to take the cake for me. I am a bit unsure about 13.3″ screen instead of 14″ on HP and 15″ on my previous Lenovo laptop, but the rest – especially 4 GB RAM and 32GB SSD are pretty neat

  • Celso Rodrigues

    Does anyone know when the C300 will be launched in the UK? And will the EDU model be available also?

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

      August, I’m hearing for the consumer model. Heard nothing about the Edu, sadly.

  • Ross

    This is old news and it is not “in-depth”. It neglects to mention for example that the screen is the same 200 nits barely usable washed out mess as found on almost every other Chromebook.

  • http://familyoffortune.com/ Caleb Lee

    I’ll pass. For now I’m happy with the Pixel as my main computer at home, and my HP11 to take out of the house with me.

    • Anonymoused

      This is the exact setup I want. I just can’t decide if I want to dip WAAAY into my savings for the Pixel to go with my HP 11.

      • http://about.me/CalebLee Caleb Lee

        I nabbed my Pixel for about 800 bucks on eBay.

  • Wesley Files

    “Raw numbers count for less than actual experience”
    Definitely.
    “and here the difference between CPUs will be largely imperceptible.”

    Wait, what? You didn’t experience it so why do you think this is a fair statement? This has a lesser CPU and even lesser GPU. I can’t imagine this won’t show itself often, to someone coming from the Haswell being used now.

    • S_Deemer

      In my experience, Octane benchmark scores are reliable indicators of relative performance. I have an old Samsung S5 Chromebook (Atom), first-generation Samsung ARM, and a Pixel, and I can assure you that the performance differences are very, very noticeable. The difference in performance between the new ASUS and the new Samsung Chromebooks may be imperceptible, as both are posting Octane scores around 7000, but all the Haswell Chromebooks are scoring around 10,000, and the day-to-day performance differences will be quite noticeable.

      • Wesley Files

        Just to be sure, i agree with you. OMG! Chrome made a weird statement.

  • t4exanadu

    This is a review? It’s scant on details. I’m interested in the C300 but have heard nothing but great things about the HP Chromebook 14. Will probably go with the latter on the price difference alone (not to mention bigger screen).

    • Jason Duca

      I can tell you first hand that the hp 14 is a great machine. I highly recommend it!

  • Ben

    Dors anyone know when this gem is due on Europe ?

  • EM4AN

    It’s good to see ASUS jump on the Chromebook bandwagon. Chromebooks are a great choice for education, as a second home laptop, or for users that spend most of their time in a browser and want a device that starts up fast and is easy to use.

    If you’re considering Chromebooks but also need access to Windows applications you can look at solutions like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to securely connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser.

    AccessNow does not require any client to be installed on the Chromebook, as you only need the HTML5-compatible browser.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:
    http://www.ericom.com/Demo-AccessNow-4-Chromebooks.asp?URL_ID=708

    Please note that I work for Ericom

  • LeDisquser

    It’s already available in the UK at several retailers. I’m gonna get it next week. The only thing I am worried though is the display.