ASUS has come up with a Chromebook that it hopes will come top of the class with American teachers and students.
The ASUS Chromebook C202 is a traditional clamshell notebook but has a reinforced, ruggedised chassis to withstand the rough and tumble of rowdy classrooms.
A rubber bumper with reinforced corners helps to protect against knocks and drops, while a spill-resistant keyboard and scratch-resistant finish will minimise damage caused by tiny hands.
The classroom-based considerations don’t stop there, either.
The C202 has a modular design. The keyboard, battery pack and power socket are easily replaced, and entire device disassembly requires just a few simple tools.
ASUS has clearly done its homework on what educators need.
‘ASUS has clearly done its homework on what educators need.’
Specs wise things is where things start to slip behind. Fairly standard specs sit inside: there’s an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, either 2GB or 4GB RAM and 16GB of on-board flash storage.
The 11.6-inch anti-glare display (1366×768) will be kind on eyes, while a selection of HDMI, SD card and USB 3.0 ports add to the expansibility.
A 10 hours battery life should help the notebook last even the most demanding of school days.
“The ASUS Chromebook C202 demonstrates our commitment to providing inspired solutions for the education sector,” says President of ASUS North America Steve Chang in the press release accompanying the news.
“The incredibly tough chassis of the C202, combined with the proven and popular Chrome operating system, creates an education solution that helps minimize downtime and maximize learning time.”
The Chromebook C202 will be available through approved education device sellers in the USA within the next few months. priced from $199 for the 2GB model, and $229 for the 4GB version.