The ASUS Chromebook C201 is a 11.6-inch entry-level Chromebook with a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor and 4 GB RAM. A laptop of a different breed, the Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome OS and are designed around internet connectivity. With only 16 GB of storage, the user is cornered into operating 100% in the cloud. However, I suggest picking up a microSD card during purchase for the extra wiggle room.
When the first fleet of Chromebooks hit the shelves they were greatly appealing to the education market. But more recently, they are being taken up by consumers looking for a cheap alternative for a laptop on the go. That is exactly why I bought mine. I can haul it out on the plane, or in a meeting, and quickly jot down notes or sketch up documents. Once I have internet connectivity, the Chromebook will push my edits to the cloud for future use. This Chromebook excels at what I term “on-the-go work”.
Now, if you aren’t a big fan of Chrome OS (I happen to like it, and it is a linux-based OS) then there are methods to install Ubuntu on your Chromebook with ease. Crouton makes it easy to switch back and forth between Google’s OS and Ubuntu. For myself, I switch over to Ubuntu to do software edits and cluster interactions as I find Chrome OS just doesn’t have such a diversified toolbox yet. If you’re looking for a laptop for software development I suggest the Acer Swift 3.
Final Verdict on the ASUS Chromebook C201
This Chromebook is not going to replace your programming workhorse, but it still fills a niche. For dirt cheap, you get a fully functioning laptop that is capable of performing the tasks that 90% of laptop users require. If you’re looking for an on-the-go document editing, email sending, web surfing machine, the ASUS Chromebook C201 is for you.