If you are a Chromebook fan then the new Asus C300MADH02 could be the next machine for you. This small laptop comes with a 13.3 inch screen and 4GB of memory. This should be more of a budget laptop as it comes in at just $279.99 and while this is a lower cost priced machine there are a few devices out there that come in just a little bit lower.
The Intel Celeron N2830 processor that is at the heart of this machine comes with 2.16GHz and with Turbo Burst up to 2.4GHz. For all the multitasking you could be doing you will use the 4GB DDR3L memory which isn’t the most but for a lot of people it will be more than enough. When it comes to having enough room to store pictures, videos, and more you will have 16GB eMMC flash memory.
If you need something with a lot better system requirements you are going to have to pick up and be willing to spend more money. There is not optical drive included with this Asus laptop. The 13.3″ high definition display comes with a max resolution is 1366 x 768. The graphics card is the Intel HD graphics card and you will get a built-in webcam, however this system does not offer a touchscreen.
The new Asus Chromebook comes in at just about 3.1 pounds in weight and measures 13 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches and is perfect for carrying around in your hand or in a laptop case. The machine comes in a nice black color and is not rated Energy Star Certified. This is an on the go productivity machine and for those with the needs of everyday tasks and reliability this could work for you.
This is not a power machine and for those looking for a heavy gaming machine or some in need of a work horse for the office you should not get this. The Asus is a machine that is great for a person who needs to surf the net, check email, keep up with social media and more. You can do light office works such as creating documents and spreadsheets but don’t have too many applications open at once or you will notice some lag.
With this built in high-definition camera and microphone you will find that video chat with your friends and love ones using Skype and Tango is easy and fun. There is Bluetooth 4.0 interface for being able to easily link with other Bluetooth enable devices such as your headphones and smartphone.
You will also get 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port that will allow for fast digital video, data transfer, and audio. For those wanting to connect to the internet you only get the option of built-in high speed wireless LAN 802.11ac. Remember this is a machine that works only when connected to the internet. It also comes with Media reader that supports SD format.
For power you get 3-cell lithium-ion polymer battery and can expect a very good battery life while we aren’t sure exactly what it is yet. For the operating system you get the Chrome OS that much like Windows provides a very stable computing platform. You get a very nice keyboard with a nice size touchpad but you won’t get a full size numeric pad.
Asus C300MADH02 Chromebook Specs
- Intel® Celeron® processor N2830
- Features a 2.16GHz processor speed with Turbo Burst up to 2.4GHz
- 13.3 inch HD display
- 1366 x 768 max resolution
- Intel HD Graphics
- 16GB eMMC Flash Memory
- 4GB DDR3L memory
- Built-in microphone
Inputs & Controls
- Standard keyboard
- Input/Output Ports
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x USB 2.0
- 1 x USB 3.0
- 1 x microphone/headphone (stereo)
- 1 x LAN
- Media reader SD Format
- 802.11ac Wireless LAN
- High-definition webcam
- 3-cell lithium-ion polymer battery
Dimensions and Weight
- Width: 13 inches
- Depth: 9.1 inches
- Height: 0.9 inches
- Weight: 3.1 pounds
The bottom line is that if you are in need of a low cost laptop that is lightning fast and makes it easy for you to take care of your to-do list this Asus C300MADH02 13.3″ Chromebook could be for you. With great expected battery life you can enjoy watching movies and streaming video and they both are going to look great. This is surely a machine that is great for travel being that it is light and slim. The keyboard allows for fast and accurate typing while the Wi-Fi keeps you connected to the internet. While this is a good device its not for the heavy user and having too many web pages or applications open can cause minor lag. This particular Asus could be slower than some of the other chromebook out there with the Haswell micro-chip. if you are okay with spending a little more or getting a Toshiba, check out the Toshiba CB35-B3330. This is a nice little chromebook that you can pick up for just around $300. It came out a few months ago but still works and looks great.