Designed for education and ready for anything
We’ve already had a look at a couple of Asus’s new C-serles Chromebooks in Micro Mart. The C200 and C201 were particularly impressive, combining style and performance. However, it’s now time to sample a new C-series model, the C202S.
The C202S is squarely aimed at students, regardless of whether they’re in junior school, high school or higher education. This is a sturdy and robust Chromebook that has been tested and surpassed a collection of durability inspections. The gauntlet of tests it passed allow it to be dropped from a height of 3.9 feet, have 66cc of liquid spilled over the keyboard, and an improved hinge that not only opens to 180 degrees, so it can be laid flat for viewing, but it’s also able to withstand little hands being a tad rough with it.
The specifications isn’t too bad either, with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor with a turbo speed of 2.48GHz, 4GB of LPDDR3 memory and 16GB of eMMC flash storage.
Connectivity consists of a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and SD card reader, combo audio port, HD webcam, 802.11 ac wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s not a huge amount, but it’s sufficient for the 294 x 200 x 22.5mm dimensions and the use it’s designed for.
Being a more classroom-led device, the Asus C202S isn’t trying to win any style awards. It’s not as sleek as the C201, but it does have its benefits. The edges and corners are made from a nano-molding technology, which protects the C202S from any drops and knocks, and the chassis itself has a textured, rubber-like finish. There are also two rubber feet at the base, which cover most of the width of the C202S; one of these is raised and designed to allow the user to carry it easily.
The interior design is similarly well thought out too. The keyboard section is large, well spaced out and with 2mm travel on each key. The 11.6″ screen is coated in with an anti-glare agent, and although it only has a resolution of 1366 x 768, it’s surprisingly clear, colorful and crisp – even in full sunlight.
There are plenty of other robust and student-friendly laptops and netbooks available, and we’ve seen our fair share of them. But there’s something about the C202S that we think pitched it higher than what we’ve previously reviewed.
The spec and its performance are certainly ample for the classroom or even university students at work, and we liked its drop- and spill-proof design. The display could do with being a little bigger for older students, admittedly, but for younger students it’s ideal.
For £199.99, the Asus C202S Chromebook is a great classroom tool for early years and onward, mm David Hayward
A great little Chromebook at an even better price