ASUS Chromebook (College Review)

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Update: Check out the ASUS Chromebook Flip, it’s new and doubles as a tablet!

The ASUS Chromebook is a Chromebook that will surpass any other Chromebook in battery life, while keeping the price low and the speed/efficiency of the laptop intact. Check some details in our college-exclude ASUS Chromebook review and see if it’s the laptop for you below.


Features

  • Runs ChromeOS, the cloud-based operation system used on Chromebooks
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 10/11 Hours of Battery Life
  • HD Webcam
  • USB 3.0/2.0
  • High-Quality Speakers
  • Spacious Trackpad & Keyboard

Specs

  • Screen Size: 11.6/13.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1366×768
  • Processor: 2.1 GHz Intel Celeron
  • Memory: 2GB/4GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 16GB or 32GB Flash Memory
  • GPU: Intel GMA HD Graphics
  • Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Average Battery Life: 11 hours for 12-inches, 10 hours for 13-inches
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs.

Specs Review: The ASUS Chromebook is available in 13-inch or 12-inch, and 2GB/4GB RAM, so it can be customized fairly well. The processor is slightly better than one of its main competitors, the Acer 720. 2GB RAM is plenty for a Chromebook, and the 4GB RAM will allow this Chromebook to last 4+ years without issues. The battery life is the main spotlight of the specs because it beats any other Chromebook on the market as of now.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews)

  • “Feels very nice and of good build quality.”
  • I’m a longtime Google Chrome Browser user, so everything was waiting to quickly be synced with this chromebook.
  • “Highly recommended for anyone who doesn’t need their laptop to be their primary computer and is looking for a great deal.”
  • The screen is not all that great.

Conclusion for College Students: I will repeat what I said in my What is a Chromebook guide, Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. People who need a laptop for heavy-duty applications won’t be able to use a Chromebook since it is mainly for online based applications like Google Docs, Netflix, etc. If you CAN make use of a Chromebook, the ASUS Chromebook 12-inch or ASUS Chromebook 13-inch would be the one to last you the longest without sacrificing much. Reviews say that the screen is NOT the best, so if you watch a lot of videos/movies or need to use your laptop for very extended periods of time, you may want to take a look at some others like the Acer C720.

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