If you have butterfingers or work outdoors, you know the need for a tough laptop that can hold its own against abuse, dust and moisture. Enter the Asus Chromebook C203XA, a powerhouse that's built to last. This military-grade machine can withstand drops and handle being knocked around; it's also got a spill-resistant keyboard and a textured finish to help prevent scratches and fingerprints.
The screen has a 180-degree hinge that lets you lay the laptop completely flat. It's 11.6-inches, so while it isn't the largest display, it's great for on-the-go.
The C203XA has decent specs for a Chromebook, but it's not built for high-intensity work; it's best for lighter loads (or for utilizing cloud processing). It has 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. What's that mean? It's not quite a SSD, but rather, a built-in chip. There's also a USB-C port, a USB-A port and one HDMI port.
The battery promises up to 10 hours of power on a charge, but you can also use it while plugged in if needed. The processor can reach speeds of up to 2.1GHz, and the built-in Google Suite of applications makes this a great utility laptop for when you're away from your main workstation.
"In the planning stages of an international vacation, I decided that I did not want to take a large laptop, nor did I want to use only a phone or tablet for web browsing and communications. This small, ruggedized and relatively inexpensive Chromebook seemed like the perfect solution for my travel needs, which fall mostly into the categories of casual web browsing...Getting it running was extremely easy...," said one user.
A spouse said, "Great product! Very durable but aesthetically pleasing, this Chromebook so far has exceeded expectations. Portable yet not prissy, internet loads rapidly and fast. Will be purchasing another for my non-tech-savvy hubby."
Take it from this five-star fan: "Replacing a very old Chromebook. Nice to have a new, faster little beast."
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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