ASUS unveils Chromebook C202, a computer tough enough for high school

by: John DyeJanuary 5, 2016
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ASUS is bringing some interesting things to the table this year at CES. Today the company revealed the Chromebook C202, which is a rugged little notebook specifically designed to endure the kinds of wear and tear that comes from being in the hands of school kids. It’s a book for the classroom, and ASUS has built it to be drop-resistant, backpack-friendly, and easy on your wallet.

ASUS has also made the C202 extremely modular, allowing you to disassemble it easily with unspecialized tools. If the battery goes out, chuck it and plug in a new one. Same with the keyboard and power socket. You can basically take the whole thing apart in your living room if you want to.

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Spec-wise, we’re not looking at much here. You aren’t going to be tricking out Skyrim or anything on this baby. ASUS’s school-savvy Chromebook comes with an 11.6-9nch screen (1366×768), and it’s powered by an Intel Celeron chip. In terms of RAM, you can choose between 2 and 4 gigs, and the internal storage is only 16 GB. Still, with a price tag of $219 or $229 (for the 2 GB and 4 GB of RAM respectively), you’re really getting a lot for what you’re paying. The C202 is looking to ship in February, so if a sturdy little Chromebook is on your wish list, check back with ASUS in a month.

What are your thoughts on this rough-and-tumble Chromebook? A solid pick for the clumsy student, or are there better options on the market? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • George

    Awesome! :D

  • Bjorn Behrendt

    As an IT person of a 1:1 Chromebook High school, I am very happy to hear of a modular design. Every computer that I have put in the hands of students that has been labeled “tough” has never lived up to the name. However if we can change out the screen, or battery in under 5 minutes, and keep parts on-hand, that is a very big selling point for us. I just hope that the parts are easy to get a hold of and not that expensive.

  • cooljames

    Typo on pricing? Or is there really a $10 difference between 2 and 4gb?

    • Satongi

      you kidding? I upgraded from 4 to 8gig with just 20bucks two years ago.

    • John William Dye

      No typo. That’s really the price difference. RAM is getting cheaper and cheaper these days.

  • Diego

    Its good enough.

  • Lito Carasig

    My son would love this!