Asus C300 13 inch Bay Trail Chromebook previewed

The Asus C200 Chromebook is up for pre-order for $249, but what about its big brother, the Asus C300 Chromebook?

While the Asus C200 features an 11.6 inch screen and weighs 2.5 pounds, the Asus C300 has a larger 13.3 inch display and weighs about 3.1 pounds. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same — and at least one retailer is even charging the same price for both models. ExcaliburPC is taking pre-orders for the Asus C300 Chromebook for $249 (although the retailer says that’s a sale price… and that the list price is $50 higher).

The folks at Promevo are taking pre-orders for $329. But more importantly (for now), they’ve also spent some time with the Asus C300 Chromebook, and they’ve posted some hands-on impressions on their blog.

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The Asus C300 Chromebook features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core Bay Trail processor, 802.11ac WiFi, and Google’s Chrome OS operating system.

Specs for the entry-level version of this Chrome OS laptop include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, but Promevo says it’ll be available with up to 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage as well.

The notebook features 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, an SD card slot, a USB 3.0 port, and a USB 2.0 port. There’s a 720p webcam and a headset jack as well.

According to Promevo, the speakers are surprisingly loud, the button-less touchpad supports multitouch gestures and it’s larger than you’d expect from a notebook this size, and while the display resolution is the same 1366 x 768 pixels we’ve grown tired of over the years… at least the laptop has an anti-glare display which is relatively easy to see in direct sunlight.

The Bay Trail processor is a low-power chip that offers better performance than you’d get from a Chromebook with existing ARM-based Chromebooks like the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook or HP Chromebook 11, but the system doesn’t seem to be as fast as models with Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell chips.

While the 13 inch Chromebook gets somewhat shorter battery life than the 11.6 inch model (it died about 40 minutes sooner in a rather strenuous battery test), the Bay Trail CPU should offer all-day battery life for light usage.

via Notebook Italia

  • savagemike

    That battery life is tested running the OpenGL aquarium though – not the typical test used by most sites. They scored the c200 at 5hrs 19minutes on the same test. Other people have said that model will see 9 or 10 plus hours of regular use. Extrapolating the 4:41 battery test here I would think this unit would see 8 to 9 hours + of general use.

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      Good point. That’s what I get for reading the source material in a hurry. I’ll update my article!

  • C. Shivers

    Ya think you could have at least turned the dang thing on!! How is the display quality? Brightness? Viewing angles? Are the keys quality or cheapish? Is there a lot of flex in the display? Totally uninformative video… “this is the power input… this is the HDMI input… duhhhhhhh”. May as well posted a screen shot of the product spec. and spared us from watching this tripe.

  • Filippo Corti

    Is excalibur a good seller? Why the price is so low? Are they reliable?

  • Sassy

    It LOOKS JUST LIKE MY HP CHROMEBOOK FOURTEEN hahahahaha

    • jason_darrow

      Your HP probably weighs 25% more than this one and uses a fan. HPs are built like tanks. Good for durability, but bad for portability.

  • sggodsell

    Now that Google announced the Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps. It makes Chromebooks dual functioning now.