Looking for a portable laptop that costs less than $200? There are plenty of options including models that run Windows or Google’s Chrome OS software.
Want one that has 4GB of RAM instead of 2GB? That usually drives up the price… but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a laptop with 4GB of RAM for under $200.
The new CTL H4 Chromebook for Education has an 11.6 inch display, a semi-rugged display, an 4GB of RAM. It’s priced at $199. But there is one small catch: this laptop has a Rockchip RK3288 processor rather than an Intel chip.
That means it may not be quite as speedy as a model with an Intel Celeron or faster processor, and if you decide to install Ubuntu or another Linux-based operating system on the laptop, some apps that aren’t optimized for ARM-based processors may not work.
All things considered though, the CTL H4 Chromebook looks like an interesting value. It weighs 2.4 pounds, offers up to 10 hours of battery life, features a water resistant case that’s designed to withstand a drop of up to 2.3 feet, a built-in handle that lets you carry the notebook like a briefcase, stereo speakers, an HDMI port, two USB ports, a microSd card slot, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
Like the recently launched CTL NL6 Chromebook, this model also has a 180 degree hinge that lets you open the laptop so the screen is flat against the same surface as the keyboard.
While the CTL H4 Chromebook is designed for use in the classroom, CTL sells most of its laptops directly to consumers as well. In fact, the company’s CTL J2 and J4 Chromebook models which launched earlier this year are both on sale for about $30 off their list price right now… which means that if you don’t want to wait for the H4 Chromebook to launch, you can pick up the CTL J4 Chromebook with 4GB of RAM and an RK3288 processor for $199 instead.
HP Pavilion x2 10-k077nr Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC–
SD CARD READER/WRITER
Audio in/out (with no free–or for-sale–audio spyware)
11.75 hour battery life
1280 X 800 IPS display:
The Microsoft Store, 1 July; $199.00
The RK3288 runs Chrome OS perfectly and has lower consumption than Bay Trail so in many ways are more suited to Chromebooks. Personally I have yet to find an app that not run on ARM. The only catch maybe if you want to put Linux on it but even this is now possible with a bit of effort
It’s a sad state of affairs when the difference of 2GB of RAM now commands a huge price for these low cost machines.
if its not a 64bit chip then the extra ram isn’t quite as useful.
It’s still just as useful. The addressing limits for 32 bit are 4GB, though this can go much higher with PAE. On something like a chromebook, the difference between a 32 and a 64 bit system are pretty academic.
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