ASUS' new Chromebook is a very affordable business notebook that is a good choice for people with basic computing needs. The 11.6-inch ASUS Chromebook C200 is compact and portable, and it offers impressive battery life. Like other Chromebooks, it's powered by Google's Chrome OS operating system.
Chrome OS can't run regular Windows or Mac OS X software. The platform is based on a more powerful version of Google's Chrome OS browser, so you'll have to rely on Web-based applications instead. If you depend on a specific Windows or Mac program to do your job, a Chromebook might not suit your needs. Nonetheless, it's great for basic computing tasks, such as editing documents, managing your email inbox and browsing the Internet. Check out a full review of the ASUS Chromebook C200 on our sister site Laptop Mag, and then read on for three features that make it good for work.
At $249, the Chromebook C200 is an extremely affordable business machine, making it a good pick for budget-minded business users. Other Chromebooks offer better features, but they have higher price tags. For example, the $299 Acer C720P has a touch screen and a speedier processor, and the $279 Toshiba Chromebook gives you a larger 13-inch screen.
The Chromebook C200 sports an 11.6-inch display and a compact design, and it weighs just 2.5 lbs. That makes it an extremely portable machine, and a decent choice for commuters or frequent travelers who want a capable notebook that won't weigh them down.
Great hardware and features won't get you far if your business notebook is out of juice. The Chromebook C200 boasts impressive battery life, running for about 12 hours and 25 minutes in tests that involve continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's slightly longer than the ultraportable notebook average of about 8 hours. In comparison, the Acer Chromebook C720 lasts just 6.5 hours, though it's significantly more powerful than ASUS' machine. If you don't need the extra speed, the Chromebook C200's long battery life could be a worthy trade-off.
Originally published on Business News Daily.