If you have ever wanted a friendly computing partner, someone to snuggle up with on a couch and watch videos or someone who will let you check e-mail on the go without pulling your backpack down with its weight, congratulations. The 11.6” ASUS C223NA-DH02-GR Chromebook is almost exactly that kind of comforting—elegant, powerful, versatile but easygoing.
\With efficient processing, a long battery life, a sleek design that screams I-love-travel, and (almost) constant availability, the new Chromebook is quite a steal at only $229.99. Let us analyze what else it brings to the table and whether it manages to steal the show in a world where shiny, promising gadgets come in by the dozen.
The Comfort of Instant-On Performance
Powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 processor (two cores) that can be boosted up to 2.4GHz, this Chromebook is equipped with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage space (eMMC). As is standard with Chromebooks, you also get 100GB of space on Google Drive where you can store important files, pictures, videos, etc. This is useful to keep crucial documents backed up safely without depleting the rather limited offline space. On the whole, the processing configuration is helpful for everyday needs, and the Celeron processor does a deft job of being speedy and efficient.
But let us talk about that tremendous responsiveness! Indeed, one of the highlights of the Chromebook has always been its proclivity to being on and available, thanks to its specially programmed Chrome OS. This is a nifty operating system that can update automatically and boot up within a few seconds, giving you the semblance of constant partnership.
Since the OS has been so lovingly developed by Google, it is no wonder that this laptop lets you access all your favorite apps from the Google PlayStore and work on documents, sheets or decks with incredible ease. So, while on the one hand, you can access movies, music, games and other apps from the library, you can also work effortlessly on documents or slides from Microsoft Office. (They translate smoothly into Google Docs, sheets and slides). Checking your e-mail or watching A/V content is equally satisfying.
The battery lasts for a good, long time – up to 10 hours, depending on your usage, environmental factors, and the applications you run. For the most part, you can carry the Chromebook along on travels with little stress. Interestingly, this machine also offers inbuilt virus protection which, in hindsight, is a terrific addition for a laptop tailored for mobile use.
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A Multimedia World: Display and Sound
If you are part of the multimedia-on-the-go club, like a majority of today’s contemporary audience, this 11.6” Chromebook will not disappoint. For its price range, the C223 packs in quite a punch with Intel HD Graphics 500 and a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Even though the graphics are integrated (and naturally lack the splendor of a dedicated graphics card), the High-Definition, anti-glare screen is quite pleasant for audio-video pursuits. The screen is backlit (LED); the imagery is bright and colorful.
In terms of the sound, this Chromebook delivers—unbelievably—a surround-sound experience. The auditory effect is pure, captivating, and goes perfectly with varying moods depending on the content.
Enviably Compact, Supremely Portable
Compactness is second nature for this Chromebook. It weighs barely 2.2lbs and has a thickness of 0.7”. This is so sleek you can carry it along to the classroom with hardly more space than an A4 sheet paper takes! (The overall dimensions are 11.3 x 7.8 x 0.7”.) In fact, the profile of the Chromebook C223 is among the thinnest in class, fitting comfortably in your bag or backpack.
That degree of compactness also makes this device highly portable. Adding further to the mobility are features like a 180° hinge, a keyboard that resists spills, and a sturdy frame that has been reinforced with rubber to adapt to the stressors in daily life. So, whether you intend to use this device for study sessions with peers or stream videos on downtime, chances are you will find both the experiences fulfilling.
Since the Chromebook is targeted at the mobile population of which students occupy a large percentage, it is also stylish to look at with a premium metallic finish and a classy grey color. The chassis is robust and reliable, permitting you to lug it along without the fear of damage.
Device Support & Connectivity
Facilitating device support on this laptop are three USB 3.0 ports that let you connect and collaborate with peers and colleagues. There is also a front camera for video calling. This is an HD camera, so the quality of the video is remarkably clear. Note that this Chromebook does not have a CD or DVD drive, so if you are looking to playback content from discs, this will be a limitation.
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Bringing to your world a tremendous sense of comfort and companionship is the ASUS C223NA-DH02-GR Chromebook that doubles up as a helpful partner in the classroom, the office and at home. It is also a useful device when you are traveling, letting you stay connected and work unplugged for long hours, thanks to the comprehensive app-support, long battery life, and responsive processing. Additionally, it also offers a good quality of sound and display, thereby letting you enjoy videos/audios when you need to unwind after a long day.
So, to answer the question we originally started out with—does this Chromebook hold its own in this age of cutthroat competition among gadgets? Let us just say, at an under-$230 price and with features that deliver both on productivity and versatility, this is indeed an all-rounder device that stands apart from the crowd. Chances are, it will carve its place in your heart without drilling a hole in your pocket.
|Specs of ASUS C223NA-DH02-GR Chromebook|
|Processor||Intel Celeron N3350 (Up to 2.4GHz)|
|Graphics||Intel HD 500|
|Display||Anti-Glare 11.6″ HD|