The great thing about Chromebooks that come with an 11.6-inch display is that they are perfect for travelling. This is one of the reasons why these laptops generally do really well.
They are also perfect for the education sector as well because children don’t really want to be carrying around a 14-inch Chromebook all day.
When it comes to a laptop that can be used in the classroom or for travelling. What is really important is whether it’s tough enough to take a few knocks along the way.
This is really important because even though they may be budget in price. Nobody wants to shell out extra money due to damaging a laptop when out and about.
It appears Asus understands this with the Asus Chromebook C214 flip. This Chromebook is one of the toughest most durable budget laptops I’ve ever seen. So let’s take a look at why this little device is perfect for travellers, students and just about anyone looking for a solid built Chromebook.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 2-In-1 Laptop- 11.6” Ruggedized and Spill Resistant 360 Degree Touchscreen, Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB Storage, HD 5M Pixel Camera, Chrome OS- C214MA-YS02T
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- Rugged body meets Mil-STD 810G durability and has spill resistant keyboard for the perfect Chromebook for the classroom or any accident prone environment.
- 11.6 inch HD 1366 x 768 touchscreen with anti-glare for a larger screen size and a better viewing experience with 360 degree hinge.
- Has a rubber safety grip to help drops from happening, and a durable 3D-textured finish to help with scratches and fingerprints.
- Powered by the Intel Gemini Lake Dual-Core Celeron N4000 Processor, up to 2.6 GHz for fast and snappy performance.
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM; 32GB eMMC storage and 2x USB Type-C (Gen 1), 1 x Type-A (Gen 1) ports and micro SD card port. (*USB Transfer speed may vary. Learn more at ASUS website)
ASUS C214 THE TOUGHEST CHROMEBOOK AVAILABLE
So what makes the C214 such a durable device? Well, it’s all down to passing multiple tests of the US Military Grade MIL-STD 810G. So what does this actually mean?
The first test was a drop of 120cm, which is a pretty impressive thing to pass. It also has a really durable hinge and passed a test of being opened and closed 50,000 times. Pretty important for a Hybrid device.
On top of that, it had a pressure test where 30kg of weight was forced on both the top and bottom of the device. Also, the ports were tested to ensure leads could be inserted up to 5,000 times without any problems.
I think from these tests we can safely say the Asus 214 Flip Chromebook is without question the most durable laptop we’ve ever seen. On top of that, it comes with a rubber bumper all around the chassis.
This makes it perfect for the classroom and for anyone who wants to be able to take their Chromebook with them without worrying about it getting damaged.
So it’s definitely past the durability test, but what about the Chromebook overall? Well, let’s take a closer look to see if this should be on your Chromebook wish list.
PERFORMANCE, RAM & STORAGE
The Asus Chromebook Flip C214 is a budget Hybrid laptop, so it can be used as a laptop or tablet. As with most budget Chromebooks, the processor is an Intel Celeron.
It’s a dual-core processor with a base speed of 1.10GHz but can reach turbo speeds of 2.60GHz. So although it’s a budget processor it will still perform at pretty decent speeds. On top of that, it comes with a 4MB cache to make those regular tasks even quicker.
The 4GB of RAM it comes with is all you need from a budget device. The storage is a little on the small side at 32GB, but it’s got a Micro SD slot should you need to add more at a later date.
DISPLAY AND OVERALL BUILD QUALITY
I really like the look of this compact laptop from Asus. The rugged textured feel on the lid looks really cool. It’s also easy to carry as well because it has a rubber grip all the way along the bottom of the device.
The display is pretty much standard in size at 11.6-inches, which does, unfortunately, mean you get slightly large bezels around the display. Although I am not a fan of huge bezels; it doesn’t actually look too bad on the C214 because of the all-glass finish, which covers the whole of the screen.
The resolution provided is 1,366 x 768, which is not a problem for a display of this size. I really wouldn’t worry about it not offering 1,920 x 1,080, as it simply isn’t possible to offer such a resolution on an 11.6-inch display at this price.
CAMERAS AND PORTS
I really like the fact that it comes with two cameras. The standard webcam you get on most Chromebooks offers 720p video recording and 5-megapixel photos.
It also comes with an extra camera, which means you can take photos when using it as a tablet. This is a really cool feature, which I’m sure will go down really well with the education market.
When it comes to the ports on offer. Well, there are plenty to choose from. One older type USB and two newer Type-C USB ports. You get a type-c on either side of the device, which makes it much easier to charge and use the device at the same time.
A Stylus can also be used on the C214, which is another reason why the education market will love this Chromebook. However, it appears to be an optional extra, so you will have to pay for this separately. There is a slot in the laptop where you can store the Stylus, so it can be stored away when not in use. I guess that means you’ll have to make sure you get the right one if buying it separately.
It’s not the cheapest budget Chromebook around, but if you’re after a durable 11.6-inch laptop then this may be of interest to you.