The great thing about Chrome OS is that you can get a laptop running the operating system at a really cheap price. The Asus C223 is one of those laptops. Being able to buy a laptop for less than $200/£200 is pretty amazing. When you are looking to buy a budget laptop you do need to accept you’ll have to make some compromises.
Asus has been making Chromebooks for many years, so they have a lot of experience when it comes to offering decent laptops. They have a wide range of budget and medium-spec devices to choose from.
Asus C223 Build quality
The Asus C223 Chromebook has been around for some time, so it’s obviously a good seller for Asus. Considering this is a budget laptop it’s pretty cool looking. Available in silver or red depending on what you prefer. It comes with an all-over plastic body, which is what you’d expect to see from a laptop at this price. The good thing about it being plastic is that it’s pretty lightweight at just 2.2lbs / 1.kg. If that doesn’t make it a great laptop for portability then you’ll also be happy to know it is smaller than an A4 piece of paper.
It’s a laptop only device, which means you cannot use it as a tablet. This isn’t anything to be concerned about at this price. Hybrid 2-in-1 Chromebooks are good, but they are not essential to get the most out of Chrome OS. If you’re looking for a laptop to use on the move then this is ideal. Perfect for school children as well because if the worst happens and it does get damaged. At least you didn’t spend a fortune buying it. The battery life of around ten hours also means you can use this all day without the need for a charge.
Asus C223 Performance
All budget laptops come with a budget processor and this is just what you get with the C223. This isn’t an issue though for day to day tasks because Chrome OS is lightweight. It’s one of the reasons why the Chromebook has become so popular. Even with a low spec processor, you can still get most things done on this laptop.
The Intel Celeron dual-core is more than capable. You’ll be able to surf the internet, use social media, use a word processor or watch movies online without any issues. Don’t get me wrong this laptop isn’t going to blow you away when it comes to performance. However, at this price, you shouldn’t really be expecting that.
It comes with 4 GB of RAM, which is more than enough for a budget laptop. You’ll easily be able to carry out all the tasks I’ve mentioned above with this amount of RAM. Again, this is why Chrome OS is a great operating system. You don’t need to get carried away by buying an expensive laptop to do the basics.
|Asus C223||Intel Celeron N3350||4 GB|
Asus C223 storage
When it comes to storage you’re only getting 32 GB. This is the smallest amount of storage I think is acceptable for Chrome OS in 2021. The good news is the Chromebook is a cloud computer, which means you can save most of your files in the cloud. You get 15 GB of storage for free with your Google Account, which you can use to save most of your files. The best thing is the Chromebook works with Google Drive just the same as it does when saving files locally.
If you save most of your files in the cloud. This means you can use the 32 GB of storage for your favourite Android Apps. These apps need to install locally, so it’s important you have space available to install these apps. The only other thing that will take up your local storage is Chrome OS. You’ll be able to install a few Android Apps without any issues. However, you shouldn’t expect to install a huge number without running out of space.
|Asus C223||32 GB (eMMC)|
The Asus C223 comes with an 11.6-inch display, which is one of the smaller displays you’ll find on a laptop. This makes it ideal for anyone who wants a laptop to use on the move. The resolution used is the standard definition of 1,366 by 768, so you’re not getting Full HD. This is what you’d expect to see for a budget laptop with a display size of 11.6-inches. Therefore, you should not be put off by that, as you would not get a Full HD 11.6-inch display in this price range.
A lot of budget laptops use a TN panel. They are fine to use providing you’re not expecting a display that will be amazing. They are adequate but are definitely not going to give you images that impress. A TN panel also means you need to be sitting right in front of the laptop. If you view the display from an angle. You’ll notice it will be very difficult to read what is on the screen in front of you. It does not offer a touchscreen, so any Android apps you use will need to work with your trackpad or keyboard. A lot of Android apps can be used without a touchscreen, but some may not.
|Display Size||Resolution||Panel Type||Touchscreen|
|11.6-inches||1,366 x 768||TN Panel||No|
Asus C223 Connectivity
When it comes to connectivity the Asus C223 has you covered. It comes with one USB Type-A port and two USB Type-C ports. This is important because it means you can use older or newer peripherals without worrying about compatibility issues. The newer Type-C ports can also be used to charge your laptop or hook up an external monitor.
Bluetooth is available, which is great if you have a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard or headphones. Built-in WiFi means you will be able to connect to your home network easily, and a webcam is available for any web videos.
A Micro SD slot is available. This is good to see because it means you can add further storage at a later date. Adding further storage using an SD card is a cheap way of adding further storage to your Chromebook. A headphone jack is also available if you’d prefer to connect a pair of wired headphones.
|Micro SD slot||yes|
Is this Chromebook for you?
If you’re after a cheap laptop to surf the internet, watch movies and use social media. Then this laptop will do all of this without any issues. It’s a perfect laptop if you need something you can use away from the home. It’s really lightweight and looks pretty cool, and it’s an absolute steal at the price.
The only thing you need to think about is whether you’ll be happy with the TN panel used. Although it’s perfectly acceptable, it is not going to impress. This all depends on what you’re looking for when buying a laptop. If you want a laptop with a better display you’d need to look for an IPS panel. However, at this price, it’s unlikely you would find one. Therefore, if money is tight and you’re happy with not having the most amazing display. This laptop is perfect for casual day to day use.
Where to buy
Below is a list of some of the retailers who sell Chromebooks:
Chromebook retailers (UK)
Chromebook retailers (USA)
Chromebook retailers (Canada)
Chromebook retailers (Australia)