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ASUS C200 Chromebook

Long battery life is a crucial factor for successful Chromebook deployments. Schools and businesses often employ Chromebooks in settings where it is not feasible to have them plugged in, which makes low power consumption and portability a must. With that in mind, ASUS recently announced that they are entering the Chromebook market with the ASUS C200MA-DS01 Chromebook  (Asus C200MA-DS01/Asus C200MA-EDU). Here at Promevo, we got our hands on one and took it for a spin.

What is in the ASUS C200 Box?

(1) ASUS C200 Chromebook (1) User’s Guide for Chromebooks (2) Regional Power Adapters-1 North American (type A)  and 1 European (type C)

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ASUS C200 Specifications

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Design

When we unboxed the ASUS C200 here in the Promevo offices, we could see that ASUS has designed an extremely portable Chromebook. It easily fits in the palm of the hand and is very light. It has an 11.6 inch 1366 × 768 display with a wide and responsive trackpad. The ASUS C200 features an HDMI output to easily connect to flat screen displays and a USB 3.0 port to take advantage of the speedier 3.0 standard.

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Performance Tests

Under the hood, the ASUS C200 utilizes an Intel N2830 Celeron, a Bay Trail-based processor with two cores running at 2.16 GHz with the ability to clock up to 2.4 GHz. We ran some tests of our own to see how well it would perform.

Boot Up Speed. ChromeOS devices are known for their fast boot up times. We timed 5 boot ups on the C200 and finished with an average boot time of 8.58 seconds.

  1. 8.48 sec
  2. 8.56 sec
  3. 8.96 sec
  4. 8.40 sec
  5. 8.48 sec

 

Octane. We ran the Octane browser based benchmark tool 5 times, both plugged in and on battery power. Octane is available from the Google Developers website and measures the performance of JavaScript code found in modern web applications. There was no appreciable difference between plugged in and battery mode. The device averaged 7,362 plugged in and 7,340 on battery power.

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WebGL Aquarium. For the next test we used WebGL’s Aquarium, which measures the frame rate for different amounts of 3D fish being rendered in the browser.

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Google+ Browsing. We also used Chrome’s built-in FPS counter to measure frame rate and smoothness when scrolling through a site with dynamically generated content like a Google+ page. The counter hovered between 50 and 60 frames per second as content was loading with little to no stuttering when scrolling down the page.

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HD Video Test. To test HD video playback, we used the Nvidia PureVideo HD Test video on YouTube using the “Stats for Nerds” feature which can be accessed by clicking on the video to bring up its context menu. We played the video on 720p (the highest resolution that can be displayed @ 1366 × 768), and video playback was smooth with only 5 dropped frames for the entirety of the video.

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Battery Life

Battery life is a crucial factor for successful Chromebook deployments. Promevo has seen many schools and businesses employing Chromebooks in settings where there are little to no power sources, which makes low power consumption essential. The test we used for battery life was the previously mentioned WebGL’s Aquarium test. We started the evaluation with a fully charged battery, WiFi on, and using 10 fish in the test. It took 5 hours and 19 minutes to fully drain the battery. At the beginning of the test we took a unit heat reading. The ASUS C200 measured a temperature of 78˚ F. After 1 hour of use, the temperature had risen to 87˚ F and at the end of the test, even with the C200’s fan running, the unit’s heat reading measured 92˚ F. 

Conclusions

We unboxed the ASUS C200 to evaluate its design, performance, and battery life. We found the ASUS C200 to be easily portable due to how compact and light it is. Additionally, we found that the ASUS C200 has an average boot up speed of 8.58 seconds, an octane score of about 7,362 plugged in, a frame rate of 50-60 frames per second, and high HD video performance.

The C200’s long battery life, slim lightweight design, and affordable price is guaranteed to make it a strong competitor in the Chromebook marketplace.

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Will Moeller

Will Moeller

Google Apps Certified Administrator at Promevo
Promevo Systems Team
Will Moeller