Asus 12" Ruggedized Chromebook model: C202SA-RB02-CB

Here's what I had to say the last time recommended this laptop

Watch the video above to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. This was recorded during the November 16th, 2018 live stream, so if you let the video run, you will also hear me talk about other devices you might be interested in as well.

I make new recommendations according to latest rebates every Friday, and you can see my latest picks here.

Quick Description

Built to resist a fair bit of abuse, this Chromebook is well suited to children and anyone needing basic mobile computing through the day, even when things get messy.

This is a good laptop for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Slow storage. Once started, this laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60-$250

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30-$150

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.~$20

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $410.

Currently Exclusive to Staples for $320

Based on 58 days of observation, the Asus 12" Ruggedized Chromebook usually costs 320 in Canada.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus 12" Ruggedized Chromebook to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus 12" Ruggedized Chromebook ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price0.5/5
Durability2/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory1/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Netbooks

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
Price1.5/5
Durability4.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory4/5
Storage3/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price0.5/5
Durability1.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage1/5
Portability3/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS, Android
Processor: Intel Celeron N3060
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: 11.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(135.09ppi)
Dimensions: 29.40 × 20.00 × 2.25 cm
Weight: 1.20 kg

The features

  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • HDMI
  • USB 3
  • USB Type-A
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 0/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 2/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (0 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 8)

Video Games (5 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (1 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (1 / 48)

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