That they had made their debut in India a couple of years in the past however then saved a low profile. Nonetheless, with the pandemic proscribing many people to our properties, Chromebooks appear tone making a comeback into our digital lives. And that’s as a result of Chromebooks and easy computing go hand in hand. If you’re not enjoying high-end video games, modifying heavy movies, and aren’t placing these countless gigs of RAM and heavy-duty processors to make use of (and most of us aren’t), you would possibly as nicely save your self some cash and purchase your self a easy Chromebook. They’re usually light-weight, work quick, and, better of all, don’t price an excessive amount of.
That is maybe why Chromebooks are so typically related to college students. And with faculties and faculties going surfing(due to the pandemic), out of the blue, the variety of individuals requiring a pocket book has gone up. And naturally, whereas the concept of shopping for a high-end, highly effective laptop computer would possibly sound tempting, if all you need to do is attend on-line lessons, do a little analysis, do undertaking work and deal with emails on a laptop computer, a Chromebook would possibly have the ability to serve you simply as nicely with out actually burning a deep gap in your mother and father’ pockets. And one of many Chromebooks that may come into competition for any pupil searching for a pocket book would be the not too long ago launched Asus Chromebook Flip C214, a part of Asus’ new vary of Chromebooks.
Fundamental design, however mainly robust!
The Asus Chromebook Flip C214 comes with no frills. In contrast to the unique Chromebook Flip, which had a metallic construct, the Flip C214 pocket book seems to be as primary because it will get. However that’s not a foul factor. Asus has lined all of the design fundamentals that really make the gadget a not-so-basic package deal.
Confused? Nicely, allow us to spell it out for you.
The primary seems to be of the Asus Chromebook Flip C214 counsel that the pocket book isn’t any totally different out of your next-door Chromebook. Nonetheless, a more in-depth look will reveal the construct high quality of the gadget that helps it stand out. After we consider funds notebooks, one doesn’t anticipate the best construct high quality. That isn’t in any respect the case with the Asus Flip C214. Asus has designed it to undergo your day by day drops and beatings.
Although it’s all plastic constructed, Asus has put in some elegant touches that assist make the gadget a marathon runner slightly than a sprinter. The pocket book comes with textured plastic that makes the Chromebook very grippable. The gadget additionally has rubber bumpers throughout the sides that goal to reduce injury if and whenever you by chance drop the pocket book – it’s designed to take a drop from as much as 4 toes. The pocket book comes with MIL-STD 810G military-grade sturdiness (it will possibly bear as much as 30 kg stress on its lid), and its keyboard is spill-resistant. We might have favored some scratch resistance – the unit we acquired had a couple of scratches on the lid that merely refused to go. All stated and achieved, it would appear to be a comparatively mainstream pocket book, however the Flip C214 truly has far more to supply in design phrases.
Constructed to final, constructed for use wherever
Together with being rugged, the Asus Flip C214 can also be fairly moveable. It comes with an 11.6-inch anti-glare touchscreen show and weighs just one.2 kilograms. And sure, because the Flip title signifies, the pocket book comes with a 360 versatile flip hinge, and since it has a contact display, flipping all of it the way in which to 360 levels will assist you to use it as a pill with the keyboard tucked behind. The shape issue and weight of the Chromebook Flip C214 make it perfect for being carried round and labored on nearly wherever.
You’ll be able to throw it right into a bag, carry it round, place it on a desk, lounge on the mattress or couch, and nonetheless use it comfortably. It’s rugged, robust, moveable, and purposeful, all of which we predict make for an important design, versus simply beauty.
No port scarcity
In a day and age the place laptops and notebooks are getting slimmer and fewer port-friendly, Asus has been fairly inclusive in the case of ports. The Chromebook Flip C214 brings a USB Kind C port, an SD card slot for as much as 2 TB expandable reminiscence, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a USB Kind-A port on the left facet, whereas the suitable facet homes one other Kind C port, a Kingston lock slot, an influence/lock button, and a quantity rocker.
The Chromebook Flip C214 additionally brings twin stereo audio system positioned on the bottom and twin cameras, one in all which is positioned proper above the show, and the opposite is positioned on the underside proper facet of the keyboard. There may be Asus branding on the highest of the pocket book and below the show as nicely.
A show that appears out of contact however responds nicely to the touch
Pocket book shows today are getting slimmer and larger in dimension and with smaller bezels and better resolutions. For this reason the show of the Chromebook Flip C214 appears proper out of a bygone period. The 11.6-inch HD show has a decision of 1366 x 786 px decision, which is a little bit of a disappointment. It has a low decision which might hassle those that have to make use of it, because the decrease decision does soar out at you. The thicker bezels across the show additionally do not likely communicate a really trendy language.
On the flip facet (pun so totally supposed), the show of the Flip C214 may be very responsive, which makes it very usable as a touchscreen. It might assist in case you have been a tad cautious whereas touching it to maintain it from getting scratches and smudges, however apart from that, it’s fairly vibrant and can be utilized open air comfortably. It may be tilted at totally different angles, which is a large bonus and makes it an important gadget to devour content material on, too, regardless that the decision is low.
Pushed by two Cs – Celeron and Chrome OS
The Asus Chromebook Flip C214 is powered by an Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor, which is paired with four GB RAM and 64 GB onboard storage. You’ll be able to broaden the storage as much as 2 TB on the gadget by utilizing a microSD card. Now that processor and that RAM won’t sound very spectacular to these utilizing “regular” notebooks (operating Home windows or macOS), however these are greater than ample for Chrome OS. In easy phrases, Chrome OS relies on Google’s Chrome browser and has very low system necessities, not like Home windows and macOS. And whereas, not like the previous, Chromebooks can now work with out an Web connection, too, quite a lot of their work is completed on-line (“off the cloud,” as they prefer to say). Now you can additionally entry the Google Play Retailer and obtain Android apps that you should utilize on the Chromebook.
In less complicated phrases, you may consider Chromebook as laptop-cum-phone that lets you obtain apps and work on packages primarily on-line. You additionally get seamless sync between Android units and ChromeOS which suggests you may join your Android telephone to the gadget, and the identical apps will get put in on the Chromebook. The Clip C214 is especially useful for Android apps because it has a touchscreen, which Android apps are designed for.
Tremendous for regular work
If you’re on the lookout for a tool that can assist you together with your day by day on-line chores, like shopping the Internet, checking social networks, analysis, emailing, watching movies and primary word-processing, and even the odd spot of spreadsheet utilization, the Asus Chromebook Flip C214 won’t disappoint you. You’ll be able to simply browse a number of websites, work on paperwork and spreadsheets (we suggest Google Docs), and hold tabs on emails and social networks with out actually getting caught. The Chromebook can work offline, but it surely works greatest with an Web connection (a SIM card within the pocket book would have been useful, though Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity do allow you to latch on to an Web connection).
Sure, you may obtain and run Android apps on the gadget, however actually, we discovered the expertise to be a really combined one and, except pushed to the Play Retailer, caught to doing most of our work via basic Chrome apps – largely the browser and quite a lot of Google Docs. It’s a mixture that ought to suffice for a lot of customers. A notice of warning – when you can edit video on this gadget, be prepared for the efficiency to take a success and choices to be restricted. As for heavy-duty video games (Name of Obligation, Asphalt, et al.), we’d counsel giving them a miss, though informal ones work simply effective.
The keyboard of the Flip C214 is excellent and tailored for lengthy typing classes. The keys have an excellent really feel and supply 1.5 mm key journey. The one downside we discovered with the keyboard was the truth that the plastic space across the keyboard appeared to sink a bit of after we pressed the keys, which didn’t really feel too reassuring and contrasted oddly with the toughness of the remainder of the pocket book. The trackpad on the Flip C214 is spectacular, too, because it responds to instructions very nicely and registers clicks fairly swiftly. Thoughts you, with that touchscreen, we frequently merely opted to faucet the show. We didn’t discover ourselves utilizing the pill mode that always as a result of, as a pill, the Flip C214 does are inclined to turn out to be a bit of heavy (it weighs greater than twice as a lot as an iPad).
Sound audio system, not-so-sound cameras, and nice battery life
The twin stereo audio system on the gadget supply audio output that’s loud and clear and add not simply to the content material viewing expertise however are useful for Zoom classes as nicely. The cameras might have been higher, although. The HD digital camera above the show is substandard, whereas the secondary 5-megapixel digital camera beneath the keyboard, which can be utilized when the pocket book is in stand mode, is simply common.
Asus claims that the Chromebook Flip C214 can final for about 11 hours on a single cost, which we discovered to be roughly true. It comes with a 50 Wh battery which, due to the small display dimension and low decision, can simply go previous a day of regular utilization. One other main plus level of the Asus Chromebook Flip 214 is that it comes with a USB Kind-C port which suggests you may cost the pocket book with a smartphone charger as nicely, supplied it’s highly effective sufficient (there’s a 45W charger with a brick within the field).
Price Flipping for!
With a price ticket of Rs. 23,999, the Asus Chromebook Flip C214 is the proper computing accomplice for these on the lookout for an on a regular basis, mild workload-oriented pocket book. Its mixture of contact and kind makes it an excellent choice for college kids who must make amends for faculty and even school work on-line. There are options obtainable, most notably the HP Chromebook 11a, which is offered at Rs 22,900 however has no touchscreen. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet, which brings a removable keyboard and full HD show the battle at Rs 24,999.
The Asus C423 and C523 Chromebooks are additionally priced in the identical neighborhood and include a sleeker design however are much less rugged and moveable as they’ve bigger shows. All in all, its rugged design, its touchscreen, and the choice to revolve 360 levels put the Asus Chromebook Flip C214 in a particular zone of its personal for the second. If you’re a pupil on a decent funds, that is one Chromebook price flipping for. It is among the few even in case you flip it within the air (not too excessive, although!).
- Powerful, rugged construct
- Good battery
- Easy operation for routine duties
- Good keyboard and trackpad
- Responsive touchscreen
- HD show
- Not for heavy-duty duties or gaming
- Unimpressive cameras
- Design may be very mainstream
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It’d look comparatively routine, however the Asus Chromebook Flip C214 just isn’t your run-of-the-mill Chromebook. The Chromebook Flip C214 is constructed for rugged use and can survive a lot of the tough and tumble of pupil (and regular) life.