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ASUS C202 11.6" Intel® Celeron™ Chromebook - 16 GB eMMC, White & Blue £129 at Currys PC World
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ASUS C202 11.6" Intel® Celeron™ Chromebook - 16 GB eMMC, White & Blue £129 at Currys PC World

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Posted 8th Dec 2019

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I have one of these. They are great for £130, but they are not replacements for full laptops or more powerful Chromebooks.

If you primarily use your laptop for browsing the web with one or two tabs open at a time, watching YouTube, and use GMail then it's probably fine for you. Google Docs also works great on them. I'm sure Office Online would too. It's fine for Netflix, but it's not a HD screen and the screen itself isn't the best quality. Battery easily lasts a couple of days.

If you start having 5+ tabs open it can start to get a little bit on the slow side, but still quicker than using something like an Amazon Fire 7" tablet. It's not really got the power to run games like Roblox.

Additionally, they are "tough", with a nice rubber edge to the whole of the laptop. So long as you know what to expect, it's a decent little Chromebook. I use mine as something I can throw in my bag when going away overnight when I don't want to take my MacBook and charger with me.

So long as your expectations are for a £130 Chromebook and not a £1000 MacBook, you'll probably be happy.
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Only supported with updates until 2022 but good price
I have one of these. They are great for £130, but they are not replacements for full laptops or more powerful Chromebooks.

If you primarily use your laptop for browsing the web with one or two tabs open at a time, watching YouTube, and use GMail then it's probably fine for you. Google Docs also works great on them. I'm sure Office Online would too. It's fine for Netflix, but it's not a HD screen and the screen itself isn't the best quality. Battery easily lasts a couple of days.

If you start having 5+ tabs open it can start to get a little bit on the slow side, but still quicker than using something like an Amazon Fire 7" tablet. It's not really got the power to run games like Roblox.

Additionally, they are "tough", with a nice rubber edge to the whole of the laptop. So long as you know what to expect, it's a decent little Chromebook. I use mine as something I can throw in my bag when going away overnight when I don't want to take my MacBook and charger with me.

So long as your expectations are for a £130 Chromebook and not a £1000 MacBook, you'll probably be happy.
Nah, I'll pass, 2gb ram and 16gb storage. You were getting double this a week ago on Amazon etc for £150.
With 16gb of storage this is about as future proof as a betamax player.
Edited by: "supermann" 8th Dec 2019
Having owned one, it's good for what it is so long as your expectations are realistic as has been previously mentioned in this thread. Whilst it can run both Android apps and the Linux VM, it doesn't take much to trip over itself on either. It would be perfect for a child going through primary school into secondary school who doesn't have a computer of their own as they're unlikely to be needing to run specialist software but can still benefit from what a computer can offer generally (learning basic coding, touch-typing, doing homework etc). Plus, it's super-robust.
Good kid's Chromebook but we bought our daughter's in July 2018 for under £100.
I bought one for £80 a couple of years ago. It's good enough for typing and it can only cope with having 2 tabs open. It's good if you need to type anything and don't want to carry your expensive laptop about.
Good price.
Be realistic on expectations, this is cheaper than the most mobile phones out there..
Not available for Click&Collect, Currys refuse to deliver.

I used CHAT to ask why they advertise something they refuse to deliver in any way, and here is the reply:

Agent: There isn't an estimated date for more stock as of yet unfortunately, it would just be listed as the default 7-14 days for the time being. If have an account though you can click on ‘save for later’ just below the basket icon. This way you get notified once it is back in stock and available again. Would you like any assistance in finding an available alternative model though?
supermann08/12/2019 10:40

With 16gb of storage this is about as future proof as a betamax player.


It’s a chromebook
..has been this price (and cheaper) for years now..
lenovo 4gb ram 64gb was £120 in argos for like two weeks and 16gb is awful
Edited by: "mubzy.patel" 8th Dec 2019
Pokey08/12/2019 10:55

Good kid's Chromebook but we bought our daughter's in July 2018 for under …Good kid's Chromebook but we bought our daughter's in July 2018 for under £100.


Yeah I’ve had this one before and I think I did the same, was it Amazon Prime Day or something? It was £99.99 back then.

Why_not08/12/2019 11:32

Good price. Be realistic on expectations, this is cheaper than the most …Good price. Be realistic on expectations, this is cheaper than the most mobile phones out there..



People are being realistic. Even for a Chromebook this is scraping the barrel for spec at this price point.
Edited by: "plewis00" 8th Dec 2019
mubzy.patel08/12/2019 15:20

lenovo 4gb ram 64gb was £120 in argos for like two weeks and 16gb is awful


What are people doing with the internal storage? I've had one for about 18 months and haven't even thought about internal storage.

The whole point of a Chromebook is everything is online, even your files...
andy.mccall08/12/2019 16:03

What are people doing with the internal storage? I've had one for about 18 …What are people doing with the internal storage? I've had one for about 18 months and haven't even thought about internal storage.The whole point of a Chromebook is everything is online, even your files...



You just echoed my thoughts. That's why it seems strange to see some Chromebooks selling for £300+. That's encroaching onto laptop pricing.
I'm surprised how many people don't "get" chromebooks. I've got 3 incuding this one which I'm about to give to my Granddaugter as he first computer.
If you want some all singing and dancing Laptop to do whatever people do on them by all means get one but a Chromebook does me and millions of others just fine. They do everything I need to do and everthing is stored on a cloud somewhere, so for us old folks who surf the net and store a few photos they are brilliant , google doc's are great and wild horses wouldn't get me back on a windows 10 laptop .
horsepills08/12/2019 10:16

Only supported with updates until 2022 but good price


Yeah but you'd put Linux on it and carry on using it. In fact I would put Linux on it straight away then Google can't collate your data.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 8th Dec 2019
fishmaster08/12/2019 21:23

Yeah but you'd put Linux on it and carry on using it. In fact I would put …Yeah but you'd put Linux on it and carry on using it. In fact I would put Linux on it straight away then Google can't collate your data.


If we hadn't given all our data to Google years ago, I'd agree with you Fishy.
villan5708/12/2019 20:20

I'm surprised how many people don't "get" chromebooks. I've got 3 …I'm surprised how many people don't "get" chromebooks. I've got 3 incuding this one which I'm about to give to my Granddaugter as he first computer.If you want some all singing and dancing Laptop to do whatever people do on them by all means get one but a Chromebook does me and millions of others just fine. They do everything I need to do and everthing is stored on a cloud somewhere, so for us old folks who surf the net and store a few photos they are brilliant , google doc's are great and wild horses wouldn't get me back on a windows 10 laptop .


I'm speaking from experience. I had a Chromebook with similar specs to this about three years ago and it was slow and sluggish then. The 16GB of storage and 2GB of ram just doesn't cut it, it's actually more likely to put the person off using Chromebooks, which would be a shame they're actually pretty good devices when decently specced.
Edited by: "supermann" 9th Dec 2019
supermann09/12/2019 09:48

I'm speaking from experience. I had a Chromebook with similar specs to …I'm speaking from experience. I had a Chromebook with similar specs to this about three years ago and it was slow and sluggish then. The 16GB of storage and 2GB of ram just doesn't cut it, it's actually more likely to put the person off using Chromebooks, which would be a shame they're actually pretty good devices when decently specced.


What are you putting on that 16GB storage? We've had three Chromebooks in our household and never once needed to save a single thing to storage.
Pokey09/12/2019 10:12

What are you putting on that 16GB storage? We've had three Chromebooks in …What are you putting on that 16GB storage? We've had three Chromebooks in our household and never once needed to save a single thing to storage.

These days 16GB may not be enough when android apps are downloaded and used. It could very quickly get used up.
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