A Chromebook that will Soon Run Android Apps for $159

UPDATE: The sale on this Chromebook appears to have ended and it now has reverted to the normal price of  $205.99.

I have written often about the advantages of Chromebooks, the low-cost laptops that perform all the more common tasks that most computer users want. In fact, I just spent about two hours using my Chromebook to write an article for this newsletter. You can find my past articles about Chromebooks by starting at http://goo.gl/1qwGzO.

ASUS C201 Chromebook

Now Amazon is selling one of the more popular Chromebooks, the the 11.6-inch ASUS C201 Chromebook, for just $159, a savings of $40. Best of all, the ASUS C201 Chromebook features 4 gigabytes of RAM memory, not 2 gigabytes as found in most other low-cost Chromebooks. The extra memory will make a significant difference when running Android apps when Google releases the update later this year. Strangely, this pricing is only available on the blue model, though you can get the others at a lesser discount as well.

The ASUS C201 Chromebook is brand-new, not a refurbished unit. It has the normal one-year warranty from ASUS. It includes:

  • Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Can open/edit Microsoft Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. It cannot install standard Microsoft Office software.
  • 16 gigabyte Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive
  • 11.6 inches 1366-by-768 pixels LED-lit Screen

I would suggest that a Chromebook is an excellent device for any non-computer-literate member of the family as well as for yourself if you are looking for a low-cost computer for traveling. You can learn more on Amazon at http://goo.gl/y1BrOl.

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As a Android user, it seems to me that a Chromebook with a touchscreen would give a better Android experience. Let us know how Android on Chromebook works for you.

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I’ve just checked Amazon … the 4 GB is selling for $205.99 … not $159. The 2GB is selling for $189.99. (8/26/2016 / 7:03 a.m. EDT)

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“download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free.” Can it download Libre Office?

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    —> Can it download Libre Office?

    Yes. Chromebooks do not run programs written for Windows or Macintosh so it will not run the normal version of LibreOffice. However, with a very few exceptions, they run thousands of cloud-based programs, including Microsoft Office Online. One company has created a modified online cloud-based version of LibreWriter that should work on Chromebooks. I haven’t tried it yet so I cannot speak from personal experience. You can learn more at the rollApp web site at https://www.rollapp.com/libreoffice

    You can see dozens of other programs that rollApp has modified to work on Chromebooks by starting at https://www.rollapp.com/apps

    A Chromebook will run applications hosted on web sites, including MyHeritage.com, FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, Werelate.org, WikiTree.com, The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building, WebTrees, as well as non-genealogy apps such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, Google Docs, Zoho Writer, thousands of online games, and most email services. You can find thousands of apps that run on Chromebooks by starting at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-play/komhbcfkdcgmcdoenjcjheifdiabikfi?hl=en

    Most of the apps are available free of charge although there are a few that require payment.

    You might want to read my earlier article, Chromebooks are Built to Run Anything and Everything on the Web, at https://blog.eogn.com/2016/07/29/chromebooks-are-built-to-run-anything-and-everything-on-the-web/

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