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.
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.