ASUS Announces Rugged Chromebook C202, Capable Of Surviving Unforgiving School-Age Children

ASUS designed its new Chromebook C202 to be a particularly tough computer, and with good reason: the Chromebooks are headed to classrooms across the U.S. Rough treatment is to be expected and the occasional drop to a tile floor is a given. After performing what it describes as “military-grade” testing, ASUS thinks it has a laptop rugged enough for school.

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The Chromebook C202 features an 11.6-inch anti-glare display at 1366 x 768. That’s not much screen real estate, but not unexpected for a student laptop. The system is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 and integrated Intel HD graphics, along with either 2GB or 4GB of LP DDR3 1066Mhz memory, depending on the option a school selects.

On the storage side of things, the Chromebook comes with 16GB of internal storage and an SD card reader. Schools can choose between models that feature 802.11n or 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 to match their networks.

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Understandably, the Chromebooks have only a few ports. Each has two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI 1.4 port, as well as a headphone jack. An HD webcam makes video chatting possible.

ASUS seems to have clear picture of what school life will be like for the Chromebooks. It designed the laptops to have easily-replaceable keyboards, power sockets, and batteries, and it wrapped each Chromebook with a rubber bumper. The systems are also drop-tested.

“The Asus Chromebook C202 demonstrates our commitment to providing inspired solutions for the education sector,” Asus North America president Steve Chang said in a statement. “The incredibly tough chassis of the C202, combined with the proven and popular Chrome operating system, creates an education solution that helps minimize downtime and maximize learning time.”

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One of the most important features will probably be the battery, as the Chromebook C202 is likely to spend plenty of time on desks without access to power outlets. ASUS claims that the battery will last 10 hours on a single charge.