ChromeOS-based laptops, ChromeBooks, are not very popular in Indonesia. It is quite reasonable considering that laptops based on the Windows operating system dominate the market. But, for those who want to taste the ChromeBook, ASUS has now presented a variety of ChromeBook models for various segments. One of them is the ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214.
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 Desain Design
According to ASUS, the ChromeBook Flip C214 is presented to target the education segment. The target users are children. So, don’t be surprised if ASUS designed the body with extra durability features.
Seen from the surface of the body. ChromeBook Flip C214 features a 3D-textured finish. This textured body surface makes it more scratch resistant when compared to laptop bodies in general.
Around the body is also added a protective rubber. Very useful for protecting it from impact. According to ASUS, the internal parts of the body are also reinforced with a special metal structure so that the entire body is more resilient. This toughness is even in accordance with US military standards (MIL-STD-810H).
Although very tough overall its relatively light weight. It weighs about 1.2 Kg. The dimensions are also very compact. Reasonable considering the dimensions of the screen panel is only 11.6 inches. Very space-saving and can easily fit into a child’s school bag.
For connectivity on this laptop, you can find one USB 3.0 Type A port, two USB Type-C USB 3.0 ports that support Power Deliverty and Display, and one microSD slot.
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 . screen
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 is included in the convertible laptop category. This means that the screen hinges are flexible and can be folded 360 degrees. Thus, it can be used in various usage modes as needed.
Like other convertible PCs, this 11.6-inch screen panel supports touch. The response with the touch of a finger is quite good. The screen resolution is HD 1366 x 768 pixels. Looks sharp enough and is sufficient to support children’s learning activities.
The screen panel is also equipped with anti-glare features. Thanks to this feature, the screen panel will not capture the reflection of shadows in very bright lighting conditions indoors or outdoors.
Keyboard ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214
Not only the tough body design, the keyboard area also gets attention. The ChromeBook Flip C214 keyboard is equipped with spill and tamper resistant features.
These two features make the keyboard resistant to water spills and the keys are stronger so they are not easily pryed by children’s fingers. About the convenience of the keyboard is quite comfortable to use for typing. The close proximity of the buttons and the large enough size are very suitable for children’s hands. Trackpad area is also quite large and responsive to the touch of a finger.
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 features
One of the most interesting features of the ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 is the camera. Unlike laptops in general, this device carries two pairs of cameras.
The first is the 720p webcam which can be found above the display panel. This camera is quite adequate for video conferencing needs. Well, the second camera can be found in the lower right palm rest area. The camera comes with a 5 megapixel sensor and is supported by Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Both cameras are presented to support interactive learning. Or, it can also be relied upon to take pictures and record videos.
Another ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 feature is the optional stylus pen support. So, sold with or without a stylus pen. The models we reviewed below are not equipped with a stylus pen.
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 . performance
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 is powered by an Intel Celeron N4000 processor. The processor is supported by 4GB of RAM and available eMMC storage space with a capacity of 32GB. The capacity of this storage space is relatively small. However, it can still be added with the availability of a microSD card slot. Or, another alternative is to use Google Drive’s cloud computing based storage space service.
From our tests, the experience of using the ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 is quite satisfactory. The performance is not the fastest. But, at least the overall performance feels faster when compared to a Windows 10-based laptop with the same processor specifications and amount of RAM.
Admittedly, the ChromeOS operating system does feel much lighter with Windows 10. The features and interface are also simpler and easier to use. For those who are used to using Android phones, we believe it won’t take long to adapt to this operating system.
ChromeOS is also integrated with the Google ecosystem. The Google browser, Gmail applications to office applications from Google such as Google Doc to replace Microsoft Word, Sheets for Excel, and Slides for Powerpoint are all available. You can also connect an Android phone to a Chromebook. When connected there are several features that can be utilized. Like for example, unlocking the screen or auto-login when an Android phone is detected near the chromebook. Then, there is also a tethering feature that allows Chromebooks to access internet data plans from Android phones. Very enough to support children’s daily productivity or learning.
In fact, ChromeOS can run Android apps. You can easily add Android applications such as games to other applications from the Google Play Store application store such as on Android phones.
One thing to note, ChromeOS is an operating system that relies heavily on an internet connection. ChromeBooks are only optimal if they are connected to the internet. Unlike the Windows operating system, which can still run optimally without an internet connection.
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 Baterai Battery
So what about battery life? Battery life is quite long lasting. From our tests, for daily use such as typing in Google Docs and browsing with a screen brightness level of around 50 percent, the battery can last more than a day. It’s ideal for outdoor use without the hassle of recharging the battery.
Laptops have now become an important part of the world of education. The presence of the ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 can clearly be an alternative for student laptops. Its performance is quite adequate for learning activities. It feels faster when compared to a Windows 10 laptop with the same specifications. Google ecosystem support, convertible design with touch screen and long battery life also make this laptop attractive in its class. You also don’t have to bother with the application. It can be obtained easily through the Google PlayStore application which provides thousands of Android applications.
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 is suitable for:
Students : The performance and various productivity applications from Google are sufficient to support teaching and learning activities. Ideal for students at the elementary school level.
Children: With a touch screen, convertible design and durable design, the ChromeBook Flip C214 can also be used as a learning tool for children at the PAUD or Kindergarten level. Of course, this is also supported by various Android-based educational applications that can be obtained easily through the Play Store.
ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214 Pros:
– Durable design – Compact
dimensions and light weight
– Dual cameras
– Touch screen
– Supports Android apps
– Competitive price
– Long battery life
– Adequate performance for children’s learning
Disadvantages of ASUS ChromeBook Flip C214:
– Must always be connected to the internet for optimal functioning
– Relatively small storage space
– RAM cannot be upgraded