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ASUS' Chromebook C300 is yet another well-made budget laptop

Sarah Silbert

Lenovo, HP and other big-name laptop makers are on board; now ASUS is embracing the Chromebook movement with its first two laptops running Google's browser-based software. The 11.6-inch Chromebook C200 is already available for pre-order, but its larger sibling, the C300, has yet to receive a launch date. Still, the 13.3-inch laptop is here at Computex, and I spent a few minutes playing with the $249 device.

Gallery: ASUS Chromebook C300 hands-on | 11 Photos

At just over 3.1 pounds, it's not feather-light, but the C300 still feels very manageable. The chiclet keyboard is well-spaced and comfortable overall. Design-wise, there's not much to distinguish this laptop from the growing list of Chromebooks, though it does run Intel's new Bay Trail-M chip under the hood. Based on a few minutes of use, nothing about the C300 stands out as particularly remarkable; instead, it looks to be the latest addition to a sea of well-made, cheap laptops -- possibly with a small performance edge thanks to its latest-gen processor. ASUS says the C300 will go on sale soon, so stay tuned.

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

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