ASUS' latest low-cost Chromebooks are available now

They pack narrow bezels, 10-hour batteries and a mix of USB-A and USB-C.

Just because there's been a slew of premium Chrome OS devices in recent weeks doesn't mean you'll have to go without modern, budget-friendly options. ASUS has launched its latest Chromebook designs in the US, and they're tempting if you want some basic computing with a little bit of flair. The 11.6-inch Chromebook C223, 14-inch C423 and 15.6-inch C523 all sport narrow-bezel displays, up to 10 hours of battery life and a mixture of both USB-A and USB-C ports (plus microSD slots) to accommodate all your peripherals. The two larger systems also have 180-degree hinges and options for both 1080p and touch.

The pricing is right for the systems, all of which are available now: they start at $229 for the C223 and $269 for both of its larger counterparts. There's just one catch: as with most Chromebooks in this price class, the entry models won't blow you away. All of ASUS' new systems start with a 1,366 x 768 screen, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC-based flash storage. While that's fine for the money, they're not going to shake up your expectations for a Chrome-powered laptop.