ASUS 11.6″ Chromebook Ruggedized, Water Resistant

Last updated date: August 9, 2019

DWYM Score
7.9

ASUS 11.6″ Chromebook Ruggedized, Water Resistant

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 75 expert reviews, the Asus ASUS 11.6" Chromebook Ruggedized, Water Resistant placed 6th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Chromebook for a detailed review of all the top chromebooks.

Expert Summarized Score
7.8
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
1,680 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02 ($229) is crafted with kids in mind and features a rugged design with a spill-resistant keyboard. Though it's a bit thicker than similar chromebooks, and can be a little sluggish when running multiple browser tabs, its long battery life, affordability, and modular design, make it a solid choice for use in schools.
- PC Magazine
July 20, 2016 | Full review
ASUS C202SA-YS02 holds rugged and durable design, elegant lookup, strong features, superb battery life, spill-resistant keyboard and more importantly comes at a very affordable price. Its spill-resitant keyboard heaps lot of praise from critics.
- Laptop Guide
April 3, 2018 | Full review
This 11.6-inch laptop can be opened to a complete 180 degrees so that it can lie flat on the desk. It has an Intel Celeron processor with 4GB RAM and 16GB flash storage. The dark blue color of the laptop makes it look elegant and with 10 hours of battery backup, your kids will be able to enjoy using the laptop for a long time before they have to plug it into the charger.
- Techno Bezz
March 24, 2019 | Full review
Designed for rugged use with reinforced rubber guards, easy grip handles, and a spill resistant keyboard
- Review Finch
Great keyboard. Reasonable price. Durable and easy to repair. Very good battery life
- Tech Spot
The C202S also has great battery life. Asus says the 38Whr battery will last up to 10 hours, which is already very good.
- PC World
August 15, 2016 | Full review
Battery life is a major highlight. The Chromebook C202SA managed 10 hours 46 minutes; which is way longer than most Chromebooks
- PCVerge
August 10, 2017 | Full review
The built-in battery is a 2-Cell Li-Polymer which will power the ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 for up to 10 hours of normal use. That’s more than enough time for any student or young adult to not need a charge during the day.
- Laptop Suggest
April 25, 2016 | Full review
The chassis of this Chrome laptop is designed to provide you easy access to the hardware if it needs replacement. The keyboard is spill-resistant and easy-to- type( due to large character-printed keys).
- Best Advisor
February 11, 2019 | Full review
Even when the WiFi signal is poor, this Chromebook has a 360-degree WiFi antenna that always offers a strong reception. As a result, students can use it almost anywhere without any issues. Plus, it comes with an anti-glare display and wide-viewing angle to enhance your viewing capabilities. Yet, the fact that it is ruggedized and water resistant offers peace of mind when encountering any potential environment. The student life is rife with surprises. Thankfully, this Chromebook can handle wear and tear.
- Watchdog Reviews
January 16, 2019 | Full review
Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
- Reinis Fischer
You can use this versatile Chromebook as a notebook, tent, and stand. At just 2 piunds, it's easily portable. Designed for durability.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
A potential downside is that the screen lacks touch capability, a feature that's found in other chromebooks like the Acer R 11.
- PC Magazine
July 20, 2016 | Full review
A Little bit heavy among its competitors is a bad note for this device.Display sharpness is not that much effective.
- Laptop Guide
April 3, 2018 | Full review
Mixed performance. Lacks touch screen. Heavier than competition
- Tech Spot
Average chip limits it to mainstream applications
- PC World
August 15, 2016 | Full review
There is no CD or DVD drive.
- PCVerge
August 10, 2017 | Full review
The device could be thinner
- Best Advisor
February 11, 2019 | Full review
The 11-inch screen is a bit small for a Chromebook. Also, th eMMC flash storage is inferior to SSD.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The ASUS Chromebook C202 is a Chromebook featuring a 180-degree hinge, spill-resistant keyboards, and reinforced rubber wrapped frames that meet the daily rigors and intense usage by students both inside and outside of the classroom. From note taking in class to sharing videos with friends at a local coffee shop, the ASUS Chromebook C202 lets you communicate, share and play seamlessly. The ASUS Chromebook C202 that combines the best of durability, ruggedness, and serviceability minimizes the downtime and creates more learning time. ASUS C202 Chromebook uses nano-molding technology on all 4 exterior edges and corners to ensure all critical components are secured and reduces the impact of any accident. Tough rubber bumper with reinforced rubber frame also protects against everyday bumps, knocks and drops*. *Based on ASUS’s internal testing, of Chromebooks with rubberized durability features, including rubber frames and bumpers that pass a 3.9 feet drop test and keyboards that pass a 66 cubic centimeters spill-resistance test. ASUS Dark Blue, Chromebook, C202SA-YS02, 11.6" HD+ (1366768), Matte, Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz, 4GB DDR3L, Intel HD, 16GB EEMC + TPM, Chrome OS, 802.11ac, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.2 support WIDI

Overall Product Rankings

Asus Chromebook Flip
1. Asus Chromebook Flip
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
Google Pixelbook
2. Google Pixelbook
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
Acer Chromebook 14
3. Acer Chromebook 14
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
Samsung Chromebook 3
4. Samsung Chromebook 3
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
Lenovo 14″ IdeaPad Chromebook
5. Lenovo 14″ IdeaPad Chromebook
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
ASUS 11.6″ Chromebook Ruggedized, Water Resistant
6. ASUS 11.6″ Chromebook Ruggedized, Water Resistant
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 12
Acer Chromebook 11
7. Acer Chromebook 11
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 4
Samsung Chromebook Pro
8. Samsung Chromebook Pro
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 2
ASUS Flip Touchscreen
9. ASUS Flip Touchscreen
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 2
HP Chromebook N2840
10. HP Chromebook N2840
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Acer Flagship 15″
11. Acer Flagship 15″
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 4
Dell Chromebook 11
12. Dell Chromebook 11
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
Dell Inspiron 13 7000
13. Dell Inspiron 13 7000
Overall Score: 6.4
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Chromebooks

Tired of your old and heavy laptop? Is your desktop computer slowing down and out-of-date? It may be time to get yourself a Chromebook laptop. Chromebooks are light, portable and won’t drain your bank account. Chromebooks are different from your typical laptop computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems. Chromebooks use Google’s Chrome OS, which was created from the Linux operating system. Chrome OS differentiates itself from the competition by running only web-based applications.

Chromebooks hit the market in 2011 and have continued to grow in popularity today as a popular choice in schools across the country.

Chromebooks tend to be lighter and have better battery life than other laptops. While a Chromebook can’t do everything, it’s a good option if you plan to use your computer to browse social media, watch shows on Netflix or Hulu and use the stable of Google applications like Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive.

Chromebooks also tend to be safer than other computers. Thanks to Chrome OS, Chromebooks are less susceptible to viruses than computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems.

Unlike other laptops, when you start up a Chromebook, the only app that you will see is the Google Chrome web browser. Chromebooks rely on the internet because they function with Google’s web-based applications. While Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook 14 come with a 32 GB hard drive, the bulk of your storage space will exist in the cloud on Google Drive. This is one of the great benefits of Chrome OS and the cloud because you will be able to access all of your documents on any computer with internet access. Just log into your Google account and you can view and edit any of your documents or emails.

If you are looking for a lightweight laptop that has fast boot times (on average, just 8 seconds), is optimized for Google apps, has a long battery life and is easy to use, then a Chromebook may be right for you.

DWYM Fun Fact

Have you ever booted up your desktop or laptop computer only to have a notification pop up on your screen that you have a software update waiting in install? Have decided to delay it for four hours? Until the next day? Do you keep putting if off for weeks? Well, with a Chromebook you will no longer have to worry about annoying notifications and delaying updating your operating system software. Google’s Chrome OS software quietly updates itself in the background of your computer while you are using your laptop. You will no longer need to stop what you are working on to update to the newest software. Google typically comes out with minor updates to its Chrome OS every two to three weeks, with larger updates occurring every six weeks.

The Chromebook Buying Guide

  • Google’s Chrome OS is based off of Linux’s operating system, allowing Chromebooks to run Linux applications.
  • Chromebooks have become the go-to laptop for schools across the country. As of January 2018, more than 25 million students and teachers use Chromebooks in the classroom. The affordable price point is the main reason why this product has become so popular in school. The Acer Chromebook 14 typically costs less than $300, the Samsung Chromebook 3 can be purchased for around $200 and the Acer Chromebook 11 is typically priced at under $300. But the price isn’t the only advantage of having a Chromebook in the classroom. Chromebooks are also very secure and school administrators can make sure they prevent students from visiting websites that are inappropriate for the classroom. Chromebooks also work with Google’s educational suite of apps.
  • Chromebooks have always been able to run Google applications, but starting with 2017 models, Chromebooks began having the functionality to run Android applications as well. The result: Chromebooks can now run more than a million additional apps, helping to increase their popularity. Chromebooks can run more apps than any other device.
  • The Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook to come installed with Google Assistant. Like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, Google Pixelbook allows you to talk directly to your laptop and ask questions to Google Assistant. You can also tap a key on your keyboard to activate Google Assistant and type your question in an on-screen chat window. You can also control your music and videos by talking to Google Assistant.
  • While Chromebooks work best when they are connected to the internet, more than 200 apps exist that work while offline. Applications like Gmail, Pocket and Google Drive can all be used without an internet connection. The offline apps will automatically sync up and save to the cloud once an internet connection returns.
  • Chromebooks are known for being light-weight — most are under 3 pounds. They also tend to have a long battery life. Most Chromebooks can run for an entire day before needing a charge. The Acer Chromebook 14 has a battery life of 12 hours, while the Samsung Chromebook 3 can last up to 11 hours on a single charge.
  • While Chromebooks aren’t known for coming with large hard drives, the Acer Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 14 each come with 32 GB hard drives. Plus, you can still get two years of 100 GB Google Drive cloud storage for free with a new purchase of a Chromebook.
  • Making a laptop that you won’t have to worry about your kid dropping on the floor isn’t easy. But that is exactly what the Acer Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 14 have done (another reason why these devices are so popular in schools).  Both have passed military-grade durability tests. The Acer Chromebook 14 can also withstand extreme temperatures, while the Samsung Chromebook 3 has a water-resistant keyboard. If durability is one of your top priorities, a Chromebook should be at the top of your list.
  • Chromebooks may not be the laptop for you if your main priority for a computer is gaming. While a Chromebook provides a lot of great advantages, playing PC games isn’t one of them.
  • The monitors of Chromebooks typically range from 11 inches to 13 inches. The Acer Chromebook 14 has a slightly larger screen, topping out at 14 inches. You’ll want to consider how important screen size is to you before making a purchasing decision.