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The Hisense Chromebook C11 is a lightweight, portable laptop that comes in at just $149. It’s easily the better of the two Chromebooks that cost under $150, with the other being the Haier Chromebook 11. Unlike the Haier model, this one lacks the battery failure that plagues Haier Chromebooks. It’s not going to blow you away with speed, but it’s also not going to break the bank.
- ARMv7 1.8 GHz
- 2.0 GB DDR3
- 5400.0 rpm 16 GB Drive
- 11.6-Inch Screen
Hardware & Performance
The C11 comes equipped with a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core processor that’s clocked at 1.8GHz. It’s important to note that this is an ARM based CPU and may not have exactly the same functionality as an Intel chip when it comes to installing Windows or Linux on your Chromebook.
Google Octane Benchmark: 7,100
The processor in this laptop is like something that would come out of a smartphone. That’s good because that means it sips power and will help extend your battery life. It’s also bad, as it doesn’t really have the same raw power as some of the Intel chips available.
The C11 comes with an ARM MALI quad-core graphics processor. This hardware acceleration takes a load off the CPU when playing videos and games. This makes for really snappy performance from this low-cost machine.
This laptop is somewhat limited with just 2 GB of RAM. There’s no way to increase this to 4 GB. It is what it is. 2 GB of RAM is fine for light users. If you like to open 20-30 tabs at a time like I do, you’re going to see a huge performance hit with the 2 GB.
The screen is 11.6″ and has a 1366×768 resolution. This is fairly standard for Chromebooks of this size. It would be nearly impossible to see anything on this 11-inch screen with full 1920×1080 HD resolution. Also, much like other Chromebooks with similar LCD panels, the display isn’t amazing. If you really want a GREAT screen, check out the Toshiba Chromebook 2.
The C11 comes with 2 USB ports (one on each side), 1 HDMI port and a micro-SD slot for storage expansion. While the C11 only comes with 16 GB of internal memory, you can easily add additional storage through a micro-SD card or USB drive.
This computer also includes built-in speakers and a built-in 720p camera for taking pictures and video chat. The camera isn’t really that great, but it’s definitely better than nothing if you like keeping in touch with video.
You can’t really expect much out of a $149 laptop, although the Hisense has a fairly nicely build overall. The case is all black plastic and the LCD has a textured black matte finish. There is an abundance of plastic, as you might imagine, however, the trackpad and palm rest are made of metal. I thought this was really well thought out as the trackpad and palm rest see the most abuse on a laptop.
The keyboard is actually very roomy for such a small laptop. The keys are spaced nicely and overall this keyboard is very easy to type on. The keys don’t really have a resounding snap or click like other laptops which make the keys feel a little bit smooshy.
The mostly plastic build actually makes this Chromebook extremely compact and lightweight. You could easily throw it in your backpack and take it wherever you go.
Right now, the Hisense Chromebook C11 has only received about 5 customer reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most people seem to love this inexpensive model so far. Take a look at some real reviews below to see why this is such a good deal.
If you need an extremely affordable laptop that can do basic tasks with ease, you should definitely consider the Hisense Chromebook C11. It’s very similar compared to the Haier Chromebook 11, also at $149, without the fatal battery flaw. I would highly recommend this laptop to anyone trying ChromeOS for the first time. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the size and performance of this laptop.