Best Computer for Freelancers on a Strict Budget – ASUS Chromebook

Best Computer for Freelancers on a Strict Budget – ASUS Chromebook

Asus Chromebook

Asus Chromebook

How much I love it



  • stores your work on the cloud so you can't lose it
  • extremely affordable
  • comes with 100GB of online cloud storage
  • less than 2 pounds in weight
  • 13 hours of battery life


  • always has to be connected to the internet
  • 4GB of RAM mean that you cannot run many things at one time

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If your budget is very small because you are just starting out on your freelancing career, that’s OK.  The Asus Chromebook will give you everything you need to get started. 

Alright, you are ready to hop into the world of freelance writing but you have no money to help you do that.  That’s OK.  We’ve all been there.  I started my career with a 6-year-old Sony Vaio that I had to turn on six times before it would boot past the root menu and which never ran at all if it wasn’t plugged in at all times (oh, and it weighed like a million pounds).My point here is that you don’t need a ton of money to get started in the world of freelancing.  Actually, you don’t need any money at all if you already have a computer.

My point here is that you don’t need a ton of money to get started in the world of freelancing.  Actually, you don’t need any money at all if you already have a computer.  One of the greatest things about freelance writing online is that it is a no-capital business which means you don’t need money to invest in yourself.  You don’t have to go get a huge bank loan or empty your life’s savings to lease an office space or buy equipment.  All you really need is a computer, an internet connection, and a whole hell of a lot of ambition.  Ah, but what if you don’t have money OR a computer?

Well, I can’t say I found you a free one, but the ASUS Chromebook may as well be.  I mean, seriously, you could probably get your family and friends to pool this much money together to buy it for you as a birthday gift.

The Chromebook is So Very Affordable

Well, this version of it is, at least.  Today, we’re looking at the Chromebook C201.  Please don’t get it confused with more expensive models like the Chromebook Flip which have a slew of special features and functions that set them into their higher price brackets.

The Chromebook C201 is only about $270. If you aren’t sure if that’s a good price for a computer you are probably new to more than just freelancing, and that’s OK. Let me just compare it for you to my own computer, the Microsoft Surface Book which runs about $2100 for a decent model. See the difference? There are, of course, major differences in quality as well, but I had to work my way up to a computer like this one and you will, one day, too.

Read more about my choices as the Best Computers for Freelance Writers here.

A Quad-Core Processor and 4GB of RAM

“What does that mean?  I’m a writer, not a computer engineer!”  I get it.  I actually had to do a lot of research myself and call on the help of my brother to really know what all of this stuff meant.  I make it simple, though, a processor is what your computer uses to figure out what it’s doing and RAM is the power it has to complete those tasks.  The higher-quality the processor the more things your computer can consider at one time (the more complex systems it can run and the more programs it can have open at a given time).  The more RAM your computer has the more power it has to get all that stuff done without becoming exhausted.  I mean, even the smartest people need food and drink to keep them going when they’re solving problems, right?

A quad-core processor is pretty average these days.  You may see that some computers have i5 and i7 processors – this doesn’t actually mean that they have 5 or 7 cores.  I know, confusing, right?  Just look at it this way: a quad core is better than a dual core; an i5 is possibly better than but pretty close to the same as a quad core and an i7 is better than all of the above.  (If you find that my research has misled me on these points please let me know in the comments below.)

With 4GB of RAM this computer would have seemed lightspeed back in the early 2000s.  Now, however, its actually on the slower side.  8GB is the average these days and 16GB is perfect for gamers.  As a writer you will be able to function just fine online with these 4GB of RAM – just don’t open too many windows or programs at once.

What Can the Chromebook Do, Exactly?

It’s called a Chromebook, so it should really only be able to use Chrome, right?  Which means that it’s really only able to surf the internet?  Well, in a word, yes.  But there is a lot more to it than that.  Using the internet you can download apps from the Google store, like games, word processing programs, and spreadsheets.

Everything Goes to the Cloud

This is really how it stays so affordable.  By storing all of your work on the cloud it doesn’t need to have a large hard drive.  In fact, its tiny hard drive is just large enough to hold its operating systems and your apps.  With all of your work and pictures and games all out there on the cloud your computer can run at the same speed regardless to how many things you save and your work will always be safe even if you drop it in a puddle (let’s hope you don’t do that, though).

13 Hours of Battery Life!

This point knocks my socks off.  In fact, I’m a little bit jealous – my Surface Book only gets about 12 hours.  Yeah, it’s close to 13, but I paid a lot more for my computer!  Oh well.  With 13 hours of battery life (from a full charge) you will be able to travel around with this laptop and work remotely all day, gathering inspiration from the world around you, without ever having to plug it in.

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