If you work in construction or a similar field, the idea of taking your laptop to a job site can be a frightening proposition. Laptops are expensive. Drop them once and they become even more so after you tally up the repair costs (if you can repair the damage at all). Spill that coffee on the keyboard and potentially kiss all your records and hundreds of dollars goodbye.

If you work in a profession that involves tools, dust and heavy objects, you need a laptop that can handle some extreme conditions. Especially if you're just starting out with your own business, you don't want to spend a small fortune on a laptop that's going to bite the dust after one unfortunate drop.

That's why we've chosen the ASUS Chromebook C202SA as a great laptop option for people in construction, plumbing and other trades. While it doesn't pack a lot of computing power it's more than enough for sharing things like designs and invoices with clients, and it's a beast when it comes to standing up to the torture your work environment may potentially dish out. Plus the C202SA is manufactured to be taken apart simply and quickly so broken or damaged components can be replaced or repaired easily, saving DIYers even more money.

While the Chromebook C202SA was originally designed as a laptop that can withstand the tortures of young students, we really like it for tradespeople. First, there's the price. At around $220, it's an incredibly affordable laptop even if you have to replace it.

As one Reddit user writes: "The C202SA is the best value you can get if you want a Chromebook that will last as long as possible or if you're on a budget. I make this statement as a computer technician who fixes laptops every day."

The C202SA weighs in at just 2.65 pounds, with dimensions that compare with a standard spiral notebook, making it a breeze to fit into your work bag or carry onto a site. It also comes equipped with built-in speakers, a microphone and webcam, making communicating with the office or other clients a breeze.

On top of all of this, it has a decent display with a 180-degree hinge for easy sharing with clients or crew, plus a keypad and touchpad that rival much more expensive Chromebooks. And it's super water-resistant, meaning accidental spills aren't going to immediately fry the C202SA.

So why isn't the entire world carrying around the Chromebook C202SA? To start, it's a Chromebook, so all of your applications, including those for documents, spreadsheets, graphics and photography, need to be online or in the cloud. Honestly, though, that's a bonus for anyone worried about smashing their laptop and losing all their data.

That doesn't mean there's no option for keeping documents only on your laptop, though. There's 16GB of eMMC storage, which is a slower Flash-based storage than solid state drives that are usually found in smartphones and other consumer electronics. It's adequate for temporary storage of most documents while you're on the go.

Certainly, there are better, more powerful (and more expensive) options available, like the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work, but for an inexpensive laptop that can withstand harsh treatment and is easily repaired if it is damaged, the C202SA really outshines its competitors.

Published on: Nov 6, 2017