Over time, Chromebooks have become synonymous with portable performance; they have a finger on the pulse of the high-adrenaline, forever-on-the-run audience. The new 14” ASUS Chromebook C423 extends the lineage beautifully, upping the ante on mobility with a profile as thin as 16.1mm, a weight of only 1.2kg, and a battery life of 10 hours. Driven by a powerful Intel Celeron N3350 processor (two cores) or an Intel Pentium N4200 processor (four cores), 8GB SDRAM, 64GB memory (or 32GB), it combines processing performance with the splendid responsiveness of a Chrome OS.
The new Chromebook excels in the realm of display, pioneering for ASUS a NanoEdge design. This sleek construction lets a 14” screen fit into a smaller chassis, creating an immersive viewing experience. The bezel has a thickness of only 5.8mm, thereby realizing a screen-to-body ratio of 78%. Not only that, but the full High-Definition display also has an anti-glare coating (matte) that minimizes reflections as you work on documents, browse through your favorite apps on the Google Play Store, video-call via the HD webcam, or sit back to watch movies. While the full HD version of the display (1920 x 1080) is undoubtedly best-suited for work and play, you can also opt for a screen resolution of 1366 x 768.
Chromebooks have always been mobile and collaborative at heart, and this one is true to the essence of its ancestry. It features a 180-degree hinge that allows you to lay the screen out flat and share content with colleagues, peers and friends. There’s no need to fret about the durability of the hinge as it has undergone the most grueling tests imaginable (read 20,000 open-and-close tests). An ergonomically built full-purpose keyboard with 1.4mm key-distance offers immense typing comfort. However, you can also avail of an optional multi-touch screen that is both precise and intuitive. Pair this portable design with a premium aluminum lid, astonishingly low weight, and a super-thin profile, and you have a flexible, robust machine unlike any other.
Many modern-day slim laptops tend to compromise on sound for where can they accommodate fancy sound systems? Not, however, the Chromebook C423. It is fitted with two stereo speakers and large chambers to playback resonant, pure sound. In fact, the surround sound experience can rival that of laptops much larger in build.
It is particularly admirable how this Chromebook balances portability with security. So, while you have two USB 3.1 ports (Type-A), two USB 3.0 ports (Type-C), and a multi-format card reader, you also have in-built virus protection. This takes your mind off security invasions especially when you use your laptop in a public, sharing-focused space, say while using the dual-band 802.11 ac Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0. It also offers automatic updates to keep the OS up to speed. Since everything is fired by your personal Google account, all your data enjoys the unmovable security that Google has come to be associated with.
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With its deft control over the territories of processing, display, collaboration and security, the Chromebook C423 promises to be delightful. It’s well-suited not only for students leading hectic lifestyles but also for professionals and anyone who is seeking computing companions for travel.