Asus Chromebook C425 Clamshell Laptop, 14" FHD 4-Way NanoEdge, Intel Core M3-8100Y Processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC Storage, Backlit KB, Silver, Chrome OS, C425TA-DH384
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- 14 inch Full HD IPS 1920x1080 4-way NanoEdge display that allows for a 14 inch screen to fit in the body of a 13 inch laptop footprint with large 6-inch trackpad
- Powered by the Intel Core m3-8100Y Processor for super-fast and snappy performance
- 8GB LPDDR3 RAM; 64GB eMMC storage and 2x full function USB Type-C (Gen 1) and 1x Type-A (Gen 1) ports plus a backlit keyboard (USB Transfer speed may vary. Learn more at ASUS website)
- 180 degree hinge design for versatile viewing experience
- 1.4 millimeter key travel distance backlit keyboard
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Simplify your life with the sleek and stylish Asus Chromebook C425, the 2.8lbs light, 14-inch laptop that has all the power to make light work for your daily tasks. Powered by Intel M3 processor, Asus Chromebook C425 boosts your productivity and lets you have more fun on the move - wherever you are, whatever you're doing. Its compact NanoEdge bezel gives you more screen space with a 14 display in a 13 Body. Asus Chromebook C425 has a full-size backlit keyboard, with long key travel distance that make typing more comfortable and accurate. Its super 6-Inch touchpad is cleverly engineered for maximum comfort, accuracy and smooth control - incorporating palm-rejection technology and multitude gesture support. Preloaded with the best of Google, Asus Chromebook C425 is your easy-to-use Gateway to the immense variety of apps on the Google play store for work and play. The actual transfer speed of USB 3.0, 3.1 (Gen 1 and 2), and/or Type-C will vary depending on many factors including the processing speed of the host device, file attributes and other factors related to system configuration and your operating environment.
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After handling the Asus434 and the aluminum build, it feels like the C425 doesn't have that. I could be wrong, but it feels somewhat plastic (and maybe it is). It still looks clean, but I noticed the difference. The screen on the C425 looks great. I don't know the specs on whether it is the same setup as the 434 (which looks amazing), but it's really nice. There's a thin black frame on the screen that I really appreciate. Having also tried out the HP x360 Chromebook, I appreciate the way Asus tries to maximize the screen without putting a thicker black frame with their logo on it.
The biggest wins for me with this computer (after only a few days of having it) is that I haven't had the screen flicker randomly (which happened all the time with the 434). And probably the most important part for me is that the selling price is more reasonable (in my opinion) than what the 434 (8-gig) was/is. For a Chromebook that expensive it should handle a lot better than what it was. I will also say it's slightly lighter than the 434, which I'm a fan of.
Lastly, I thought that losing the 2-in-1 feature and touchscreen would be a deal breaker, but so far it's been fine. Like anything, I guess you gotta know what you want the computer for and when you'll actually be using it. They may be deal breakers for you, but it also might be giving it a test drive to see if you can live without it. So far, after two months of frustration and research, I think I've landed on the Chromebook for me.
Overall, the Asus Chromebook C425 is a unique find when it comes to the Chromebook market. Usually at this pricepoint, you see more aesthetic features (slim profile, touch screen, 360 flip) and less computing power. However, this is actually the opposite. With this model, you are getting better computing power (needed for large applications like video editing, data computation, etc), with not as many aesthetic features. If you want a Chromebook with more computing power, this is a great option at a great price. If you are looking for something more stylish and flashy, there are alternative Chromebooks on the market around the same price point as well.
Auto Update Expiration Date:
With Chromebooks, you don’t get updates forever (like a phone). Updates will stop being pushed out to your chromebook based on when it is released, not purchased. The Auto Update Expiration for this particular Chromebook is June 2024.
If setting up a new computer stresses you out, you will love this. It’s as simple as unboxing, powering on, and creating or logging into an existing google account. After a few automatic updates, this was ready to go within 3-4 minutes. A few demo videos pop up to walk you through the different features, so you can just sit back and relax.
Start Up/Opening apps:
Starting up the laptop from sleep or powering on only took a few seconds. It keeps up with a lot of modern tech. From startup it took about 3 seconds. From sleep it only took 1.5 seconds. Opening apps took just over 1 second.
This Chromebook has a very generic aesthetic. The top is aluminum, while the bottom is plastic. It is comparable to many department store laptops. This has a slim profile, but it’s on the thicker end of Chromebooks with slim profiles. Overall, it looks modern and new but it isn’t going to impress anyone with its appearance.
The screen resolution is typical for the price point. This has a matte finish over the screen, which is great for reducing glare. The screen has the typical 1920 x 1080 resolution. I would describe the resolution as clear, but not crisp. The thin bezel (border) makes the screen look large and impressive. It is comparable to most screens out today.
This has a nice sound quality and clarity. At maximum volume, this can fill a small room but sounds quiet in a mid-sized room. The speakers are on the bottom sides of the Chromebook. Sounds even better when using headphones.
The keyboard layout is slightly different than laptops, which to me is the biggest day to day difference in owning a Chromebook. Most of the top row keys (“F” keys) have been replaced with quick function keys that turn up the brightness, volume, etc. The CAPS lock has been replaced with a key that launches a search menu. If you prefer the CAPS lock key, you can go to the settings and change the function of the keys. It’s simple to do.
The backlit keyboard looks very sharp. It has a beautiful luminosity in the dark. However, I find the letters on each key difficult to read during the day when they are lit up via the backlight since they are clear. You can change the backlighting by holding alt + screen brightness button up or down. It is a bit annoying to toggle back and forth depending on what lighting you are in, but it’s not a deal breaker.
I got on average about 10-11 hours of use between web surfing, streaming, working on documents, etc.
I have subscriptions to 4 or 5 of the most popular streaming services. I had no issues with buffering or delayed loading times. Once I clicked a video or movie, it streamed all the way through with no problems or lagging. Of course this is also dependent on the internet connection you are using.
I surfed the web on the Chrome browser that is already installed and had no issues or crashes. I could have more than 10 tabs open at once, and it was still lightning fast.
Documents,Spreadsheets, Slides, etc:
Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides all come preloaded on the Chromebook and are free to use. They are compatible with all of my existing documents and spreadsheets. I am able to use these apps offline too, which is great for traveling or working outside. I use these apps for writing papers, keeping simple spreadsheets, and presentations. Nothing that requires a high computing power. This is definitely all that is needed for average people and students.
Experience Switching from a PC to a Chromebook:
I recently switched from PCs to Chromebooks. I was afraid that I would regret the decision, but haven’t looked back. I felt I had a full grasp of the operating system and functionality within 24 hours. For the average Joe, Chromebooks are a great option.
I haven’t had any problems with this Chromebook. I will be sure to update my review if I experience any issues with hardware, crashing, etc.
Construction: Very solid, despite it being a plastic body (not aluminum like C434). Good fit and finish. Design is very attractive.
Keyboard: Sturdy keys with good amount of travel and feel.
Track pad: Surface area is large. Material is plastic and not as smooth as glass versions so I would advise using a mouse for extended use (which I was planning to do anyway).
Sound: Won't blow your mind, but volume is loud and satisfying. Speakers face down underneath device.
Screen: Narrow bezels are great. Matte surface with minimal glare. Images of are generally good quality, but I've certainly seen displays with better color and sharpness. Non-touch display.
Performance: Very good for my casual use which includes streaming one HD movie with a browser running 3-4 tabs for work. I think this device can handle much more since it has 8 gb RAM.
Noise: No fan, completely silent.