That makes it a tougher sell, especially when there are so many inexpensive Chromebooks on the market. Asus packed in a reasonable 48 watt-hours of battery capacity into the Chromebook Flip C434’s chassis. Not that the previous Flip was low-quality, but the latest model feels solid and well-made, and the shiny edges add some much-needed visual flair. The Chromebook Clip C434 uses a 14-inch Full HD display that is welcome at this price, and it’s sharp enough for all but the most dedicated pixel-peepers. If you need to save some cash, then you could take a look at the Acer Chromebook 15. But in real-life use, we never found the Chromebook Flip C434 to suffer any noticeable delays when opening apps and saving files. I personally find little utility in tent or stand configurations, but the size at least isn't an impediment to using the Flip in those modes. We suggest you pull out some headphones if you want to listen to some tunes or a Bluetooth speaker if you want to binge some video with a few friends. All five of the usual Chrome OS backlight levels are present. It’s a larger chassis and it’s not a 2-in-1, but it costs just $400 and offers solid Chrome OS performance, a 15.6-inch Full HD display, and great battery life. $800 at Best Buy. We used the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 over the course of several weeks. At $579, it costs a full $100 more than its predecessor, and it's not immediately obvious what you're getting for that extra cash. That’s almost three hours longer than the Acer Chromebook 13 and around two hours longer than the HP Chromebook x2 and Google Pixelbook. I'm getting around nine hours per charge, while I struggled to get seven from the previous Flip. It's a strange design choice, because like its predecessors, the Flip has 360-degree hinge, which lets you flip the computer into tablet, tent and stand modes. But the new Flip is a well-made and capable laptop, even if it costs just a little too much. It doesn’t get incredibly bright, and it doesn’t have class-leading contrast. Intel Core m3-8100Y, i5-8200Y or i7-8500Y processor, Belkin’s new wireless charger tries to do what AirPower promised, Google shows off 'Cyberpunk 2077' running on Stadia at 4K, The best Black Friday tech deals we could find, Scientists find neutrinos from star fusion for the first time, Performance that’s good enough for most people, Larger and heavier than the previous Flip, 4GB of RAM isn’t enough for heavy multitasking. Right off the bat, it’s obvious that the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 has enough power to keep most Chrome OS productivity users happy. It was still a pleasant enough experience. That said, people who do a little less multitasking could probably get by with the base model. The Asus Chromebook Flip C434’s display left us satisfied but not excited. The hinge is a bit stiff, requiring two hands to open, but it does keep the display in its place in each of its four modes – clamshell, tent, media, and tablet. My typical workload involves between 10 and 20 open browser tabs along with apps like Todoist, Keep, Slack, Trello and Tweetdeck. One place where the new Flip definitively trumps the old model is battery life -- this is one of the better Chromebooks I've tested in that regard. Asus sent us a midrange configuration of this laptop, with an Intel 8th-gen low-power Core i3-8100Y CPU, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and a 14-inch, 1080p display. While I think that an M3 CPU is enough for most things people do with Chromebooks, having only 4GB of memory occasionally felt limiting. The 64GB of eMMC storage is slower than solid-state drives (SSDs) in other machines like the Google Pixelbook and most Windows 10 notebooks. In Geekbench 4, the Chromebook Flip C434 scored 3,751 in the single-core test and 5,803 in the multi-core test. Asus has applied some of its tiny-bezel expertise to the Chromebook Flip C434. I generally stuck with the lower setting and accepted the fact that not everything on the screen was pixel-perfect sharp.While the larger screen doesn't make the new Chromebook Flip much bigger than the previous model, it is still larger, thicker and heavier. That beats the HP Chromebook x2’s single score result of 3,441 but falls behind its multi-score result of 6,685. The HP Chromebook x2 has a 3:2 ratio and we like it a lot. The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA was one of our favorite Chromebooks when it was released in 2017. But it is just too big and heavy to use as a tablet. ASUS included a 14-inch touchscreen, which is noticeably larger than the 12.5-inch display in the previous model. You'll almost certainly be happy. Kudos to Asus for making a reasonably priced laptop that not only looks good but feels like a million bucks. Here, the Asus lasted for a very good 10 and a half hours. An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. In the Speedometer 2.0 web benchmark, which tests how fast Javascript apps can load, the Chromebook Flip C434 managed a score of 71 compared to the Acer Chromebook 13’s 88.6. We can’t put Chromebooks through quite the same suite of benchmarks as Windows 10 and MacOS laptops, but we can easily tell a well-performing Chromebook from one that falls behind. The Flip weighs in at 3.2 pounds, more than half a pound more than the older model. The C434 has the usual Chromebook connectivity, offering two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, and a microSD card reader. We want to hear what you think. So, we stepped to our web browsing test that runs through a series of popular web sites until the battery runs out. The chrome chamfered edges add a bit of flair, and the chassis bottom has angles in all the right places. The backlit buttons have plenty of travel and remind me a lot of the keyboard on my old MacBook Air. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 is simply a good competitor for Windows and Mac premium laptops. The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a portable 2-in-1 laptop with a premium design, a vivid 1080p display and all-day battery life. That's the kind of thing that happened frequently on older iPads, but it's not something I see often when using the full version of Chrome. We tried a few Android games on the 2-in-1, and they performed as well as on other Chromebooks we’ve tested. That’s exactly as it turned out, although we hit a snag as we began our testing. But we can provide a subjective evaluation, and to our eyes, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434’s display is decidedly average. That all mostly ran fine, but music playing from the Spotify Android app would occasionally skip when I jumped between windows. $800 at Amazon. It’s smooth and comfortable, and it supports all Chrome OS multitouch gestures with reliability and precision – making it among the best Chromebook touchpads around. Our review unit came equipped with the Core i3-8100Y, a dual-core low-power CPU that would leave Windows 10 laptops wishing for more power. May 1, 2019 By Robby Payne Leave a Comment. The HP Chromebook x2, Acer Chromebook 13, and Google Pixelbook all have much better panels that put them in a different class. That makes the Chromebook Flip C434 smaller than other 14-inch Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook 514, and it’s also thin at 0.61 inches and relatively light at 3.1 pounds. The Acer Chromebook 13 was much faster at 4,275 and 8,792 while the Acer Chromebook 514 (Pentium N4200) was much slower at 1,556 and 4,837. Powered by Intel Core processors and a … The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 offers you a great amount of power packed into a solid, simple yet elegant design. Ultimately, the new Chromebook Flip presents a slightly different set of compromises compared to the 2017 model. If you’re looking for a budget Chromebook, look elsewhere, but otherwise this laptop is still one of the best Chrome OS options out there. The review device was supplied to Android Authority by Asus. Does the Chromebook Flip C434 offer anything to entice buyers away from the myriad of competitors? There's a lot to like about this laptop, but it's a little pricey.

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