Asus Chromebook Flip C434: Review
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is easily one of the best Chromebooks available right now, thanks to its great build and design. It offers great value for money and is a versatile, two-in-one machine. This year, it comes with a bigger display, stronger performance, and better battery life. In this detailed Asus Chromebook Flip C434 review, we will discuss every single aspect of this Chromebook and decide why it is considered one of the best Chromebooks today.
So without further ado, let’s begin!
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Body and Design
This ultra-sleek Chromebook features one of the best designs in a matte-silver chassis made out of aluminum, with a chrome trim. At this range, this laptop is as good as you can get. It barely has any bezels surrounding the display as the laptop has an 87% screen-to-body ratio. The Flip C434 is an incredibly compact 14-inch machine featuring a silver keyboard, chrome trims, a sleek touchpad, hinges, and power and volume buttons.
We honestly haven’t seen a laptop as elegant as the Chromebook Flip C434 for this price. It comes with an ErgoLift hinge, a trademark of Asus that keeps the keyboard lifted from the back for an ergonomic typing experience. The Flip C434 is an amazingly lightweight and slim machine weighing only 3.1 lbs.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Price
The base model of Asus Chromebook Flip C434 comes with an Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU and is priced at USD 569. This model features 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. The Chromebook also comes in two more models with Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y CPU with an 8GB RAM and 128GB eMMC storage.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Performance
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 with 4GB RAM would be enough to get all the basic tasks done. For instance, you can easily open several tabs on your browser while working on one, without putting a lot of load on your RAM. The machine scored 6,968 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, leaving behind the average score of the Chromebook category (4,380)]
Overall, the Flip C434 is a pretty decent machine in terms of CPU performance. It is great for students and people who work on their laptops. But in terms of GPU performance, it’s not that legendary.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Display
As we have already discussed, the Flip C434 has incredibly slim bezels, which will be a pleasure for your eyes. It features a 14-inch display with a 1080p touchscreen with bright colors and vivid display quality. It has a glossy and reflective panel which makes it difficult to use out in the sun. With a 93% of sRGB color gamut, the Flip C434 falls behind the x2 and the Pro Chromebooks that have a 114% and a 117% of sRGB color gamut, respectively. However, the Flip C434 has a pretty vibrant panel.
In terms of brightness, its display typically falls under the medium brightness category at 286 nits. Its luminosity is more than that of a typical Chromebook. However, Chromebook x2 and Chromebook Pro have brighter displays.
As far as the touchscreen is concerned, you will enjoy swiping up and down and left and right while using it as a tablet.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Battery Life
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 has a great battery life of up to 9 hours and 58 minutes, which is almost an hour more than its predecessor. Its battery life is even longer than the Chromebook Pro and the Chromebook x2. It’s the best battery time you can get in the Chromebook category.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Durability
What is the ultimate durability test for tech devices? Yes, you guessed that right! The drop test. After dropping multiple Chromebooks, including Flip C434 to check their durability, we unfortunately had to say goodbye to the Chromebook Flip C434 which instantly gave up on us. The laptop’s aluminum body faced sever damage, the buttons on the touchpad broke and the display cracked when dropped from only a height of 3.5 feet on concrete. So if you want to check how durable your Flip C434 is, we definitely do not recommend dropping it on the floor.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Audio
The Flip C434 has amazingly good speaks, pumping out loud sound that can be heard clearly in a big room. It has a less powerful bass which is not as strong as we would prefer. However, the audio quality is crystal clear, even in noisy scenes of a movie. You will be able to distinctly hear the vocals.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Ports
Since the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a slim laptop, it does not have many ports. However, it does have everything you would need, including a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a headphone jack, and a USB-C port on the left of the body, and a microSD card port along with another USB-C port on the right of the body. Both USB-C ports allow you to charge your devices, so you can connect your devices to whichever side of the Chromebook.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Keyboard and Touchpad
The Flip C434 has an island-style backlit keyboard with an ergonomic typing experience. The distance between each of the keys is 1.3 millimeters, slightly shorter than an average laptop. However, its keys are nicely spaced and are large enough for comfortable typing and a tactile click. Our best writer could type 120 words per minute with a 95% accuracy on this keyboard, which is an impressive result on any typing test.
On the other hand, the 4.1 x 2.4-inch touchpad on the Chromebook Flip C434 is Chrome tinted. The touchpad is quite responsive and will respond quickly to your actions. You can also easily use the two-finger swipe thing as well as the pinch-to-zoom feature on this touchpad, without any fails.
If you have read through the entire Asus Chromebook Flip C434 review, then you will know that at this price point, this is easily the best Chromebook you can get. With a sleek and slim design and a bigger and brighter display, it is already better than its predecessor.
You can enjoy great audio quality through its powerful speakers and use it for nearly 10 hours, which is a lot considering the other Chromebooks in the market. Granted – the GPU performance could be better for this price, but it is still a standout two-in-one Chromebook that can convince people to choose it over Windows or Mac.
Overall, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a great two-in-one laptop with impressive results on various tests, and is especially ideal for students. Its battery life and CPU performance are great at this price point. So if you are looking for a no-fuss Chromebook for under $1000, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is the perfect option for you.