In 2019 we saw a lot of manufacturers bringing new Chromebooks to market. One of these manufacturers was Asus who gave us three new models in less than six months. This is obviously great for the Chromebook overall, but it did create some confusion.
One of the most confusing models to be launched was the Asus C425 Chromebook. Just when you would expect all new Chromebooks to at least support a touchscreen display. Asus provides us with a device that is not a Hybrid, which is fine, but no touchscreen, a little odd.
Chrome OS and the Chromebook became extremely popular in 2019 and this will continue into 2020. This means the Chromebook market is starting to get a little crowded. This is why reviews are vital in helping you make the right choice when buying a new Chromebook. So let’s take a look at the Asus C425 Chromebook and see whether you should consider buying this Chromebook in 2020.
The Asus C425 looks nice and this is helped by the aluminium lid. However, once you open the device the aluminium is replaced with plastic. If you’ve owned a device that offers all aluminium you may struggle with this because it does make the Chromebook look and feel a little cheap. That being said, Asus has done a good job in making the Asus C425 look cool, even with all the plastic involved.
One of the strangest things about the C425, which I’ve already touched on is that it does not come with a touchscreen display. This also means it’s not a Hybrid, so you are getting a basic laptop-style device. I’ve struggled a lot lately on whether a Hybrid is that important. There is a place for a Hybrid device, which means you can use the Chromebook as a laptop or tablet. However, I think you can get the most out of Chrome OS without having a Hybrid.
I’m not so confident in saying you’ll get the most out of Chrome OS on a device that does not support a touchscreen. One of the main reasons why the Chromebook has taken off over the last couple of years is the introduction of Android Apps. To make the most out of Android Apps you need a touchscreen, so it limits who would be interested in buying this device.
ASUS C425 PERFORMANCE
You’ll be happy with the performance of the C425. This is thanks to the Intel Core M3 eight-generation processor. It’s capable of a clock speed of 3.9 GHz and a base speed of 1.3 GHz. The 4MB of cache will help speed up tasks that are performed on a regular basis.
The processor means you’ll have no problem using this Chromebook on a daily basis. Whether you’re looking for a Chromebook for typing or using Android Apps. The processor deals with these tasks with ease. You’ll also have no problems multi-tasking.
RAM & STORAGE
The RAM and storage depends on where you live. In the UK the device comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In the USA you get the same amount of storage, but you get a whopping 8GB of RAM.
The storage of 64GB is perfectly fine when you consider who this laptop is aimed at. Also, the 4GB of RAM available in the UK model will allow you to use the Chromebook without too many problems. However, the extra 4GB available in the USA model will mean you’ll get a much better overall performance.
ASUS C425 CHROMEBOOK DISPLAY
The display on offer isn’t too bad for the price. It’s not the brightest display around, so if you need a Chromebook to use out and about in daylight, you may want to look elsewhere. The 14-inch display comes with Asus Nano-Edge technology, which means you get super-thin bezels around the display.
It comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 and the viewing angles are pretty decent. You also get anti-glare, which should help when you’re using the device outside during the day. However, although the anti-glare is a good addition, the overall display brightness lets it down.
If you’re looking for a laptop to use at home then you’ll have no problems. If you need a laptop to take out with you on a daily basis. Even with the anti-glare, you’ll struggle using this device outside in direct daylight.
KEYBOARD AND CONNECTIVITY
One of the best things I love about Asus Chromebooks is the keyboard. You’ll be happy to know the C425 offers the same great keyboard used on the more expensive Asus C434.
It offers a backlight, which means you can use the keyboard day or night. If you need a laptop to do a lot of typing with, then you will definitely not be let down here. The key travel is fantastic and you’ll love typing lots of essays or reports on the C425.
The ports available are adequate for what most people need. You get two USB Type-C ports, which is the future of USB at the moment. You’ll also find an older USB Type-A, so if you still use older peripherals with Type-A you don’t have to worry about any compatibility issues.
If you need to upgrade the storage at a later date you’ll have no problems with the C425. This is thanks to the Micro SD slot, which will make it easy adding extra storage at a later date.
I’m struggling with this device. The main concern I have is that it does not support a touchscreen. Frankly, I find it rather odd that any manufacturer feels this is a good idea in 2020.
If you’re only interested in a laptop then you should not have any issues. However, one of the greatest things about Chrome OS is the ability to use Android Apps. Have you ever tried using Android Apps without a touchscreen? It’s not pretty.
All that to one side. The Asus C425 is a good Chromebook if you’re only looking for a laptop device. The issue though, is that you can get much better devices for the price. If I was buying a laptop running Chrome OS today, it’s unlikely the C425 would be at the top of my list.