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Asus Chromebook range – A device for all budgets

When it comes to Chromebooks one name you have most likely heard of is Asus. Asus has invested a lot of time and money bringing some fantastic Chromebooks to market.

In the last couple of years, they have released so many different Chromebook devices that you’ll find one to suit all budgets.

So let’s take a look at all the Asus Chromebooks you can currently buy. You’ve got the really expensive C436 down to the great value C223. If you’re interested in buying an Asus device then this is a must-read.

THE DIFFERENT RANGE OF ASUS CHROMEBOOKS

We’ve seen a huge surge in more expensive Chromebook devices coming to market in the last couple of years. Some people love this and others feel that Chrome OS is all about cheap laptops.

I think the market has matured enough for us to have different ranges of Chrome OS devices like we are now seeing. It’s true that budget devices do offer great value, but if you want something more then a mid-range or high-range is the best choice.

The Asus C436 Chromebook definitely falls into the high-range category. Just take a look at the price tag and you’ll expect nothing other than high-spec.

So let’s start off with the only high-spec Chromebook currently available from Asus. We’ll then have a look at what you can get from the mid and budget range.


ASUS C436 CHROMEBOOK

Asus C436 Chromebook
Intel i3/i5/i7 10th Generation8GB RAM
i3 – 128GB Storage / i5 – 256GB Storage1,920 x 1,080 Resolution
IPS Panel14-inch Touchscreen Display
Hybrid 2-in-1AUE Date – June 2028

READ THE ASUS C436 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


The C436 is the latest device we’ve seen from Asus. It comes in three different variations starting from an Intel i3 processor all the way up to the Intel i7. These processors are all tenth-generation, which matters because that also impacts the Auto Update policy (AUE).

A recent announcement by Google confirmed Chromebook devices manufactured from 2020 onwards will come with eight years of updates. This is compared to six and a half years for devices made in 2019. So you’re getting an extra one and a half year of updates.

However, this is only the case if the hardware used in the device is also the latest available. This is why Chromebook devices offering the latest generation processor is important. If the Asus C436 had an eight-generation processor then it would only have six and a half year of updates.

In the USA the Intel i3 is the most widely available model and in the UK the Intel i5 is more common. Obviously the i5 version is a lot more expensive than the i3, and the i7 is the most expensive out of all the models available.

The Asus C436 device comes with 8GB of RAM as standard and is lightweight thanks to the magnesium body. Although the display is great. It does not have any technical advantages over some cheaper Asus Chromebooks. So you’ll have to decide whether the jump in performance and magnesium body warrants the price tag.

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ASUS C434 CHROMEBOOK

Asus C434 Chromebook
Intel Core M3 Eighth Generation4GB RAM
128GB Storage1,920 x 1,080 Resolution
IPS panel14-inch Touchscreen display
Hybrid 2-in-1AUE Date – June 2026

READ THE ASUS C434 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


The Asus C434 is the next model down from the Asus C436 device. The price of this Chromebook though is much cheaper.

The basic model comes with an Intel M3 processor, which is great for most tasks you’ll want to do on your device. You can now get the Asus C434 with a higher spec processor, but this increases the price.

The C434 was the replacement to the Asus C302 Chromebook, which was and still is a very good Hybrid laptop. Luckily, the C434 lived up to its name and is definitely a Chromebook to consider.

The display and look of the C434 are almost identical to the more expensive C436. However, the C436 has a magnesium body compared to an aluminium body you get with the C434, which makes the C434 heavier.

It also comes with 4GB of RAM compared to 8GB. This could have an impact on performance if you’re using really advanced Android App games. Also, in the future, if we get more Linux apps that extra RAM will come in handy.

The Asus C434 Chromebook definitely offers better value for money compared to the C436. So if you don’t need the extra power or RAM, then the C434 is the one to go for.

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ASUS C433 CHROMEBOOK

Asus C433 chromebook
Intel Core M3 Eighth generation4GB RAM
64GB Storage1,920 x 1,080 Resolution
IPS Panel14-inch Touchscreen display
Hybrid 2-in-1AUE Date – June 2026

READ THE ASUS C433 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


The Asus C433 Chromebook was released by Asus shortly after the C434. I’m unsure why they decided to do this because it did cause a bit of confusion. Also, there is not much difference between the two models.

You can now get the Asus C434 with higher specs, which includes a faster processor and 8GB of RAM. However, if you just look at the entry-level model the only difference is the amount of storage. You get double the amount of storage from the C434 compared to the C433.

When it comes to the build quality the C433 differs because it’s plastic inside. The lid is aluminium, but the rest of the body is plastic. This is a real shame because I personally like the slab-like look of the C433 compared to the C434 and C436.

I’m not really sure the plastic inside should put you off though, as this is still a great device. The aluminium lid still ensures it looks the part.

It’s difficult to choose between the C434 and C433 and I guess it all depends on availability and price when you’re making the purchase. If you can get your hands on the C433 for less money and the plastic does not put you off. Then I’d possibly go for the C433.

The C434 does come with twice the amount of storage though, so that may be the deciding factor for some. Both devices come with a Micro SD slot, which makes it easy to add further storage at a later date.

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ASUS C425 CHROMEBOOK

Asus C425 Chromebook
Intel Core M3 Eighth generation4GB RAM
64GB Storage1,920 x 1,080 Resolution
IPS Panel14-inch Display
LaptopAUE Date – June 2026

READ THE ASUS C425 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


Just to confuse us, even more, Asus launched the C425. It looks very similar to the C434, but just like the C433 it comes with an aluminium lid and the rest of the chassis is plastic.

You get the same processor, so you’ll not see any difference in the performance. The entry-level model comes with 4GB of RAM, but you can now find these with 8GB of RAM.

The storage on the C433 is 64GB, which is the same as the C433, but is less than the 128GB available on the C434. Again, this is the entry-level model, so you may find models that come with more storage.

Unlike all the Chromebook devices we’ve looked at so far the C425 is not a Hybrid. This means it’s a laptop and cannot be used as a tablet. This would not really put me off, however, something does put me off this device.

The strangest decision Asus made was not to offer a touchscreen. It just makes no sense to me whatsoever. I guess they assumed because it isn’t a Hybrid they don’t need to offer a touchscreen.

I think this was the wrong decision. It’s capable of Android Apps, which you can use in laptop mode exactly the same as in tablet mode. The issue is have you ever tried using Android Apps without a touchscreen? It’s a horrible experience.

For this reason, I could never recommend this device if you’re intending to use Android Apps. If Android Apps is not important to you, then it may be the right choice. That is only true though if you can pick it up at a much cheaper price than the Asus C433 Chromebook. I’d expect a touchscreen at this price.

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ASUS C302 CHROMEBOOK

The Asus Chromebook Flip C302
Intel Dual Core M34GB RAM
64GB Storage1,920 x 1,080 Resolution
IPS Panel12.5-inch Touchscreen display
HybridAUE Date – June 2023

READ THE ASUS C302 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


If you’ve been following Chromebooks for some time then the Asus C302 should not need any introduction. This was once my favourite Chromebook and is still a fantastic device in 2020.

Apart from the more expensive Pixel Chromebook, this was the device of choice for most people before the launch of the C434. In fact, it wasn’t until we saw the launch of the C434 that the Chromebook market started to take off again.

It had become a little stagnated, which meant the Asus C302 Flip was considered one of the best devices for some time.

It’s a great-looking slim slab-like device with nice curved edges, which make it really comfortable to hold. The slightly smaller 12.5-inch display also means it’s more suitable to take out and about with you.

It’s also one of the first Hybrid devices to launch and it works as a laptop or tablet without any issues. The keyboard is great for typing, so it’s a good option for anyone wanting a laptop for word processing.

It performs perfectly fine with the processor and RAM it comes with. You’ll have no problems with Android Apps. It’s no longer the choice for many because it’s getting old now. So you need to remember the AUE date if considering this device.

That being said, it’s still available to purchase both in the UK and USA and still sells well.

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ASUS C523 CHROMEBOOK

Asus C523 Chromebook
Intel Celeron4GB RAM
64GB Storage1,366 x 768 Resolution
TN Panel15.6-inch Display
LaptopAUE Date – June 2024

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So far we’ve looked at the high-spec and medium-spec Asus Chromebooks available. The Asus C523 is the first budget-range device we will be taking a look at.

The main difference with this Chromebook is the display. That’s because it comes with a whopping 15.6-inch screen. The problem is that a lot of budget devices are let down when it comes to the display. Unfortunately, the C523 is one of them.

The resolution is 1,366 x 768, so you’re not getting true HD of 1,920 x 1,080. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was on a much smaller display. However, a 15.6-inch display with such a low resolution is never going to look that pretty.

Also, the display panel is not an IPS. If the display lacks IPS or another technology that provides the same qualities. Then you need to be prepared for poor viewing angles. This is just a laptop, so if you’re after a Hybrid this is not the one for you.

It comes with an Intel Celeron processor, which is pretty standard on budget Chromebooks. It’s got a decent amount of RAM and storage.

I would only buy this laptop if you’re not that interested in touchscreen and not too bothered about the display quality. If you need a budget device with a 15.6-inch display. Then this may be perfect for your needs.

As with most budget devices, the chassis is plastic all over. I would not let that put you off though if you’re on the look out for a Chromebook with a low price tag.

It has a good selection of ports with two Type-C and one older Type-A USB. It also comes with a Micro SD slot should you want to add extra storage at a later date.

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ASUS C423 CHROMEBOOK

Asus C423 Chromebook
Intel Celeron4GB RAM
32GB Storage1,366 x 768 Resolution
TN Panel14-inch Display
LaptopAUE Date – June 2024

READ THE ASUS C423 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


The Asus C423 is another budget device but this time it comes with a more standard 14-inch display.

It’s a nice looking well-built device for the price and those slim bezels around the display make it look more expensive than it actually is.

It comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. This Chromebook was launched before Hybrid devices really took off for 14-inch devices. So you’ll not want to buy this device if you’re looking for a Hybrid. This also means the display is not a touchscreen.

It’s a perfect device if you want a cheap 14-inch budget Chromebook. That being said, again, it’s let down when it comes to the display quality. A lack of IPS panel and low resolution means you’ll be let down on the display front.

If you’re not that interested in the display quality and just want a budget device to surf the web or word process. Then this may be the ideal Chromebook for you.

However, if the display is important then you’d most likely want to look elsewhere. This is the problem with a lot of budget devices. They are always let down by the display quality.


ASUS C223 CHROMEBOOK

Asus Chromebook C223
Intel Celeron4GB RAM
32GB Storage1,366 x 768 Resolution
TN Panel11.6-inch Display
LaptopAUE Date – June 2024

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So now we get to the smaller 11.6-inch display of the Asus C223. A few years ago we saw a huge amount of budget Chromebooks with a 12-inch display or less.

These devices are perfect if you want a cheap Chromebook to take out and about with you. Also, the Asus C223 is a lightweight device weighing in at just 2.2lbs/1kg.

I’m sure you know what is coming next, yes, the display isn’t that great. The resolution of 1,366 x 768 is perfectly fine for a display size of 11.6-inches. That’s not the problem. Again, it’s the fact that it lacks an IPS panel.

However, we do need to be a little realistic here. Most budget Chromebooks are let down by the display quality. If you can accept that compromise then this is perfect for an on the move Chrome OS experience.

It comes with 4GB of RAM, which is more than enough for a device with an Intel Celeron processor. It also comes with 32GB of storage, which is pretty decent in this price range.

It has an all-over plastic chassis but when it comes to looks. Well, it’s a perfectly decent looking device. It’s super slim and lightweight, so if you want a cheap device that you don’t have to worry about damaging too much. Then you may be happy with what’s on offer here.

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ASUS C214/C204 CHROMEBOOK

Intel Celeron4GB RAM
32GB Storage1366 x 768 Resolution
TN Panel11.6-inch Display (Touchscreen C214)
C204 – Laptop / C214 – HybridAUE Date – June 2026

This Chromebook has been made to last and is perfect for using on the move. This is because it has gone through rigorous checks and conforms to US Military Grade MIL-STD 810G.

That all sounds very exciting, but Asus state because of this the Chromebook is very tough and durable. It’s been made with education in mind, but this little device would be suitable for anyone.

There are two different versions. The C214 is a Hybrid and the C204 is a laptop, so you need to be careful about which one you’re buying.

I really like the look of this laptop. The textured cover to help with protecting the Chromebook also adds to the look. It’s got a great AUE date of June 2026, which is the best for all the 11.6-inch laptops here.

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ASUS C202 CHROMEBOOK

Asus C202 Chromebook
Intel Celeron2GB RAM
16GB Storage1,366 x 768 Resolution
TN Panel11.6-inch Display
LaptopAUE Date – June 2022

READ THE ASUS C202 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


So I think we’ve already established all of the budget devices discussed here are let down by the display. So I’ll get it over with now, you should not expect anything different with the Asus C202.

Just concentrating on its floors though would not be fair to this little device. Yes, it only comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which really shows its age, so don’t think about Android Apps because you’ll not find it on this laptop.

What makes this Chromebook so great is how tough and durable it is. This is definitely a laptop that was made for people who wanted something cheap they could throw around when out on the road.

Perfect if you just intend on surfing the internet or do the occasional typing. I like the look of this Chromebook. It offers something totally different from all the other laptops here when it comes to looks. You can just tell it will be able to take a few knocks along the way with no problem.

I don’t know about you, but that is just what I want when I’m travelling somewhere. I don’t want to worry about damaging a really expensive laptop if I’m going to spend a weekend away. It’s just cute looking and is still available to buy.

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ASUS C101 CHROMEBOOK

Asus Flip C101 Chromebook
Rockchip Cortex4GB RAM
16GB Storage1,280 x 800 Resolution
TN Panel10.1-inch Display
HybridAUE Date – Aug 2023

READ THE ASUS C101 CHROMEBOOK REVIEW


This is the only budget Chromebook from Asus that offers a Hybrid 2-in-1 design. This is a strange one though and is no longer available to buy from new. So if you’re interested you’d have to find it on the second-hand market.

It’s great that you get a Hybrid design at such a cheap price, but it’s not the nicest looking device you’d ever come across. It looks perfectly fine on the outside, but those huge bezels around the display make it look like a plastic toy.

It’s also the only budget laptop here that does not come with an Intel Celeron processor. Instead, Asus opted for a Rockchip Cortex. It does, however, come with 4GB of RAM, which is a nice touch for such a cheap price.

It’s a super lightweight Chromebook as it weighs in at just 1.9lbs/900g, which makes it the lightest device we’ve looked at.

If you’re looking for a budget hybrid laptop then you can find better elsewhere. Take a look at the best budget Hybrid Chromebooks. This device never really excited me much if I’m being honest, but it was a good attempt at offering a Hybrid at a decent price.

CONCLUSION

So that is a look at all the Asus Chromebooks that have been released up until now. Asus is definitely a manufacturer that has invested in the Chromebook and Chrome OS.

You’ll find a one to suit all budgets and needs, which is what makes Asus Chromebooks so popular.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the budget Asus laptops though they are all let down by the poor displays. This is something you need to consider before making any purchase.

The mid-range Chromebooks is what Asus does best. The C434 and C433 are great and offer everything most of us would ever need.

I’m not too sure about the C436. Personally, I don’t think it offers much more than what you get from the C434. I just can’t warrant that hefty price tag.

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