When it comes to Chromebooks one of the biggest names is Asus. They’ve provided plenty of budget and medium-spec devices over the years. The Asus CX1100 is one of their budget Chrome OS laptops. Making it ideal for anyone who wants a laptop without spending too much money. It’s great to see even ten years after the Chromebook was launched. You can still get your hands on a budget device at a very reasonable price.
Chrome OS has made it possible for people around the world to own a laptop without having to spend a fortune. The reason why budget Chromebooks are so popular is due to the price and performance. Even though budget laptops running Chrome OS usually come with low specs. This isn’t an issue when it comes to daily use because Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system.
The Asus CX1100 is a great option for anyone and is perfect for school children. I say this because it’s nice and compact thanks to the 11.6-inch display. Also, it has passed the military standard certification MIL-STD 810H. This means it can take a few knocks and falls along the way and still work as normal. This is really important for children who may be a little rough with their laptops.
Asus CX1100 Build Quality
This Chromebook looks great. It has the typical silver finish you tend to see on many laptops, but this isn’t a criticism because it looks pretty cool. It’s a budget laptop, so the whole of the chassis is plastic. This isn’t any major issue because most budget laptops at this price come in plastic. Also, the plastic body helps to keep the weight low at just 2.65lbs / 1.2kg. Making it a perfect laptop to throw in your bag and forget about it.
It’s a laptop only device, which means you cannot use it as a tablet. That being said, the display can be lay flat on the table, which is a nice little touch. Considering the weight and the military grading this laptop has achieved. You’ll be confident to take this travelling with you because you’ll not have to worry about it getting damaged easily.
Asus CX1 Performance
The laptop uses an Intel Celeron N3350 processor. This is a budget processor and is common to see in many budget laptops. At this price, you wouldn’t expect to see anything better than the processor used here. It has a base speed of 1.1 GHz and a turbo speed of 2.4 GHz. It also comes with 4 GB of RAM, which is the perfect amount of RAM for a lot of tasks. Many believe you need more than 4 GB of RAM for a laptop in 2021. However, this simply isn’t the case. 4 GB of RAM when using a Chrome OS computer is more than enough for the majority of tasks.
If you’re looking for a laptop for word processing or spreadsheets then this will more than cope with such tasks. It’s the same when it comes to surfing the internet, streaming movies or using social media. When you think about it. That’s what most of us want a laptop for. Even Android apps will work on this laptop, but they may take a while to load compared to a laptop with a faster processor.
|Intel Celeron Processor
1.1 GHz / Turbo 2.4 GHz
|4 GB RAM
When it comes to storage there are two options available. The cheaper laptop comes with 32 GB and the slightly more expensive one has 64 GB of storage. The 32 GB of storage is fine for anyone who isn’t too interested in installing a lot of Android Apps. The Chromebook is a cloud computer, so you should be saving most of your files in the cloud. You get 15 GB of cloud storage for free, which makes it easy to get used to saving all of your files in the cloud.
The only reason you need local storage is for the operating system and Android Apps. Providing you’re only going to be installing about 15 to 20 apps. You’ll find the 32 GB version is fine. If on the other hand, you think you may want to install more Android apps than this. Then you may want to opt for the 64 GB version. It’s a better option because it will make your laptop more future proof.
It’s also worth noting. If you’ll be installing a music app such as Spotify. If you want to download music rather than streaming it. Any of the music you download will also take up local storage. Therefore, if you’re a music lover. I’d definitely recommend choosing the laptop with 64 GB of storage.
|32 GB eMMC
|64 GB eMMC
Asus CX1 Display
To help keep the laptop nice and compact Asus has used an 11.6-inch display. This makes it the ideal laptop to use on the move. However, it’s important to remember any display of this size at this price will only use a Standard Definition of 1,366 by 768. If you’re looking for a laptop offering Full HD 1080p you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Although it’s nice to have a Full HD laptop. You’ve got to consider the price you can get this laptop for. You’ll not find any laptop at this price with an 11.6-inch display offering Full HD. It simply isn’t possible. Also, the standard definition on an 11.6-inch display doesn’t look too bad.
One thing you do need to think about is the display quality. Unfortunately, a lot of budget laptops use a TN panel. These panels only offer average display quality. You need to be sitting right in front of the display to see the visuals. The moment you move from the centre, then you’ll see the image deteriorate.
This doesn’t mean the display is awful. However, it certainly will not make you go wow either. For that, you’d need an IPS panel, which offers much better viewing angles and colours and images look more true to life. The Asus CX1 does not come with a touchscreen. If you want to use Android apps that need a touchscreen. Then you should be looking elsewhere.
|1,366 x 768 (SD)
The Connectivity available
When it comes to connectivity you’ll be happy to know this laptop has an older USB A port and the newer USB Type C port. The reason why this is important is for anyone who owns older peripherals, which use Type-A. Because it has a USB A port you will not need to worry about upgrading your older peripherals such as a mouse or external keyboard.
The USB Type C port is great for new peripherals that only support Type C. Having both available on the Asus CX1 is good to see. Also, the USB Type C port can be used to charge your laptop and connect it to an external display. It comes with one USB A port and two newer USB Type C ports.
Although it’s best to try and store most of your files in the cloud. If you do like to store files locally. Then you do have the option to upgrade the storage because it comes with a Micro SD slot. This allows you to easily add cheap storage to your Chromebook at a later date. The headphone/microphone jack allows you to use wired headphones and it also has Bluetooth if you prefer wireless headphones.
|Micro SD slot
Is this the Chromebook for you?
If you’re looking for a cheap laptop that will take a few knocks and bangs along the way. Then you may be interested in this laptop. The compact size and low weight make it perfect for anyone who needs a laptop to use outside of the home. The military standard certification makes it ideal for school children who may be a little rough with their tech.
If you’re looking for a laptop for the basics such as internet surfing and word processing. Then this laptop will cope with those tasks perfectly. You’ll even be able to use Android apps, but you need to remember it has no touchscreen. The display is acceptable but you should not expect to be blown away by it. For the price, it’s a pretty decent Chrome OS laptop. It’s available at Argos in the UK, and for USA readers you’ll find a link below.
Where to buy
Below is a list of some of the retailers who sell Chromebooks:
Chromebook retailers (UK)
Chromebook retailers (USA)
Chromebook retailers (Canada)
Chromebook retailers (Australia)