You would think in this current climate with the cost of living crisis where prices are going up everywhere. That you would find it hard to get a deal when buying a new laptop. Well, this is certainly not the case, as you can get your hands on a brand new 14-inch Asus Chromebook for just £149.
That’s a huge saving on the original retail price of £249, so you’ll be saving yourself £100. You can’t really complain about that considering most prices for other goods are going up in price.
Before going into more detail about where you can get this deal. It would be a good idea to first check whether this Chromebook is suitable for you.
Asus CX1400CNA 14-inch Chromebook
The Asus CX14 is a budget laptop considering it normally retails at £249. Therefore, it’s a perfect choice for anyone who is looking for a new laptop without spending too much money.
The great thing about Chromebooks is that you don’t need to spend too much money to get a decent-performing laptop. The Chromebook runs on Chrome OS, which is lightweight and secure. Therefore, you can get most things done using a Chromebook even if the processor isn’t super powerful.
What I like about the Asus CX14 Chromebook is that it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. This is down to the silver outer casing, which looks cool and sophisticated. It’s pretty thin as well at just 19mm, which is impressive, and it’s a nice compact laptop considering the display size of 14-inches. Weighing just 1.5kg means you can easily take this out and about with you without it weighing you down too much.
It comes with an Intel Celeron dual-core N3350 processor with a base speed of 1.1 GHz and a turbo speed of 2.4 GHz. Although this is a budget processor it will easily handle daily tasks such as internet surfing, word processing, watching YouTube movies and catching up on your social media.
Most Android apps should work without too many issues, but if you like advanced Android apps such as games with superior graphics. Then you may find these types of apps will perform a little slower or possibly not at all. Normal day-to-day Android apps should work just fine.
It comes with 4GB of RAM, which is more than enough for what you’d be doing with this laptop. It may not sound like a lot, but you don’t need any more when using Chrome OS. Sure, if you want to take advantage of multi-tasking or using Linux apps, you’d possibly want more RAM. However, for everyday use, the 4GB of RAM is absolutely fine. Find out more about how much RAM you need for your Chromebook.
What I love most about Chromebooks is they perform well whether you’re using a budget laptop or a more expensive device. You’ll not experience any slow booting times and the performance does not deteriorate over time.
Asus CX14 Storage
You don’t need as much storage with a Chromebook as you would with a Microsoft laptop. This is because it’s a cloud computer, and is designed to do most things in the cloud.
Also, the Chromebook makes it really easy to save your files in the cloud using Google Drive. To use a Chromebook you need a Google account, which you can create for free. This gives you access to a Gmail account and 15GB of cloud storage and it doesn’t cost you a penny.
The Asus CX14 comes with 64GB of storage. That may not sound like a lot, but when you consider your local storage is only used up by Android apps and any files you download from the internet. You can comfortably get on with what you need to do without any issues around storage. The Chromebox I use on a daily basis comes with 64GB of storage, and I’ve never had storage issues. It would be a different story if you’d like to use Linux apps, but this Chromebook isn’t the one for you if that is what you’re intending to use it for. Find out more about Linux apps on the Chromebook.
Asus CX14 Display
The display is 14-inches, which is the most popular size for a laptop. It’s a TN panel rather than the more expensive IPS panel. If you’re looking for a laptop with a great display then this is possibly not the one for you. Although a TN panel is perfectly fine to use. They aren’t the best when viewing at an angle and the images don’t look as true-to-life as you get with an IPS display.
The one benefit of a TN panel over an IPS panel is that they are better if you’ll be using your laptop outside a lot. This is because they don’t have the same issue with reflections as you get with an IPS display. To take a look at the difference between an IPS and TN panel. I’ve created a video, which shows you the difference between both panels. This should help you decide whether this is something that will concern you.
Something else worth noting about the display is the resolution. Considering the display is 14-inches it would have been much better if it offered a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. Instead, it comes with a resolution of 1,366 x 768, which works much better on a smaller 11-inch display. This may put some people off, as it means the text and images may look much bigger than you would want.
The AUE Date
All Chromebooks come with an AUE date. After this date, your device will no longer receive Chrome OS updates. The Asus CX14 stops receiving updates in June 2024, so any updates to Chrome OS after this date will not be rolled out to this device.
This isn’t a major issue if you’re not too concerned about getting the latest features. You can still use your Chromebook safely after this date thanks to Lacros. Find out more about how to safely use your Chromebook after the AUE Date.
If you’d prefer to receive Chrome OS updates for longer than this. Then you’d be better looking for a different Chromebook with a later AUE date. Check Chromebook AUE dates.
Is this Chromebook for you?
Whether this Chromebook is the one for you is all about what you’re looking for. If you want a cheap laptop that will do all the basics without any issues, then at £149 this isn’t a bad deal. It’s got a decent build quality and you’ll have no issues around performance for daily tasks.
What may be an issue for some people is the display. Personally speaking, a laptop of any kind with a 14-inch display will look much better if it offers Full HD resolution. Also, the TN panel used isn’t going to blow you away either compared to an IPS panel. It’s really a question of whether having a fantastic display is important to you or whether getting a great deal is more important. It’s worth remembering most budget laptops come with a TN panel, so you may not see this as a problem.
A few years ago the AUE date was a much bigger thing than it is today. This is because it was argued they were unsafe to use after the AUE date had expired. However, as I’ve mentioned above this is no longer the case. You can still use your Chromebook safely if you enable Lacros. You will, however, not receive any future updates to Chrome OS, so you’ll miss out on any new features.
Where to get this deal
If you’re interested in getting your hands on the Asus CX14 Chromebook. You can find out more on the AO.COM website for just £149. This was the price it was available at when writing this article. Therefore, I cannot guarantee this price will not change in the future.