ASUS CX5400 14-inch Intel i3 Chromebook for just £499.99

By - Dan Millward

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The Asus CX5400 is at the higher end of the medium range of Chromebooks. If you’re looking for a new laptop but want a laptop that has great build quality and performance to match. Then the Asus CX5400 is one you may want to take a look at.

The build quality as you would expect from Asus is excellent. The laptop not only looks really cool with its all-over aluminium silver casing. It’s pretty thin considering it’s a Hybrid 2-in-1 and weighs in at just over 1.4kg.

This Chromebook with its 14-inch display is the smaller version of the Asus CX5, which comes with a 15.6-inch display. I own the larger model, but I think it may be a bit too big for most people. Although the large 15.6-inch display is great for gaming. It does make carrying the laptop around difficult.

The Stylus has its own chargeable docking station

Where I think the Asus CX5 model wins is on design. I much prefer the ceramic white lid and black interior you get with the Asus CX5. The colour contrast looks really cool and it’s something that attracted me to the Asus CX5.

However, the 14-inch model has its own docking station for the Stylus. This is much better because it isn’t something you get with the larger model. You get a stylus but it does not come with its own docking station. Also, the stylus on the 15.6-inch model needs to have its battery replaced.

Because the 14-inch model comes with a docking station. It not only gives you a convenient place to put your pen. It also charges the pen to full charge within 45 minutes. This is great if you’ll be intending to use the Stylus on a regular basis.

Asus CX5400 Performance

The performance you’re going to get from this Chromebook is more than enough for most users. In fact, you’ll be getting a super-fast laptop thanks to its eleventh-generation Intel i3 processor. It has a base speed of 2.5 GHz with a turbo boost of 3.9 GHz.

Asus CX5400 Chromebook in laptop mode
Asus CX5400 Hybrid 2-in-1 Chromebook

Although this is a super-powerful laptop it isn’t a Chromebook that will currently work with Linux Steam Alpha. The main reason for this is because the i3 model is dual-core, and you’d need the more powerful i5 model that comes with a quad-core.

The 8GB of RAM is more than enough and will definitely help when you’re multitasking. It’s the ideal amount of RAM for the processor used here. Find out more about how much RAM you need for a Chromebook.

256GB of storage

The 256GB of storage is huge for a Chrome OS computer. You’ll never have the issue of running out of space. My Asus CX5 Chromebook comes with the same amount of storage. What I like about having this much storage is that you can allocate a lot more storage to Linux.

I decided to install Linux on my Chromebook and allocated 100GB of storage space to it. This left me with 156GB for Chrome OS, Android Apps, and my downloads folder. I would not necessarily recommend storing too much in your downloads folder. However, it’s good to have storage space there for when you need it.

The storage is also SSD, which is much faster and more reliable than the cheaper eMMC storage. You’ll notice the difference when it comes to installing and uninstalling large Linux programs. It’s much quicker when doing this with SSD storage compared to eMMC. Large files will also transfer quicker.

Find out how much I managed to install on a Chromebook with 32GB of storage. I think you’ll be surprised by the results.

Asus CX5400 Display

The display at 14-inches is the largest I’d recommend when it comes to a Hybrid. As I’ve already said my Asus CX5 15.6-inch display feels too big to easily carry around and use as a tablet. The 14-inch model should feel a lot more comfortable to handle.

It comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which is the perfect resolution size for this display. The IPS panel also means you’ll get great viewing angles and the colours will just pop. Much better than a cheaper TN panel, which can be pretty dull looking and are unusable when used at an angle.

Asus CX5400 with stylus
Full HD touchscreen display with built-in Stylus

It’s a hybrid, which means it can be used as a tablet, so it has a touchscreen display. I’ve never been a huge fan of using a Hybrid Chromebook in tablet mode, but the touchscreen is essential for using all types of Android Apps.

Generally speaking, a Hybrid 2-in-1 does not feel necessary to me. However, this changes when the Chromebook has stylus capability. Using a stylus in tablet mode is far better than in laptop mode. It feels more natural as you feel like you’re drawing on paper. Therefore, a Hybrid is a great option when a Stylus is included.

Should you buy this Chromebook?

If you’re after a 14-inch laptop that looks great and has excellent performance. Then you may want to check out this deal. The included stylus is a great additional extra, which is something I use a lot with my Asus CX5.

The Asus CX5400 Stylus has its own docking station, so you’ll not have the issue of losing your pen. The fact it also charges the stylus when docked means it’s a much better thought-out design compared to the CX5.

I’d definitely recommend taking a look at this Chromebook at the discounted price. You can currently buy the Asus CX5400 from Argos for just £499.99.

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