It’s been a busy year for the Chromebook with many manufacturers releasing new devices. The news that Asus had launched a brand new Chromebook, the C425 was a bit of a shock, as there was hardly any media attention around it. So let’s take a look at the new Asus C425 Chromebook to see if you need to add it to your wishlist.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS CHROMEBOOK IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE UK
Head on over to Amazon and you’ll find the Asus C425 Chromebook already available to buy. The first thing you’ll notice is that it looks very similar to the Asus C434. In fact, it looks almost identical. Do not let this fool you though because they may look alike but are different in many ways.
AT FIRST GLANCE IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE C434
The C425 Chromebook is almost identical to the Asus C434 when closed. You only start to realise the differences when you open the lid. Unlike the Asus C434 the C425 is plastic apart from the lid, which is aluminium. It still looks great but it’s the first sign that this device is designed to come with a lower price tag than the C434.
Another difference is the touchpad, which is much larger than the C434. You’ll be happy to know the keyboard is the same, which is great because it’s one of the best keyboards available on a Chromebook.
When it comes to connectivity you get the same as the C434; one older USB port and two of the newer Type-C USB connections. The Micro SD slot also means you can add further storage at a later date without too many problems.
THIS IS NOT A HYBRID
One of the biggest differences is that the C425 is not a Hybrid Chromebook. What you’re getting here is a laptop device. This appears to be a rather strange decision because if you’re wanting to take advantage of Android Apps, then having a Hybrid is the better option. If you’re looking for a Hybrid on a budget then take a look at the Best Budget Hybrid Chromebook in 2019.
Also, it does not come with a touchscreen display, which means the amount of Android Apps you could use on the device will be extremely limited.
The display is still really nice and comes with a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The 14-inch display also comes with an IPS panel, so there will be no complaints about the quality of images.
RAM & STORAGE
The amount of RAM that comes as standard has been doubled to 8GB when comparing to the Asus C434. The storage available is 64GB, which will be more than enough on a device that is anti-Android Apps.
Having that extra 4GB of RAM is definitely a good thing to see. This would greatly improve multi-tasking. The only issue with this is that the Asus C434 is now available both in the UK and USA with 8GB of RAM. This raises the question of who the C425 is targeted at?
IT CANNOT COMPETE WITH OTHER 14-INCH CHROMEBOOKS
Because the Asus C425 looks almost identical to the C434 you cannot help but to immediately compare the two devices. This is probably a mistake because they both offer completely different functionality.
The C425 appears to be targeting people who are looking for a 14-inch Chromebook laptop. There is an audience out there who do prefer a laptop and are not that interested in a Hybrid device.
However, when you look at other 14-inch laptops available, the C425 cannot compete against them for two main reasons. Firstly, it’s more expensive than the current 14-inch laptops. Secondly, and more importantly, it does not offer touchscreen capability.
This really limits the market for the C425. I can only assume it is aimed at the business market, as I fail to see why someone would want a Chromebook that is going to struggle with Android Apps. The 14-inch laptop from Acer offers much more at a cheaper price.