Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last twelve months you would have noticed that a lot of decent Chromebooks have been released recently.
This is fantastic news for anyone looking to buy a Chromebook because there has never been a better time to upgrade or make your first move to Chrome OS and the Chromebook.
Having the extra choice between devices is great but it can also mean it’s difficult to choose the right Chromebook for you. In this direct detailed comparison between the Asus C434 and Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebooks, you’ll find out everything you need to know before making your buying decision.
Both of these devices are high-end, so you should not expect too many shortfalls from either. If you’re still unsure after reading this comparison review that either is right for you. Then why not take a look at the top ten Chromebooks to buy in 2019. This top ten list was carefully put together taking into consideration all of the high-end Chromebooks currently available.
Now let’s get on with the direct comparison between these two awesome Chromebooks.
ASUS C434 vs DELL INSPIRON 14 – BUILD QUALITY
Both the Asus C434 and Dell Inspiron 14 are well built and sturdy Chromebooks. The main difference between the two is the overlook look and feel. If how a Chromebook looks is important to you then it might just come down to a matter of taste. However, that being said, I personally feel there is one solid winner when it comes to looks alone.
The Asus C434 offers an all over aluminium silver chassis, which makes the Chromebook look a lot more expensive than it actually is. You’ll definitely be the proud owner if you get this laptop out in your local coffee shop.
It comes with a 14-inch display, which is the ideal display size for most laptops. A 14-inch display can put some people off due to portability. However, Asus has managed to pack this into a chassis that is little over 13-inches and this is thanks to the tiny bezels around the display.
The nano-edge technology used to provide such tiny bezels on all sides of the display is the main reason why it fits into such a compact chassis. This not only means you are getting a 14-inch Chromebook that is small enough to be portable. It also looks damn good too. I’ve always had an issue with laptops that have huge great bezels around the display as it makes any laptop look cheap.
As you would expect in this price range the Asus C434 is a full hybrid 2-in-1 device. This means the lid can rotate a full 360 degrees turning the laptop into a tablet. Using a Chromebook in tablet mode is getting better with every update of Chrome OS and works really well with the Asus C434. Again, those thin bezels really work well in tablet mode. You’re just faced with a display with very little else, which makes the visuals really stand out.
If you’re buying a Chromebook with the intention of doing a lot of typing then you’ll be really happy with what is on offer. The keyboard on the Asus C434 is the same as the Asus C302 and is great if you need to do long typing sessions. The key travel is perfect, which you will notice more and more as you type with the Asus C434.
There has been some criticism of the silver keys making it difficult to see the letters on the keyboard. Personally, I’ve not had this problem but that may be something to do with being able to touch type, so I never need to look at the keys when typing. If you do regularly need to look at the keys, then you may want to consider this. However, I cannot see this being too much of an issue as the keyboard has a backlight.
Dell Inspiron 14
The Dell Inspiron 14 also offers an all over aluminium chassis but in black rather than silver. It looks really cool and elegant and comes with a 14-inch display. When it comes to portability the Dell is a good option when looking at dimensions alone. This is because they have also managed to fit a 14-inch display into a nice compact chassis.
However, the Dell Inspiron 14 is heavier than the C434 at 1.80kg, which is a lot more than the Asus at 1.45kg. The main reason for the extra weight is due to the display on the Dell being really tough. This is great because it’s not a delicate display by any means. This was necessary as the Dell comes with a stylus included, so having a display that can take the pressure of the stylus is necessary.
The bezels around the display are not as impressive, which is mainly due to the top and bottom bezels being a lot larger than what is on offer from the C434. Although the bezels do not make the Dell 14 look ugly, it certainly does not have the same wow factor as the Asus C434.
It also comes with a hinge that allows for 360 degrees rotation, which means you can use it as a laptop or tablet. This is perfect for anyone wanting a Chromebook that can be used for all occasions. Also, the stylus makes the tablet functionality on the Dell Inspiron 14 more useful, as you can truly get into design work while using the stylus in tablet mode. It feels more natural than using a stylus when the device is set up as a laptop.
Again, the keyboard is great and you’ll have no problems with typing on the Inspiron 14 Chromebook. However, I personally feel the Asus C434 offers a better keyboard. The difference isn’t too dramatic for occasional typing. However, if you’ll be typing a lot of essays, for example, then I would be heading towards the C434 over what is on offer from the Dell.
BUILD QUALITY WINNER: The Asus C434
Although both devices offer a great build quality the Asus C434 feels and looks like a much more expensive device. The fantastically thin bezels around the display not only look amazing but manages to get you much more involved with whatever you’re doing.
The weight is also a factor for anyone wanting to use the Chromebook on the move. A 14-inch Chromebook weighing 1.80kg may be too much for some. Yes, if a stylus is important then the extra weight can definitely be justified. However, if you have little need for the stylus, then the difference in weight is something to consider.
Another lovely touch with the Asus C434 is how the display lifts up the keyboard when used as a laptop. This slightly elevated keyboard makes typing much easier than a keyboard that is parallel to the surface it’s resting on.
ASUS C434 vs DELL INSPIRON 14 – PERFORMANCE
We all know that looks alone is not enough when considering buying a new Chromebook. The performance of a Chromebook is just as important. For some, performance is key when choosing their next laptop, so let’s take a look at how the Dell 14 Chromebook compares with the Asus C434.
The Asus C434 comes with an Intel M3 8th generation processor. It has a base speed of 1.10 GHz but is capable of speeds up to 3.40 GHz. It can easily perform all the tasks you would want to do on a Chromebook without any noticeable lag.
Whether you need a Chromebook to internet surf or stream the occasional movie the performance is excellent. Even when multi-tasking you’ll be happy with the performance the Asus C434 offers.
It comes with 4GB of RAM, which is enough for most tasks. However, you do need to be careful with 4GB in 2019 and onwards because it’s definitely the absolute minimum you should be looking for. This may mean that you come across performance issues later down the line. Especially if you need to use more complex software and Android Apps.
Dell Inspiron 14
The Dell comes with an Intel i3 8th generation processor capable of speeds up to 3.40 GHz and an amazing base speed of 2.20 GHz. The Intel i3 processor on the Dell is definitely better than the processor the Asus C434 offers. The higher base rate speed is noticeable but not to the extent that you can see a dramatic difference in performance.
For everyday tasks such as surfing the net and video streaming, you’ll not notice much difference between the two. However, when it comes to multitasking you will see the Dell 14 has the advantage. This is also true with Android Apps that use intense graphics.
Again, the Dell 14 comes with 4GB of RAM, which will mean most tasks run perfectly well. However, both devices face the risk of underperforming in a couple of years from now as Chrome OS advances and Android Apps become more powerful.
PERFORMANCE WINNER: The Dell 14 Inspiron
If performance is important to you more than anything else then you may want to choose the Dell 14 over the Asus C434. Although both devices run perfectly well the Dell 14 with the extra base speed and Intel i3 processor does mean it performs better than the Asus Chromebook.
This is one of the most important factors for me when choosing a Chromebook. The first ever Chromebook I owned, which was the HP11 G1 had a fantastic display. I was rather shocked when I was looking to upgrade to a newer model of how different the display can be on different devices. This made me choose the Toshiba Chromebook 2 Full HD model as my second Chromebook, which at the time, had the best display available.
The reason why my first two Chromebooks had a good display was due to both having an IPS panel. Personally speaking, I would never buy a device that did not support IPS because the difference is so noticeable when it comes to the quality of the image displayed.
So how does the display on the Asus C434 compare to the Dell Inspiron 14? Well, let’s take a look.
If you read the paragraphs before heading to this section you’ll be pleased to know the Asus C434 comes with an IPS panel. This makes images look crisp and viewing the display is great at an angle because it does not deteriorate the image.
It comes with a full HD 14-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 resolution, which is what you would expect in this price range. The ultra-thin bezels also mean you get fully immersed into what is happening on the display, which is great if you’re streaming a movie. This is even more noticeable when using the device in tablet mode.
Dell Inspiron 14
The Dell Inspiron 14 also comes with a 14-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. You’ll also pleased with the IPS panel, which again gives sharper images and greater viewing angles.
The display on the Dell is tougher than the display you get on the Asus C434, which is due to the fact that the Dell comes with a built-in stylus. If you’re looking for a decent Chromebook that supports a stylus, then the Dell will definitely not disappoint you.
The bezels on the Dell 14 are much thicker than what the Asus C434 offers. Especially the bezels at the top and bottom of the display. This does not have a direct impact on the quality of the image but it does lack the true engagement you get when looking at the display on the C434.
DISPLAY WINNER: The Asus C434
Both devices offer great displays and although the Dell 14 comes with a stylus included. I still cannot explain the difference those small bezels make when using the Asus C434.
Even if you forget about how it makes it look much cooler than the Dell 14. It’s the fact that you get truly engaged with what you’re doing on the C434 and this is definitely due to the thin bezels.
Storage has become a talking point again with Chromebooks over the last couple of years. This is because Android Apps need to use your internal storage, so you should not overlook this when considering your next Chromebook purchase.
You’ll be happy to know both the Asus C434 and Dell Inspiron 14 offers 128GB of storage. This is more than enough for what you would need now and in the future.
It’s also good to see that both devices come with a MicroSD slot, which means you’ll easily be able to add extra storage at a later date without any problems.
STORAGE WINNER: It’s impossible to choose between the two. Both Win!
When it comes to connectivity both devices offer everything you need. There isn’t really anything to compare between the two.
It’s good to see that both support the older type USB port, which is great for anyone using older peripherals. However, they also both come with two newer Type-C USB ports. Type-C is definitely important when choosing your next Chromebook. So if you decide neither of these two models is what you’re looking for. Ensure you check the connectivity of any Chromebook before purchasing.
CONNECTIVITY WINNER: Again, Both Win!
It’s really controversial choosing a winner between these two devices because I’m all too aware of the opinions out there. Personally speaking, the Asus C434 wins for me and this is purely down to everything other than the performance.
If you’re looking for a Chromebook that closely match each other everywhere else but performance is crucial. Then yes, the Dell 14 may be your best bet. Also, you need to remember it comes with a free Stylus included, which may be another reason to choose the Dell14.
However, for me, the reason why the Asus C434 wins is down to the fact it just looks absolutely stunning. Those gorgeous thin bezels get me every time.
Also, if we put the looks to one side for the moment. The reason why the Asus C434 is a better option is that the keyboard on the Asus C434 is more ideal for long typing sessions. The Asus C434 is also more portable than the Dell 14 and this is due to the difference in weight.
The thing to take away from this is that both devices are great. It all depends on what you’re looking for because they do offer slightly different functionality.