Chromebook Comparison – Asus C434 vs HP x360 14c

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Two of the best medium-spec Chromebooks come from two different manufacturers. You have the C434 from Asus and the x 360 14c from HP. Both of these manufacturers have been making Chromebooks for some time, and both are known for bringing out excellent laptops. This is going to be a really exciting comparison because they are both great laptops. When you do a comparison between two laptops that are both great in different ways. You have to look at everything to get a decent understanding of the two.

Both of these Chromebooks come in different specs, which can make comparing the performance difficult. I’ll include all the different configurations available for both. This way you’ll be able to get a better understanding, which one is best for you.

Build Quality

Asus C434 Chassis

Asus C434 Build Quality

The Asus C434 is a super-cool looking laptop. There is no question about it. You’ll definitely not be embarrassed to get this out in your local coffee shop.

It comes with a 14-inch display and it’s a Hybrid 2-in-1 device. This means you can use it as both a laptop and a tablet. It comes in a polished silver all-over aluminium chassis. The curves on all four sides of the body make it comfortable to hold.

When it comes to the weight and overall size of this laptop. It’s definitely more compact than the HP. Weighing in at 3.19lbs/1.45kg it’s the lightest out of the two, which is important if you want a laptop to use on the move. It’s 32.10cm in width with a diameter of 20.2cm and 15.7mm thick. Making it a couple of millimetres thinner than the HP, and this is pretty noticeable.

HP x360 14c chassis

HP x360 14c Build Quality

The HP x360 14c is another laptop that looks really cool. A slightly darker silver finish, which will not fail to impress when it comes to looks.

The 14-inch display again offers a Hybrid 2-in-1 device making it a great allrounder. It has a premium look and feel and comes with an aluminium lid. The base of the laptop is plastic. Not something you tend to see on medium-spec laptops. That being said, we’re not talking about cheap plastic here. It is really well built and the colour of the underneath is identical to the aluminium lid.

It’s a little bulkier than the C434. Weighing in at 3.6lbs/1.65 kg and is 17.9mm thick. Definitely not the lightest laptop around, which you may notice if you take your Chromebook out with you on regular basis. It’s 32.15cm in width with a diameter of 20.6cm.

Build Quality Winner – Asus C434 Chromebook

Both Chromebooks look great but the Asus C434 wins in build quality. It’s slightly smaller in size, but only marginal when looking at the width and diameter. You could also argue it’s only slightly thinner as well. However, due to how it’s been designed, visually it looks much slimmer than the HP x360 14c.

The HP x 360 looks good but it has a pretty ordinary look to it when comparing it to the Asus C434. Something that would not look out of place in the office. The C434 has a more striking look. If you did have one of these in the office the person with the HP would be envious. So on looks alone, the Asus C434 wins, and it’s also thinner and more importantly lighter than the HP Chromebook.

Chromebook Comparison Build Quality Graph - Asus C434 vs HP x 360 14c

Asus C434 Build spec

  • Body – All over aluminium
  • Width – 32.10 cm
  • Diameter – 20.20 cm
  • Thickness – 15.7mm
  • Weight – 3.19lbs/1.45kg

HP x 360 14c Build Spec

  • Aluminium lid / Plastic bottom
  • Width – 32.15 cm
  • Diameter – 20.6 cm
  • Thickness – 17.9mm
  • Weight – 3.6lbs/1.65kg

Performance

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Asus C434

The Asus C434 comes in three different configurations. The most basic model uses an Intel M3 processor. A perfectly capable processor for doing most things in Chrome OS. It’s also a better performing processor than is used in the base model of the HP.

If you’re looking for a laptop with a bit more extra speed. Then the Intel i5 processor is a better option. This Chromebook will perform really well with more complex tasks and multi-tasking. Linux Apps will work great on this laptop.

If you want a laptop that performs at amazingly fast speeds. Then the Intel i7 model is going to do just that. Perhaps a little overkill for what you can do with Chrome OS. That being said, it will come into its own when the Steam Linux app becomes available. This app will allow you to play and install PC games locally.

hp x360 14c chromebook

HP x360 14c

Three configurations are available with the HP x 360 14c Chromebook. The basic model uses an Intel Pentium Gold 6450U processor and will be fine for doing tasks such as internet surfing, video streaming, and Android apps.

If you want better performance than the basic model. Then you may be interested in the Intel i3. The HP comes with a tenth-generation processor. Therefore, it’s offering faster processing speeds compared to the C434, which uses eight-generation processors. Find out more about the type of processor you need for your Chromebook.

The highest performing HP x 360 14c comes with an Intel i5 processor. There is no i7 model available like you get with the C434. Because the HP comes with tenth-generation rather than eight-generation processors. You’ll find the Intel i5 on the HP performs much better than the Intel i7 on The C434.

Performance Winner – HP x360 14c Chromebook

When it comes to performance. The HP x 360 14c offers much better performance than the C434. This is because the HP x360 14c uses tenth-generation processors. The C434 was released before the x360 14c and used the latest processors available at the time, which were eight-generation. The difference between the two generations cannot be overlooked.

This isn’t the case with the base model. The Asus M3 will outperform the Pentium Gold used with the HP x360. When you start looking at the Intel i3, i5 and i7. The Asus C434 is simply no contest against the HP on the performance front. There may not be an i7 version of the HP, but the i5 will outperform the i7 processor that comes with the C434. The Intel i5 you get with the HP is a quad-core processor. Compared to the i7 dual-core you get with the Asus. This means it’s simply impossible for the C434 to match the performance HP offers if you’re considering buying the medium or high spec models.

Performance Comparison Chart - Asus C434 vs HP x 360 14c Chromebook

Asus C434 Performance Specs

Base Model

  • Intel M3-8100Y dual-core
  • 1.10 GHz/ 3.4 GHz turbo (4MB cache)

Medium Spec Model

  • Intel i5-8200Y dual-core
  • 1.30 GHz / 3.9 GHz turbo (4MB cache)

High Spec Model

  • Intel i7-8500Y dual-core
  • 1.50 GHz / 4.2 GHz turbo (4MB cache)

HP x 360 14c Performance Specs

Base Model

  • Intel Pentium Gold 6405U dual-core
  • 2.4 GHz base speed (2MB cache)

Medium Spec Model

  • Intel i3-10110U dual-core
  • 2.10 GHz / 4.10 GHz turbo (4MB cache)

High Spec Model

  • Intel i5-10210U quad-core
  • 1.60 GHz / 4.20 GHz turbo (6MB cache)

RAM & Storage

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Asus C434

Apart from the processor the amount of RAM your laptop has will have a direct impact on performance. The models you’ll find at retailers and the amount of RAM and storage used will vary.

The Asus C434 can come with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. You’ll most likely find the base model will come with 4 GB of RAM. The medium spec model will most likely be available with either 4GB or 8GB. The Intel i7 will most likely be seen with 8GB of RAM.

If you’re buying either the medium or high spec model. Then it would be a good choice to choose 8GB. This amount of RAM will work much better with a powerful processor than 4GB. The base model will work absolutely fine with just 4GB.

This is the same when it comes to storage. Options will range from 32, 64 or 128GB. The storage used is eMMC.

hp-x360-14c-hybrid

HP x360 14c

The base model comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. This is the ideal amount of RAM and storage for the entry-level model.

The Intel i3 and i5 models come with double the amount of RAM. The extra RAM of 8GB is what you’d expect to see for the Intel i3 and i5 versions of this Chromebook.

The medium and high spec models also come with 128GB of eMMC storage. Again, this is more than enough storage for a Chromebook and is the perfect amount for the Intel i3 and i5 models.

These are the most typical configurations when looking at the RAM and storage. This does not mean you’ll not find other configurations from different retailers.

RAM & Storage Winner – Neither

When looking at the amount of RAM and storage offered by these two Chromebooks. There isn’t a clear winner. This is because both models come in three different configurations. The HP x360 has more set configurations based on, which one you choose. The Asus C434 can be found in a wide variety of configurations, so it’s not possible to identify either as the winner in this category.

Both Chromebooks use eMMC storage. This is the storage you find on most medium-spec and all budget Chromebooks. If one of these Chromebooks used SSD, which is a more reliable and faster type of storage. Then this would have identified a winner.

Asus C434 RAM & Storage

The C434 has been a very popular Chromebook for Asus. Because of this, you can find many different configurations for RAM and storage. Below is a list of the configuration possibilities, and the configurations available will vary between retailers.

RAM

4/8GB RAM

Storage

32/64/128 GB (eMMC) storage

HP x 360 14c RAM & Storage

Base Model

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB (eMMC) storage

Medium Spec Model

  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB (eMMC) storage

High Spec Model

  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB (eMMC) storage

The Display

Asus-c434-full-hd-display

Asus C434

The Asus C434 is a Hybrid device. Therefore, the display used comes with a touchscreen. This is great if you want to use Android Apps, which work with a touchscreen much better than using a mouse or keyboard.

It’s a 14-inch display and comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. The display panel used is IPS, which is great to see. An IPS panel provides great viewing angles and offers true to life vivid colours.

What I love about the more expensive Asus Chromebooks are the super-thin bezels around the display. This makes the Asus C434 look really cool and also helps make it a compact laptop. The Asus C434 has a NITS brightness of about 300.

hp-x360-14c-display

HP x360 14c

The HP x360 14c Chromebook also comes with a touchscreen because it offers Hybrid functionality. The display is the same size at 14-inches and a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 is used. This is the perfect resolution for a 14-inch laptop.

The panel is an IPS panel, so you’ll get great viewing angles and vivid colours. The bezels around the display are nice and thin, but not like the C434.

The HP x360 14c has a NITS brightness of about 250. Therefore, the display isn’t as bright as the Asus C434. This may be a problem if you live in a sunny climate or use your laptop close to a window or outside.

Display Winner – Asus C434 Chromebook

Both of these Chromebooks have good displays. This is exactly what you’d expect to see from medium-spec devices. They both use an IPS panel and both offer Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. Although both have slim bezels the Asus C434 are slightly thinner. You can argue thin bezels don’t impact the display quality, which is true. However, the thinner the bezels the nicer the laptop is to look at. So, it’s fair to say it’s a visual thing more than anything else. The slightly thinner bezels have enabled Asus to offer a slightly smaller laptop when it comes to dimensions.

The Asus C434 wins when it comes to the display because it’s brighter. The HP x 360 14c at around 250 NITS may be a problem when using this near sunlight. There isn’t much of a difference between both displays, but the C434 wins due to having a brighter display.

Asus C434 display

  • 14-inch
  • 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD
  • IPS Panel
  • Touchscreen
  • 300 NITS (Brightness)

HP x 360 14c display

  • 14-inch
  • 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD
  • IPS Panel
  • Touchscreen
  • 250 NITS (Brightness)

Connectivity

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Asus C434

Connectivity is important and is something that can be overlooked when buying a new laptop. Ideally, you’ll want to ensure your laptop has the ports you’ll need both now and in the future.

The C434 comes with two newer USB Type-C ports. One can be found on either side of the laptop. It’s good to see a port is available on either side because it offers more flexibility.

The newer Type-C ports are great because they can also be used to charge your laptop or to connect an external display. It’s good to see the Asus C434 also comes with an older USB Type-A port. This is perfect if you have older hardware, which is not compatible with USB Type-C.

If you’re looking for a laptop where you can add further storage in the future. This is possible because the C434 comes with a Micro SD slot. This means you can add further storage by buying an SD card. An SD card is a pretty cheap way to add storage to a Chromebook.

A headphone/microphone jack is also included. So you can easily use a pair of wired headphones or use an external mic. The C434 uses Bluetooth 4 and WiFi 5, which were the most advanced when the laptop launched. The HP x 360 14c offers more modern internal specs, which means you get Bluetooth 5 and WiFi 6.

hp-360-chromebook

HP x360 14c

The HP x360 14c Chromebook comes with two newer type USB-C ports. Again, you can find one on either side of the laptop.

I’m glad to see manufacturers are offering one of these ports on either side. This makes it much easier because you don’t have to worry about where you are located when you need to charge your laptop whilst using it.

Again, they have also provided a USB Type-A port, which means you’ll not need to worry about updating older peripherals that do not support USB Type-C.

A Micro SD slot is included to make it easy to add further storage at a later date. A Microphone/headphone jack is also available.

One thing the HP x 360 14c has, which you’ll not find on the C434 is a manual switch to turn off your camera. This is good to see because it gives you a physical option to turn the camera off rather than just a software option.

This is ideal if you’re worried that the camera may be switched on without you knowing. This is a possibility if your WiFi network is hacked. Therefore, having a manual switch may make you feel safer. The HP x 360 14c comes with Bluetooth 5 and WiFi 6.

Connectivity Winner – HP x360 14c Chromebook

When it comes to connectivity both of these Chromebooks offer everything you need. It’s really good to see both offer USB Type-C and a USB Type-A port. Both come with a Micro SD slot, so you can easily add further storage at a later date.

The HP x360 14c wins when it comes to connectivity. This is because it was released after the Asus C434. The Bluetooth and Wifi use the more modern versions, which means you’ll have faster connections to the internet and when transferring files via Bluetooth.

WiFi 6 used on the HP x360 14c comes into it’s own when you’re living in a household where a lot of devices are competing for a WiFi connection. WiFi 6 makes it possible for more devices to get a WiFi connection without having any issues. It’s worther remembering, to take advantage of this technology you would need a modern router that supports WiFi 6.

Asus C434 connectivity

  • USB Type A – 1
  • USB Type C – 2
  • Micro SD Slot
  • Headphone/mic jack
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wifi 5

HP x 360 14c connectivity

  • USB Type A – 1
  • USB Type C – 2
  • Micro SD Slot
  • Headphone/mic jack
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wifi 6
  • Manual switch to turn off camera

Chromebook Comparison Winner

Before we get into which is the best Chromebook to buy. It’s important to remember that both of these are great Chrome OS laptops. Neither wins in every category, so which one is best for you will depend on what you’re looking for. If you’re after the laptop that looks the best. Then the Asus C434 is a better-looking laptop than the HP x 360. That being said, some people may prefer the look of the HP x 360 Chromebook.

The Winner out of both of these Chromebooks is the HP x 360 14c. The advantage it has over the C434 is that it was released a couple of years later. This means HP were able to use the latest tenth-generation processors compared to the eight-generation used on the C434. It’s important to note. If you’re looking at buying the entry-level model. Then the Asus C434 is a better performer than the HP x 360 with the Pentium Gold processor. When it comes to the medium and high spec models the HP x 360 will perform better than the C434.

Hp-x360-chromebook

The display on both of these laptops will impress. Neither has anything that would put me off buying either of these laptops when it comes to the display. However, the C434 has a brighter display and that may be important to you. That will all depend on how and where you use your laptop.

Both laptops have decent connectivity. The HP x 360 has faster and more reliable WiFi 6 compared to the WiFi 5 you’ll find on the Asus C434. You can only take advantage of this if you have a WiFi 6 router, so that is something you’ll need to think about. The HP x 360 has an AUE date of June 2028, which means it will receive Chrome OS updates for longer than the C434. The C434 will stop receiving updates in June 2026. Find out more about the Chromebook AUE date.

Overall Winner – HP x360 14c Chromebook

The HP x360 14c Chromebook wins overall. Personally speaking, I much prefer the look of the Asus C434. If I was to choose between these two laptops. I think I’d opt for the Asus C434. This is because I’d prefer to own a laptop that not only looks good but is also lighter to carry. This is important for me, so if having a lighter Chromebook to take out and about with you is necessary. Then you’ll most likely prefer the C434. It also has a brighter display.

That being said, the HP wins because it offers better overall performance. Both Chromebooks will perform well with Chrome OS, but the Asus eight generation i5 and i7 processors are no match for the tenth-generation i3 and i5 you get with the HP. Also, you get two years of extra Chrome OS updates with the HP compared to the C434. This is something you’ll need to consider if you don’t like replacing your laptop too often.

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