ASUS has just announced the Chromebook C523NA with bright display and high end performance for just under 400 dollars. It’s a worth shot if you need a chromebook that could do more than just of editing document and browsing. The system is powered by Celeron N4200 processor which has four cores CPU which offers a similar performance to old generation Core I5 processor. It’s combined with 4GB RAM and 64GB EMMC which considered as good enough for the price. The biggest selling point to offer is basically on the screen. It has of 15 inch display with an optional option for FHD resolution.
I have seen of several good competitors include the Acer with Chromebook 15 which basically offers the same thing at the similar price. However, ASUS is still winning at this case because it offers better hardware than its competitors can do. If you can live without support from Windows apps and manage to live with Chrome and Android apps, this is probably the best option to afford at the price in 2018. Let’s see how it works for satisfying our needs and we will see it soon in our article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
I am pretty impressed on seeing the C523NA’s design because the overall look is great by having all of aluminum finishing over its surface. The entire chassis itself is built from plastic and they cover the plastic with silver lining and good finishing making it looks like aluminum unless you manage to see it closely. Despite for being a big machine, they don’t forget to make it very low profile by making it completely thin and featuring decent of weight. It has of 3.2 pounds of weight and measuring at 15.6 mm for the thickness. You can fit in nicely into a small bag without any problem and carrying it around during your travel.
Moving into the connectivity, ASUS once again promises a completely acceptable I/O ports by adding of USB type-C and few standard 3.1 ports. USB type-C is a lot more convenient way for moving our data in much faster way while the standard port is pretty usable for connecting anything you want without need for any external adapter. There is also a micro SD slot for allowing you to expand the storage for adding more space to save your important data. The impression for both of design and connectivity are better than I though and worth to give a shot.back to menu ↑
Display and Audio
This is actually the first time I see a chromebook with 15 inch display and FHD resolution at this price. Compared to other Windows laptops display, then I can clearly see this panel looks much better as I can see the images are sharper and the brightness is much better. By having of FHD resolution in big screen, it means should make the small text visibility is better. Previously, sometimes I need to zoom the text in order to see the text, but now the thing is not necessary anymore here. The bezel surrounded the display is slim at only 6 mm and featuring 80 % screen to body ratio.
In term of audio quality, they included of dual speakers that can produce of high quality sounds, but never put your expectation is pretty high because they sound very standard. The bass and power are mediocre and the speakers will sound distorted as soon as you put the volume up to 70%. I don’t know if ASUS adds of True Harmony Sounds which becoming their software enhancement found in Windows laptops, but I never see the software will help improve the overall sounds quality.
|ASUS Chromebook C523NA 2018||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Pentium N4200 4 Cores Up To 2.5 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch FHD Resolution|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 Memory|
Hardware and Software
The Intel Pentium N4200 was announced at the end of 2016 and specifically made for relatively low price device by promising of decent performance thanks to its quad core CPU. Compared to dual core Celeron CPU, I don’t see a big difference for except the numbers of cores are increased here. The performance in single thread is relatively similar, but I see big difference in multi thread performance. We will get of twice of performance in multi-task works thanks to its four cores CPU. Considering Chrome OS is built to run even with low end hardware, the performance is impressive in any way you run your application.
The software is probably the worst point that makes Chrome is left behind than Windows. This is where the point Google has started to merge the Android support for covering the hole in software support. Yes, Google Play store is included and you can just install any apps you want and using it in bigger screen. Most of apps are work incredibly well although some apps are not really meant to use in bigger screen. The compatibility for the apps is increased day by day and we soon even see a Linux support coming.back to menu ↑
The Chromebook C523NA is showing of capabilities that what Chromebooks can do in relatively cheap price point. The design, display, performance, and battery life are impressive. There is no wonder why I heard so many good reviews about this device. I really have nothing to complaint besides than its small storage. For some reasons, the manufactures are eager to put of EMMC instead of HDD in Chrome OS which is a good thing since its faster, but the size is relatively small and won’t let you install many things unless you expand the storage through micro SD slot. That is all I can talk about it here on this article. Feel free to take any consideration and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.