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Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (C434TA-DSM4T)

Chromebooks can be quite versatile, but the most affordable models can come a little short for more advanced users. By investing more in a model like this one, you end up spending enough to buy a Windows machine, so why do it? If you need the versatility of Windows less than long battery endurance and the ability to fold into a tablet when required, this could be your best option available in this price range.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Slow storage. Once started, this Laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Set Expiration Date. This Laptop will cease to receive updates from Google after June 1st, 2026, making it more vulnerable to new threats past this date. If you're adventurous, some users have been able to turn their Chromebooks into Linux machines before, but it does require a bit of extra know-how, and most people will likely want to look for a replacement past this point.
Every tech company declares its products obsolete and stop supporting them eventually; Google mostly differs by setting this date long in advance instead of notifying us after the fact. Still, this information should play a role in your decision, especially if you're considering buying an older model.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $520.

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck17th percentile
Versatility21th percentile
Power (General Purpose)34th percentile
Power (Graphical)21th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)34th percentile
Storage Space34th percentile
Portability87th percentile
Battery Autonomy83th percentile
Longevity53th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck15th percentile
Versatility40th percentile
Power (General Purpose)28th percentile
Power (Graphical)15th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)27th percentile
Storage Space25th percentile
Portability87th percentile
Battery Autonomy82th percentile
Longevity37th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), 157.35 PPI, Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

CPU

Intel Core m3-8100Y, 2 cores clocked from 1.1 to 3.4 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 615

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader

Forseeable Obsolescence

in 3 years

Battery

48Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w32.1 × d20.2 × h1.57

Dimensions (in): w12.64 × d7.95 × h0.62

Weight (kg): 1.45

Weight (lbs.): 3.2

Features

  • Backlit
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Touch Screen
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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