Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) model: C523NA-BH91T-CB

Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch)

Quick Description

With an unusually large screen for a Chromebook, this model trades some of its portability to give the user additional room to work with. It is also uncommon to find a model with such a high-definition touch screen at this price; making this an appealing option if you want your netbook to play movies while doing something else.

The glossy finish on the screen will attract glare, but this is sadly necessary to make fingerprints associated with touchscreens easier to clean.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 3 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2020-05-01, selling for $500.

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.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (52.49% of the time to be exact).

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, 2024, 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.

Currently out-of-stock everywhere I've looked.

It was last seen on 2021-04-07, priced at $399.99.

Based on 221 days of observation, the Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) usually costs ~$500 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $340.74.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Sorry, this laptop is currently out-of-stock for every Canadian retailer I've looked at.

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Specs

Here's how the Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook (Touch) ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS, Android (Chrome OS)
Processor: Intel Pentium N4200
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 64.00 GB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(141.21ppi)
Dimensions: 35.81 × 24.89 × 1.52 cm
Weight: 1.692 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 3
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 2/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 3/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 1/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (5 / 10)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 4)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (1 / 11)

Photo Editing (1 / 6)

Video Editing (0 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (2 / 60)

Video Games (4 / 9)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 72)

More Triple-A Video Games Software

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    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

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    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
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    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-8130U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 32.30 x 23.86 x 1.77 cm
    Weight: 1.501 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 36.20 x 25.30 x 2.00 cm
    Weight: 1.851 kg

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    by All Smart Devices standards

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    Storage: 1 TB
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    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.00 x 25.80 x 2.27 cm
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    Pricing Accuracy

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