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A great Chromebook!
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2019
I waited for 3 months for this beauty to become available after the CES 2019.
As soon as it became available I ordered it. I wanted to compare it to my Pixelbook. (At twice the price or more). One of them could stay and one would have to go.
Update: after more testing and comparison, I did the PB and decided to keep the C434!
The C434 is a beautiful piece of hardware. Its aluminum finish is perfect.
The screen is excellent compared to the Pixelbook it is not quite as bright and brilliant but very close.
This is a widescreen versus the 3:4 on the PB. Looks good, better for movies, a bit awkward for use as a tablet.
The keyboard is excellent. I'd call it a tie with the PB.
Backlighting on the keyboard is good but n daylight it's better to turn it off as the letters on the keys are very hard to read.
Trackpad smooth, again a tie.
Weight goes to the Pixelbook which is about a pound lighter.
Storage, even though the Asus has a micro sd card slot, the PB with 128 or 256 gb of internal storage gets the nod. Chrome seems to deal with internal storage more easily than the external card.
Sound very nice for a laptop. Much better than the PB.
Ports, they both have 2 USB C but the Asus adds a USB A 3.0. Advantage Asus.
It was a very close call, but I decided to keep the PB for a while longer. I bet I'll order the Asus within the next year though. Maybe with a larger HD and a faster processor when available.