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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 516 reviews

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  • Pros mentioned:
    Fast, Touchscreen
    Cons mentioned:
    Weight

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect chromebook for the price.

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This computer is a marvel in every way. The only con I see in this thing is the weight, it's really heavy at 2 kg, if you can overcome this, then by all means its good. Speed is amazing, the screen has very pretty colors though its not very bright (for outside use at least), keyboard is back-lit and has a very good key distribution, speakers are amazing, port selection is nice, the fan is not very loud. I haven't tried gaming yet, only Minecraft (which came as a Chromebook perk), it plays nicely, stutters sometimes.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Performance, Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Google X Asus = Greatness

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    The Asus Chromebook Ryzen 3 is a true powerhouse in the world of Chromebooks, offering a remarkable blend of solid performance, speed, and versatility that caters to a wide range of user needs. After spending ample time with this laptop, I am thoroughly impressed with its capabilities.the Asus Chromebook Ryzen 3 is a compelling choice for users seeking a Chromebook that doesn't compromise on performance, gaming capabilities, or productivity. Its robust hardware, smooth performance, and wide compatibility with office apps make it a versatile option for a variety of tasks on and offline. Whether you're a student, professional, or simply someone who enjoys gaming on the go, this Chromebook is sure to impress. With its solid build and affordable price point, it offers fantastic value for the money. Highly recommended! oh and anti virus

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Performance

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Our 7th grader enjoys her ASUS chromebook. Yeah!

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    Posted . Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    We purchased this Asus chromebook for our middle schooler to start the 7th grade. From our perspective, we believe this chromebook was an excellent value based on its price and features. Best Buy had a Labor Day sale and we purchased this chromebook for under $300 (retail was $499). We researched other comparable chromebooks from HP, Dell, Lenovo and Acer. However, this Asus chromebook was the clear winner in terms of its feature. The 3 features that were important to us was the chromebook's performance, battery life and usability. The performance speed is very good with its 8GB memory and AMD Ryzen process chip. The performance was more then adequate for our 7th grader to browse the internet for research, check e-mails and do her school work using Google applications. The video resolution is very clear and crisp with full high definition and the sound output is excellent with its built-in speakers. The chromebook's 2-in-1 feature is a nice feature and can be used a tablet and fold as a tent for display. The chromebook's color (ponder blue) and overall built is sleek and solid. This chromebook is about 4 lbs, a little on the heavier side as compared to other chromebooks. The chromebook battery life has been great as our 7th grader can use the chromebook at school all day with fully charged battery. As for usability, the chromebook has a touch screen and the keyboard has a back-light. Overall, this Asus chromebook has a lot of nice features and the sale price under $300 is a great deal for a chromebook that can be used for several years. Enclosed are several pictures of the chromebook.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Touchscreen

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Smooth and Easy

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I didn’t think I would fall in love using it. I bought for my daughter to use but I want to try the product I bought for her… I might asked her to switch with my MacBook for this one! I love the touch of the keyboard and it’s very convenient doing my report as it is touch screen. It’s easy for me to tap check boxes for my report than clicking a mouse for it! I also love the part where you can use it as a tablet as well! I LOVE IT <3

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A new Chromebook experience

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Well-Built Chromebook device with better specs than a regular Chromebook loaded with more features. Totally worth its price with USI stylus capability as well it's great for productivity, work and cloud gaming I've also enabled Linux

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Fast

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Laptop

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This laptop came in excellent condition. The battery life lasts very long and the speed is above par. 10/10 would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for school work and playing Roblox

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Bought this Chromebook to replace by kid’s old Chromebook for school work and gaming entertainment. This Chromebook is much more snappy and fast than I expected and is my first AMD based laptop and I am quite impressed with the performance. Tried 2 other Intel Celeron based Chromebooks from Amazon and they lagged and struggled to do basic things. Do not get me wrong Intel makes good processors too but know which kind of processor you are getting from them before you buy. This is where I learned to do better prior research on the processor itself from either Intel’s or AMD’s website. Go to their website and you can type in the processor model number and get the quarter period and year the design was released as well as the number of core processors and threads, the more the better. As for gaming this Chromebook works well with Roblox for gaming and you can set the parental controls accordingly so you do not have to govern what your kid is doing. Would highly recommend this particular Chromebook to anyone for school and light to moderate gaming needs. And another thing, this laptop does have a backlit keypad and the screen can flip around to the back as shown in the pics, making the screen much more stable/sturdy to use the touch screen functionality if you want to.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Love Asus but issue with mouse pad.

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    Posted . Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I love Asus products and I love this Chromebook. I am having one issue. The mouse pad sticks randomly and I didn't eat near my Chromebook. I called tech support 3 months ago and they said to power wash it which worked. Unfortunately, I've had to power wash it 3 times in 4 months due to the mouse pad sticking. I'm working with Asus and their resolution is to send it in for repair instead of replacement which sucks. 7-10 business day turn around. They do pay for shipping which is a plus. The Chromebook is fast and the battery lasts a very long time. It's heavy and I prefer it that way. It's solid.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great computer for high school student

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    We purchased this computer for our high school daughter. Our daughter is loving the computer! The computer seems well made. She is enjoying using the computer for her classes. Holds a charge all day for her at school.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Fast

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for a lot of features!

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I'm very impressed with this for a Chromebook! It is very fast and manages to run multiple apps at the same time (email, Sheets, docs) with no lag. The color is also more blue than it comes across in the picture, and very pretty!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Laptop

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Works great fast and does everything I needed to do. For the price I got it for well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Touchscreen

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I recommend this Chromebook laptop

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I bought this laptop for college, It works great for what I need. The tablet touchscreen option is an added bonus for online lectures.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Performance

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Review

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This is one of the best computers i have worked on in a long time, keeps power,and is fast loading im glad the young gentleman suggested this computer due to not knowing much about them

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Performance

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good value

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This Chromebook blew my expectations away in terms of performance and hardware.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Performance, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Weight
    Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly top-tier performance w/mid-tier Chromebook

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This Chromebook surprised me at just how much performance ASUS managed to squeeze out of an otherwise modestly appointed 14” 2-in-1. We already have two Windows-based ASUS 2-in-1s at home; a 13.3” ZenBook Flip S and a 15.6” ZenBook Flip 15, so I kind of knew what to expect from the “Flip” model line going in. And yet even though both of those ASUS models cost about 3x more than this similarly styled Chromebook, the ASUS CM3401 Flip manages to trade blows with its big brothers in many important respects. Let’s start with all the positives. If you’re already familiar with the Google/Chrome ecosystem, you’ll feel right at home with the Chromebook. But even as a lifelong Windows user like me, my transition to the Chrome OS was essentially seamless (this is our second Chromebook in as many years)—Chrome OS really has come a long way in recent years to become a legitimately viable alternative to MS’s more bloated and resource-intensive Windows OS for basic computing and multimedia needs. But what I love most about Chrome is the simplicity and greatly streamlined user experience…if you just want a simple Internet appliance that works, and works quickly, the Chromebook is arguably the way to go. Setup was mercifully simple with initial updates and getting the laptop ready for the first use taking just 5 minutes from first opening the lid to mousing about on the desktop. From a full power-down, it takes about 6 seconds to get to the desktop again (or 0 seconds if you’re just opening the lid from sleep state to get back to work), and the CM3401’s AMD Ryzen 3 chip manages to keep everything feeling snappy and responsive, even with many open tabs on Chrome. My Intel i7-equipped ZenBook Flip S was built around Intel’s new EVO design philosophy--it’s a way to makes Windows feel more portable and “Chrome-like” in terms of responsiveness, but it still takes my ASUS Flip S nearly 25 seconds to power up and sadly the Windows experience feels positively glacial compared to how quickly apps and browser tabs open on the ASUS CM3401 Flip. And although I’m a PC gamer at heart, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ASUS Chromebook could handle some Android games from the Google Play store that actually looked pretty impressive on the screen. The Chromebook is well-spec’d with two USB-C ports (one on each side) both with DP and power delivery, a 10GB/s superspeed USB-A port, a full-sized HDMI port for easy hookup to TVs or other external displays, 3.5mm mic/headphone combo port, and a micro-SD card slot for additional storage. There is a dedicated power button on the side as well as a volume rocker which are very convenient physical controls to have at-the-ready when you use the laptop in tent-display or tablet modes. If you plan to use this 2-in-1 for productivity or web surfing, you’ll definitely appreciate the taller 16:10 aspect ratio of the 1920x1200 screen that makes it easier to see more of your documents or web pages onscreen at any time. Sadly, I don’t have a stylus that works with Chrome that I could use for testing, but the touchscreen display is greatly appreciated, especially for things like navigation and operation when in tablet mode…I can only imagine how a stylus would make the tablet experience an even more productive one. Speaking of productivity, I took the Chromebook to work with me a few times and routinely got more than 8 hours on a single charge of mixed media and productivity use throughout the day—none of my Windows laptops could *ever* go a full work day without heading back to the wall socket for some more battery juice. The built-in speakers sound pleasant and are loud enough to use the Chromebook as a media player in its own right, though obviously you’re not going to wake the neighbors or rattle the walls with any deep, gut-punching bass. The built-in webcam has HD-resolution and actually provides very clear image/video quality—and I especially like the onboard privacy slider that clearly shows a red dot when the lens is covered; more laptops need to take a cue from this design feature. The chicklet keyboard is solid with a very nice/bright backlight for the keys. Fortunately, the lettering on the keys is nice high-contrast white against a black background so it’s easy to read the keys even without backlighting. I’m not necessarily a big fan of the lower-case keycaps, but that’s nitpicking at this point. Key travel is minimal (obviously), but the keys don’t feel mushy or slow. Virtually all keycaps are full size except for the half-height function keys (brightness, screen capture, task/desk switcher, etc.) and the arrow keys. The trackpad is on the larger side of those I’ve seen on a small laptop and it’s very smooth and solid feeling. You might initially be put off by the rather spartan-sounding 128GB SSD, but as many Chrome OS assets and files are cloud/web-based, the SSD will go a bit farther for you than they might on a conventional laptop unless you like to clutter your drive up with a LOT of video files, images, or large Google Play apps. Again, however, don’t forget that you have the SD slot on the slide to add as much additional storage as your wallet can handle—I put a 1TB SanDisk Extreme card into the slot that was formatted in Windows and it was recognized immediately…including the custom .ICO file I created to give me a thumbnail picture of the drive itself in the file explorer. Finally, I give ASUS props for creating a handsome-looking device with a “Ponder Blue” colorway that is a nice departure from the black, grey, or silver sea of laptop colors that most devices seem to sport these days. The hinges are set off from the rest of the shell with a heavy, shiny metallic finish that gives the Chromebook a bit of visual flair without looking totally over the top. With so much going for it—is there anything NOT to like? Truthfully, not much. This laptop is built like a tank. It has a reassuringly solid feel with zero flex around the keyboard and trackpad, and the 2-in-1 hinges help hold the display smartly in place regardless of whether you’re using it fully open like a laptop or tented for table-top display—you can even move it around with one hand without changing the angle of the screen unless you start violently shaking the Chromebook around (not sure why you would, but that’s your business). That said…this laptop is also built like a tank. Despite the description touting the device as “ultrathin and ultralight,” the CM3401 Flip is not very svelte or sexy-thin. The added depth (and LARGE vent cutouts on the bottom) undoubtedly helps with heat dissipation—in fact, I don’t recall ever really hearing the fan kick in even when I was playing a few graphically complex Google Play games. But you can see how it compares to the objectively more portable/travel-friendly ASUS ZenBook Flip S in one my review photos. What’s more, the Chromebook CM3401 Flip is deceptively heavy in the hand for what you would expect for a device of its size. In tablet form, the 14” screen actually seems ideal for on-the-go notetaking in class or meetings, but the weight of the unit may make tablet use and one-handed support just a little awkward—those of you who have difficulty holding heavier electronics and tablets for long periods of time may want to give the CM3401 a test drive first. Finally, the screen, while clear and nicely sized, is shiny—like REALLY shiny. This gives the impression of colors with a little more pop, but it can also be distracting in brightly lit rooms as it’s hard to view the screen from pretty much any angle without a lot of intrusive reflections. For dark video content, I noticed just a tad of backlight bloom in the lower right corner of the screen—but it was nothing as bad as some of the IPS glow I’ve seen in other laptops. However, you can also see in the side-by-side comparison to the smaller ZenBook Flip S’s OLED screen that the CM3401 Flip’s screen lacks a bit of punch and depth when it comes to color reproduction; it will also not render HDR or Dolby Vision video content. Still, the ZenBook Flip S is nearly 3x the price, has more than 6x the pixel resolution, and features different display technology than the Chromebook CM3401 Flip; therefore, I would expect to see such differences anyway--but it’s hard not to notice the downgrade in PQ and video performance once you’ve seen better. Nevertheless, if you’re in the market for a Chromebook, even at the asking price, the CM3401 Flip is already a VERY good value; and if you can get it on sale, it becomes a “what are you waiting for?” proposition—VERY HIGHLY recommended with just those few quick asides you should know going in.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Fast

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I luv my puter

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Good puter, fast and light weight for school, beautiful color

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    CM-3401 Perfection

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    ASUS CM-3401 Is jam packed with awesome tech!! The screen is incredible. Charges in a flash. Backlit keyboard is super stylish. Operating system is solid of course. Syncing with my other devices is smooth and straightforward. Transferring all my apps and setting it up within 30 minutes out of the box! Very satisfied and ordering one for my brother!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Performance
    Cons mentioned:
    Weight
    Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Goldilocks of Chromebooks

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    I’ve used various computing devices since I was a kid. My first PC was an Intel 486DX processor with hardly any RAM or HDD space, back in the 90s. I’ve used almost every iteration of Windows, and MacOS, as well as dabbling with Linux a few times. In the last 5 years, I have started using Chromebooks for some of my work. I can honestly say at this point, Chromebooks have matured to the point that I would say 90% of people can get most of their computing needs met with a Chromebook. The great thing is that you can generally find yourself a really good Chromebook for less than you would pay for a Windows laptop, not to mention how much you’d be saving over a Macbook. This ASUS 14” Chromebook is great. I would say it’s a mid-range Chromebook. You get a lot of great performance and features, as well as some fantastic build quality. Let’s start with all the great things you are getting here. This Chromebook is the perfect screen size. 14” is portable enough to fit easily in most bags, but still gives you enough screen real estate to get some work done. The size is also nice if you are trying to consume some media or need to lay out windows side by side. It’s a 2-in-1 device so this means the screen can fold all the way back and you can use it as a tablet. You actually get 3 different modes here; you get your normal traditional laptop mode with a keyboard easily accessible, if you fold the screen back you get a stand mode, and if you fold the screen all the way back you get tablet mode. Once the Chromebook senses you have folded the screen back past far enough, ChromeOS changes to tablet mode and allows you to use gestures to use it. Think of how a normal tablet or phone would work with gestures. Swipes to navigate windows, and taps to select items. Performance is stellar. I can run multiple apps, Chrome Tabs, streaming media, and using an external monitor without so much as a hiccup. I think ASUS did a great job of pairing the AMD Ryzen 3 7320c processor, with a generous 8GM of Ram, and a quick 128GB SSD. Chromebooks are generally cloud based devices so in my experience 128GB goes much further than on a Windows laptop or Mac. The actual Chromebook is very well built. Keyboard feels great to use, and it was nice to see that the keyboard is backlit. The trackpad is large, and feels smooth. You get enough connections for most situations. Headphone jack, HDMI, USB-A, 2x USB-C, and a microSD slot for more storage. You also have your power and volume buttons which is nice to have when you are in tablet mode. The webcam is decent, and nice that it has a privacy shade if you don’t want to use it. I will say the only gripe I have with this Chromebook is it is a tad heavier than I had imagined. It’s probably on par with other Chromebooks, but generally 2-in-1 devices seem lighter to me. I think the weight makes it feel like it’s well built. This Chromebook has everything you’d want. It has fantastic battery life, great WiFi performance, stellar overall performance. It’s well built with a great touch screen, large trackpad, very nice keyboard, and enough IO to handle anything. It’s nice that you get a USB-C charger, and that you can use either USB-C port on the left or right side of the Chromebook. The cherry on top is the nice subtle blue color it comes in. Sets itself apart from other devices without being too showy. This would be an easy recommendation for anyone, unless you are editing film, or trying to play AAA games without cloud gaming

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    New curve

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I didn't know I needed a laptop that can transform into so many ways.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Performance, Touchscreen
    Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Well made Chromebook - Great for College or Work

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    I have been using a Chromebook for about 5 years now with my first being a 2-in-1 just like this ASUS CM3401 14” Chromebook. My first Chromebook was a premium tier device, and this ASUS appears to be of a similar caliber. It does not look or feel like a cheap Chromebook my kids would bring home from school. Rather this feels like the type of device that would be perfect for a fresh high school grad heading off to college. With that in mind I was happy to play around with this device, and even got some feedback from my partner’s oldest child who is soon to be college-bound. Specs CPU – AMD Ryzen 3 7320C Quad Core 2.4 GHz (boost to 4.1 GHz) processor w/ integrated graphics graphics Memory – 8GB LPDDR5-5500 Graphics – AMD Radeon 610M (integrated on CPU) Screen – 14”1920 x 1200 60Hz FHD (WUXGA 16:10) IPS with 300 nits brightness Storage – 128GB NVME SSD Ports – 2X USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with Power Delivery and Display Support / 1X USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A / 1X HDMI 2.1 / 1X microSD Slot / TRRS 3.5mm Jack (headphone and mic support) Audio – Harmon Kardon speakers Webcam – 1080P with array microphone Dimensions – 12.58 x 9.26 x 0.81”; 4.08lb Network/Connectivity – WiFi 6 (802-11ax) / Bluetooth 5.3 Design The design of the ASUS notebook is well executed. The other shell feels solid with a certain amount of heft and nice feeling materials. The shell appears to be made of plastic throughout but has a nice surface texture that will resist looking smudgy. The Ponder Blue finish looks sharp and the shiny metallic blue hinges finish it off well. The inside continues the use of plastic for the palm rest/keyboard area. The laptop runs really cool so I haven’t felt any hotspots in the keyboard or bottom while using it. Overall, the design looks really sharp and professional. The layout of the ports is pretty typical for devices nowadays. A USB-C port is on either side of the body while the single USB-A port is on the right and the headphone jack, HDMI port, and MicroSD slot are on the left. The switch from laptop to tablet is pretty smooth – the hinges work well and provide enough resistance to maintain screen position while not impeding the transition. The trackpad and keyboard are automatically disabled when you make the switch. To lock the screen you just have to tap the power button on the side. Honestly it’s pretty easy to use as a tablet. Performance The quad core Zen 3 7320C uses 4 Zen2 cores, which feel plenty fast and agile while still being efficient. Its only 15W TDP chip, so cooling loads and power draw are nice and low. I really didn’t notice any laggy or sluggish operation under normal usage. I tried my best to load it up with Chrome tabs, a video playing on Youtube, and a couple of other things before it started to drag a little. In any real scenario I would never have this much going on, so for my uses it was plenty fast. The 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM also gives the notebook plenty of room to grow over the years. Your only limitation will be in gaming or graphic design loads, but I think this will be more than enough memory for what this device will be used for. Display The 14” 1920 X 1200p FHD IPS touchscreen display looks great. It has a high gloss finish like you would expect in today’s touchscreens, and it has good off-angle viewing. The border around the screen glass is basically nothing, but there is a black border within the screen that is .3” on the sides and about .45” along the top to give the webcam room. The screen clarity, and sharpness were pleasing to the eye were both good. Text on a document is sharp, and the screen is plenty bright while using it in a decently lit room. The image reproduction looks good enough as well – the colors aren’t as bright/vibrant as they would be on a full sRGB display with HDR, but they look pretty good to me. Watching some shows on Netflix and Hulu I didn’t have any complaints with the picture quality or the contrast. The multipoint touchscreen is very responsive, and easy to use. It was accurate enough to use in tablet mode without a stylus, and playing a few mobile games were easy to navigate. The only thing that caught me up a bit was the screen feel. It doesn’t feel as good as my phone screen which allows my finger to effortlessly swipe around. Rather it grabs a little more – even more so then a few other 2-in-1 screens I have used. Keyboard and Trackpad The keyboard is a ten-keyless design (no number pad) with black colored backlit keys. The backlight easily illuminates the letter/symbol on each key as well as the outline of each key. The illuminated keys are friendly on the eyes when using in the dark, but I did not see a way to toggle off or dim/brighten the backlight. The keys have decent actuation length of 1.4mm which is a little longer than my other Chromebooks. I prefer the slightly longer distance because I am used to typing on a full-size mechanical keyboard all day, and laptops with really short key distances are difficult for me to adjust to. The keys themselves are nice and soft with a really quiet actuation. As far as notebook keyboards go its not too bad. The trackpad is really solid. It picks up my inputs right away and easily handles multitouch gestures. The bottom edge clicks easily enough along the whole length. It is also body color matched with a satin surface texture, so it blends in well. Its also nearly flush with the surface, so when flipping over to tablet mode the trackpad disappears nicely. Sound and Webcam The webcam included on the notebook sits atop the screen in that thicker upper border. It has a nice, physical privacy shutter that slides over if you aren’t using the camera. The camera itself is a 1080p cam which is a nice resolution to have for video meetings. There are still plenty of Chromebooks and laptops with 720p cameras still being released today, which I am glad this notebook did not use. The camera has pretty decent quality and FOV. It’s low light performance isn’t too bad, but it does start to get a little grainy if you go too dark. Compared to my Logitech C920s webcam the image quality is similar under good lighting, but depth of field isn’t as good. For Skype/video calls I think the camera is just fine. The array mics sit about an inch on either side of the webcam and provide decent sound. Background noise was slightly attenuated, but no better or worse than other laptop mics. My voice was picked up just fine and had enough sensitivity to remain clear while talking at low volumes. Sound production is handled by the Harmon Kardon speakers which fire out of the bottom of the body near the front. The speaker sound, while coming from the bottom, does a good job of not being muffled by the notebook sitting in my lap. The sound is concentrated at the front speaker openings, but sort of emanates from the entire bottom. The sound clarity is good for speech/dialogue and day to day tasks. The bottom end is pretty limited, so you really only get mids and highs. To that point the mids and highs are good and don’t sound tinny or anything like that while listening to some music. The lack of bass though is an unfortunate downside, but that is something difficult to pull off with thinner frame laptops. Overall, I am pretty happy with the ASUS CM3401 Chromebook. The aesthetics are pleasing and the color is a nice departure from the white/grey/black color scheme of most machines. I really didn’t find anything that I disliked with the notebook, and I haven’t ran across any issues whatsoever. Battery life has been excellent – going on 12+ hours on a single charge. The notebook has felt snappy and the touchscreen is nice and responsive. I can definitely see a notebook like this being the perfect choice for a kid heading off to college because it has enough power/speed to last years, and the 14” size is easily carried between classes.

    I would recommend this to a friend