Joined on 09/11/10
Best Chromebook I've had so far, very minor quibbles
Pros: - Big, bright 14" display in a 13" device's body, thanks to very slim bezels - Solid performance, it's not easy to bog it down - Comfortable keyboard - Linux support is fantastic - USB 3.0 port as well as two USB-C ports
Cons: - Silver keyboard is hard to read when backlit in normal lighting (I turn it off unless I'm in the dark) - Heavy for its size - Touchpad could be a bit bigger
Overall Review: Bought this a couple of weeks ago because the 12.5" display on my Asus C302CA wasn't a joy to work with all day now that I'm working from home. Frankly, it has a lot in common with the C302CA in terms of its 2-in-1 functionality and similar hinge design. But the CPU is two generations ahead of the old version, the display is much larger, the device is barely bigger than the old one, and it just feels fresher overall. If you've used a Chromebook, this one is likely to feel leaps and bounds ahead of what you're used to, unless you've used the C302CA, a Pixel device, or one of the Samsungs that are difficult to get in Canada anyway. It's handled everything I've thrown at it with ease, I haven't had any trouble getting through a workday doing basic office tasks (Google suites, Office 365, video conferencing), and in the evening it streams movies and TV very nicely in tablet mode. One real surprise was how well Linux apps work. I've been keeping a Windows laptop handy to run Renoise (a digital audio workstation for music production), and just to see, I installed the Linux version on the C434. No drivers, no special tweaks (other than bumping Renoise's audio buffer up a little), and it runs well alongside my ChromeOS Windows (no need to dual-boot!). Asus has some updated and upgraded models for 2020, but the price point has jumped considerably compared to this model, and some of them have 'features' I'd rather not have in a Chromebook (like cooling fans, no thanks). The C434 is still very much a safe buy if you're looking to upgrade, or to see what Chromebook life is like on a device that isn't mostly plastic and has a CPU that wasn't intended for tablets.