A laptop designed for audio-visual editing : Asus Chromebook C423NA – Intel Pentium N4200, Quad core

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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

Chromebook C423NA the right choice for surfing the internet?

Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.A fairly powerful multi-processor, but one that won’t require you to take out a credit to pay for it.You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
With this Chromebook C423NA, Asus is well positioned in relation to other competing models.This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. It Chromebook C423NA comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. It seems that Asus has designed a solid model with latest generation components.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Pentium N4200, Quad core. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Chromebook C423NAis a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 64 Gb, Asus considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, thanks to an autonomy of 10 hours, you will have enough time to browse the web in Internet browsing mode with active Wifi. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. A feature that will keep you surfing for a long time.

Is Chromebook C423NA okay to watch videos ?

Asus has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. This Chromebook C423NA is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
Asus has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. This diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1366×768, is a good compromise. The image quality is bright and colorful, and provides an immersive experience. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.2 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it Chromebook C423NA has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Pentium N4200, Quad core is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
With Intel HD Graphics 500, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Asus didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The Chromebook C423NA only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
As for the batteries, you could almost replace your TV set with this Chromebook C423NA one. Asus promises 10hours of battery life; it’s the best on the market right now.No need to constantly check the battery level; you’ll be able to watch movies and listen to music for a long time.

Chromebook C423NA compatible with on the move use ?

Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Asus the design of this Chromebook C423NA. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. And here’s the result : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
Its weight of 1.2 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. One of the reasons is its 14 inches screen.
The touch screen is present on the Chromebook C423NA, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
No backlit keyboard on this Chromebook C423NA. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
The processor Intel Pentium N4200, Quad core is inferior to other competitive products.
Note that like all manufacturers, Asus is optimistic about the autonomy of this Chromebook C423NA. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 10 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 64 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
With this Chromebook C423NA, Asus offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.

The Chromebook C423NA for audio or video editing ?

The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this Chromebook C423NA, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Asus, there have been many improvements on the components. The parallel processing of tasks with Chrome OS are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Pentium N4200, Quad core. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 64 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Chromebook C423NA has only got one, with total 64 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The interest of the laptop is to be able to be used in unplugged mode. Being only on batteries, you have 10 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This is the best on the market today.
For the connector part, the Chromebook C423NAhas the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
It Chromebook C423NA is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.

Chromebook C423NA for video games?

It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this Chromebook C423NA, it may be better to go to other models. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Since Asus has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.64 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
Even if this model has Wi-Fi, it is not 5Ghz, so it is of lower quality. We would have liked it to be one of the available options.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.2 Kg.
It has an autonomy of 10 hours, more than many others.
In the end, we do not recommend this Chromebook C423NA for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.

Chromebook C423NA for office automation ?

Not really designed for office use, Chromebook C423NA it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
A laptop that won’t match the users who have been won over to Windows. Asus installed Chrome OS to make it work.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. This model, with its 1.2 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
This Chromebook C423NA has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
The storage of this model, 64 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not Chromebook C423NA the best choice for office use. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

The Chromebook C423NA – in summary

The conclusion of the test Chromebook C423NA is that almost all its specifications are below the others. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– travel use
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– surfing on the internet
– making audio and video editing