ASUS Chromebook CX1 11.6″ Laptop with Celeron N3350
ASUS Chromebook CX1 (CX1100CNA-AS42) is a modern Chromebook laptop with an 11.6-inch non-touch HD screen, Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 32GB eMMC flash storage, 4GB LPDDR4 memory, Google Chrome operating system with Titan C security chip and a 180-degree hinge.
It was first available at Amazon.com on March 2, 2021 and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3219 users at the time of this post release. The reviews are mostly positive and you’ll probably be happy with your purchase as long as you do not have very high expectations at this very low price level. You also have the Asus L210 with the N4020 processor and Windows 10 operating system on the same product page.
The Apollo Lake dual core Intel Celeron N3350 (2M cache, 2 threads without hyperthreading) was released in the last quarter of 2016 and works at the speeds of up to 2.4GHz from a 1.1GHz base speed. With an average CPU Passmark benchmark score of 1152 at the time of this post release, it can handle your regular daily tasks for work and entertainment, stuff that doesn’t require a lot of power, like multimedia editing or playing the demanding modern Windows games. But you will certainly be fine with the Chrome games.
You can also expect a modest amount of multitasking power from this processor and the 4GB LPDDR4 RAM memory. You can have some browser tabs open while running an app. Having said that the Celeron N3350 is not too bad as an entry level CPU as it is up to 30% better than the Atom equivalents. 32GB eMMC storage is a small amount of local storage space but works better with Chrome OS which takes up less space than Windows. You will be relying more on Cloud storage wherever and whenever you have internet access and external storage through the SD Card Reader.
The typical TDP- Thermal Design Power is 6 watts and the battery life is around 12 hours in theory, when video streaming with the reduced light settings. Connectivity options include the 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, 2 x USB-C ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a micro SD Card slot and an audio jack. The keyboard is accident proof, spill resistant and is comfortable to type on with the 1.4mm key travel.
Transparent silver Asus Chromebook CX1 was built to the military standard ML-STD 810H with multiple tests passed, weighs 2.65 pounds and measures 11.31 x 7.88 x 0.69 inches. It is a compact and lightweight laptop with a robust construction, an acceptable level of performance, safe Chrome operating system that updates itself regularly in the background, a decent spill resistant keyboard that is nice to touch, and a very long battery life. The anti-glare screen’s resolution is only HD at 1366 x 768 pixels but this is fine for a small 11.6-inch screen. And the 4GB RAM is soldered onto the motherboard and can’t be upgraded. Overall it is good value for money at the low price point.