After getting a sudden craving for a small and light laptop I decided to go for a Chromebook and ordered an Asus Chromebook 14″ C423NA. The list price is around €450, but it is often on sale at €350, which is a pretty good deal.
It has a very nice aluminum build and looks very decent. Weighing 1,3kg it feels very light. My biggest worry was that the screen and the keyboard would be so bad I had to return it. That was not the case, the screen is bright and non-glare. The keyboard, even if it’s of the new flat type, is fine too. This model has a 1080p screen which seems about right on a 14″ laptop. Asus even included a small mouse, although the touch pad works well and is very responsive.
So far I have only used it for browser based work and play like Google Docs, email, YouTube, reading and writing, and for that it seems perfect. It feels snappy with its Pentium N4200 processor and 4GB of ram. It’s possible to install Android apps and Linux programs on these modern Chromebooks, but that’s something I will explore later.