[Review] Is the ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA-AS384T Worth It?

Pros
  • Lightweight and thin body with a solid build quality
  • Beautiful Full HD touchscreen display
  • Great 8th generation Intel Core m3-8100Y
  • Backlit Keyboard
Cons
  • Limited connectivity options
  • Storage is only 64 GB

 Chromebooks are on the rise. They're lightweight, don't slow down over time, and they provide a great way to use Google's suite of products like Docs or Sheets in your daily life. But with so many options out there, it can be hard to find the perfect Chromebook for you.

Enter the ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA-AS384T, one of the most popular Chromebooks in the market thanks to its great battery life, solid performance, backlit keyboard, and very competitive price point.

Today we've set out to get to know this model in-depth as we venture into this review of ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA-AS384T and uncover everything you need to know about this interesting convertible.


=>Who's it for?

Students - this is a solidly performing laptop that's very portable, great for students who are always on the go and want something versatile that can shift between laptop and tablet mode in a moment's notice while also delivering a full day's worth of battery life.

Business professionals - those who prefer using Chrome apps will enjoy this model since there are no limitations to running only web store apps. It also has all the ports you'll need and a great keyboard.

Casual users - for those who enjoy the Chrome apps, this notebook is a great choice.

=>Who's it not for?

PC gamers - if you play a lot of PC games, this Chromebook is not for you.

Creatives and professionals - it's not really suited for advanced editing, advanced photo manipulations, or other demanding tasks that require a processor with more power.


ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA-AS384T Laptop Review

Design

As always, we're going to start this review off by talking about the design of the Asus Chromebook Flip C433.  

On that front, the laptop's casing is made entirely from plastic, but it feels sturdy enough for its class and doesn't give off the "cheap" vibe most products using this material usually do. It has an understated design that's basic, but attractive. I like how soft-touch makes up a large area on the top lid since it makes for an excellent grip.

The silver color with the blue accents on the bottom part of the deck and black bezels give it a nice touch as well. I like how there's no branding etched into it - aside from your standard Asus and Chrome logos), just one smooth plain surface that gives you plenty of room to make your own statement with stickers or decals (I'm just kidding you wouldn't want to destroy the laptop's aesthetic).

The hinge that hides the laptop's 360ยบ display has a nice feel when opening or closing the lid. It offers resistance, just enough to prevent accidental bumps from displacing the screen which can be an issue on some other models.

Display

The laptop has a 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display with an impressive resolution of 1920 x 1080 and your standard slim bezels design that offer a more immersive experience - god forbid we get distracted by a bezel XD -.

But, what about the quality? The screen is well-suited for writing documents, editing spreadsheets, browsing the web, and watching videos either from your favorite site or streaming movies.

Viewing angles are wide, allowing you to view the contents from multiple positions without seeing any changes in color quality or brightness.

As for touch controls, sometimes it takes some getting used to when using Chrome OS on our finger-tips instead of a mouse, but I managed to navigate around just fine throughout the experience.

Keyboard & Trackpad


The keyboard has chiclet-style keys with a comfortable spacing in between each one and a nice key travel distance - 1.4mm -, making typing feel natural and easy on the hands. The keys themselves are responsive enough to register presses accurately, although I would have liked them to be just a bit more tactile for this type of laptop.

On the other hand, there's not much room for a number pad, but with its 14'' screen estate and all the important keys placed in their own block, I didn't find myself missing it too much.

The keyboard is also backlit but very dimly so. Beware of this if you're planning to use this laptop to type on late nights, don't say we didn't warn you.

As for the trackpad, it's smooth and responsive. You won't have any problems moving the cursor around or clicking on links.

Performance

The C433TA-AS384T has an Intel Core m3-8100Y Processor (up to 3.4 GHz), which makes it perfect for all your daily tasks and heavy usage.

Couple that with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB eMMC storage and you've got yourself a pretty decent combo for both students and business professionals who aren't looking to do hardcore computing tasks on it.

Specifically, while 8 GB on Windows isn't all that good, on Chrome OS 8GB of RAM is more than enough to run multiple apps and browser tabs at once.

On that front, you can easily leave 10-12 tabs open (including Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs, YouTube & Reddit) plus some other miscellaneous things like Terminal Emulator, Spotify, Zoom, etc. without any major stutters or lag.

As far as the processor goes, the m3-8100Y CPU is less powerful than your standard Core i5 processor (used in most mid-range Chromebooks), but it still does a great job handling everyday processes, so you won't have any problems running Google Drive or Microsoft Word.

Of course, this isn't saying much since Chromebooks aren't really designed to be powerhouses in the first place but for me, it is nice to know that my next laptop won't be lagging behind when I'm trying to maneuver between tabs.

Having said that, storage is a bit more limited than we would like. 64GB of eMMC storage can fill up pretty quickly with photos, music, movies, and other multimedia files.

However, ASUS has included a microSD card slot, allowing you to easily transfer files between your Chromebook and SD card.

Battery Life

As many customers have attested to, the battery life is pretty good, with Asus claiming up to 10 hours worth of juice. We're a bit skeptical to believe manufacturers on that front and we're not about to test every laptop that we've come across for battery life.

However, we always find a good rule of thumb to be to take the claim by the manufacturer and cut back by about 30% to a more "normal usage". That would still put us 7 hours of optimal use which is pretty great for a laptop aimed at students and business professionals.

Connectivity Options

As far as connectivity options go, you'll be getting a couple of USB Type-C ports (Gen 1), which means that they can only deliver up to 5 Gbps of data and not the full 10 Gbps like many other models with Type-C Gen 2.

We also have the aforementioned microSD card reader to quickly add some additional storage, as well as a standalone regular USB port for all your older devices and peripherals.

Obviously, we've also got Bluetooth and WiFi 5 (also known as WiFi ac connectivity), as well as an HD webcam that isn't going to work miracles but will definitely get the job done.

Verdict: Is the ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA-AS384T worth it?

The ASUS C433TA-AS384T reviewed today is the best option for those looking to make a switch from Windows or macOS and need something that can handle their daily tasks.

The 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM will help you run multiple apps, browser tabs, and multimedia files without any major hiccups while the 64 GB eMMC storage should be enough for most users with its microSD card slot as an added bonus.

Overall, at the steep price it's being sold these days, this laptop has everything your student or business professional could ask for to get them on the right path to boost their productivity!