Bigger, better buy

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434

Pretty but impractical

Google Pixelbook Go

The ASUS C434 may not be quite as fashionable as the flashy new magnesium Pixelbook Go, but it's got a better price, form factor, and a bigger screen despite being almost the same size. It's better in every measurable way.

From $530 at Amazon

Pros

  • More affordable
  • Durable aluminum body
  • Better port configuration
  • 14-inch 2-in-1 convertible

Cons

  • Hinge can be weird
  • Heavier than Pixelbook Go
  • i5/i7 configurations harder to find

Google's newest Chromebook is very pretty and very premium. Unfortunately, compared to the C434, it just comes up short unless you want the 4K version or prefer a clamshell to a 2-in-1.

From $649 at Amazon

Pros

  • Slightly smaller footprint
  • Pretty "Not Pink" color option
  • Higher storage options

Cons

  • Not a 2-in-1
  • More delicate paint job
  • No USB-A or microSD ports
  • Expensive

2019 has been a good year for powerful Chromebooks. Since the ASUS C434 has been out a few months already, we can say it is 100% worth purchasing over the Pixelbook Go outside of some niche cirumcstances. Here's why the C434 may not be the sexier Chromebook, but it's definitely the better one to buy.

Function and form: ASUS has both

ASUS is functional!

Let's talk design philosophy for a moment here: the Google Pixelbook is a softer, rounder, more kind-looking Chromebook with warm colors and a simplified design with only one or two ports on each side. It's a good laptop to use out in public, like at the library or Starbucks, but if you're using it in bed or on the couch, you may run into the limits of that clamshell hinge. On the other hand, the ASUS C343 is all hard angles and bold lines, with a bevy of ports on each side and a uniquely swinging 360 2-in-1 hinge.

The C434's sometimes awkward hinge angles can give the Pixelbook Go an edge if you tend to use your Chromebook in laptop mode with the lid extended between about 90-120 degrees. However, if you use stand or tent mode half as often as I do, the C434's 2-in-1 hinge still takes the cake since it allows you to fold it back into a super-sized tablet when needed.

Despite the Pixelbook's screen being almost an inch smaller than the C434's, there's less than a half-inch difference between the footprint of the two laptops thanks to how well ASUS squeezes bezels around its screen. The C434 is heavier, but that's expected since it sports a larger screen and larger battery.

Category ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 Google Pixelbook Go
Display 14 inches LED-backlit NanoEdge touchscreen
1920 x 1080
13.3-inch LCD touchscreen
1920 x 1080
4K "Molecular Display" 3840 x 2160
Processor Intel Core m3, i5 or i7
8th Generation
Intel m3, i5, or i7
8th Generation
Storage 64GB SSD
128GB SSD
64GB SSD
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
RAM 4GB
8GB
8GB
16GB
Battery Li-Ion 48Wh
Up to 10 hours
47 Whr
Up to 12 hours
Charging 45W USB-C 45W USB-C
Up to 2 hours after 20 minutes
Connectivity 2x USB-C USB 3.1 Gen 1
1x USB-A USB 3.1 Gen 1
1x Audio combo jack
USB-C (x2)
3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions 321 x 202 x 15.7 mm
(12.64 x 7.95 x 0.62 in)
311 x 206.3 x 13.4mm
(12.2 x 8.1 x 0.5 in)

Switching over to the internals, the specs on the C434 and Go are mostly the same. The Go has larger RAM and storage options, as well as a 4K display option if you're willing to go up to the $1,400 top-end model. However, the C434 has a USB-A port and a microSD card slot, both things that are sorely missed on the Pixelbook Go.

It's still mind-boggling that the only Chromebooks to lack microSD and USB-A are some of the most expensive around — the Pixelbook and a Pixelbook Go. It's also confusing the Google released a clamshell laptop in 2019 when 2-in-1s rule the Chromebook space and much of the laptop market at large right now.

Pretty in Pink

The Pixelbook Go is pretty, but it's just impractical unless you fall into one of three camps:

  1. You only want to use a Chromebook in laptop mode and want the laptop to sit flat while you do.
  2. You want a 4K screen without lugging around a 4.5 pound behemoth like the Lenovo C630 (and you're willing to pay $1,400 for it).
  3. You want the latest Chromebook features and updates before any other Chromebook gets them.

Otherwise, go with the ASUS. Your wallet and sanity will thank you.

Bigger, better buy

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434

Best blend of power and portability

The newest Chromebook Flip packs a powerhouse 14-inch Chromebook into nearly the same size aluminum frame as the C302. It offers a great screen, backlit keyboard, and true 10-hour battery life. Upgrade your Chrome experience with the C434.

Pretty but impractical

Google Pixelbook Go

Different priorities for a fresher laptop inside and out.

Google's newest laptop is a rounder, cuddlier affair that sports a much more media-friendly 16:9 touchscreen. If you go for the M3 model, you can find significant savings for a brand-new laptop.

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