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HP and ASUS' latest Chromebooks are 14-inch convertibles that look to undercut the Pixel Slate

While the Chromebook x360 14 looks to capture the mid-tier Chromebook market, ASUS' machine looks to be a more affordable offering.

Published onOctober 8, 2018

  • HP and ASUS announced the Chromebook x360 14 and Chromebook C423, respectively.
  • While the Chromebook x360 14 opts for beefier Intel Core processors, ASUS’ machine makes do with Celeron and Pentium processors.
  • Pre-orders for the Chromebook x360 go live today, whereas availability for the Chromebook C423 is currently unknown.

Thanks to the detachable Chromebook x2 and Chromebook Flip C302, HP and ASUS are no strangers to the $500-to-$600 tier of Chrome OS-powered machines. While HP looks to dive back into that price bracket with the Chromebook x360 14, ASUS might take the more affordable approach with the Chromebook C423.

Starting with the Chromebook x360 14, the machine is the latest in an increasing number of $600 Chromebooks that can turn into a tablet, tent, or stand. That is thanks to the 360-degree rotating hinge that also lets you use the Chromebook x360 14 as a traditional laptop, if you so choose.

Under the hood, the Chromebook x360 features either the 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7. Regardless of the processor choice, the Chromebook also features 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display.

Along the sides are two USB Type-C ports, two regular USB ports, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot for additional storage. HP also talks up the Chromebook x360 14’s Advanced Electrodeposition (AED) application, which supposedly gives the machine a matte ceramic finish that can withstand a bit of abuse.

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Finally, the Chromebook x360 14 promises to deliver up to 14 hours of battery life and includes a complimentary 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years.

Next up is the Chromebook C423, which can be configured with either a 14-inch non-touch 1,366 x 768 display or 1,920 x 1,080 display with touch. Under the hood are either an Intel Celeron dual-core N3350 or Pentium quad-core N4200 processor, 4 or 8GB of RAM, and a battery large enough to deliver up to 10 hours of use.

On the sides are two USB Type-C ports, two regular USB ports, a headphone jack, and a full-size SD card slot. The body is plastic, though ASUS highlights the aluminum lid for that extra bit of durability.

ASUS did not say when the Chromebook C423 will be available or how much it will cost, though we expect prices around $400 or less. HP, however, said its Chromebook x360 14 will go for $599 when it becomes available to everyone October 21. You can pre-order HP’s machine from either its website or Best Buy later today.

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