Asus has increased the number of Chromebooks it offers in India to address the growing student demand during the ongoing pandemic. They’ve now launched a number of Chromebooks in India, including the new Asus Chromebook CX1101. It’s a significant upgrade to the Asus Google book C223 which we reviewed in April 2013. The specifications show that Asus has upgraded the laptop with a more powerful chip and a better build quality. We will be reviewing the latest Asus Chromebook CX1101. In this review, we will also examine the performance gains that the CX1101 processor provides. Without further delay, let’s take a look at the Asus Chromebook CX1101 reviews.
Asus Chromebook CX1101 In-depth Review (2022)
We reviewed the Asus Chromebook Cx1101 in detail, taking into account the buyer’s points. You can expand the table and click on any section you are interested in.
Asus Chromebook X1101: Design & Build
The Chromebook’s build quality is outstanding, starting with the Asus CX1101’s. The Asus CX1101 Chromebook proves that Asus is known for creating durable, tough Chromebooks. Like the C223, this CX1101 has a plastic body. However, it feels a bit different. The design is refined. The looks department is where the laptop excels. Thanks to its smooth coating, it somehow looks and feels premium.
The Chromebook’s size is very compact and has the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. However, the CX1101 Chromebook weighs in at around 1.24kg. You should also note that the CX1101 does not include a touch screen. There is no convertible hinge and no tablet mode. For a shared viewing experience, you can fold the Chromebook 180 degrees (the hinge isn’t weak). That’s it. Other than that you won’t have any problems with the design or build quality of the Asus Chromebook.
Asus Chromebook CX1101: Display
Talking about the display, the Asus Chromebook CX1101 has a 11.6 inch HD screen measuring 1366 x 768 pixels. It is not a remarkable display. You will only get an HD screen for Rs. You will only get an HD TV screen for Rs.20,000, which is quite reasonable. At this price, you cannot expect a seamless viewing experience. You get exactly that here with the huge bezels all over the 11-inch panel.
Additionally, the display in Asus’ low-range laptops has color tone issues. The same problem exists with Chromebook CX1101. The screen’s cooler tone makes it appear bluish. The night light toggle might need to be adjusted to give the display a warmer feeling.
It is not an issue, but it is a significant one. You will regret using the machine for media-related tasks. Asus claims the display is protected from glare. It was able to block most reflections in a well-lit environment. It’s amazing that Asus brings an anti-glare screen to Chromebooks at lower price points.
Although the display can reach up to 200 nits, it is not bright enough to be used in outdoor lighting. Even under direct sunlight, the CX1101’s LCD display isn’t bright enough for easy reading. Although the display of the Asus CX1101 shifts colors depending on the angle it is viewed, we didn’t expect much better for a machine under Rs 20,000. You can view it directly and complete your schoolwork or office work with ease.
Asus Chromebook CX1101: Performance
With this upgrade, performance is what really matters. The reliable Intel Celeron C4020 CPU powers the Asus Chromebook CX1101. It comes with two cores and shares the Gemini Lake family, which was launched in November 2019. For many Chromebooks, the N4020 has proven to be a highly successful processor over the years. You get the integrated Intel HD Graphics 600 as well as the two cores. It is quite good for the price.
There are 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage, and you can also have LPDDR4 RAM of 4GB. I like that Asus increased the base storage size from 32GB to 64GB without raising the price.
Performance-wise, the Asus Chromebook CX1101 represents a major upgrade over the C223, which used Celeron N3350 chips. The CX1101 scored 44.2 on the Speedometer 2.0 test, while the C223 got a score of 24.1 (see the screenshots above). The CX1101’s performance advantages over the N3350 processor can be significant. You will have no trouble completing daily tasks.
If I add my Windows laptop powered by the 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 8 cores to the mix, the Celeron Asus Chromebook CX1101 wins in terms of performance. The Speedometer 2.0 test scores the Windows laptop at 31.3.
I can only say that the Celeron N4020 Chromebook chip has been reliable with excellent performance and great battery life. I used multiple Android applications with 10 open tabs using Chrome on the Asus CX1101 and moved seamlessly from one virtual desktop screen to the next without any problems.
It was experiencing an annoying performance issue on the last-gen Asus C223 Chromebook. The device would freeze when charging. With the CX1101 however, this is not an issue. It performs flawlessly with no stutters, both when charging the battery or when it is fully charged.
Asus Chromebook Chromebook X1101: Trackpad and Keyboard
I keep reiterating that budget Chromebooks are becoming better. This is also true for the Asus Chromebook X1101. Asus has not slashed on keyboard and trackpad quality, despite it being a lower-priced model. The keyboard has a comfortable feel with a 1.5mm key travel. It provides a good typing experience with decent precision and feedback. Asus claims there is a subtle 0.15mm dish indentation that guides your fingers onto the keys to improve accuracy and precision. I did not feel any difference in my use.
As far as the keyboard’s flex, I am happy that Asus has resolved the problem. The keyboard felt a little flexy in the last-gen C223 but it is gone now. It’s solid and sturdy, and the keyboard is well-built.