Asus Chromebook CX1101 review: an affordable computing solution



Specifications of the Asus CX1101 Chromebook

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N4020
  • Display: 11.6 inch HD LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
  • Graphics processor: Intel UHD Graphics 600
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 64 GB eMMC 5.1
  • Battery: 42 Wh
  • Operating System: Chrome OS
Design of the Asus Chromebook CX1101

Design of the Asus Chromebook CX1101

The spec sheet for the Asus CX1101 Chromebook can be disappointing, especially when compared to entry-level Windows laptops. However, Chromebooks are highly optimized to deliver the best possible performance with limited hardware and the same is true for the Asus CX1101 Chromebook.

The entire Asus Chromebook CX1101 machine is made of plastic, which helps the device to lose weight, especially compared to laptops with metal casing. Asus has used a combination of matte and glossy finish on the Asus CX1101 Chromebook and the placement of the Chromebook and the Asus logo is also relevant.

The Asus CX1101 Chromebook is a device certified to meet the MIL-STD-810H military-grade durability standard. To obtain this certification, a device must pass several torture tests. With this, an end user can rest assured that the Chromebook CX1101 will not break or stop working if it is accidentally dropped. Note that, if the laptop does break down due to an accident (physical damage), the device will not be covered by warranty.

The laptop has two USB-A ports with support for super-fast data transfer as well as two USB Type-C ports with support for charging and data transfer. Then the device also has a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

If you think the 64GB built-in storage isn’t enough, you can always use a microSD card to add a bit more storage space. I also liked that the microSD card stays completely rinsed inside the machine and becomes almost invisible. You won’t even notice that there is a microSD card slot in the device.

Asus Chromebook CX1101 Screen

Asus Chromebook CX1101 Screen

The Asus Chromebook CX1101 is a compact 11-inch laptop with an 11.6-inch IPS LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768p with a peak brightness level of 200 nits. For indoor use, you will not experience any brightness issue on the Asus CX1101 Chromebook. On top of that, I also liked that the screen has a glossy finish, which prevents smudges and fingerprints.

The Asus CX1101 Chromebook’s bezels are among the thickest we’ve seen on a Class 2021 laptop. However, having thicker bezels could have helped the company increase the footprint of the device. which makes it possible to include a full-size keyboard on an 11-inch device.

In terms of brightness or color accuracy, the Asus CX1101 Chromebook might not receive an award. However, for the asking price and target audience, this will do the trick for sure. The device also has a strong 180 degree hinge, which helps you adjust the display angle as needed.

I have watched many YouTube videos on the CX1101 Chromebook and enjoyed my experience. Personally, I would have liked to see a 13-inch display with slightly thinner bezels rather than an 11-inch display with thicker bezels on the Chromebook CX1101.

Asus Chromebook CX1101 Keyboard and Touchpad

Asus Chromebook CX1101 Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard of the Asus CX1101 Chromebook exceeded my expectations. Even these are short travel keys, I liked their firm feedback and also that the keyboard is spill resistant. As you would expect from a laptop in this price range, there is no backlight and that shouldn’t be a problem, laptops that cost significantly more than the Asus CX1101 Chromebook are also missing. this feature.

The small trackpad of the Asus CX1101 Chromebook gets the job done and you can still connect an external wired or wireless mouse with the laptop to enhance the cursor tracking experience.

Asus CX1101 Audio and Web Camera for Chromebook

Asus CX1101 Audio and Web Camera for Chromebook

The Asus CX1101 Chromebook has a 720p web camera, similar to most laptops. The webcam works as expected, under normal lighting conditions. As far as audio goes, the front (stereo) speakers are good but nothing fancy. The webcam and speakers get the job done.

Wireless connectivity Asus Chromebook CX1101

Wireless connectivity Asus Chromebook CX1101

The Asus CX1101 Chromebook supports dual band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 5.1. These features ensure that you can connect most modern accessories like mouse, wireless keyboard, wireless headphones, etc. no problem. Wi-Fi 5 connectivity also ensures that you get a fast internet connection with improved upload and download speed.

If Asus had managed to include 4G SIM support, it would have taken the Asus Chromebook CX1101 to the next level, making it an always-connected laptop. Again, this would have also increased the price of the device to some extent.

Asus Chromebook CX1101 Performance

Asus Chromebook CX1101 Performance

The Asus Chromebook CX1101 is not your typical Windows laptop, where we can run benchmarks to assess CPU and GPU performance and then benchmark against the competition. The Asus Chromebook CX1101 is all about the user experience. During my heavy use the laptop did not catch on to me, although some websites took a little while to load.

The Asus CX1101 Chromebook is built around Google Chrome and supports Android apps. Since the device has a full-fledged web browser from Google, you can access anything on the web without any hassle. If you are sharing the Asus CX1101 Chromebook with another family member or friend, there is an option to set up another user.

Personally, I think one should get a Chromebook with touchscreen support, which then becomes a two-in-one device and can be used as a laptop or tablet. For apps, the device has a built-in Google Play Store with millions of free apps.

Battery life of the Asus Chromebook CX1101

Battery life of the Asus Chromebook CX1101

The Asus CX1101 Chromebook has a 42 Wh battery with support for fast charging via the USB Type-C port. According to Asus, the battery should last up to 13 hours on a single charge. However, in my testing (with continuous video playback) the laptop lasted around eight to nine hours on a single charge.

This mileage varies from person to person and is entirely dependent on the specific use case. Still, the Asus CX1101 Chromebook should easily last a full working day (eight hours) on a single charge without any issues.

Should you get one?

Should you get one?

While most of your work can be done using a web browser, the Asus CX1101 Chromebook is powerful enough to do it. If you are a student, who needs to take online classes, then maybe watch tutorials on YouTube, or play casual games like Candy Crush Saga, you can do it all on the Asus CX1101 Chromebook.

Even for working professionals, the Asus CX1101 Chromebook should be more than enough, with a few exceptions. I also think it’s a great device for travelers, who need a lightweight machine with good battery life, a nice keyboard, and a compact design to carry around.

Since most of our lives now revolve around the internet, the Asus CX1101 Chromebook is definitely a great affordable internet communicator. If you’re looking for an affordable laptop, the Asus CX1101 Chromebook just might be the right device.


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