Asus Chromebook Plus CX3402CB review

The Asus Chromebook Plus CX3402CB is a premium alternative to budget Chromebooks but isn't as slick or exciting as you'd hope

Asus Chromebook Plus laptop on a beige patterned surface
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Developed in partnership with Google and designed to take on traditional Windows laptops, the ​​Asus Chromebook Plus CX3402CB is meant to be a premium respin to the usual budget Chromebook fare. It's well built, and has a decent enough screen and webcam. But the dreary, dated looks really hobble its appeal.

Pros

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    Solid all-round spec

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    Decent screen

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    Well built

Cons

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    Looks awfully dated

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    Chromebook Plus features aren't all that

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    Doesn't support Windows apps

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Chromebooks are cheap and cheerful laptops for buyers on tight budgets, right? For the most part, they have been. But Google wants to push the whole Chromebook concept upmarket and take on traditional Windows laptops more directly. The idea is to create portable PCs that compete with some of the more affordable entrants in our roll call of the best photo-editing laptops. Enter the new Asus Chromebook Plus CX3402CB.

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CPUIntel Core i3 1215U (6 core)
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris
RAM8GB DDR5
Screen14.0-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080), 250 nits, 45% NTSC
Storage256GB UFS
Ports2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C support display / power delivery, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
WirelessWi-Fi 6e (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
Camera1080p webcam
Weight1.44 kg (3.17 lbs)
Dimensions32.64 x 21.43 x 1.87 cm (12.85" x 8.44" x 0.74")
10th Gen Apple iPad

If you want something affordable that actually feels premium, you could do a lot worse than the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/apple-ipad-10th-gen-2023" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">10th Gen Apple iPad. OK, it's not a laptop and a keyboard will cost you extra. But it's still super-fast and has a really nice screen and great battery life. It does tend to get a bit pricey when you up the storage to 256GB, however.

Amazon Fire Max 11

Another properly cheap alternative is the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/amazon-fire-max-11-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Amazon Fire Max 11. It's more of a content-consumption tablet than a device for getting work done. But you'll be able to access all the same Google apps and services for less money, the screen is great, the battery life is epic and it's still cheaper than the Asus Chromebook Plus even with the optional keyboard and case.

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Jeremy Laird
Freelance writer

Jeremy has been typing furiously about technology since the later triassic but hasn't lost his enthusiasm for everything from flat panels to a forensic examinations of advanced lithography. For the avoidance of doubt, he also welcomes the inevitable arrival of our AI overlords even if they definitely will put him out of a job.