A lightweight, solid performer at a great price
Asus's Chromebook CX22NA is a good value. Its Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM allow easy multitasking, while 16GB eMMC storage accommodates documents and media. The HD display and 720p webcam are well suited for videoconferencing. And the battery lasts a respectable 10 hours.
All that makes it an excellent choice for students and anyone who spends most of their time online. The built-in anti-virus protection and automatic updates free you from worrying about keeping your device up to date. And you can work offline with many apps, including the Google Office suite, which saves files locally and syncs when you're back online.
A nice touch is the inclusion of two fully functional, reversible USB-C ports. They provide super-fast data transfer speeds and support external displays and chargers. The 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card slot round out the connectivity options. The speakers on the underside are downward-firing and deliver decent sound for a laptop at this price point, though they lack bass.
The CX22NA is a fine example of Asus's commitment to the Chromebook market. It has a smart, sleek design with a light and durable body that feels great in the hand. The keyboard is comfortable and responsive, and the trackpad is very smooth. In our tests, the keyboard had no flex and the touchpad responded quickly to multifinger gestures. We liked the fact that it has a standard 'clicky' feel rather than the hollow clicks of some other models.