In a surprising and somewhat confusing move, ASUS has launched another new Chromebook with a name that is too similar to the device already launched here in 2021. If you remember, ASUS showed up until CES 2021 with several new Chromebooks and one of them (favorite us so far) is the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5. Technically, this Chromebook also uses the names Flip CX5500 and / or Flip C536 depending on where you’re looking. In any case, this big 15.6 -inch Chromebook is a great device that we really like, but not the ASUS Flip replacement we were hoping for at all.
Along the way to the Flip C302, ASUS has gotten used to releasing new 13-14-inch converters every year. Flip C434, C433, and C436 all quickly come to mind as past convertible ones that we have loved by the company. When CES came and went with only a larger 15.6 -inch slip launched, we were a little confused. My gut was still telling me that there was a suitable 14 -inch transformer in the job and it turned out we were right. It looks like the ‘Collis’ has actually emerged as the successor to the more standard ASUS Chromebook Flip (based on the ‘Copano’ board) and it comes with a spec sheet that drops secrets and a pretty good price considering you’re all in the box.
Key Specifications of the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5400
- Intel® Core ™ i7-1160G7 2.1 GHz processor (Cache 12M, up to 4.4 GHz, 4 cores)
- 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and 16GB RAM, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) + Bluetooth 5.0
- 14-inch Full HD 1920 × 1080 NanoEdge Display Touch Screen with USI Stylus Garage
- 360 -degree hinge: flip the touchscreen display to tent, stand, and tablet modes
- 2x Thunderbolt ™ 4 supports display & power transmission, 1x USB 3.2 Type-A (Gen 1)
- Micro SD Card Reader plus illuminated keyboard
- Built -in line speakers powered by Harman Kardon at just 3.10 lb
Currently, there are no smaller spec variations on this new Chromebook, so it’s aimed 100% at the upper class for now. Almost everything is turned to 11 here with a Core i7 (Tiger Lake) processor, 16GB of RAM and half a terabyte of NVMe storage. With all the connectivity you want on Wi-Fi ports 6, Bluetooth 5, and Thunderbolt 4, this Chromebook is ready to smash anything you throw at it. Along with the i7 processor, you also get Intel’s excellent integrated Xe graphics that will come in handy once Steam gaming on Chromebooks becomes legal later this year.
Some interesting additions can be seen here. First, the processor is a slight variation on the standard Tiger Lake processor we’ve seen so far. Kevin Tofel did an in-depth study of the differences on the About Chromebook, but the short version is: the i7-1160G7 is a low-powered Tiger Lake chip that uses less power than the chip found on devices like the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and doesn’t require a fan. Remember the Intel Y series processors we had in the Pixelbook and Pixelbook Go? It’s like that.
Second, we have a stuck USI pen entry. This is an addition I wanted in a lot of ASUS converters as they coincided with Samsung’s Chromebook pens all this time. Of course, with the use of a compatible USI, you can use whatever pen is available, but I will always stick to the fact that the best pen is the one you have. With ASUS providing a pen in a box that always has a place to live, this is probably the stylus you use most often.
All that power is valuable
For now, the only model offered is this particular model with the highest specifications. I imagine ASUS will be releasing a Core i3 or i5 variant as well, but we don’t have information on this for now. This Chromebook beast costs $ 1049.99 and I think that’s a reasonable price for what you get. Consider the Pixelbook from a few years ago at an almost identical price of $ 999. The device comes with a Core i5 Y series, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. Sure, the Pixelbook is in a league of its own in terms of aesthetics and design, but the specs don’t even come close to this new ASUS CX5.
Also consider how much the 16GB / 512GB Chromebook Core i7 costs in the enterprise arena. If I went to Dell or HP and stated a similar Latitude 7410 or c1030, I would end up with a $ 1895 quote from Dell and a $ 1535 quote from HP with only 256GB of storage (no 512GB option). Keep in mind both of these devices come with slower 10th-generation Intel processors, lower-end UHD integrated graphics, and don’t come with a storage pen.
Is a Chromebook worth $ 1000 + for everyone? No, but that’s the beauty of the current Chromebook crop. There are plenty of options for all price ranges, and to see a maximum device like this come in over $ 1000 is a big surprise. If ASUS came up with a device similar to the Acer Spin 713 or the HP x360 14c, I would shake my head at this price. That’s not what’s happening here. Instead, ASUS uses this Chromebook well and appreciates it in a very respectful way. If you want a great, affordable Chromebook, the new Flip CX5400 might be in your lane. We’re patiently waiting for the survey unit and will obviously be releasing content around this device when it arrives – hopefully soon.
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