If we look back over the past few years, ASUS has had a dominant position in the Chromebook world, from iconic devices like the original ASUS Chromebook Flip C100 to the fan-favorite Flip C302. Use it, love it, and enjoy it. The C302 – Flip C434 tracking is particularly interesting, as it took almost two years to reveal and push things forward with a bigger screen, smaller bezels. And the thin / solid bezel, part of the overall growth of the Chromebook platform.Notable devices that debuted at the time were the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook, Lenovo Yoga C630 and HP x360 14.
As the year 2020 arrives and we have it unveiled in Las Vegas for CES, we̵7;re excited to see ASUS upgrade to the well-received Flip C434, and while it’s nice. On the showroom floor, our review times with the Chromebook are far from samples. In fact, I was almost depressed by how bad I was with the Flip C436 after only a few minutes of use. With a high starting price, a mediocre screen, a hard-to-see keyboard, and a flimsy feel, this Chromebook has been banned by what Samsung showed off the same year on the original Galaxy Chromebook.
Change of the tide
But this year everything seems to change. While there are a few hiccups in the PR cycle that lead us to believe there won’t be a new ASUS Chromebook at CES 2021, ASUS is ready to announce it’s not just a single new Chromebook. But also a small new family as well We’ve covered detailed photos and specs of the new ASUS Chromebook CX9, Flip C536, and Flip CM5 in a previous post. But there’s more to the story than the spec sheet and photos.
Simply put, it feels like ASUS is back. Going back to making a sharp and compelling device, going back to being right forward on the spec sheet, and going back to making a Chromebook that I think a lot of people will love. Among the three, there should be options to suit a wide range of budgets, a nice-looking screen with a smaller bezel and a build that not only looks attractive, but feels great. The fact that they call attention to the keyboard combination of both the Flip C536 and Flip CM5 tells me they value the feel of these Chromebooks. The fact that they incorporate the ergonomic uplift in the Chromebook CX9 that you can only see in high-end ASUS laptops tells me that they use Chrome OS and much more serious Chromebooks.
While the Flip CM5 and Flip C536 tend to come in mid-range Chromebooks (with higher spec options), the Chromebook CX9 will be a beast for power users and creative professionals. In addition to not flipping to tablet orientation, the device looks to reinforce everything from looks, features to portability. Weighing in at just 2.2 pounds, it’s the lightest 14-inch Chromebook ever and comes packed with everything you need for massive performance, an 11th generation Intel processor with RAM and storage. Bulk data (up to 2TB on some models) comes with a 400-nit display, backlit keyboard, and Thunderbold 4 for maximum flexibility and performance. It can be expensive But it is also a beast.
Rather than putting that device on the market, ASUS introduced a rounded offering this year. With AMD processors on board, the Flip CM5 is probably the cheapest of its kind, and I saw this version of Chromebook listed under $ 500 as the starting price. Of course, high-end configurations with more RAM and storage will add up, and I see the CX9 as one of the most expensive Chromebooks ever at the top-end. But that’s the beauty of it With these devices and all their different options, it is necessary to have them and their configuration to meet the needs of most of the users.
To be honest, I am totally shocked that ASUS has made it in the Chromebook space this year, and I’m excited to see one of these devices and get them in hand.We have a little time to wait for the CX9 as it’s slated for a Q2 release, but we’ll. Having seen the Flip C536 before too long with the Q1 release schedule since the start of the Tiger Lake Chromebook era, I don’t think I can ask for much from one company right now about the Acer devices Intel teased in their keynote. …