ASUS has launched a new Chrome OS laptop up to AMD’s Ryzen 5, with the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 giving a big nod to cloud gaming with its color-blocked WASD keys. The new laptop has a 15.6-inch screen and – although you can of course use all normal Google apps just like with any Chromebook – ASUS positions it as a particularly strong Google Stadia partner.
It’s Google’s game streaming platform, and the upside is that it doesn’t really matter that the Chromebook Flip CM5 doesn’t have a huge (and power-hungry) processor and GPU. discreet. Since the game runs in the cloud, it can settle for a more balanced Ryzen 3 3250C or Ryzen 5 3500C processor.
They include AMD Radeon graphics, powering the 15.6-inch 1920 x 10800 Full HD touchscreen. It’s a 60Hz IPS panel, with an anti-reflective coating and 6.19mm side bezels. There’s 45% NTSC color coverage, according to ASUS, and a 360-degree hinge that not only supports tablet and tent orientations, but elevates the keyboard to more traditional positions for better flow. of work and a more comfortable typing.
Inside, there’s up to 8GB of 3200MHz DDR4x memory and up to 64GB of eMMC storage or up to 128GB of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD storage. WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 are standard, as are dual Harman Kardon certified speakers and a matrix microphone. An HD webcam sits above the screen, and Google’s Titan C security chip is also included.
For wired connectivity, there is a pair of USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports and a UDB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A. ASUS has also found room for a full-size HDMI 1.4, a microSD card reader, and a combo audio jack.
As for battery life, ASUS says you should see up to 10 hours with the 57 Wh polymer battery. The whole thing measures 357.6 x 240.8 x 18.5mm and weighs 4.17 pounds. It is also rated MIL-STD 810H for resilience.
We’ve seen an increase in the styling of Chromebooks in recent years, and the Chromebook Flip CM5 is there as well. There is a mineral gray aluminum alloy cover, which opens to reveal an all-black interior. The keyboard is full-sized and backlit, with a 1.4mm key travel, while the palm rest apparently has an âObsidian Velvetâ texture for added comfort. The trackpad in its center, meanwhile, measures 5.68 inches and is covered in glass, with palm rejection technology and multitouch gestures.
What stands out most, however, is the splash of color on some keys. The orange highlights of the WASD cluster are designed to make gamers feel more comfortable, although of course you can also pair a wireless gamepad for use with Stadia or NVIDIA GeForce NOW.
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