Now that we have the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 review in the wild, it’s time to pay some attention to the Flip CM5 – the AMD-powered all-black variant that launched alongside it. There’s no way around the comparisons between these two Chromebooks, so I’m not even going to try. The Flip CX5 and Flip CM5 share almost everything in common except for a paint job and the processor inside that runs the show. There’s a lot to like about this package, but there’s definitely reason to hesitate too. Let’s jump in the box and take a look.
Much of the same
Obviously the biggest difference on the outside is the paint job. I have to say that while I like the white / black look of the CX5, this all matte black CM5 looks just as good. The textures are the same and the materials match the CX5, but there’s something stealthy and eye-catching about this blackened out Chromebook that’s unmistakably attractive. Add to that some orange accents on the power, volume and ASDW keys and you have a Chromebook that is both unique and amazing.
While these differences may make you think this is a much different Chromebook, make no mistake: Everything about the exterior of this device aligns directly with the CX5. The 250-bit screen is the same 16: 9 1080p panel, the keyboard is the same fantastic keyframe with a numeric keypad, and the trackpad is the same wide glass surface we loved on the CX5. Even the speakers provide the same full and powerful experience as the Intel version of this Chromebook. From a functional point of view, the CX5 and CM5 are identical on the outside.
It is only inside this device that the differences begin to appear. While the CX5 rocks the latest 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake processors, the CM5 sports the AMD Ryzen 5 that we last reviewed in the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook. If you remember, this Chromebook’s processor exhibited some disturbing behavior and had performance issues when not plugged in. Since that review, we’ve been testing and our findings have been corroborated by other reports that AMD’s Ryzen chips are heavily choked when turned on. battery only. It is a disturbing revelation and one of which the CM5 is not exempt.
While we didn’t run a full battery of tests, a few references made it clear that this device suffers from the same slowdown as the Lenovo C13 and, frankly, that’s a bummer. While not a snap, the fact that users will see about a 40% drop in performance when not connected to an outlet is a tough pill to swallow. Add to that the fact that this device comes with the same 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage as the CX5 and runs at $ 599 – or $ 30 more than the $ 569 CX5 – and you’ve got what equates to it. to a very, very difficult sale.
Oh, and don’t forget that plugged in or on battery power, the Flip CX5’s 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake processor completely wrecks the Ryzen 5 all over the place on a Chromebook. So now you’ve got an identical build, identical storage / RAM, faster processor, and lower price tag in the CX5 and you start to wonder what ASUS was thinking with this Chromebook. While I would generally say hold on on the exam, for this one I can confidently say that unless you are absolutely smitten with the all-black paint job on the CM5, you should steer clear of it. If the price drops $ 100 or more in the future, that would make a lot more sense. Right now I’m just confused.