Asus's Chromebooks are some of the best you can buy today, but its naming structure is absolutely awful. Just a couple of days after launching the Chromebook Flip CX5-CX5400, the company is back with an upgrade to the Flip CX5-5500. Different laptops, near-identical names, and with this refresh, similar specs to boot.
Asus, you folks know that it's a good thing to help customers distinguish between your products, right? For example, the 15-inch Chromebook Flip CX5 is also called the CX5500, or the Chromebook C536 depending on your market. Now there's a new version, the CX5400 ... which Asus is also referring to as the CX5. This despite the fact that these are very different designs: the 4 in the name indicates that this is a 14-inch convertible Chromebook, which isn't all that helpful if you Google "Asus CX5."
The fall semester's starting up, and with many schools opting for remote learning, Chromebooks are hotter than ever. Unfortunately, that means that most are out of stock. If you're fine with a refurbished unit, Woot is offering some higher-end Chromebooks right now for decent prices.
ASUS's latest Chromebook Flip, the C434, came on the market very recently. In fact, our review of it was published just yesterday. Although the C434 is more expensive than its predecessor, the C302, Office Depot is currently offering the 4GB/64GB model of the C434 for $499.99, $70 off the MSRP. That brings it down to the C302's MSRP.
I've never been a fan of buying expensive laptops, even once I could actually afford them. Just like with smartphones, there's a certain point where the added features can't justify the $1,000+ prices, unless you are doing heavy productivity or gaming. My first laptop was the ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD netbook, which I was pretty happy with at the time (now the 1024x600 screen sounds atrocious), but the casing eventually started to crack apart. I later switched to the original Dell Chromebook 13, but the limitations of the browser-only environment were too much to bear, so I bought a Surface Pro 2.
We've all heard the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none," and there's a distinctly negative connotation to it. The more something tries to do, the worse it is at any one task. Unfortunately, it still holds true today. But some products, like this one, are starting to toe the line.
ASUS' latest Chromebook Flip C101PA combines performance with excellent build quality in a convertible package. So not only do you get a great Chromebook, to a certain degree, you also get a good Android tablet. And it will only cost you $299 — and a somewhat disappointing screen.
The C101 was to be ASUS' successor to the much-loved C100. Both are part of ASUS' so-called "Flip" series, which are convertible touchscreen Chromebooks. We've been looking forward to the release since it was teased back in May at Computex. And now it's finally available for pre-order at $299 via both Amazon and ASUS' store.
Chromebooks are growing more and more popular in the classroom, due to their simplicity, cost, and easy management. ASUS already revealed a new Chromebook Flip at Computex 2017, replacing the original 2015 10" model. But now they have announced another laptop simply called 'Chromebook Flip' (great branding there, guys) aimed at schools.
In a shocking turn of events, Asus has officially released the Chromebook Flip C302CA. An all-aluminum entry into the ever-growing world of Chromebooks, the newest Flip will come in a few different configurations depending on needs and budget. This little beauty has been leaked a few times and even went up for sale just a bit early, but now it is officially official.