There are several great Chromebooks out there, but the competition is one real successor Google’s $ 999 Pixelbook is still well on site. Asus is throwing its hat in the ring with two new releases: the Chromebook CX9 and the Chromebook Flip CX5.
Both new Chromebooks meet U.S. MIL-STD 810H standards, the company says, which means they’ve undergone several tests for pressure, shock, drop, and more. Both can even be configured with an Intel Core i7 processor with an Iris Xe graphics card (which is superior to all users except).
The Clamshell Chromebook CX9 includes up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a 550-pin UHD touchscreen. (There are also FHD touch and non-contact options). Asus claims a 14-hour battery life (using a video playback test).
The CX9 is also the first Chromebook to feature an Asus NumberPad, an LED numeric keypad that appears on the touchpad when you tap the icon in the top corner. This technology has been handy on previous Asus laptops – reflected in the company’s popular ZenBook line, including the latest ZenBook 13.
The replaceable Chromebook Flip CX5 is a more common price. It offers up to 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM, although the display is limited to a 1080p touch panel. Included is a USI pen, which Asus claims gets 45 minutes of use from a 15-second charge.
The Asus Chromebook CX9 is now available in the Asus Store – a model with Core i3, 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM costs $ 749.99 and a Core i7, 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM is $ 1149.99. The Chromebook Flip CX5 is $ 1,049.99, though we haven’t found it in the Asus store yet.