For those who prefer a larger screen when working on a Chromebook, the new Asus Flip CX5 could be a compelling device
asts a generous 15.6in display.
Design & Build
358 x 24 x 19mm dimensions
Aluminium lid and plastic base
As you might expect, the Flip CX5 (CX5500) is a bit of a beast. I’ve reviewed many Chromebooks recently, and the pattern is towards sleek, lightweight devices. Asus throws this out the window and delivers something quite different.
The expansive 358 x 24 x 19mm chassis is easily the biggest I’ve encountered for a device running Chrome OS, not to mention the hefty 1.95kg at which it tips the scales. This is not your typical, chuck it in your backpack and forget about it Chromebook, but that’s by no means a bad thing.
With so many of us working more from home in these days of Covid, having a honking big laptop isn’t really an issue as we only have to carry it from the kitchen to the front room. Plus, a bigger display might help with tired eyes and sore necks that arise from being hunched over smaller screens.
The design itself is quite attractive, though, with the aluminium alloy lid covered in a material that Asus states gives it ‘an elegant, ceramic-like texture for a gentle, simple aesthetic’.