When it comes to technology of any kind I’ve always wanted to own something that looks great. Perhaps this isn’t a big concern for some, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who chooses with their eyes. Obviously, the internals needs to be decent as well, but owning a laptop that looks super cool is an important factor for many.
This is one of the reasons why I’ve always liked Asus Chromebooks. The Asus C302, C434 and C436 all had that same sexy look. A nice silver finish that would make you proud to get your Chromebook out in your local coffee shop. However, although I’ve loved this look, it has got a little tired. If you’re also getting a little tired of the Asus look when it comes to Chromebooks. Well, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the new look of the super sexy Asus CX5.
They’ve moved away from providing the silver aluminium outer casing and chose a striking new look. The outer casing aluminium lid is bright white, and it looks great. The bottom of the device is plastic, but it still has a relatively similar colour as the lid. It doesn’t stop there though. Open up the Chromebook and you are met with a black interior. The total opposite of the colour spectrum, although, white and black are not true colours if we’re getting technical about it. Having a white exterior and black interior looks stunningly beautiful.
Typing on the Asus CX5
The black interior not only looks sexy but you get a much better typing experience at night when the keys are black. A backlit keyboard with a black keyboard is much easier to use than a lighter keyboard. Although this is more noticeable at night it’s the same situation when typing during the day.
A lot of Chromebooks have moved away from offering black keyboards. Most of the times this is done to offer something different when considering the design. This is all great because who doesn’t like the idea of laptops constantly changing on how they look. However, when design causes floors in how you use your laptop, it can be a bit of a pain.
The Asus CX5 comes with a pretty large 15.6-inch display. Perfect for some but perhaps a little too big for others. One of the advantages of such a large display is that Asus has managed to fit in a separate number pad. Perfect for anyone who needs a laptop for number crunching. When you’ve learned to touch-type you can enter those numeric keys much quicker than using the numbers provided at the top of a standard keyboard.
Asus CX5 offers amazing performance
One of the great things about buying a new Chromebook is you can take advantage of new processor chips. If you’ve been using the same computer for many years you’ll be amazed at the performance benefits this brings. The Asus CX5 uses the latest Intel eleventh-generation processor chips. This means you’ll be getting the very best in performance and at least eight years of updates to Chrome OS.
At the moment it will be available in two configurations, but we’ll most likely see a further Intel i7 configuration in the future. The Intel i3 comes with two cores with a base speed of 3.0 GHz and a turbo speed of 4.1 GHz and a 6MB cache. The Intel i5 has a base speed of 2.4 GHz and a turbo of 4.2 GHz and 8MB of cache. That base speed may appear lower on the Intel i5, but you get double the number of cores from this quad-core processor, so we’re talking ultimate performance.
When it comes to RAM it’s available with a minimum of 8 GB, but the Chromebook having the potential to offer 16 GB. The amount of RAM you’ll get will depend on the model you buy. The storage again can reach 512 GB, but will also be available in 128 GB and 256 GB. The good news is they’ve used SSD storage, which is more reliable and much faster when working with larger files than eMMC.
The Asus CX5 Display
As I’ve already mentioned the display offers a whopping 15.6-inches. That is provided using a Full HD panel with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. You’ll get great viewing angles thanks to the IPS panel, but the brightness may be an issue for some according to Chrome Unboxed.
It’s a Hybrid Chromebook, which I feel is rather strange when you consider the size of this laptop. I doubt very much many of us would be using a great big whopping 15.6-inch tablet. Not only would it be pretty difficult to use, but you’d also look a tad strange using such a huge tablet when travelling. However, the good thing about it being a Hybrid is that you’re getting a touchscreen display, which is perfect if you want to make the most of all the Android Apps available.
The Asus CX5 Chromebook will be available in both the USA and UK, and I’m sure Canada and Europe will be on that list also. At the time of writing this though, I could not find this Chromebook available. To find out more and to check for availability take a look at the Asus CX5 product page on their website.