Asus overhauls its bestselling convertible Chromebook

first_img CES 2019 40 Photos 0 Share your voice See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Laptopscenter_img Sarah Tew/CNET Having unveiled a handful of head-turning laptops at CES on Sunday — including the monstrous ROG Mothership and the ultra-thin ZenBook S13 — Asus kicked things off early on Monday by introducing a new convertible Chromebook. The Flip C434, starting at $569, replaces the company’s Chromebook C302 — a breakout hit that’s currently the top-ranked bestseller in Amazon’s two-in-one category. Asus claims that, despite its popularity, the Chromebook C302 was due for an update. The new model takes a few aesthetic departures from its predecessor, shifting away from the C302’s two-tone black and silver to a more uniform brushed aluminum design. Asus has also bumped up the screen size: Now you get a 14-inch FHD display that’s surrounded by relatively thin bezels — a pervasive feature of Asus laptops at CES this year. Accordingly, the Flip C434 is a bit heftier than the C302, weighing in at 3.2 pounds.04-asus-chromebook-c434 Sarah Tew/CNET But the biggest changes are on the inside: the Flip C434 has twice as much RAM and storage as its predecessor and way more powerful processor options, including Intel’s Core i7-8500Y. Here’s a rundown of all the specs:Google Chrome OS14-inch FHD display with NanoEdge 5mm bezels Ergolift hingeIntel Core i7-8500YUp to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAMUp to 128GB eMMC (plus microSD support for 2TB of additional storage)Two USB-C, one USB-ADual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.015.7mm thick chassisWeighs 3.2 pounds (1.45kg) Over the past few months, I’ve seen some highly capable, Google-powered two-in-one laptops in the $500 to $600 range — including the Acer Spin Chromebook 13 and HP Chromebook x2. The Flip C434 may well join those two in showing just how far the Chromebook category has come. Asus’s Monday Chromebook announcement also included four other models designed expressly for the classroom: Chromebook Tablet CT100, which features a 9.7-inch QXGA touchscreen Chromebook C204, an 11.6-inch clamshell model, and the Chromebook Flip C214, its rugged convertible counterpartChromebook C403, a 14-inch clamshell The company did not announce pricing or availability for any of them. 1:47 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Asus says the ZenBook S13 has the slimmest bezels of… CES Products Acer Asus Chrome OS HP Intellast_img

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